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POSTED 28/11/13


LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES

WB Games
PS3 (also on PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Vita, 3DS)

Damn, superheroes can be whiny little bitches.

You’d think they’d be all hardened-the-fuck-up, but no. “Batman got this game,” “Wonder Woman got that game…” – just some of the whinges that emanated from the Marvel superheroverse before LEGO got sick of it and shut them up with their own game. Marvel Pinball obviously wasn’t enough.

Still, we’re happy, for while really it’s just another LEGO game, it’s evolves the franchise – a teensy bit - and, well, it has Hulk. He’s a big mofo, too. Kind of a maxifig.

In a staggering fit of originality the story revolves around Doctor Doom’s plans to take over the world (insert appropriate “MWAHAHA!” here), with his nefarious – and tautological - ‘Doom Ray of Doom’. Hey, world domination’s taxing, supervillains can’t all be marketing dynamos too.

As such, Marvel goodies are enlisted to counter Doom and myriad more Marvel baddies. The Avengers? Check. Fantastic Four? Yep. X-Men? Absolutely. Spidey and most others boyish and girlie who aren’t joiners? Uh-huh. Plus, Hulk!

If you’re unacquainted with LEGO’s adventures then first things first – head pat. Taking whichever core licence that’s been licenced, they add genuine humour and deliver a good day or more of gaming to the dedicated. You trundle about smashing stuff and gathering studs, while trying to advance in whatever often obtuse way the game demands.

In LMSH, the characters’ varied powers come into play. Some can melt silver, some gold. Some are computer literate, some can get slingy and stuff. The aim, essentially, is to complete main missions to unlock them, then go back in free play to do superheroic mopping up in an open New York world. Oh, and continually rescue Stan Lee. He’s getting on, he’s a bit doddery.

Marvel fans feeling pouty about previous LEGO DC lovin’ can now shut up and play this. If not, HULK SMASH!

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