There are plenty of franchises in gaming that throw out entries every year, but none quite like the LEGO Games. These games take pre-existing franchises and throw similarly structured adventures in those worlds out. Most either love or hate them at this point, but there's no denying that they're just relaxing fun. They're generally inexpensive as well.
With so many LEGO games released to this day, we're taking a look back at the franchise. Here are 5 stellar LEGO games that are worth every penny and 5 that aren't worth your time. We'll only be using modern LEGO games on this list that began with LEGO Star Wars.
Peter Jackson's popular film trilogy got treated very well when LEGO got its hands on the property. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is respectful of the source material and uses small details to create fun and interesting mechanics. It uses music and voice clips from the film, while adding a few LEGO twists along the way. What has fans of the franchise most interested in the game is that players are thrown in an open-world Middle-Earth to explore where there are tons of Mithril bricks to uncover, new characters to purchase, and quests to complete. It's a sweeping adventure, just like the films.
The Hobbit movies were a far cry from the quality of The Lord of the Rings movies, and the same is true for the LEGO game versions. LEGO The Hobbit was released just after The Desolation of Smaug came out. As such, the game only contained content from the first two movies with content from the third promised as DLC. However, that DLC was never made, leading to an incomplete game and story. Furthermore, the game reuses a lot of assets from LEGO The Lord of the Rings. It feels like an unnecessary retread that was made to hit a deadline.
The Marvel Universe has generally gotten some good treatment by LEGO. The first game under that banner, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, turned out to be one of the best. Each unlockable character has their own quirks and abilities, making collecting them a fun task overall. Furthermore, players could choose from a massive roster of Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: something which the other LEGO Marvel games can't say. Players were also able to explore the island of Manhattan in open-world fashion, which went hand-in-hand with the super hero nature of the game. It was a simply fun ride.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers was the second LEGO Marvel game, but was made with the MCU in mind. As such, the levels and characters were inspired from the films rather than the comics. While this allowed the game to use voice clips and music from the movies, the results were a mixed bag.
Players went through the movies in a random order, it was released before the Infinity Saga was complete, and it felt too similar to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. After all, many of the same characters were used in both games, but Marvel's Avengers didn't have X-Men or the Fantastic Four.
There were two LEGO Star Wars games released to encompass the events of the first six movies. However, LEGO eventually decided to put both titles in a package called LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. This is the definitive way to experience the LEGO Star Wars games. Players make their way through a series of levels from those six movies and get several new characters to unlock as well. There are more things to do and more content to unpack at a small price point. The game is a bit old by LEGO standards, but it's still plenty of fun.
With the release of The LEGO Movie, it was a great reason to release a tie-in game. Unfortunately, The LEGO Movie Video Game was another example that video game adaptations rarely work well. The game played like most LEGO games, but it was much shorter than most, as it strictly adhered to the events of the film. Furthermore, it supported voice acting, but couldn't get the actors to reprise their roles, making the game feel much cheaper by comparison. Most LEGO Games succeed when making fun of their source material, but The LEGO Movie Video Game is it's own thing, which hurts the overall product.
A LEGO Game based on only one movie seems like a recipe for disaster, but it was surprising to many when LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned out to be good. Because there was limited material to use from the film, the game actually draws from events that don't occur in the film. Learn more about what happened after Return of the Jedi with new levels. Also, learn where C3PO got his red arm. It seems that LEGO did a lot with a little in this release. The only downside is that it's only based on one film, with no The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker content to speak of.
LEGO Worlds was LEGO's answer to Minecraft. However, the end result proved that Minecraft is still the superior of the two. The controls in LEGO Worlds aren't nearly as intuitive as they are in Minecraft, making building a bit more frustrating than it should be. Furthermore, the game doesn't always run well, having an inconsistent frame rate depending on what platform you're using at the time. It's the kind of game that offers a lot on paper, but is a bit more trouble than it's worth. Considering that Minecraft is cheaper as well, there's no competition on which game to get.
The DC Universe has had several LEGO Games under its belt, but it's latest one seems to be one of the best. LEGO DC Super Villains takes the focus away from Batman and the Justice League and puts it on the famous villains from the universe.
Play as characters like Reverse Flash, Deathstroke, and the Joker as well as your own custom villain. It's dysfunctional yet fun, everything that LEGO fans could want from a game. It also has current support, getting content updates relating to new DC releases on film and television. There is even a Young Justice DLC pack.
Where LEGO Indiana Jones was a fun, charming game that took players through the first three Indiana Jones films, the same can't be said of its successor. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues wanted to be a game focused on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The majority of the content is focused on that film and stretches it very thin. The other three movies have content, but it ultimately feels like an afterthought that doesn't care about the source material. Every level ends in an arbitrary boss fight and many iconic scenes from the films are simply omitted from the game.