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Review: LEGO The Incredibles (PlayStation 4)By Sasari At 03.07.2018 16:32

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The main story missions of the gameplay work through the story of the new The Incredibles 2 film. They, of course, ruin the story. Anyone hoping to experience the story in its best possible form would be wise to head to the cinema and watch the film before firing into this game. The story plays out over six stages and, after completing these, the story of the original The Incredibles movie is adapted for an additional six.

Anyone who has played a LEGO game will know what to expect in these stages, as they have not changed much over the years, more perfecting their fundamentals than introducing big changes. The Incredible family is a good fit for this type of game, each with very specific powers to overcome environmental difficulties. Violet can turn invisible to sneak past cameras, or use her forcefields to get through laser grids and across lava. Dash can sprint at high speeds or creep through small shafts. Elastigirl can stretch and transform to create bridges or to snake through vents to unreachable areas. Mr. Incredible has super strength to lift, move, and smash bricks. Frozone's ice powers are used to form huge creations that can have big effects on the world, like Grey from Fairy Tail.

The powers are all familiar from other LEGO superhero games, which makes sense, as Tt has adapted what has worked before here and there are natural links to be made between some of the cast of those games and the characters here. The only issue is that just a handful of characters are of any interest… That's why it was so surprising to see The Incredibles adapted; the movies are popular and all, but they hardly have the type of mammoth cast that can support a modern LEGO game style catalogue of playable characters. There are 113 characters to unlock here! How many characters can even the hardcore The Incredibles fans name? 10? 20?! This worry is fully realised during the first story missions and even into the open world missions when such highly anticipated characters as "Tommy," "Tony Rydinger," and "Ambassador" are unlocked… Thankfully, Tt prepared for this somewhat by adding in some extra unlockable characters that players will be excited to see. It's worth experiencing the reveals first hand, but suffice to say some of the biggest Pixar characters are recreated in bricky form here; it just would have been so much better if they had their own stages, too.

On top of the story mode, there is once again a big overworld to explore and it's stuffed to bursting with various side-quests, activities, and collectibles to gather up. It's a decent size, but nowhere near some of the previous games like Marvel Superheroes. The city of Metroville is broken up into 10 areas, each being overrun by a different supervillain. After completing a few side-quests and taking out the supervillain boss battle, the area is opened up for tracking down gold bricks, red bricks, races, and little side-quests. There are 120 mini-kits, 12 red bricks, 210 gold bricks, 25 races… There is a ton of content to keep the lifespan high here.

LEGO The Incredibles looks great, in that charming, blockstastic way. The characters get some emotive features during little FMVs that really help, the city has stacks of nice touches, and the boss battles have some big dynamic moments. The audio is particularly impressive, too. In the past, LEGO games have had the horrible tiny audio cut out of their source material, and occasionally integrated completely unrelated soundtracks other than the title theme. Not here. The whole The Incredibles soundtrack seems to be on display and many of the original voice actors are providing their dulcet tones. It's a quality production.

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[i]LEGO The Incredibles[/i] does exactly what fans of Tt's games will expect at this point. It delivers a fun distraction that is great to play through in couch co-op, with plenty of extras to keep the game enjoyable for a long time to come. However, like Telltale, it has done little to expand or innovate here and the source material feels a little thin for this type of affair. LEGO Pixar or LEGO Disney could have been amazing and, maybe, this is the first step towards that. However, on its own, it can't stand up to its predecessors.



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