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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Lego Marvel Collection is an action/adventure package that's available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It brings together Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Marvel's Avengers, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, as well as all the previously released downloadable content for all three titles. The collection is easy to pick up and play for kids of all ages, with simple controls for characters with a wide range of abilities. Violence is constant, but it's presented in a cartoonish, and frequently humorous, fashion. Defeated enemies simply fall apart like toys and disappear, leaving Lego bits behind.
What's it about?
Return to a Lego multiverse filled with superheroes and supervillains in the LEGO MARVEL COLLECTION, which brings together all three Lego Marvel games (Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Marvel's Avengers, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2), as well as all their preciously released downloadable content, in one Infinity Gauntlet-sized package. Choose from hundreds of characters in the Marvel Universe and create your own epic comic book team-up as you fight to save the city, the world, and even time itself. Relive big-screen moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from the moment the Avengers first assembled to defeat Loki to the Mad Titan Thanos and his quest to obtain the legendary Infinity Stones. From Avengers Tower to the middle of Knowhere, this collection of cosmic-powered Lego adventures is one not to be missed.
Is it any good?
In the world of comics, it’s hard to beat a really great crossover, so the team-up of heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe and the creativity of Lego toys and games is a team-up of epic proportions. Now, the Lego Marvel Collection brings together all three Lego Marvel Games, as well as the previously released downloadable content, in one complete package. The games are a veritable who's who in the Marvel Universe, with characters from the comic books and the movies, and nearly every variation in between. Fans of the movies can dance around with Peter Quill and his cinematic Guardians of the Galaxy crew, while classic comic fans can instead go space-hopping with Vance Astro and the original Guardians team from the 31st century. Got a favorite Iron Man armor or Captain America uniform? It's probably somewhere in here too. Each game, on its own, already packed in a ridiculous amount of comic book content, so bringing all three games together is almost too much to comprehend, and an absolute must-have for comic book and Lego fans alike.
Of course, all the characters in the universe wouldn't mean anything without a good game to put them in. For years, the Lego games managed to craft fun and challenging adventures in a way that's still inviting to gamers of all ages and skill levels. While that formula always worked well, it's also been tweaked over the years, something that's a bit more noticeable in the Lego Marvel Collection. Some of the controls feel a bit more responsive and refined in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 than in the original Lego Marvel Super Heroes. And the original voice-overs, complete with cheesy one-liners and quips, are a drastically different feel in the two Super Heroes games than with Lego Marvel's Avengers' sometimes jarring use of actual audio clips from the films. This probably makes that particular entry the weaker of the three games, but only slightly so. Of course, that's like picking which version of the Hulk is the weakest ... no matter which you choose, it still packs a mean punch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marketing and consumerism in gaming. How do games like the Lego Marvel Collection help to expand on both the Lego and Marvel brands? Do these types of games serve as commercials for the comic books, movies, and toys?
In the Marvel Universe, where both the "good guys" and the "bad guys" have all kinds of superpowers, what are the inner traits that characters have that define them as heroes or villains? In the real world, what are some of the personality traits that define being a hero?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: March 12, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
- Last updated: November 27, 2019
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