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REVIEW: Lego Marvel Super Heroes perfect for casual and hardcore gamers alike

John Campbell
A&E Reporter

Excelsior! New York, and the entire galaxy, for that matter, are under attack, and the only ones who can stop it are the greatest heroes and villains the world has ever seen in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

From Captain America to Captain Britain, over 100 characters are unlockable, and some have alternate costumes. Iron Man, in particular, has many alternate costumes, including Tony Stark, Tony Stark (underwear), Iron Man (Mark 1), Iron Man (Mark 42), Iron Man (Golden Age) and Iron Man (Heartbreaker).

The story starts with Silver Surfer as he searches for new planets for Galactus to devour. When he reaches Earth, he is attacked by both S.H.E.I.L.D and Dr. Doom. An accident causes his surfboard to break apart into cosmic bricks spread across New York City, and Dr. Doom intends to grab them all to build his Doom Ray of Doom and it’s up to the heroes to stop him. Unbeknownst to the heroes, however, there lies a bigger threat in Galactus.

Outside of the main mission are levels called Deadpool Missions. Deadpool Missions require collecting a certain number of gold bricks before being able to play them. Each Deadpool Mission starts off with an intro in comic style narrated by Deadpool, hence the name Deadpool Missions. Completing a Deadpool Mission (or any mission) gives access to Free Play Mode, where you can choose which characters to use at any point in the level. In Free Play Mode, players can find an extra character hidden in the level, as well as a Deadpool Brick which grants access to cheats and more. Collecting and purchasing all the Deadpool Bricks unlocks Deadpool as a playable character.

In every mission (Deadpool Missions included) and in various places in the New York City hub, you can find the legendary comic creator Stan Lee. He is always in some sort of trouble, so it is up to the player to find a way to free him, sometimes requiring the player to be in Free Play Mode. There are 50 instances of Stan Lee in Peril, and saving him all 50 times unlocks him as a character.

Each mission in the main storyline contains the standard 10 minikits that has been come to be a well-known part of the Lego games. These minikits are part of completing the game 100 percent, and each level (including Deadpool Missions) includes a certain amount of studs (Lego’s in-game currency) to collect to get True Believer status. Minkit collection and True Believer status for each level counts as a gold brick each.

As more stuff gets done in New York City or in missions, more stuff in New York City becomes available. Characters and alternate costumes are spread throughout the city, as are races and quests for gold bricks.

Each character has certain powers, including flight, web-slinging, transformations, super strength, super intelligence and more. Some of these powers are borrowed from Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, but there are new powers such as senses created specifically for Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

The hub of New York City is amazing, including many features of the real city in Lego format. Players can see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge as well as some famous Marvel landmarks such as the Baxter Building, Stark Tower, Oscorp and the X Mansion.

The gameplay in Lego Marvel Super Heroes is in the same vein as it’s predecessors Lego Lord of the Rings, Lego Batman, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Star Wars, and more. Anybody who has played a Lego game in the past can easily pick this one up with the drop in/out feature in all Lego games.

TT Games has always done well with the Lego games, but Lego Marvel Super Heroes may be the best of the bunch. The humor that has become synonymous with the Lego series is in full effect and gets doubled by the many Deadpool moments spread throughout the game.

Casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike will enjoy Lego Marvel Super Heroes, especially those who are Marvel Comics fans. The enjoyment of the Lego series gets amplified with Lego Marvel Super Heroes, out now.

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