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LEGO DC Super-Villains PS4 Game Review

LEGO puts players in control of the bad guys in one of the best LEGO games yet.

October 22, 2018

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LEGO DC Super-Villains PS4 Game Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Oct 22, 2018
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

LEGO DC Super-Villains takes gamers to the world of the Justice League but from the perspective of the bad guys! Check out Kidzworlds review of the latest LEGO game.

By: Max Cannon

There's a bit of comfort in LEGO games, while you normally know what you're going to get when you first boot one up that's not always a bad thing, especially for the youngest gamers out there. The simplicity of smashing up your world as recognizable characters can usually make for a charming game that's easy to zone out to but LEGO DC Super-Villains is able to stand out from the pack with an interesting and original story that's sure to please kids. That said, if you've played almost any other LEGO game from this console generation then you'll know pretty well what to expect. 

Ultraman and Owlman lead the suspicious Justice Syndicate.Ultraman and Owlman lead the suspicious Justice Syndicate.Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Being Bad

The story starts off with a jailbreak orchestrated by Lex Luthor which winds up releasing a new customizable character created by the player. Though the Justice League swooped in to stop these super-villains from escaping, they were quickly tricked and trapped by the suspicious Justice Syndicate who appears to be a group of villains masquerading as heroes. While the citizens of Gotham and Metropolis are fooled by these imposters, The Joker isn't falling for this trick and assembles a team of villains, including our new creation, to put things back to normal.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Story Trailer

So, while much of the marketing was centered around being bad, you're really being good while joining up with some "hero sick" bad guys. Luckily, the performances of these villains are about as top-tier of voice acting as you could hope for. Mark Hamill, most known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, reprises one of the greatest vocal roles of all time as The Joker, which originated from  "Batman: The Animated Series" and returned in the Batman Arkham series of games. While some of those other renditions can veer a little toward the darker side, this cutesy, tongue-in-cheek take on the DC universe does a great job at making this content appropriate for all ages.

If you're a DC fan you may recognize some of these villains in the game.If you're a DC fan you may recognize some of these villains in the game.

Breaking Down Bricks

The open-world between missions makes a return, though this world doesn't feel nearly as vibrant as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 or LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's still a unique distraction between missions. Each of the missions are full of puzzles, most of them pretty simple, but the majority of your time playing will be spent smashing up LEGO constructions and snagging up the collectible studs. It really helps that the visuals feel cranked up a notch, of course, they're just LEGO but the small brandings and matte coloring keep the game feeling authentic to the real world toys.

The Iceberg Lounge toward the beginning of the game is a high point of the adventure.The Iceberg Lounge toward the beginning of the game is a high point of the adventure.

That LEGO staple of cooperative gameplay isn't going anywhere and while one person may want to keep controlling their heavily customizable villain the other can pick an available character from the deep, deep roster of playable figures. While you're not getting deep gameplay, if you're an older sibling or parent then this is a perfect game to guide a new gamer through.

It's on the villains to be the heroes of this story.It's on the villains to be the heroes of this story.Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Final Thoughts

You're not likely to be surprised by the standard gameplay of LEGO DC Super-Villains but the performances and visuals are as good as ever. If you're still playing through a previous LEGO game then there isn't much reason to pick up the latest entry, but if you're a diehard fan, or just looking to try out the series for the first time, you'll find plenty to love about the game.

Pros

  • Varied Levels
  • Tight Platforming

Cons

  • Not Nintendo's Best Art Style
  • Full Price Port

LEGO DC Super-Villains Game Rating:4

LEGO DC Super-Villains Box ArtLEGO DC Super-Villains Box Art

Available now for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC

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