I really enjoy playing Lego games and have a little bit of a collection going. Marvel Avengers is my latest in the series and with the next Marvel movie installment out this month Captain America Civil War it’s got us in the mood for superheroes. Not only has this game been in our PS4 almost constantly for the last few weeks but we’ve been watching the films as well. I would recommend this game to anyone that’s a fan of the franchise and also enjoys the Lego games.
All of us have had a good go in this household although the story mode has mostly been completed by myself and a few sections by the boyfriend. My daughter has had a good go on the freeplay mode which is her favourite way to play. She’s five and doesn’t really have the patience for the story mode as it can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out what you need to do. I type this whilst the game is paused and I’m looking up a walkthrough so I can move on to the next part of the level…so, it’s not simple for everyone!
That being said the game follows a fairly straightforward pattern and when you know which characters have certain abilities then it becomes easier to work our what you need to do. Also after hitting stuff for a little bit of time with the wrong character a little A pop’s up with one of SHIELDS agents offering helpful (sometimes, a little sarcastic) advice on which character you need to use for that particular part of the mission.
Throughout the regular story mode you do not control which characters you play at certain points as it follows the two Avengers movies so you can expect to play certain characters at key points in the story mode however once this mode is complete you can ‘Go To Space’ which is the level select screen and play over any level in ‘Freeplay’ mode and have free selection on which characters you’ll play. This is great for those that want to go back and collect other characters.
Freeplay mode allows you to use other characters abilities to collect Minikits, more Studs (money) and up to three character tokens. You can also do my favourite part which is STAN LEE IN PERIL. I absolutely love that he’s an appearance in this game just like he’s a cameo in every Marvel film. It’s great! I’ve saved him a few times now and some of the lines he says are really funny. Stan Lee, for those that don’t know, is the creator of many of the major characters in the original comics so it’s really great that he’s in the game too.
In the game you can expect to play Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America all with the voice acting from the original films. However, there are also some other characters which are going to be featuring in the massive war coming up in the film franchise as they’re all linked together. You can also find characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and the original Fantastic Four. I’ve not looked up which other characters are in the game as I’m excited to find out for myself. Enemies you can unlock include Ultron & Loki from the films as well as a fair few others.
Each character has a different ability which helps to progress through the levels. You’ll need Hawkeye with his explosive arrows, Iron Man/Tony Stark to fix broken items, Thor to use his thunder and power up electric things and Black Widow to turn invisible and sneak past enemies and lasers. Of course the Hulk is your main choice if you want to smash!
The game can last quite a long time as there are a fair few story levels which as I’ve said above you can play over to collect everything in Freeplay mode. You can also wonder around several areas including Manhatten, SHIELD base, Hawkeye’s Home and collect other items, characters and save Stan Lee. This makes for really good longevity in my opinion.
We’ve all really enjoyed playing this game. I would recommend it to anyone that has a basic understanding of gameplay and as my daughter is five and I didn’t have a problem with her playing it and she picked up most of the things quite easily (she gets stuck on the races) then if you have a child of a similar age they would have fun with this too. What’s really great is you can play this two player at any time so you can help those a little younger if they do get a bit stuck.
In terms of value for money the newer a game the more expensive it is. This is currently retailing on Amazon for just over £35. You may find it cheaper elsewhere. This is about the price I paid and as I love video games I was happy to pay it. I think Lego games seem to hold their value for quite a while because they’re popular and often feature big titles. Currently, if you can get this game for less than £30 you’d have a bargain. I also think for the length of play time available it makes it cost effective as we will return to this time and time again over the next few months.
Overall a great game, very fun and easy to play…most of the time. If you get stuck there’s always a walkthrough.