Review: The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (PlayStation 4)

 

Bricksburg is in ruins and Emmet’s friends have been taken! Team up with Emmet and a host of heroic characters to save their friends from the strange inhabitants of the Systar System. Journey into outer space, discover new worlds and test your Master Building skills.

Pros:

  • Crisp HD graphics.
  • 10.24GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Open world gameplay. Take missions from within the world.
  • Subtitles on/off and set the text size.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Masterpieces–collect and earn these to unlock planets.
  • Pause menu- tutorial log, time played, game completion percentage, overall progress and stud amount.
  • HUD interface can be turned on/off.
  • Minimap can be enlarged.
  • Relics- different colors for different things. Green-items, purple-characters, blue-construction kits, Gold (mega) anything and super relic (red)super variants.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Combat is the same except the pull of connecting with enemies seems a lot stronger.
  • Build attack-special move that charges up and triggers a QTE aoe attack.
  • Blocks- you collect these and use them for crafting.
  • Discovery chests are hidden in the world.
  • Drop in/out co-op. Local.
  • A bold new direction for the series.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • New tools- scanner to scan for new builds, sticker gun, and more.
  • A lot of cameos.
  • Boss fights.
  • Customize character is back, you have to unlock the parts.
  • Super builder–build big structures instantly.
  • The building is the same as before, pay the crafting cost and have the instructions.
  • The story is told like a narrated book.
  • Universe– the main hub of planets. Collect master bricks to open up new worlds to explore.
  • Much more engaging experience.
  • Tons of replayability.
  • Tons of side missions.
  • Vehicles can be built for faster traversal.
  • Worlds encourage exploration.
  • Water- you can now swim and dive underwater.

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • Long load times.
  • Can’t skip cutscenes first time around.
  • A lot of screen tearing, it is constant.
  • No quick character swap, you have to press a button to bring up a table of them.
  • Texture pop in.
  • Main characters hardly speak and particular Emmet who just grunts.
  • Unskippable opening intro.
  • Overall the atmosphere is flat. The worlds are big but just have no life or music.
  • Customized characters don’t show in cutscenes.
  • Got stuck in buildings a few times.
  • Full of fetch quests.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

I have said it for years and now I can finally say it, Lego games have evolved and I enjoyed it! For too long all games felt the same with just a few new additions. Here we get a complete rehaul of the formula. Lego movie 2 is an open world game, you can play how you want, explore the many many worlds that are on offer and more. Now let’s calm down a bit for as good as it is, Lego movie 2 on my PlayStation 4 Pro ran terrible! Constant screen tearing and slowdown, it proper urt me eyes. Also if you have played Lego worlds (Minecraft inspired Lego game) you will see a lot of its elements in this game and that includes the super builds and how the worlds are created. Not a bad thing, just an observation. Back to it and I did enjoy my time with Lego movie 2, I just wish it didn’t run so bad.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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