LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Review
When we reviewed the first LEGO Marvel Super Heroes title, we loved every moment of it, and stated that if we had to knock it somewhere, it was that we wanted more. And now we have it, thanks to the release of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 on the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. We took a peek at this title on Nintendo’s hit platform, and thoroughly enjoyed our time with it. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a love letter to the Marvel fan, providing almost everyone fans would want in one video game release, ranging from the most popular of heroes, to the lesser lights. Let’s dive in and take a look!
Let’s talk about the omissions right off the top: no X-Men here, and no Fantastic 4. If you showed up looking for those franchises, you might be a bit disappointed. That being said, lacking those franchises is hopefully not the reason why you won’t give LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 a chance, as it is one of the better LEGO titles released to date! Not a lot has changed from the LEGO formula – like we saw in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game – and in my house, that’s a great thing. Whether playing alone, or with my 8 year old son, I always had fun and a fair amount of challenge during my entire time with the game.
When playing through this sequel, so much of it will feel the same as the initial LEGO Marvel release, and again, that isn’t a bad thing. On top of that, you will do LEGO game like things: collecting studs to buy characters, looking for miniature build pieces in each level, use unique character powers to complete puzzles, and so on. It’s a comfortable familiarity that allows each individual character shine instead; the focus here is definitely on the unlockable characters, as it should be. Those very familiar with the Marvel universe will find LOTS to love about each and every character, including their numerous characteristics that come across brilliantly, starting early in the game with Star Lord himself, and his tape deck player. The familiarity of the game play also allows other aspects of the game to shine brighter and stand out, most notably the detailed and large open world players can explore.
Travelers Tales and Warner Bros. have jumped back and forth between fairly linear, small open world areas to massive open world experiences, and they have proven they can do both well. This world, however, is the pinnacle so far for the development team; to create a world like the one found in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 must have taken a lot of time and work, but everything falls into place well, giving you the feeling you are truly living in the Marvel universe, albeit in LEGO form. The world is full of optional side missions to complete, characters to unlock, and of course, levels to finish. As you progress through the game, those small Marvel-esque moments will become more frequent, making you laugh and smile as you watch live actions moments play out in the humorous LEGO form.
At this point, it should be fairly obvious that I’m highly recommending this title to all fans, Marvel and LEGO. For the LEGO fan, you will have the opportunity to run around in one of the most fully realized LEGO world to date, taking major queues from The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and other popular Marvel franchises. The LEGO game play is back as you know it, and that familiarity will help you work through the fantastic level designs and outstanding story. For the Marvel fan, this title will be what dreams are made of. While LEGO Marvel Super Heroes targeted the most popular of characters, the sequel dives deep into Marvel lore and draws out characters you might not have heard of for years, perhaps decades. We’ve purposefully not mentioned character names here as we would deem those spoilers, but outside of Fantastic 4 and X-Men, everything from the Marvel Universe is fair game, and potentially unlockable.
We’ve had the opportunity to play this on Nintendo Switch – via a code provided by Warner Bros. – and the Xbox One – through a copy purchased by myself at a local retailer – and can honestly say that despite a graphical improvement on the Xbox One, which means little to me since this is a LEGO game, the way to play is on the Nintendo Switch. Having the opportunity to play LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on the go is the experience I want for all LEGO games, and with Nintendo’s latest hit console, that possibility is now a reality.
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This is a must own for LEGO and Marvel fans alike, and as we’ve said before, don’t let franchises not represented in this title sway you from not picking it up. If you like even a portion of the Marvel universe, there will be something for you to love here. For LEGO fans, this is the best it’s been for LEGO in some time, and that is saying something since we’ve held numerous recent LEGO titles in high regard. If you are looking to get your LEGO fix until the next grand LEGO adventure releases on console, this is your opportunity!