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Great fan service but compromised by glitches, etc.
on 27 February 2014
I bought this for my son and I to play together. The positives are some terrific fan service to the Marvel universe, which is handled in a witty and endearing way with Lego characters that look almost real. The negatives include frequent bugs and glitches, in particular the tendency for characters to get stuck on scenery or get stuck in a repeating animation, which always forces a level restart. This has happened to us too frequently and we don't know anymore whether, upon starting a level, we will be able to enjoy a glitch-free run and finish it. This problem only gets worse when you go to free-play mode and start mixing-and-matching different characters on the fly, which seems to freak the game engine right out. Other problems include the dynamic/self-adjusting split-screen picture mode used for co-op, which is a nice idea but very frustrating in practice. Areas of the screen are frequently obscured and inaccessible due to your coop partner's position - especially when you need to aim projectiles - which means you have you ask your partner to move into position 'just so' so that you can see what you need to see. The player is not given sufficient control of their own camera to get around this problem. A final problem includes the general clutter of the user interface and especially the city map, which includes dozens and dozens of icons with absolutely no menu to explain what anything does. Other open-world games like the Grand Theft Autos, Assassin's Creeds and Elder Scrolls always offer icon menus to help you navigate their maps, so their omission here in a children's game is puzzling. (Of course, it's meant to encourage you to buy the guide). If you're looking for a game to play coop with a child I would strongly recommend something infinitely better crafted like Rayman Origins or Revolution. I would say that Lego Marvel is only for the diehard Marvel afficionado who is willing to look beyond the many gameplay and user-interface design faults and bugs.