New York City is under threat. Something dastardly is afoot in the Big Apple and it’s Spidey time!
I run to the edge of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and jump off the side. New York is ever so far below me and there’s plenty of Lego studs to collect on the way down as I spy the heaven-reaching spires of New York approaching at speed.
That was just one of the cool moments in a game full of cool moments with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Traveller’s Tales jam packed super hero adventure was a game of cosmic proportions as you fought to stop Dr. Doom and a bunch of evil villains from using the power cosmic to subdue Galactus and rule the world. It was a star studded tale on both sides of the equator.
More than that, it was a love letter to Marvel, its characters and their history. Sure the gameplay followed the true and tested Lego design, but the setting and its cast more than made up for some of the aging mechanics. Coupled with great humour, the expansive Marvel version of New York to explore with different characters allowing access to different locations and some of the actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe voicing their Lego counterparts. It was a Marvel game done right that few other interpretations of the source material have managed to “get”. The Lego setting captured the seriousness and absurd humour just about perfectly.
Now we’re only a couple of days out from Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, five to be exact as it launches on November 17th, and I’m holding my breath that Traveller’s Tales makes lightning strike twice. With any luck I won’t be holding my breath for very long as everything I’ve seen of the game so far, coupled with the recent and rather great Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame (that mouthful again!), indicates that TT isn’t waiting on luck for that to happen.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 promises to be bigger, and better, than the first with a larger cast of characters drawn from Marvel’s history and a time travelling plot full of timey-wimey shenanigans as you take on Krang the Conqueror to save the universe.
How exactly do you top Galactus though as a bad guy? You take a cosmic level threat and throw in some good old fashioned city stealing and amalgamation for one. There’ll be all new locations to explore, like Egypt and Future New York and more characters to bust stuff up with than you could possibly shake a stick at. Love him or hate him, even Howard The Duck will be making an appearance.
Coupled with the replay value, and the ability to use classic versions of characters along with those who rarely ever translate to any medium beyond the comics, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 looks set to yet again be the Marvel game to play.
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