The goal of 'The Lego Movie Videogame' is as simple as it has always been. The title follows along with the same story as the film so if you haven't seen the film yet, you should probably give that a go first.
'The Lego Movie Videogame' on the Xbox One is a lego based action platformer which was developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive.
We've long come to the conclusion that we will play, and probably purchase, any game developed for the 'Lego' series. From 'Lego Star Wars' all the way to the critically acclaimed 'Lego Hobbit', released just this past year, we haven't spent a minute in the series without having some form of fun. So when TT Games decided to develop a Lego game for one of the best animated films in recent memory, 'The Lego Movie', we couldn't have been more on board. We quickly grabbed a copy for the Xbox One and prepared to dive into what should have been one o the most engrossing and fun games of the year. Despite our high hopes it turned out that everything was not quite awesome, but there was still a lot to like.
If you have spent any time in the 'Lego' series of video games then you know the basics of what to expect. The series is revered for its adherence to goofy charm and simplistic game play. Players join the game with any number of different characters and alongside a companion, if they so choose, they go pushing forth through platforming segments, puzzles, and action slashing mayhem. The core of the games involve smashing Lego constructions in order to collect blocks for points. Stories are roughly translated from their original medium and then made more accessible to children.
'The Lego Movie Videogame' doesn't seek to change the formula that has worked so well for TT Games. Instead of pushing in new directions, we found that the developers comfortably settled into old routines. There is nothing wrong with this, not intrinsically, but it definitely isn't totally ideal. We would loved to have seen the developers try something new with such a hot property, especially with how great 'The Lego Movie' did in theaters. Anyways, that is all besides the point. As long as the game is fun and interesting, that is really what matters.
To look at the 'The Lego Movie Videogame' critically would mean that we would have to dissect exactly what the title is offering us in terms of information. The 'Lego' movie is based off of the lego toys. The 'Lego' video games are also based off of those toys. 'The Lego Movie Videogame' is based off of the movie, that is based off of the toys. Somehow we are sure there is a paradox here.
So, what's the goal on the Xbox One?
The goal of 'The Lego Movie Videogame' is as simple as it has always been. The title follows along with the same story as the film so if you haven't seen the film yet, you should probably give that a go first. You start off the game as Emmett, the most regular of all Lego miniature people. You are a rule abiding man with absolutely nothing special about you. In fact, you sort of are the opposite of special. You aren't very creative and building doesn't come easy to you. That is until the day you are mistaken for a Master Builder. Pulled into a world of intrigue, fun, and awesome construction you will grow as a Lego man until you are everything the world thinks you could be.
When you first get pulled into a level you will probably draw a breath for how detailed and colorful it is. In 'The Lego Movie Videogame', the world of Legos has been brought to life with vigor and excitement. We loved seeing the brick by brick constructions littering this world. The colors pop off of the screen and it is easy to see why this franchise has been around for so long. Especially true is that the film plays a wonderful backbone for an adventure game.
As you play through the various levels as Emmett and Wyldstyle you will unlock more and more interesting characters. All of the big names from the film are back and you can utilize them to push the campaign further. We loved to play as the Will Arnett version of 'Batman'. But before you can play as Batman, you have to play as Emmett.
The game starts with you, as Emmett, working through a regular day in the life of a boring construction worker. This entry serves to teach you to the basics of the game and it actually works as a fun tutorial. The tutorial ends when a certain motorcycle riding woman comes crashing into you. From there the game takes off and follows along the storyline that the film put out to great effect. You'll get to see all of the iconic set pieces and live all of the big action sequences with your hands firmly on the controller. Along the road you will get plenty of quirky cutscenes that are pulled straight from the film itself. The mixture of the two mediums works to great effect here.
If we had to list a major complaint for the game we would make sure to comment upon the short duration. When we played 'Lego Lord of the Rings' we found the experience to be immersive. Much like the films that the game is based off of, the game itself seemed to last forever. 'The Lego Movie Videogame' has a campaign mode that is about half as long as the other entries in the series. This lack of campaign length will rub some older gamers the wrong way but it also serves to make the game more cohesive. There is no filler in this story. Everything was put in for a reason and you will likely fail to get bored as often because of it.
We also had issues with the platforming sections. The camera has always been problematic for the 'Lego' series and it is no different here. We had trouble navigating certain angles and there were a few frustrating character deaths as a result. But as the game does not punish you for dying, it didn't really matter.
'The Lego Movie Videogame' on the Xbox One is a faithful adaptation of a well liked movie. It serves to continue the 'Lego' video game franchise and we enjoyed it for the most part. We didn't like how short it was, but the frantic fun and loyalty to the source made up for any complaints that we had.