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This review is from: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril - Iron Patriot Minifigure Limited Edition (PlayStation Vita) (Video Game)
Love my Lego games, i tend to buy both the handheld and console versions and eagerly waited for Lego Marvel to arrive.
So when it did i was in for a nasty shock with the handheld version, it was nothing like previous Lego games on handheld.
It more resembled a cheap and nasty smartphone / tablet game.
Short little levels which can and are expected to be cleared inside 1-2mins each.....yeap you read right 1-2mins most can be completed in less than a minute.
You have 1 life to do these levels in, but unlike all the previous Lego games...die and you have to reload and start again losing all what you just unlocked.....you must finish the level before any progress is saved.
Ok this is nothing to serious because you will learn to pace yourself and not take risks...after all its a lego game nothing to tasking.
For some reason the game wants you to use touch screen for the sake of doing so....which doesn't work to well.
You follow the limited onscreen information but many a input have similar functions resulting on the game doing something you never wanted to do.
You can use the normal buttons and pad but you are never given any info on what does what and it will be trial and error.
For example power moves require you to press the L shoulder button but your never told how to activate it, and when you do try buttons it can be either box or circle depending on character.
Only found out about multiple buttons after dying trying to use box as it seems character dependent, and with 150 characters good luck remembering who uses what in a hurry :(
Touch controls are worse.....it could be tap the icon and then draw a circle (which it shows in tutorial) but again there is a 2nd way for others which is a straight horizontal line.....not mentioned at any point.
Also you may find when trying these moves your character may just decide to walk towards where your finger left the screen rather than pull of the move.
Even simple changing characters the way they teach you is a nightmare.
Swipe your character icon and it should swap....in reality yes it does after your character either decides to move towards the top of the screen or activate a power move as yeap you guessed it multiple gestures on that particular icon.
Its left on the dpad by the way not that they will ever let you know :)
Ok enough with the controls as to depressing, back to gameplay.
You have to beat 3 mini levels per main story level to unlock freeplay, which is anything less than freeplay.
As you can only pick one character out of the two per level as the 2nd is always the same story driven one and your stuck with them until you reload from main menu.
Then you have to meet 10 mini little challenges all of which can be from the easily achieved to the annoying, like kill so many enemies to clear level with no hits,don't kill certain enemies and clear level in under 60 seconds all in one challenge.
All ends up with a lack of fun to be honest.
Collecting studs adds basically nothing now...yes you buy things but they cost a few 1000 studs and you will never struggle even after 2 or 3 levels.
There are the mini kits and red bricks but they form part of the challenges and if your waiting for red brick cheats forget about it.
They are more fun unlocks than the normal cheats from previous games...ooops and you can only have 3 turned on per level.
Graphic are somewhat disappointing....have they seen what a vita can churn out heck even 3ds?
To sum this game up looks like they couldn't be arsed to make a game on normal handhelds and ported a smartphone version and charged £30 for something that should be a few pound download title.
Anybody looking for the normal handheld experience from previous games need not try this tripe.
2 out of 5 and thats mainly for the characters and limited fun :(
and if this was intended to be a reboot of the handheld series you just lost many a fan and need to revert back.
Like the saying goes IF IT'S NOT BROKE WHY FIX IT.