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Where did it go wrong?
on 30 August 2014
I bought this a few months as I have really enjoyed playing all of the previous lego games and I only looked at the star rating rather than reading the reviews (personal gripe - I hate reviews which are from people who buy the game for someone else never play it and then post a 5 star review as the person receiving it was pleased - personal gripe over). Although I am probably not the target audience for these games I do like the fact that as a casual gamer I can get into these very easily and that when you are stuck you can play other areas until you feel ready to come back and that usually rather than dying you just fall apart and lose some studs therefore can continue with the level. This game however seems to have taken all of the elements I have enjoyed in the previous game and taken them all away!!! You need to progress through each level before anything extra is opened to you, unlike on the lego star wars game. Once you lose all of your hearts that’s it game over restart even if you were so close to the end or just took a wrong turn, unlike lego harry potter, which for me just makes the game boring as I want to feel like I am progressing. The in game hints appear for only a small period of time and usually by the time you notice that something has appeared it’s gone just as fast so you never get a chance to read it or be able to find it again.
For me a lot of the magic of the previous lego games has been taken away in this one and it has become mindless button bashing until you get to the end of the level. As if that wasn’t bad enough in story mode you can only really play as 1 character, so you can’t switch characters whenever you need to do something extra. Instead you have the ability to “tag in” another character for a fraction of time but if you are in the wrong position when you tag them in they don’t seem to do a lot and then you have to wait until you can tag then again. In free play mode you can only have two characters, one of which is chosen for you so if didn’t pick the right character you don’t have the extensive array that was previously available in other games, time to start again.
Some good things about the game as it’s not all bad, there are quite a few challenges to complete so you have to keep going back to the level and completing it with different characters, but some of them are quite hard like completing the level in 90 seconds or not taking any damage. The short cut scenes are quite funny like with all Lego games but then I would expect this as standard.
Overall I am disappointed with this turn of events and hope that the next lego game is back on form but for now I think I will go back to playing lego star wars the complete saga.