Gamers of all ages have been enjoying Traveller's Tales' Lego games for years now, but now they can finally play with real Lego bricks as a part of the game. With the runaway success of the toys-to-life trendsetter, Skylanders, it's a mystery why it's taken this long for the Lego games to jump into the genre.
Rather than focus on one IP, this new series is a mashup of multiple franchises and movie licenses. In the box, you'll find dinky NFC-chipped Lego minifigs for Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle. Together they must take on evil forces across dimensions to save the day by beating up goons, smashing up environments and holding the Circle button to rebuild odd yet useful tools. So far, so Lego, right?
Except, in order to use the inter-dimensional gateway, you'll have to build it first. With actual Lego, with your own hands. This is your docking station where you place character and vehicle models. You can use the manual, or follow the on-screen version to put it together. It took us (a couple who hasn't touched a Lego brick in many years) about an hour to build along with the other characters and a car. Don't worry if you're rubbish at Lego or if you're buying for a younger child who isn't quite there yet, the game can't actually tell what you've built, so you can't 'get it wrong.'Click here to read more...
Frankly, it's a surprise it's taken this long for the team at Traveller's Tales to get their hands on the Jurassic Park license. But on the plus side, it's meant they have managed to squeeze the brand new Jurassic World entry into the game alongside the original trilogy.
In fact, if you want to dive into the new movie straight away, you can after the prologue level. But if, like us, you love the original movies, you'll want to play through from the very start. By now, TT are seasoned pros at reproducing iconic moments from films into family-friendly games. They've had their work cut out for them though as the original movie is surprisingly violent, so the game has been heavily reimagined or cut. So nobody really dies, goat spines don't land on sunroofs and you certainly won't be seeing Samuel L. Jackson's severed arm flopping onto Laura Dern's shoulder. Hell, even Dennis Nedry has even been slimmed down (because Lego doesn't do fat). I'm surprised (disproportionately outraged) the electric fence scene has been completely cut though.
There's no beating around the bush. It's another Lego game, so don't expect any genuine innovations. Aside from enjoying the Lego games' established gameplay, your main reason for buying this should be a love for the source material. Expect the usual mix of platforming and smashing everything made of Lego in sight. Unlike real life, any problem in Lego games can be solved with wanton destruction and that's the status quo once again.Click here to read more...
Lego Dimensions has just been announced, finally confirming the rumours that Warner Bros Interactive were getting in on the toys-to-life genre that has flourished in recent years with the likes of Skylanders, Disney Infinity and more recently, Amiibos.
As adult gamers, we're often quite cynical about this burgeoning genre, as it often seems like an exploitative cash grab designed to prey upon the pester power of kids on their parents. Or as we've seen with the Amiibos, honing in on your most loyal fans with toys that add very little to a gaming experience and even worse, releasing limited numbers of some of them, making fans snap them up even sooner, before the eBay merchants get them all. Worse yet, most of these toys add nothing to a game that couldn't have just been DLC.
But, why are we getting excited about Lego Dimensions? Isn't it just going to be more of the same and Traveller's Tales aren't exactly known for messing with a winning formula? I'll tell you, because Lego Dimensions is actually going to include Lego. Real Lego pieces for you to build with. 269 of them in the Starter Pack.
As fun as the Lego games have been over the years (especially in multiplayer), you've never had to build anything in-game, with the exception of a brief item placing minigame seen in Lego Lord of the Rings, which never made an appearance in the Lego Hobbit game. But then again if they can cut a whole film from their plans (Five Armies DLC was cancelled), I shouldn't have been surprised to see corners cut elsewhere.Click here to read more...
One of the few LEGO titles out there that lets you put your own mark on the game thanks to the Master Builder activities, The LEGO Movie Video game is yet another solid, charming title from Traveller's Tales. A perfect game to play with the kids, The LEGO movie has been slow to fall in price on Wii U, but it's a steal at under £15. Be quick, mind, as this deal is running for today only. Cheers FantasyDeals!
That November games voucher is still good over at Green Man Gaming, but going through their VIP portal will bag you an even cheaper copy of LEGO Batman 3.
To get the game at this price, you'll need to order through the GMG VIP page (the November code won't work here), which also has some Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity deals there too. They're not down at key reseller prices, but they're far cheaper than Uplay's RRP.
Back with Batman, the game is looking splendid, and to give you an idea of what to expect from Traveller's Tales' latest, click here to check out Jon's LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hands-on preview.
Lego Batman 2 | The Game Collection | £8.95
LEGO Batman 2 is outstanding, and getting to explore LEGO Gotham and LEGO Metropolis in this title. Granted, it's Tory Baker rather than the fabulous Will Arnett doing the voice here, but the Traveller's Tales scribes are on point here, with some cracking scenes between batman and Superman, and your usual huge helping of some classic LEGO slapstick.
Be quick, mind, The Game Collection are only offering LEGO Batman 2 at £8.95 for today.
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We love the LEGO games here at Dealspwn.com. From humble British beginnings, Traveller's Tales blended our favourite films with our favourite childhood toy, creating a gentle, accessible, hilarious and compelling set of adventures for everyone to enjoy. We've certainly had a lot of it to enjoy, too, from Star Wars to Indiana Jones.
