LEGO games are usually known for their established formula. The developers always have attempted to present a fun but enjoyable experience that is better suited for offline co-op with a friend. It is a game that is aimed at kids and adults alike however the experience is more on the easy side, which means you won’t have much difficulty in a LEGO game, if at all.
LEGO Avengers was one of my personal favorite which brought the craziness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the LEGO video games. It featured many of the prominent heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Iron Man and Hulk, and presented a surprisingly charming story that kept you hooked. This was followed by LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and now we are finally playing its sequel.
What distinguishes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 from the past games is that the gameplay is much more refined now. To say this, it feels like a bit of deja vu here because almost every LEGO game has attempted to present a new twist to the action based gameplay, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is no exception here.
The story this time deals with Kang who has managed to find the Time Stone giving him ultimate powers over the Super Heroes. He is able to manipulate time which leads to plenty of interesting encounters throughout the game. The humor and writing is again the highlight of the story even though the general story beat is not that interesting, it is fairly mediocre to say the least. Boss battles are fun for the most part and add a little challenge to the overall easy game.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 focuses on the newly introduced heroes like Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and others. It offers a refreshing change for the combat system because these characters all feature their own unique combat powers that can prove to be fun to use when battling the enemies, but not without their own drawbacks. If you have played any of the past LEGO game, you might be familiar with the character based locked progression system, and unfortunately it is still present here.
One of the main reason why I used to hate this system is that while it is great for those who want to explore the open world, it also appears a bit forced since you can notice these locked areas right from the first level. I know that you will be able to unlock more characters as you progress further in the story and can return with free play to the same level to replay them, but it just doesn’t feel as rewarding to me. I hope the developers work out on new improved design for this because it is now getting old to see the same character switching used for puzzles and exploration.
If you are in the market for a great co-op experience, I think LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 definitely deserves a mention. It features one of the largest roster of Super Heroes for a LEGO game including many fan favorites and newcomers. It also features an open world hub to explore and plenty of collectibles to discover. While this is not exactly revolutionary afterall LEGO games are basically collect-a-thon for the most part, it still satisfies the itch of discovering secrets that are hidden in each level.
The combat in the game now relies more on the super power of each of the hero. You can use a character like Star-Lord to hover and fire from the above, or use your guns to shoot far away objects. He also has the ability to throw gravity mines that can suck enemy or objects into them. Similar type of combat freedom is given to other characters and despite having a huge roster, each of them feels different to control. Don’t go in expecting a strategical or deep combat here though, as it often feels barebone.
Graphically, this is easily the best looking game in the series. The depth of field effect is used sparingly during cutscenes and other cinematic moments making it often look like a pre-rendered cutscene from movie. The world presented is bright and features plenty of colorful visuals. The character roster represents the majority of the Marvel property aside from the omission of X-Men and Fantastic Four, it is easily the largest that has been released in a game so far.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 might not tread new grounds but it doesn’t mean the game is bad. Although I have no idea how long the developers can keep repeating some of the same old tired design decisions. Perhaps they should learn to use new ways to introduce puzzles, remove the terrible character based locked progression which leaves you guessing the character, or try to present a more coherent story.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One on 14 November 2017.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is ultimately an enjoyable experience that doesn't steer away from the formula established by its predecessors.