After debating and debating and debating to get Lego Dimensions, I finally caved. It ended up being a combination of 2 reasons why I picked it up.
The first was this trailer:
The second was because I was able to get the main set (with boxes) for 40$. Not bad start eh?
What is Lego Dimensions?
Lego Dimensions is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveler’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360. It follows the toys-to-life format, in that the player has Lego figures and a portal which can be played within the game itself where it features characters and environments from over 30 different franchises. The Starter Pack, containing the game, the USB portal, and three minifigures, was released in September 2015, and has since been expanded with additional level packs and characters.
From playing about 2 hours of it and already buying one of their expansions here are my pros and cons of the game.
Lets start off with the Cons.
My biggest complaint is the “Triangle” Button (for PS4). That button is not only used for using your vehicle, it is also used to quick select the characters you have on screen. When ever you get near your vehicle and press triangle when the button appears, I find there is a 50% chance you will open your quick select popup.. royal pain in the ass.
I find that the levels have a lack of explanations as to what to do. Yes, granted it is meant to figure shit out, but at some points I find myself so lost that I do not know what I need to do to go on. However, whenever there is something that doesn’t need to be explained… there is a “?” block to tell me what to do.
Use of Other characters:
This one takes the cake. I understand that a toy like this wants to push their products and sell sell sell. However within the 2 hours I played, multiple times I come to a secret that I can only unlock or access if I had said character.
Not only that, I could “Hire-A-Hero” for 50,000 lego pieces.. sure to get 50,000 isn’t TOO hard.. however some levels have this “Hire-A-Hero” 4-6 times. Now I understand them doing that in the minigame, etc, but playing through the main game, makes me feel “incomplete” as I cannot complete everything in one sitting and move on.
Like Skylanders, Lego Dimensions has their own type of base plate to put your characters on to summon them. However you also use it to unlock things and progress in the levels. I find it a bit of a pain when you have to consistently have to move and change their position.
Neat Gimmick, but useless..
and Finally… the Team/Character/Level packs:
At 11-30$ a pop.. collecting these are expensive. Like I know Lego is expensive to start off with, but these take the cake.
Now for the Pros.
Access to Themed Levels:
It seems you do not need to go out and buy EVERY team pack to access their world, just a character from it will work.
Though I am sure you don’t have access to their adventure, you could at least go in and explore.
The mixture of worlds:
Its fun to cross the dimensions of licences, everyone has a joke one way or another.
Beside the shoty controls, gameplay is really fun.
Though I have this as basically in the “Cons” second, if you are a collector like myself, then it is fun to collect these sets.
I would give this game a 6.5/10. Is it the best game, no, but it is fun. Will I continue to play it and collect the packs, yes since you have no choice to complete the whole game.
Hope you enjoyed my quick review.
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