Review – The Lego Movie 2 Videogame

If there’s one area of entertainment I would have never imagined I’d ever fall in love with, it was the original Lego Movie. It had everything to be just another expensive and joyless product placement, but it ended up being one of the greatest animated films I’ve seen in years. We then got the even more amazing Lego Batman movie, as well as the recent Lego Movie 2 which, although not as good as the original, is still pretty fun in its own right. I also would have never imagined that its tie-in game, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, would end up being even better than the source material.

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Take that, Mad Max!

Yes, that’s right, in this day and age where movie tie-in games are largely relegated to the wild west that is the mobile gaming market or the tragedy that is Ben-Hur, TT Games and Warner Bros have decided to once again swim against the tide and release a Lego Movie 2 game right alongside the film. Thankfully enough, this isn’t just a re-skin of the previous Lego Movie game, which followed the same old Lego game formula; a bunch of linear levels followed by one big hub world with secrets to unveil. It also follows the plot of movie very loosely.

This time around, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame takes some influences from Lego Worlds, as well as open world collectathons like Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey in order to create the single most unique Lego game released in years. Instead of following the steps from the movie with a set amount of linear levels, this game opts for big open worlds with a set amount of collectibles to find before leaving the stage for the first time, just like Mario’s latest Switch adventure. You can then return whenever you want to in order to grab the remaining items, as well as acquiring new characters, vehicles, buildings, items, weapons, and so on.

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Right??

The Lego Worlds influence comes in the shape of one specific world in which you need to hone your master builder skills and transform a barren wasteland of a planet into a fully planned metropolis. Every now and then, new inhabitants will move to this world and ask you to build specific shops, houses, or monuments according to their needs. You’ll need to unlock these buildings, either via story progression or by opening relics (this game’s version of lootboxes, sans the greedy monetization). It sounds silly and uninteresting, but it’s so easy to get relics and new items that you’ll get hooked on the game’s progression system in no time. You can also build whatever you want as well, without the need of having to fulfill a set list of objectives, provided you’ve previously unlocked said buildings.

Another neat addition to the classic Lego game formula is how different boss fights are this time around. They aren’t anywhere near as frequent, but they are now much longer, more complex, and in the case of the first few fights, clearly inspired by Shadow of the Colossus. You are literally supposed to climb the bosses and destroy weak spots scattered throughout their bodies. The fights actually feel epic, something I would have never imagined in a Lego game. My only wish was to actually listen to the Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack while doing so…

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A mummy being followed by a velociraptor equipped with machine guns. Don’t ask.

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame features an insane amount of content, as well as hardly any technical glitches or framerate issues (it’s capped at 30 fps, though). But it does have one sad flaw, something I wasn’t expecting from it: the voice acting is surprisingly mediocre. The game doesn’t feature the star-studded cast from the movie, relying on uninspiring soundalikes to get the job done. The Nick Offerman and Alison Brie replacements are, by far, the biggest disappointments. They don’t sound like the famous actors and they don’t even try to deliver a decent performance. There isn’t a lot of in-game banter as well, given how Emmett is a mute character in this game, even though he can’t shut up for a second on the movies. Lego DC Super Villains, this clearly is not.

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Shadow of the Brickolossus.

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame was a surprising experience. We don’t see a lot of movie tie-ins being released for consoles nowadays and we definitely don’t see a lot of them that are actually better than their sources of inspiration. This is a fun collection focused game featuring tons of content, some really intense boss battles, and an addictive progression system. I was expecting to witness a trainwreck of a game due to all other reviews I’ve read about it, but I’m so delighted to report that I had the opposite experience. This is yet another great Lego game. Everything is still awesome!

 

Graphics: 8.0

The traditional Lego visual style, with lots of colors and wacky animations. The framerate is a lot more stable this time around, though.

Gameplay: 7.5

The classic Lego formula: simple combat, simple puzzles, collect studs, all wrapped up in a new open world collection focused coat of paint.

Sound: 5.5

Unlike previous Lego games, this title doesn’t feature a star-studded cast. The replacement voice actors do a pretty poor job as well. There are very few jokes and almost no in-game banter.

Fun Factor: 8.5

The new open world collectathon aesthetics, the addictive progression system, and the boss fights clearly inspired by Shadow of the Colossus are all great. This is one of the most entertaining Lego games in years.

Final Verdict: 8.0

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Reviewed on PS4.

A copy of The Lego Movie 2 Videogame was provided by the publisher.

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