Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Review

The blocky adventure comes to Switch

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on 🦸

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is also available for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

Lego games are a lot of fun so now that Marvel Super Heroes is available for Switch, put on your favourite cape and let's give it a go.

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Hulk use crosswalk; why you turn when Hulk cross street?

Lego Marvel Super Heroes originally released back in 2013 and since then, there have been a bunch of excellent Lego games yet it has still held up as a mostly fun adventure. Its most notable quality is that you get to play as a wide variety of heroes and each one has their own unique set of abilities so whether you're smashing things up as The Hulk, exploding objects with Hawkeye, or swinging around as Spider-Man; you're in for a lot of fun. Speaking of which, as with most Lego games, Marvel Super Heroes is best enjoyed via co-op so if you have a chum to play it with, it'll make the journey more fun but they must be with you because there's no online multiplayer. v1d30chumz 54-211-101-93

Although it's enjoyable, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is rather dated, especially considering that it's just a port. There are a few annoying aspects, too, like how you can't skip cutscenes and the audio is extremely quiet for some reason. Even at full volume in both the options and on the Switch itself, it's much quieter than any other game I've played. Besides that, it performs impressively well both docked and portably which is fantastic. I just wish there was extra content to incentivize folks who already own it on another console like I do.

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Spider-Man is about to bring the house down

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is still a worthwhile game, though, especially if you haven't played it yet. It's less flashy than Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is but that's not necessarily a bad thing as its campaign is streamlined and full of memorable moments and elaborate scenarios. When you factor in the large cast of unique-playing minifigures, you're looking at one jam-packed adventure. That being said, it is on the linear side of the equation which makes it easy to digest for kids although I found myself merely going through the motions at times.

Now, there is a hub area in New York City but it's certainly not as interesting as some other Lego games' hubs. Specifically, it merely feels like an extension of the campaign with similar puzzles and scenarios to what you'll find in the levels. There are sub-missions to take on as well but again, they're not differentiated enough from what you'll find throughout the main story but it is cool that they exist at least.

On the plus side, the graphics of Lego Marvel Super Heroes have held up well with wonderfully detailed environments that'll feel right at home for Marvel fans and it's fun to smash them up as you assemble nifty contraptions and solve puzzles. The character models are great as well complete with cartoonish animations and faces that do an impressive job of resembling the actors in the Marvel films. To top it all off, the talented voice cast did excellent work to bring each character to life and the cutscenes are full of lighthearted humour, too.

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Captain America is impressed by Mister Fantastic's digs

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a classic entry in the long-running licensed Lego game franchise that provides solid fun with a friend. With that being said, many of its successors have since surpassed its level of quality so it feels a bit dated in comparison.

  • + Classic Lego gameplay with loads of cool characters and unique abilities
  • + Performs well on Switch, even undocked
  • + Thoroughly enjoyable with a friend
  • - Campaign is very linear and lacks an interesting hub area to tie it all together
  • - No additional features or content
  • - Audio is oddly quiet
7.0 out of 10
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