And Harry Potter. And The Lord Of The Rings. And LEGO City Undercover and The Chase Begins and DC Super Heroes and DC Super Heroes 2 and Rock Band and The Adventure Continues and Pirates Of The Caribbean and Ninjago and The Legends Of Chima and Marvel Super Heroes and Universe in Peril and the LEGO Movie... culminating in a Hobbit tie-in that launched before the Trilogy has even completed, offers scant new features, feels unpolished and arrives less than two months after their last major release.
Uh-oh. This is actually rather worrying... because we've seen it before. When a franchise oversaturates its own marketplace and directly competes with itself because a publisher wants too much of a good thing, the alarm bells are bound to go off - as we learned thanks to a certain extinct music game featuring plastic guitars and a billion unnecessary semi-sequels all clamouring for attention.
If Warner Bros. doesn't throttle back, there's a real and present danger of our beloved LEGO series going the same way.Click here to read more...
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is all set to be Traveller's Tales' magnum opus -- the LEGO game to end all LEGO games -- the best that there is. To do that, TT are doing what everyone seems to be doing these days: they're going open world, and stuffing a whole bunch of Marvel goodness into a fictional, and blocky, representation of New York City. You can find out everything that I saw at Gamescom, and my views on how the game's shaping up, in my extensive preview here (there'll be an impressions video rolling out soon), but I had a few unanswered questions.
Who better to answer them than game director Arthur Parsons, a 15-year stalwart at TT, and a man who's had his fingerprints on pretty much every LEGO game there's been. I caught up with Arthur at a preview event a couple of weeks ago to chat about how the team has gone about bridging the console generational gap, what new challenges and opportunities the open-world approach has brought to this game in particular, and how TT went about assembling their 150+ character roster.Click here to read more...
Warner Bros. Interactive's SVP of international games, Olivier Wolff, has revealed that the company have always been concerned that the LEGO series might have a ceiling in terms of its appeal. However, it would appear that the reverse is true, with Wolff declaring that actually the series has completely dodged consumer fatigue, and in fact there's more demand for LEGO games than ever before.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One | 3DS
Developers: Traveller's Tales
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive
Stan Lee Hulks out.
I was sold. Right there, with those four words.
Traveller's Tales' LEGO games have long been beloved of us gamers here at Dealspwn. The whimsy, the in-jokes, the slapstick comedy, the seamless co-operative play -- these games have had them all. So how on earth do you go and top them?
Apparently by Marvel giving you access to everything.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes basically sees the Silver Surfer planning on serving Earth up to Galactus on a plate. Doctor Doom is apparently a little concerned by this and would rather Galactus didn't do that so he begins a search for the enormously powerful Cosmic Bricks and starts amassing a bunch of ne'er-do-wells like Magneto and busts Loki out of his prison to raise an evil force of the criminally unhinged. His plan? To rescue Earth and then make all of humanity his subjects. In response, Nick Fury puts a call out to all of his heroic chums and figures such as the X-Men and Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four so that they can snap up the Cosmic Bricks first.Click here to read more...
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
We love the Traveller's Tales LEGO games here at Dealspwn. Flying in the face of gritty seriousness, the UK-based developer believes that it's okay to have fun while playing videogames, presenting us with a range of brilliant tie-ins that blend our love of classic films with the toys we grew up with. Kids can enjoy the accessible addictive gameplay while us slightly older folks can chuckle at the in-jokes and collect copious amounts of studs right along with them. The LEGO games are a perfect mix of smart design and unabashed sillyness that literally anyone can enjoy.
So it's no surprise that LEGO have co-opted TT Games to create a handheld tie-in based on their latest official playset range: Legends Of Chima. The colourful world of anthropomorphic kung fu animals may be a neat setting for a game, but can the series support itself on gameplay alone without Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter or The Lord Of The Rings to riff on?
The short answer is yes. Just because a game happens to be a tie-in doesn't mean it automatically has to suck.
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Contains LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7, LEGO Batman, LEGO Batman 2: DC Heroes, and LEGO Lord Of The Rings. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
You've got to love Traveller's Tales. For years they've taken massive entertainment licenses and delivered games that marry slapstick comedy with gloriously geeky franchise in-jokes. We might have wondered how their flair for the comedic would work in an original IP, and if their Fusion studio could deliver as reliably as their main outfit.
Well from the looks of things, we needn't worry. The latest trailer for LEGO City Undercover has had us in stitches all morning.Hit the jump for a bit of a giggle >>
This may be Traveller's Tales' finest Lego game yet. Real voices were included for the first time in the series allowing for a proper story. It's damn funny at times too, especially Robin's adoration of Superman, which annoys grumpy pants Batman a lot. Open world playgrounds for Gotham and Metropolis are great fun to explore with a flying Superman or with a range of cool vehicles.
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A new developer diary for Lego Marvel Super Heroes sees Traveller's Tales showing off their recreation of Tony Stark's home, along with commentary from the team on how they designed Iron Man's abode, and set about creating it.
Filmed as part of Game Informer’s January reveal, assistant director Steve Sharples gives us a tour of LEGO Tony's life, discusses some of his powers in-game, and how he'll be able to team up with other Avengers to work around certain puzzles.Click here to read more...
Hot damn, LEGO games are awesome. So the thought of running amok in an entire city made out of the stuff, and mashing together GTA-esque open world shenanigans with Traveller's Tales trademark whimsy and flair for the comedic is exciting us greatly. Nintendo have dropped a new trailer for upcoming Wii U title LEGO City Undercover, no doubt to tie in with the Wii U Direct presentation that'll be occurring later today.Click here to read more...