In order to keep this list somewhat relevant, I went over the Switch eShop library of available LEGO games, and the cheapest one was LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. It was released in 2017, making it the most recent LEGO Game that I have played in this series. I do know that a lot of these games are old news, but in order to maintain some relevancy, I shelled out $20 for the final game to be reviewed. Anyways, I will be going over this game as well as ranking all of the games that I have played in this series.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 was released in 2017 alongside the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. Scenes from those three movies are part of this game, but something I really enjoy about this game is the blend of MCU likenesses and Marvel Comics characters. Most of the characters that appear in the MCU have their likenesses transferred over to this game (LEGO Star-Lord looks like Chris Pratt and LEGO Iron-Man looks like Robert Downey Jr.), but the heroes who are not in the MCU look identical to the comic book depictions. My favorite example of this has to be Ms. Marvel, who looks just like the comic and has dialogue that fits the character.
Something about this game that might be a turnoff for some people is that the MCU actors are not playing their LEGO counterparts. For me, it is not too much of a huge distraction as the actors who play the MCU characters are really good and rarely break the immersion. The only one that I would say does not fit the character is Iron Man, but it is hard not to hear RDJ’s voice come out of Iron Man. Everyone else is practically perfect in their voice roles, with my personal highlights being Thor, Rocket and Ms. Marvel.
Just like LEGO Batman, MSH2 has it’s own story that is somewhat based on various comics. This story has the Marvel Heroes go from place to place in order to take down Ronan, and the places they take you to are not traditional places. The Heroes go to medieval England and Ancient Egypt, along with other Marvel locations like Wakanda, which opens up a huge world of possible characters to play as. Fun characters that I have never heard of before are included in this game, such as Captain Avalon, the medieval Captain America. There are so many more that any more spoilers to the characters in this game is a disservice to the experience.
The issue that I have with this game is relatively big considering how great the rest of the game is. There is so much happening in the playable environments that it is sometimes difficult to know where to go or what to do. I spent 20 minutes trying to find Gwenpool’s room in the beginning of the game because the Avengers mansion was way too big and confusing for me to really know where anything was. There are other levers and switches need to advance in the level that are very hard to see since they blend into the background or are not highlighted appropriately. The first level in Wakanda consists of a lot of brown, and a dark colored lever with no indication that it does things is really hard to recognize. There are a lot of things to do that are not completely laid out in plain sight, so doing things without getting a headache is not too common of an occurrence.
Despite this, LEGO MSH2 is a great time and is a wonderful introduction to d-list characters while maintaining the fun of the MCU without being the MCU. It is one of my favorites of the year, and one I am going to come back to again and again.
Without further ado, here is the definitive ranking of all the games I have covered in this series:
- Marvel Super Heroes 2
- Star Wars II
- Star Wars I
- Harry Potter 1&2
- Force Awakens
- Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Indiana Jones
- Lord of the Rings
- Pirates of the Carribean