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Review: The Lego Movie Videogame - Pixelated Genius

The Good

Exceptional graphics | Comical Storyline fits the characters | Great voice acting | Surreal Gameplay dynamics for LEGO

The Bad

May seem too familiar if you have played other LEGO games | Some minor annoyances with movement and control | Can be simplistic at times

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First Impressions

Whilst I would never out of my own have gone and purchased this game, as it wouldn’t have appealed to me, I am glad that I got to review it. From the opening sequence you realise that you are in for a treat. The main protagonist is a clutsy and out of his depth construction worker, Emmet. Through his chance encounter with the lovely Wyldstyle, Emmet’s world is turned upside down when he is accidentally mistaken for the Chosen One, a Master Builder capable of saving the universe from an evil genius known as Lord Business. This evil overlord is an ego-maniacal character who is self-involved, which leads to huge conflict from a group of master builders - all because Lord Business doesn’t like the way they change the world around him.  

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Emmet, being mistaken for the saviour of the universe, is sucked into various different realms to become the master builder everyone believes he is. This perception however changes fairly quickly, and Wyldstyle (his most fervent believer) realises her error, but Emmet proceeds to be drawn into this all out conflict, even though he is little more than a hindrance. With clever voice acting, and really great scripted lines, the game is very entertaining and moves very much in line with the movie.

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There is a lateral shift between the movie and scenes within the game. The graphics is superb in staying true to how LEGO would be formed. Shaped and built as though you were sitting in your living room creating a landscaped world with a million blocks in multi-coloured backgrounds, characters and a multi-universe euphoric world. The LEGO world is true, beautiful and without deviation from what you and I have always been familiar with. That familiarity is what makes the game so amazing.

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The game is very orientated at “challenging” you at solving puzzles within the environment. However, one tends to feel as though they are too simplistic, meaning. that very little challenge is on offer, perhaps for the intent of reaching a wider gaming audience. Some areas of the architecture makes for tougher approach, which at times can result in your character getting stuck i.e. I jumped into a section of the game trying to recover the gold collectable blocks and got caught between a fence and crane. Only after spending what seemed like 5 minutes trying to jump my way out, was I finally released from the annoyance purely by chance. There are limited times this type of issue occurs, and does very little to dampen my like for the game, although it can be frustrating.

The levels, which won’t take too long to complete (approximately 30-40mins) are laden with gold, silver and other colour Lego blocks which essentially earns itself to increasing health and adding to your experience level. As monotonous as it is, I felt at times I was Sonic running around collecting these blocks in a highly destructible world. It was fun to climb into a car and drive over everything and watch the built up areas being decimated by my reckless behaviour. Good Times.

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With such strong characters within the game, and the various worlds into which Emmet is thrust, we get to see LEGO Batman and the ultimate master builder in Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman lends his voice) who is quite clearly modeled after Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. There is a great emphasis on fun, and the story whilst short, is highly entertaining. The narrative is entertaining, and provides a constant flow of seamless action during each level. Playing through the campaign within about 10 hours depending on your approach to it i.e. whether or not you chase every gold block there is, there is still an existential variety of extras on offer once you completed it, such as having activated cheats allowing you to further play into completed areas and unlock new ones and characters, and an entertaining mini-game within.

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My Verdict

This is a great game packed with fun, jokes and awesome lovable characters. It is simplistic to the point that it would appeal to ages from 6 and up, yet still entertaining enough in its humour to appeal to an older audience. It stays true to the Lego legacy, and without fail made me want to go and buy a crate of Lego to build my own little world.

Overall Rating

8/10

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