LEGO DC Super-Villains Nintendo Switch Review
LEGO DC Super-Villains recently launched, and thanks to our friends at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, we had the chance to play the game ahead of launch! But does this foray into the villainy of the DC world live up to the LEGO charm and reputation? Let’s dive in!
I Fought The Law
Lego DC Super-Villain’s story is the best I’ve seen in a Lego game. By focusing on the villains and including your custom character into the mix, the story in this game felt more like an animated movie’s story than a video game; the cutscenes especially feel like part of a movie.
Each level of LEGO DC is not only fun, but makes sense in the whole of the story. Not only that, but the story takes the player to a lot of cool locations! Gotham and Metropolis are just the start of this game’s awesome world(s). Traveler’s Tales did a great job with LEGO DC Super-Villain’s story.
They Built This City
Meanwhile, the game’s graphics, while looking similar to other LEGO games, is without a doubt better than ever. Each area of this game is so very detailed and so are the LEGO characters. You will feel like you are actually exploring LEGO Gotham and Metropolis and the other cool areas of the game. There is so much to see and do in these levels and open worlds. The game looks great on the TV and in handheld mode!
Hit Them With Your Best Shot
The game play in LEGO DC Super-Villains is pretty much the same as other LEGO games; smashing and building stuff. There are some new elements, like recruiting henchmen, but overall, if you’ve played other Lego games than you’ll have no problem jumping into this game play. That’s not to say that the game play isn’t fun, as this game is a blast!
LEGO DC is full of secrets, epic fights, and things to unlock. The later levels are especially awesome. Just wait until you get to (spoiler). That was amazing!
My favorite part of the game is the new character customizer. In the other LEGO games, the character creator felt very tacked on. I hardly ever used it. In LEGO DC Super-Villains, the character creator is pretty complex: it lets you change everything from the character’s body, powers, weapons, and more! And its also easy to use. You can create some very cool characters with this creator.
I do, however, wish that there were some more twists to the LEGO gameplay. The new custom character creator is a great addition, but I want to see the developers take even more chances with the LEGO formula. Some interesting things were introduced in this game and I had a lot of fun with it, though I feel like even more could be added. A level creator to go with that character creator would be fantastic!
LEGO DC Super-Villains music is very good. I Fought the Law (and the Law Won) was especially an awesome music choice for this game. I also loved the inclusion of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Its the original song with the original singer too. I love that the LEGO games are starting to get great music to go along with the fun gameplay.
Looking for something better than the music? You should look no further than the game’s voice acting. The VA work in this game is literally Batman: The Animated Series quality because, yes, they went out and got Kevin Conory (Batman) and Mark Hamill (Joker) for this game.
Add to that Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor and many other familiar voices and you have the best voice acting in video games.
I wish everything in LEGO DC was as great as the voice acting.
For the Benefit of…
As much as I like LEGO DC Super-Villains, I can’t just say its “the best LEGO game ever” (it is, so far) and leave it at that.
This game isn’t perfect. There is some slowdown in the game play, especially near the beginning of the game, and there are…glitches…
One time LEGO DC froze on me. Another time I got kicked out of the game completely.
The worst glitch had to be when I was fighting a boss, kicked the boss out of the area where we were fighting, and the boss didn’t respawn. I was able to do other things in the level, like unlock secrets, but I wasn’t able to complete the level. I wasn’t sure what was wrong. I went to YouTube and found out how the level was supposed to play out. So I quit the level, went back, and did the boss fight again-this time the right way.
None of these glitches, even the boss fight glitch, are game breaking. I was able to complete LEGO DC Super-Villains. I played all after-game content and I can still go back to unlock more characters.
LEGO DC Super-Villains is a fun game. Don’t let these glitches I mentioned stop you from playing the game on the Switch. Hopefully a future update will fix these glitches and any that I didn’t see. LEGO DC Super-Villains is more than worth checking out anyway.
And In the End?
LEGO DC Super-Villains is a really fun game. It has the best twist on the LEGO formula yet: playing as the villains and creating your own custom villain to join the group and it has a fantastic character creator to accomplish that task. Here’s hoping that the next LEGO game adds more twists to the franchise.
But before you start guessing what the next LEGO will be, remember that there is a ton of DLC coming for LEGO DC Super-Villains. This DLC along with how many unlockable characters and secrets you can already find in the game will keep you playing LEGO DC for a very long time. The replay value for this game is super high!
Thank you to WB Games for providing a digital code for this review. LEGO DC Super-Villains is out now for the Nintendo Switch and its available in retail stores and on the Switch eshop.