Review: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Next-Gen)

Lego Marvel Super Heroes brings a brand new story to the table which will absolutely please fans of the brand. The game starts off with Silver Surfer being chased by S.H.I.E.L.D. Soon after Iron Man is knocked out of the sky by Doctor Doom. After Doctor Doom falls onto earth, Doom forges an alliance with Loki to make the Ray of Doom. It’s an extremely interesting story that throws a bunch of Marvel characters into a situation that couldn’t happen otherwise.

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The PS4 version of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a lot better looking that it’s current-gen counterpart. It really focuses on the little things which all work together to make it look a lot nicer. The textures are a lot higher in quality and there are a lot better special effects. Something I noticed in particular was how much better the smoke looked. In general, everything looks a lot less jaggy and there is a much longer draw distance.

Unfortunately there is still some noticeable slowdown. It isn’t quite as bad as it was on the PS3 but it gets pretty bad when there’s a lot happening on screen. This is even more prominent when playing in split-screen coop. It’s not bad enough to make the game unplayable but I just can’t understand why a game of this nature should have such noticeable slowdown.

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What we’re really intrigued about is the next gen version. Loading times have been dramatically improved and the amount of LEGO blocks on screen is said to be almost doubled from what current gen can handle. Lighting is also dramatically improved. This is just what the series needs after a bunch of releases that haven’t really progressed on current gen.

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Firstly we’re going to say that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is pretty much what you’d expect from a LEGO branded game. There aren’t really any advancements made in the series which is the biggest disappointment to us. If you’re a Marvel fan then you’re going to eat this game up and enjoy every single second. There are over 100 characters that make their grand appearances from start to finish which keeps things feeling fresh and interesting.

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It’s the lack of progression in mission structure and AI that really disappoint. We can’t help but feel that they’re becoming simply reskinned games. After playing through LEGO City Undercover on the Wii U we’ve really struggled to enjoy any LEGO game fully since. The varied mission structure in that game was absolutely phenomenal and it’s hard to stay interested in LEGO Marvel Superheroes when the gameplay itself feels so repetitive.

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As always there’s always fun to be had in local multiplayer. I could sit there for hours on end playing this with my nephew and to see him sitting next to me in pure joy was enough to keep me going. If i’m being honest it’s a little disappointing that online co-op hasn’t been included in the game. It feels like it’d fit the game perfectly. Hopefully this is something that the developer looks to add in the next-gen versions.

The real highlights of the game are in the boss battles. Whilst these are all similar in nature, it’s really awesome to see you going against teams of popular bad guys in order to overcome evil. They all have amazing visual set pieces that really make these memorable and an absolute joy to play through. Exploring a LEGO version of New York City is another special moment that will be enjoyed by anyone.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a slightly better game on PS4. The game looks a whole lot better but unfortunately still suffers some of the performance issues that were found on the current-gen version. It’s still a no-brainer for Marvel fans and those who have previously enjoyed the LEGO series.