The LEGO Movie Video Game
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Game Reviewed: The LEGO Movie Video Game
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Games
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU, PC
Category: Casual, Third-Person Action Adventure
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief)
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After the success of the previous Lego games, and the Lego Movie, Warner Bros knew that they could make a great selling game based off of their previous work.
The Lego Movie video game is a beautiful blend of the actual movie, and the mechanics of past games. In the game, you play as an entire cast of characters, but the most notable is Emmet, an ordinary construction worker who accidently becomes the savior of the world. He, and other memorable Lego characters, must defeat Lord Business, who intends to end creativity with his super powerful weapon: the Kragle (Krazy Glue).
As Emmet meets new people, battles his way through an army of robots, and saves the world as he knows it, he (and the player) learn that even the most ordinary person has amazing potential, and is the most important, and most special, person in the universe.
What Parents Need to Know
Fighting is one of the main mechanics in the game, but it is never dark or gory. It is always light humored, and has a light tone. When characters run out of life, they burst into various Lego bricks. 99% of the enemies that the player fights are robots, or are robot skeletons. Besides the robots, no one in the game actually “dies.” Even the old man who has his head cut off (no blood, just a decapitated Lego head that has Xs for eyes) reappears at the end of the game, as an old 1990s ghost mini figure, attached to a string. Occasionally players can use guns, a magical staff (in reality, it is a half-eaten lollipop), lasers, and giant robots. The cat in the game may use her pent up aggression, and turn into a red, much larger version of herself, who can “eat” enemies.
No harsh language is used in game. There are only a few cases of “butt humor,” like when a pirate says “…wiping ye bum with a hook for a hand is ‘really hard,” or when two robot minions decide to sit on the copy machine and make copies of their buttocks (still fully clothed, in black pants).
Absolutely none. The love story that unfolds is as harmless as a Disney movie. Hugs and hand holding are as close as two people get.
At the beginning of the game, the prophet-like minifigure reveals a great prophecy to the bad guy. As a bit of humor, the final line of the prophecy is “This all is true, because it rhymes.” Later on in the movie, the prophet reveals that he was the one that made the prophecy up, to inspire everyone to becoming “The Special” (which it did). In the game, I don’t recall him ever saying that he made it up, so the player never knows where the prophecy comes from.
Behind everything, the game has a great message, which is “You are the most special person in the world.”
A Child’s Perspective: I played this game with my younger cousin, and he loved it. It’s a fun, easy game, with a great message. The game can be picked up by anyone, and can be played for hours; they would still enjoy it.
I would summarize the game as “A game that may be enjoyed by anyone, no matter how old they are, and is still family oriented.”
As a bonus feature for parents, TT Games added something just for you: checkpoints. For those that want their child to get off at any time, a save and exit point is no more than five minutes away. You will no longer have to wait for the child “to finish the level.”
The Good: I love the Lego games. They are always well made, fun, and worth my time and money. They allow for hours of fun, and let me play, build, and create in a Lego world which I would never be able to afford on my own. The Lego Movie game adds new game mechanics, and presents a great story. Because it is based off of the movie, it contains the best message in a Lego game to date. The entire graphics system is based around Lego, so any explosions or laser blasts are actually made from Lego pieces. I thought that was a really cool feature.
The entire minifigure collection is new, so I don’t have to play as the same characters I played as in previous games. Each individual character contributes something to the team: Batman can use his batarang, Superman can fly, the blind man can walk along ledges, and the unicorn cat can build with colorful bricks. The individuality of each character drives home the story of the game. On top of that, being able to build is really focused on in the game. Combat really was the driving force in the older games, but in this game, to progress, you usually need to build something, rather than destroy X amount of enemies.
The Bad: The Lego Movie Videogame seemed to have more glitches than the past Lego games. I kept finding myself trapped, or unable to continue the story, until the game registered various actions as completed. These glitches weren’t game breaking, and I was able to fix them without restarting a level, but they were annoying, and took some creative thinking to fix. The Lego games have released fixes for problems in the past, so eventually these problems will go away.
There are 15 really long levels in the game, as well as various worlds that the player can walk around in. This may be a personal preference, but I liked the 30+ smaller levels of the other Lego games. It is easier to feel the progression, and short levels make the player feel like they accomplished more that if they played one long one.
The game takes many scenes directly from the movie. For the sake of not making a game a copy of the actual movie, but longer, many things were cut out. Dialogue and other sound effects often sound like they are missing, because, in reality, they are. Many important scenes were cut out, some which really showed the strength of a relationship, and one scene that was taken out was the climax of the movie. With that scene gone, the “you are special” message still stands, but it is not anywhere as strong or impactful as it was in the movie. The end of the game took a completely different direction from the movie, and I was sad that they missed out on the opportunity to push the game further.
Final Thoughts: Even if you have not seen the movie, the game is worth it. If you have seen the movie, the game is worth it. It’s fun, family friendly, and has hours of re-playability. I’ve played through the game with younger and older family members, and with high school friends my age. Very few people had complaints, other than “it feels like they made it easier than the original games.” I personally recommend picking it up if you have a child interested in Legos, or if you are giving them one of their first video games.