Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:25

REVIEW: LEGO City Undercover (Xbox One)

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It was only a few weeks ago that Warner Bros and TT Games released LEGO Worlds, now they’re gracing us with LEGO City Undercover.

LEGO City Undercover was originally a 2013 exclusive for the Nintendo Wii U but has now made it’s way over to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

You play as Chase McCain, a LEGO City police officer tasked with bringing the crime wave being fueled by super-villain Rex Fury to a halt that’s currently sweeping LEGO City, a LEGO version of San Francisco. As you play City Undercover you’ll find yourself solving crimes, capturing bag guys and gaining intel on where to find Rex Fury.

The best way to explain the gameplay in City Undercover is to imagine a PG rated version of Grand Theft Auto but in LEGO form. For those that didn’t play City Undercover back in 2013 on the Wii U, the map itself is fairly open-world with plenty of missions taking place in different areas scattered throughout the game. Once you’ve complete the main missions, you’re able to go back and revisit those sections to pick up any collectables you might have missed the first time around.

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As I mentioned earlier, this is a port from the Wii U version, so whats changed? Well to be honest, not too much. Gameplay is pretty much the same, though the game looks much sharper now over the Wii U version. You’ll also notice the game now loads the loading screens at lightning speeds. Something that has been added is two player co-op mode, but other then that, not much else.

Back on collectables for a moment. Just like in every other LEGO game, if you're like me and don't want to miss anything, picking up the collectables will keep you busy, and LEGO City Undercover is no different. To be able to pick up all the collectibles, you’re going to need to complete the game at least once to unlock the various ability types as some areas are locked off unless you have the right tools to access them.

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The collectibles are presented in a number of different ways. First up are super bricks, these are needed to build constructions throughout LEGO City. Second are red bricks, which can unlock bonuses, and then there are gold bricks, 450 in total, that can be collected throughout LEGO City by completing certain tasks. There’s also many vehicles to collect, as well as costumes that come to a grand total of 300 different ones to collect.. Yes, 300. LEGO City Undercover will keep you busy well after you’ve completed the 15 or so hour main story.

LEGO City Undercover is pretty much the same game it was four years ago on the Nintendo Wii U. With it’s small upgrades and the added bonus of two player co-op, only makes an already fun crime-fighting game into something a little bit more polished. If you missed it the first time around on the Wii U, it's definitely worth the pick up now on current-gen.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4, XBOX ONE, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Traveller's Tales, TT Fusion
  • Publisher: Nintendo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DreamCatcher Interactive
  • Genre: Action / Adventure