Lego 2K Drive
By Chad Sapieha,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Creative racer promotes socializing, but has in-game store.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Multiplayer modes promote social gaming experiences and friendly competition. The garage mode encourages kids to get creative by designing and building their own vehicles from scratch using Lego bricks.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are upbeat and friendly, but many (including the player's avatar) also engage in some pretty dangerous behavior, driving fast in crowded areas, smashing into other cars, and zooming into zombies.
The Lego minifigures in the game are male and female, and most have yellow plastic skin.
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Ease of Play
The basic arcade racing controls are easy to learn, and in-game tutorials are given whenever new elements are introduced. Players with disabilities or who are experiencing difficulty can switch on aids such as one-tap drift and steering assist.
Violence & Scariness
Some races allow players to pick up power ups such as homing lasers and electro magnetic pulse blasts that temporarily disable other cars with explosions and electricity effects (without hurting their drivers). Cars can smash through most objects, causing them to explode into bricks. They can also strike pedestrian minifigures, sending them flying but leaving them uninjured.
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Products & Purchases
An in-game store lets players purchase game currency (used to buy cars, parts, avatars, and upgrades) with real money, with purchase tiers ranging up to $64.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Lego 2K Drive is an open world kart-style driving game from the well-known Lego franchise, available on multiple consoles (Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PCs). Players assume the role of a Lego minifigure driver (male or female) who drives around looking for competitions and quests. Some tasks involve smashing into stuff, ranging from other cars to robots. Races often involve power-ups that include weapons like homing missiles and electrical shocks that disable other cars. Drivers are never hurt, nor are the pedestrian minifigures players who you can often bump into while driving around at high speeds. Players can smash into objects, causing them to explode in showers of bricks. It's very accessible for a driving game, with plenty of optional assists and in-game tutorials to help players at different levels and abilities. Parents should be aware that there's an in-game store that allows players to purchase game currency using real money, potentially spending more than the price of the game with just a couple of button taps.
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What’s It About?
LEGO 2K DRIVE combines Mario Kart-style racing with the open road exploration of Forza Horizon. Players jump into a car made of Lego bricks that instantly morphs into an all-terrain vehicle or boat whenever you veer off the road or into a lake. The open world is filled with challenges ranging from quick little races with weapon power-ups to weird quests, such as driving over robots carrying explosives or collecting escaped farm animals. Each race and quest earns experience, which grows your driver level and gradually unlocks more story missions. You'll also earn money as you go along, which can be spent on new vehicles, avatars, parts, and upgrades. When not racing players can choose to build their own cars from scratch in one of the many garages dotting the landscape, carefully choosing and placing each individual brick to create the Lego car of their dreams. Outside the story, players can invite friends or join public games for individual races and series cups.
Is It Any Good?
If you're looking for an alternative to Mario Kart, this should do the trick. Lego 2K Drive does a fantastic job of marrying the concepts of kart racing and open world driving, providing players with a setting that looks as though it could have been plucked straight from a Lego movie and filling it with fun, fast-quipping characters. You'll rarely drive for more than a few seconds before finding something interesting--a ramp with money or collectibles hovering over its edge, a quest to go do something like smash into Lego objects, or a quick challenge to climb a mountain while avoiding mines--which makes the process of leveling up your driver to progress the story feel like anything but a grind. And the kart-style races--both in the story and against players online--are quick and fun, even if the short circuits aren't as memorable or nuanced as those in Mario's racing games.
Then there's the garage, which offers an outlet for creativity. Just choose a vehicle type--car, boat, or ATV--and a chassis and start building. The power to choose each individual brick and place it exactly as you like may seem a bit daunting at first, but it won't take long for kids to get into the swing of things as they design vehicles held back by surprisingly few limitations. Players who'd rather skip this part can just buy their own vehicles from the shop using the money they've earned while playing (there's really no need to purchase game currency with real money--it's just a pricey shortcut). Lego 2K drive doesn't outclass either of the game franchises from which it draws inspiration, but by combining some of the best parts of both it becomes something all its own.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about screen time. With races that last only a couple of minutes each and a huge world to explore, it's easy to lose track of time while playing Lego 2K Drive. How do you make sure you remember to take breaks?
Talk about the responsibilities that come with driving. Cars might seem fun and cool, but they can also be dangerous when driven irresponsibly. What are some of the most important responsibilities that drivers assume when they get behind the wheel? What are the differences in consequences when driving in the game versus real life?
- Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Release date: May 16, 2023
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: May 23, 2023
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