Monday, 05 November 2018 16:47

REVIEW: LEGO DC Super-Villains (Xbox One)

Written by Anarchyxrisen
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LEGO DC Super-Villains is a LEGO themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales, which serves as a spin-off to the LEGO Batman trilogy and the fourth instalment in the LEGO DC franchise. Travellers Tales Limited is a British video game developer and a subsidiary of TT Games and was founded in 1989.

LEGO, we've all played with it screamed and howled in pain having a piece come in contact with a bare foot and if you haven't your time will come. Not only has LEGO evolved over the year's with new shapes and piece's, it's also connected and built on to the movie and game industry bringing us an excellent LEGO movie and a collection of multiple LEGO games from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Marvel Super Heroes and Batman just to name a few. Hell they even made a LEGO Rock Band and now its time for the latest entry based around  DC's villains.

Anyone who know's me knows im a massive DC/Marvel fan so when this came up for review my hand went up faster than ZOOM tapping into the speed-force so lets get right into it.

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Starting up the game you're greeted by a video showing a bunch of things being stolen by a certain someone along with a song starting to play when you got to the load screen. This made me smirk as the LEGO humour had hit me head on already and I haven't even started the game. This kind of humour is found through-out the entire game. I laughed so many times as I played. Even my kids were laughing at some of the jokes that just left me scratching my head trying to figure out why it was funny. Starting the game after the cut scene your character is introduced by commissioner Gordon to Lex Luthor as a new villain. Now do you think I choose random, preset or customise?  You bet I decided on customise. This game has a decent amount of items to pick from, and even more to unlock as you play through the game. I feel like they really wanted you to make a villain you're truly proud of. I'm not gonna lie, I spent a good 30-40 minutes making mine. Choosing the right hair, left and right arm, colour co-ordinating right down to choosing skills.

Following that, the game kicks off with a prison riot helping Luthor escape. In typical LEGO fashion blocks need breaking, puzzles need to be solved and set up as certain characters can only do certain things. As an example, Solomon Grundy can lift and move heavy things yet he can't build LEGO pieces together while the Joker can build LEGO pieces but unable to perform gymnastics. This isn't a bad thing, it just allows you to play through the game over and over using the large roster that you unlock as you play. Now, not only villains are used, some heroes as well are used towards the end of each level and all the characters you come across become unlocked and playable. Changing characters is as simple as holding the Y button. Pressing the LB button brings out your phone to read text messages from fellow villains and most importantly, to take selfies, which I found myself doing a lot in free play.

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As for the map, it's a decent size with Gotham and Metropolis available to run around and drive vehicles causing havoc. You'll also have gold bricks to find and races to compete which breaks up the rather repetitive puzzles you find throughout the game. The levels and hub look as good as you'd expect, Traveller's Tales have got that down-pat as I never struggled to understand what I was suppose to do or where to go. Gotham is dark and grimy while Metropolis is bright and sunny. Penguins penguin bar feels like it does in the comics and cartoons though toned down for the kids.

The voice talent is brilliant with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker/The trickster, which is fantastic as they both 
own it as those character's. Micheal Ironside voices Darkseid, his grizzly voice serves well as Darkseid as well as Brandon Routh from TV's Legends of Tomorrow who voices his character, The Atom and John Barrowman from TV's Arrow voicing his character Malcolm Merlyn, the nerd in anyone will get a kick out off it. All in All it's a beautiful game for kids and adults to enjoy. My only few gripes is certain places the camera angle will get stuck, and also for a game full of villains I expected it to be a little bit darker. 

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Traveller's Tales, TT Games
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action / Adventure