The Lego video games have been a success based on a simple formula. The games have made only slight changes to their mechanics allowing lovable characters and simple yet fun features to carry the gameplay. For the most part, this has worked. The Marvel, Harry Potter, and Batman series are all incredibly fun games.
Things were bound to change eventually. As the old saying goes you can only go to the well so many times no matter how many bricks you use to build it. Unsurprisingly, Lego DC Super Villains is another fun game in the Lego series however, there are signs that the franchise is starting to suffer from fatigue.
Lego DC Super Villains does not deviate much from it standard formula. You destroy objects, collect studs, and build various contraptions to help you progress through levels. As usual, this is an easy and fun method of gameplay. The Lego games have always been targeted at a younger audience, yet there is enough challenge to satisfy older gamers.
Therein lies some of the problem. There has been little noticeable change. Everything from repeated puzzles to walking animations to even cut scenes look almost identical to previous DC games. There have been some small tweaks (the decision to filter abilities is a welcome addition) however this is a standard Lego game for the most part.
Vehicle control has always been an issue with Lego games with recent entries working to fix this problem. Lego DC Super Villains takes a huge step back. This is a silly game that is all about having fun so it is not necessary to have Grand Theft Auto levels of vehicle control. That being said, when simply going in reverse becomes an ordeal there is something wrong with the game.
Graphically the game is impressive. Lego games are not especially taxing on any system and do not require a high level of detail, still, what has been done here is fantastic. Characters look more realistic than ever and colors pop off the screen. This is easily the best looking Lego game.
Voice acting is also well done. Taking a well known cast of veterans, Lego DC Super Villains uses many voice actors who have been a part of the DC Animated Universe.. This time, the familiarity is a good thing. This is high-quality stuff that never falters.
The game’s biggest setback is it’s large number of glitches and bugs. Glitches are not new to the Lego franchise and are even to be expected. It is not uncommon for characters to get stuck or to have to start a mission over. Lego DC Super Villains though is almost unplayable. I had to restart the main story due to puzzles not activating and was unable to complete the side quest because I was unable to speak with the quest giver. Even small things like sound were affected as sometimes levels would suddenly increase in volume before turning to static. Every game suffers from the occasional bug however, playing Lego DC Super Villains feels like a constant roll of the dice.
Lego DC Super Villains is another fun entry in the series. This enjoyment is also where is biggest problem lies. Gameplay simply has not changed enough to make it worthwhile. For children and those who have never played a Lego game, this should be great fun. However Long time friends of the franchise will likely be disappointed. Either way, the game’s numerous bugs make for a very frustrating time.