Tons of licensed properties later, the LEGO franchise returns to the Marvel universe as the Avengers and the rest of the world unite to face their greatest threat yet.
In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers team up as a new threat named Kang the Conqueror sets out to break the boundaries of space and time and create his own kingdom from pieces spread all over the galaxy and history. Together, the heroes of the Marvel universe must find a way to stop Kang before he enslaves the galaxy.Co-written by comic book writer Kurt Busiek (known for his work many Marvel properties, amongst others), the game’s narrative is one of the first things that pleasantly surprised me. Whilst it’s obviously simplified a bit in comparison to traditional Marvel stories, the narrative plays out like a fun and source material-driven experience that actually does stand on its own quite well in comparison to its 2013 predecessor. The only downside here is the amount of jokes that are thrown in to fill the gaps, but that comes with the territory of LEGO adaptions (and for all purposes, there’s not a lot of material that I’d necessarily call bad.) Ultimately, the narrative shines because the game is able to do its own and original thing, rather than having to rely on the narrative of the films, for example (though there is a lot of inspiration from them present).
A notable issue I did have with the game’s story/presentation was the fact that some of the new cast sounds less than stellar in their perspective roles. Due to the 2016-2017 voice actor’s strike, most of the cast from the first game and 2016’s Lego Marvel’s Avengers did not return to do voice work for their characters. Not the entire cast is bad, but there are a lot of hit-and-miss additions.Visually, LEGO Marvel 2’s presentation is probably the best that a LEGO adaption has ever looked. Levels, characters, and objects are rich in detail, with real-time cutscenes looking amazingly cinematic as the game moves throughout its campaign. LOD pop-in and such are apparent when moving throughout the open world from a high angle, though, making LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 look its best when viewed from up close.