Is Lego Marvel Super Heroes even more powerful on the PS4?
Welcome Back To New York Gentlemen. These words not only begin an amazing new adventure into the Marvel Universe, but also remind us of the shared universe that Marvel has created. With those words spoken by the recently resurrected Agent Culson (just check out Marvel’s Agents of Shield for that, on second hand, don’t) you are immediately thrown into a cosmic situation that makes that alien invasion of New York look smaller than Rocket Raccoon. With the fate of the world at stake, could this be the best Marvel game of all time? Find out in our review!
The Silver Surfer is orbiting near Earth, gathering items for the all mighty Galactius to consume. While on his quest, Silver Surfer crashes to our home planet and his board is broken into cosmic pieces. These cosmic cubes contain immense power and the diabolical Doctor Doom is determined to harness the Power Cosmic for his own evil deeds. To achieve this he has put together an impressive cabal of evil to assist him in gathering the cubes. Every baddie from The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Red Skull, Green Goblin and recent additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Mandarin and Aldrich Killlian have joined in the hunt for the Cosmic Cubes. As always, underneath the cloak of mischief, Thor’s half brother Loki is up to his own nefarious trickery.
Unique pairings like this make the game shine.
With this much evil afoot, Shield steps in to put together a team that rivals even the Avengers. Everyone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here along with a few other surprises that truly showcase how robust the Marvel roster is. There is even a nod to Howard the Duck. While the normal parings of Avengers dominate the roster, it is the moments where those parings are broken up that make the game truly shine. Don’t get me wrong; revisiting the familiar pairings from the movies and TV shows is fun. I loved defeating the Sandman with Hulk and Iron Man and searching for Stark’s suit with Captain America and Tony. Yet, when you have Mr. Fantastic teaming with Captain America to battle the Green Goblin in the Baxter Building or the Human Torch joining Thor, Wolverine, and Captain America to track Loki in Asgard, the game truly becomes something special. It even features a Doctor Who reference!
The Prince of Asgard is so fun to play with.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes allows you to travel all over the Marvel Universe. From the Raft to the Bifrost, the game does a great job at tying in the familiar locations from the movies with new locations from the comics to create one shared universe. Mentions of Eric Selvig or the event that happened in New York transition seamlessly into the video game without feeling forced. There are Easter Eggs through out the game for those who are fans of both the comic and cinematic universe. All of the characters are very well voiced which makes the patented Lego humor even more amusing. If you have watched a Marvel cartoon or home video recently, you will recognize all the voices and feel right at home with the characters. The gameplay is the same brick smashing fun you know from Lego, which fun but severely repetitive. Even on the PlayStation 4, this goes unchanged.
Stark Tower has seen better days.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes on the PlayStation 4 is the same exact game on the PlayStation 3. There is no additional content, no new characters, and no true use of the touch screen on the PlayStation 4 controller. While the game does look noticeably more detailed and brighter, the visuals are not that different from the PlayStation 3. You can use the touch sensor to navigate the mini map, but it’s more tedious than useful.
Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Avengers are all in the game!
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a superb game with tons to do and explore. While it can fit in right at home with the other PlayStation 4 releases during the console’s launch, there is nothing special about it that sets it apart from its previous generation predecessors. The game may have a new detailed coat of paint, but this is not the game that will make you go out and buy a new PlayStation 4. Still, if you are advancing into the next generation consoles, and you are a Marvel fan, this is a must have.
Score: 8 / 10