The villains take the lead role in the latest Lego game base on the DC Universe. Find out what we thought in our Lego DC Super-Villains Review!
|Release Date||October 16, 2018|
|ESRB Rating||Everyone 10+|
*A copy of this game was provided to FYIG by WB Games for review purposes*
With Lego games coming out as frequently as you do, it’s hard to get too excited about a new one. I was excited about the release of Lego DC Super-Villains, though. It’s not often that video games allow us to play as the villains in a story. We’re usually saving the world, not causing havoc. Yet here, TT Games gives us free reign over the massive list of villains in the DC Universe in a game that is packed with action. More than that, they found a way to keep the classic gameplay engaging enough despite it being mostly the same as past games.
Almost as soon as you jump into the game you’re greeted with a pretty character creation screen. Other Lego games have done this before, but the character you create here is really at the core of the story, unlike those past games. There are a lot of options at your disposal on how your character looks from the type of cape you have to the glow around your fists to what type of weapon you wield. The combinations are endless. My character is all black kind of like Batman, but with a blue/black cape and blue glowing hands. I also have a skull and crossbones on my chest for good measure, I am a bad guy after all! Your character is silent and ends up being the butt of many jokes, but it’s nice to see my own representation in the story.
The story in Lego DC Super Villains is pretty interesting. The Justice League has gone missing and a team of knock-off super-heroes called The Justice Syndicate shows up conveniently at the same time. You can see where all of this is going. The tone of the entire game is similar to the Suicide Squad film in which the villains have to team-up despite their disagreements. It’s nowhere near as dark as that movie and manages to keep a light and fun tone throughout the story with fun gags and great one-liners from the extensive cast of characters. The voice cast is fantastic with Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Tara Strong reprising their iconic roles as Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series respectively. Even Nolan North joins in voicing Ultraman from The Justice Syndicate. The writing and cast really make the game that much more enjoyable and gives it so much more character.
Much like many of the Lego DC and Marvel games in the past, Lego DC Super Villains is an open-world game for the most part with missions that land you in different interior areas. The cool thing here is that you can explore both Gotham and Metropolis in pretty good detail along with other iconic locations in the DC universe. There are collectibles scattered around the whole open-world hub, as is customary in Lego games and it’s pretty fun to explore the cities to find them, but it still feels like mostly filler.
As great as it is to use your own character, that character is just one of the over 160 available for you to play as in the game. You’re never stuck with your own creation, you can always bring up a character select screen (once you play through enough of the game) which allows you to use any character that you’ve unlocked. I really enjoyed roller skating around as Harley Quinn and her boombox always managed to make me smile. I also enjoyed playing as Catwoman a lot because she seemed to be able to take down enemies faster than anyone. The characters are pretty diverse even though everyone has the same basic moveset. Despite that, I never felt like any one character was exactly the same as another one.
The combat is pretty simple with every character having melee and ranged attacks that they can use. No enemy feels overly difficult as this is a game geared towards kids. Puzzles are equally as simplified and it won’t take an average gamer long to get through any portion of the game. It’s what you’d expect from the series so I don’t have many complaints. I did like that there were a few driving missions scattered here and there to break up the gameplay a little bit. Co-op is equally as rewarding as it has always been with this series. It’s one of the few couch co-op games left and I applaud the developers for that. There’s still a lot of enjoyment to be had out of this game if you don’t mind the kid-friendly tone and simplistic gameplay.
|Great voice-acting||Same old gameplay|
|Massive cast of characters|