“The name’s Rex Dangervest. Galaxy defending archaeologist, cowboy, and raptor trainer!”
Released in 2019 and set 5 years after the events of the first LEGO movie videogame, The LEGO Movie 2 videogame picks up the story in a LEGO universe that is now a very different place. The DUPLO race has invaded and the once great city of Bricksburg has been reduced to bricked rubble.
The survivors of the new wasteland live in a small town, aptly named Apocalypseburg.
When a new threat arrives in the form of alien invaders from the Systar System, and all of his friends are kidnapped, it’s up to Emmet to save the day once more. But is he tough enough for the task.
Well, ahhhh, no actually, he’s not.
Overall, The LEGO Movie 2 videogame isn’t for everyone, it’s not the universal pick up and go that TT games have always made, but is that a bad thing really?
Throughout this series I’ve mentioned several times that TT Games’ approach to the LEGO series very much seems to be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and whilst they have pushed the envelop and tried new things in the past, the primary focus has always been around refinement of the mechanics. That was, until LEGO Worlds came along and went off on it’s own tangent, to another universe altogether.
It’s safe to assume that this was the way that the developers were considering taking the whole franchise, but it clearly wasn’t meant to be, given The Skywalker Saga’s return to something far more familiar.
So what if this isn’t for everyone, if you’re a fan of LEGO Worlds then you’ll like this a lot, if you’re getting bored of the same old, same old, then you’ll appreciate the change.
When this game hits it’s footing, there’s a lot of fun to be had, and a lot of replayability options available. It’s just a shame they did play it safe a bit and water down the customisation options compared to LEGO Worlds.
Love it or not, this game is evidence that TT Games are willing to shake things up and risk it all for something new occasionally.