REVIEW: LEGO Marvel SuperHeroes 2 (Nintendo Switch)
LEGO Marvel SuperHeroes 2
- Good Story using a large and diverse cast
- Beautiful graphics
- Tons of characters to choose from
- The humor we have come to expect remains the same
- Robust Season Pass DLC
- Some obscure characters and references will go over casual fans heads
- Some button inputs are awkward
- No X-Men or Fantastic Four characters
The LEGO Marvel Universe is in turmoil again! What are it’s heroes to do? Why, answer the call, of course. And that’s just what they do in LEGO Marvel SuperHeroes 2.
The adversity this time comes at the hand of Kang the Conqueror, a long time foe of the Avengers, who happens to have time travel abilities. He plans to use his powers to reshape the Marvel Universe. He begins on the home planet of the Nova Corps, and the game begins by putting you in control of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Clearly styled after their movie incarnations, you are tasked by helping to evacuate the planet, eventually leading to a confrontation with Eson, a Celestial.
From there, the story kicks into gear with Kang picking pieces from different Marvel worlds, such as Hala, Manhattan and Nueva York. The heroes gather at Avengers Mansion to try and determine their plan of attack. From there, you can probably see where this is going. You go from level to level trying to recover the pieces of whatever device is necessary to finally defeat your adversary. The way the game keeps this interesting is by creating “teams” to lead through these levels. These teams are made up of very different heroes. One team, for example is Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel (Kamala) and White Tiger. There are fewer vehicle levels in this game than there are in most LEGO games, but the rest of the action makes up for it.
Also back in this game are the gold bricks collected after each level, Stan Lee in peril in every level, and the “red” bricks, which is this game are associated with Gwenpool, and are, of course, pink. Gwenpool also has special missions you can go on.
The controls are the same as usual. If you ever played a LEGO game before, you’ll feel right at home. One button attacks, one button jumps, one does special attacks when held and one will activate your character’s unique ability when you are the proper context sensitive situation.
And, speaking of characters, there are a LOT of them, easily over a hundred. The character select screen goes on for miles. There is a mixture of comic and movie style characters and the roster covers most of the Marvel Universe.
The graphics are well done, with characters and locations beautifully rendered. The sound is also top notch, with a great voice cast for all the characters, but the real standout is the pre-chapter narrations, which are provided by J. Jonah Jameson.
I played this game on the Switch, so it enables me to talk about the portability option. I am happy to report that the game looks just as good when playing on the Switch screen and there are no issues with the frame rate or gameplay at all.
Now, we need to talk about the drawbacks. There are several situations where the game seems to want to get in it’s own way. For example, Dr. Strange has the power to control time. Time is controlled by rotating the left stick. The problem with this is, if you accidentally push the button on top of the stick, you get a game pausing hint prompt. If you happen to trigger this, it cancels any time controlling progress you might have made.
Secondly, this story visits some of the more obscure corners of the Marvel Universe. There will be many characters that most people playing the game have never heard of. Also, a lot of people will be scratching their heads at the missing characters. Namely, the X-Men. THERE ARE NO X-MEN RELATED CHARCTERS IN THE GAME! The Fantastic Four isn’t in the game either. Apparently, it’s a big legal headache to get them in the game, and I’m not going to go into it Here, except to say that it really sucks. They were able to get it together for the first game and that game was all the better for it. It feels like something is missing in this game, and there is no way to shake that feeling.
One other weird thing about this game. It seems harder to collect enough studs to buy stuff in this game than in any other prior game. I don’t know if this is actually the case or if it just seems that way.
DLC for this game is suitably robust, with packs for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther and Runaways, with a pack planned to tie in with Avengers: Infinity War.
The game is fun, and the humor is still there, but ultimately, I can’t help thinking about what the game could have been with the inclusion of the X-Men and Fantastic Four. I sincerely hope that all of the legal hurdles can be overcome before the next games and they can be reinstated, because it’s really not the Marvel Universe without them.
NOTE: This game is also available on PlayStation 4, X-Box One, and PC. It was reviewed for the Nintendo Switch)