THE LEGO MOVIE 2 VIDEO GAME
By Thomas "StrictlyBacon" Turlings on March 7, 2019
We have all had those days where we're playing games and we long for something simple, something less intense, something fun. You may remember those old Lego games from your childhood like Lego Chess or Lego Rock Raiders, but what if I told you that these Lego games are still up and running? Both children, people who have retired and all those in between can now enjoy the simple fun that Lego Movie 2 has to offer.
Lego Movie 2 feels like a mix between those old games like Lego Star Wars and a whole new formula, and the fact that the game is based on the Lego Movie 2 makes this setting even more appropriate. Where old Lego games still had environments completely made out of regular textures and non-Lego parts, the Lego Movie 2 shows up with worlds entirely made out of Lego's. So if you have a good eye, a lot of Lego, and way to much spare time on your hands, you could theoretically recreate these worlds from scratch! This makes the worlds feel a lot more immersive and overall really fun to play in for everyone that would be interested.
The old story-based missions that Lego used to incorporate into their games have disappeared; this game feels more like an open world RPG (separated in different areas) than a linear story based game, you land in a world where you complete a variety of missions ranging between story quests and side quests like racing or taking a picture with a panda. These worlds are yours to explore and you can even scan certain props to put them into a city of your own!
I'm not going to lie to you, this game is easy, not just easy for an experienced gamer, but easy for all ages. This possibly makes this game less interesting to the hardcore gaming community (If the word Lego hasn't put them off yet), but opens this game up to a whole new focus group. Those who have zero experience holding a controller or typing on a keyboard. The fact that this game is challenging in its own way, allowing you to find a solution for any problem you encounter in your own way, but still easy enough for a 5 year old to play, makes it really stand out for me. This game will not become my next addiction, but I will definitely let my little brother experience the fun of side quests without having to force him to run through the vast world of Skyrim or World of Warcraft.
The controls embrace the difficulty that the rest of the game follows. While younger players might find it hard to control the camera in certain tight spots, the game has fluent movement and camera controls throughout your time playing it. Some controls are slightly confusing like a button that does different things if you hold it for a longer time than when you tap it, opening a menu that takes you away from a (tiny) fight or race. Overall this game ran well on my Xbox One S and I could certainly recommend relaxing on the couch while walking around in your batman outfit.
For me, Lego has always been about collecting. I mostly played with Lego Star Wars when I was younger, and I always liked to have all of the main characters and as many droids/clone troopers as I could have. The essence of this has definitely been captured in Lego Movie 2. You can scan almost any prop that you see and add it to your database, you also collect different relics from (easy to find) relic chests, which can contain new items, characters or even buildings! You are able to switch away from the main characters and become a man in a watermelon suit whenever you please, this means that it's actually exiting to open these relics (Which are extremely easy to come by and in no way linked to microtransactions, which are nowhere to be found in this game) and seeing a weird but fun character pop up.
"What do I do with all of the stuff that I collected?", you might ask. Well thank you, that is an excellent question, dear reader! The second world you unlock is a (nearly) empty world with a lot of empty space for you to decorate however you like. You can, for instance, build a castle that you earned in Middle Zealand (Which I'm sure is totally unrelated to Lord of The Rings...) across from a giant robot statue that doubles as an apartment building, you can place those plants and campfires you scanned during your missions and do what Lego is all about, creating something you love.
Even though I have not played Lego games in a while, this game really brought back some fond memories. While this game might not be for those that are currently playing the newest iteration of Call of Duty for five hours every day, it truly is a great title for those among us that are either looking for something new, want to get into gaming but aren't looking for the biggest challenge of the century, and even the ones who want to start creating an E-Sport legend while they're still only five years old. This game is a great switch/introduction to gaming thanks to the simple fun it has to offer. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and see if I have some old Lego sets lying around somewhere.