Lego City Undercover Review
Lego City Undercover is an interesting change of pace for the Lego franchise, as it's more centered on originalstorytelling and unique characters than any licensed franchise. The game tells a ridiculous but entertaining crimethriller story while simultaneously offering a great deal of familiar Lego content. There's over a dozen storymissions to complete, as well as a huge map that is scattered with side activities and mini games. Ultimately though,Lego City Undercover puts the Lego formula to the test. Is stacking bricks just as fun with fresh new characters?
Like most of the Lego games, Lego City Undercover is main narrative is not to be taken very seriously. The storyfollows undercover cop chase McCain who performs his law enforcing duties in Lego City. Recently, the city hasundergone a crime waves at the hands of Rex Fury. This intimidating criminal must be taken down once and for all, andit's up to chase to do it. This adventure leads Chase there are numerous hilarious scenarios that see him swappingdisguises and smashing blocks like a true Lego master. Although the franchise is now far from its roots instraight-up slapstick comedy, most of the laughs are pretty juvenile. Characters are fully voiced, and there's anoticeable attention spent on forming the characters personalities. Since the characters in the story are whollyoriginal and not tied to any pre-existing formula, there are plenty of cutscenes to get you familiar with them. Alltold, the Lego City undercover story starts off interesting but gets a bit boring along the way. It's commendable tosee them do such a good job with original characters, but I felt like the story overstayed its welcome by a fewlevels.
Playing cop Chase McCain.
When playing as undercover cop Chase McCain, your arsenal of abilities is limited to the disguise as you haveunlocked. In other Lego games, you usually make progress in Levels by discovering new abilities. Since Chase lack themagic of a Harry Potter character or the superhero inclinations of a Marvel character, his abilities are directlytied into the disguises at his disposal. Yield on the mask of an astronaut, a miner, a farmer, and more. Eachdisguise often opens up a handful of new activities or collectibles when replaying the story mode in free play.Although the new disguises aren't is flashy if some of the powers we've seen in the Lego franchise before, I stillhad plenty of fun finding and collecting them all.
Like other more recent Lego games, beating the main story does not spell the end of your experience. The wide mapof Lego city is right for exploration, and by the time you finish the main story missions, there will be more sideactivities to complete than you can count. Besides collecting studs during missions, you also collect blocks. Theseblocks can be used to craft different super builds around the city, giving you access to new vehicles and ways tospawn vehicles. Although the actual gameplay mechanic isn't anything super new, the addition of a new collectiblecurrency add some fun gameplay to boot. Once you've unlocked all of the main disguises, you're pretty much free toexplore Lego City at your leisure and complete activities as you go. This includes things like treasure hunts, streetraces, Chase sequences, and more. The pure size of the map of might seem intimidating, but luckily there's a handymap function that lets you mark your objective and plan out where you want to visit. While most gaming veterans won'thave a problem navigating the world's map without any assistance, this is still a great feature to have for gamingnewcomers and those with short attention spans.
Explore Lego City at your leisure and complete activities as you go.
Unfortunately, the game is not without its faults. Although you can play through the game with a co-op partner, Idon't recommend it. When the game originally launched on the Wii U, it was developed as a purely single playerexperience. Now that it is released on Steam and other consoles, cooperative play has been included, but they haven'tchanged anything about the game to follow suit. Puzzles and combat and counters are still crafted with solo play inmind, which can often leave the second player with nothing to do. If you're looking for some simple Lego fun with afriend, Cooperative mode will work out just fine. However, if you're looking for puzzles that encourage cooperationlike previous Lego games, you'll be sorely disappointed. As I mentioned before, the main story can drag on a bit,especially considering the size of the open world map and the plethora of content within it. By the time you reachthe credits, you might be a bit too burned out to hop right back in. In fact, Lego City Undercover is best played inshort bursts rather than long play sessions.
Generally speaking, Lego City Undercover feels a bit dated, as it should. However, the story has an interestinghook despite featuring unfamiliar characters, and the general gameplay is still as fun as ever. I found it prettyeasy to get burned out on LEGO City Undercover, even when joined by a friend. At its best, this game feels like a kidfriendly version of the Grand Theft Auto series. At its worst, it's just a dull Lego experience. Considering the ageof the game and it's amount of content, you'll probably be able to find a good deal on Steam. I don't recommend thatyou buy this game at full price, but if you consider yourself a Lego game expert, you'll want to pick it up on sale.Luckily, we offer discounted steam gift cards on our trusted platform. This way you can solve the crimes of Lego Citywithout having to rob a bank.