A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an action adventure game that's the latest collaboration between Lego and Marvel, with an original story that brings together a massive collection of heroes and villains. The game is easy to play for gamers of all ages and skill levels, and features strong elements of teamwork and puzzle solving. While there's violence in the game, it's presented in a very cartoonish and stylized nature, with objects and characters simply breaking apart like toys before disappearing from the screen. Parents should also be aware that the game does feature optional expanded downloadable content (with more to come), which requires an additional online purchase.
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What's it about?
In LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2, it's not just the fate of the world at stake, or even the universe; all of time itself is at risk. When the time-traveling despot Kang the Conqueror arrives high above the earth, he launches an all-out assault as part of his latest scheme to rule the universe. When the world's greatest superheroes are unable to stand against Kang's power, it's time to find some unlikely reinforcements. The call goes out far and wide to those willing to rise up and stand together against Kang and his allies. And that call is answered, in the far reaches of space, through pages of times past and the distant future, and even across the multiverse itself. Heroes from every corner of the Marvel Universe join together in an epic display to bring down this cosmic threat ... and have more than just a little fun doing it. From Captain America to Gwenpool, Star-Lord to Forbush Man, Squirrel Girl to Rocket Racoon, it's every Marvel fan's dream come true, brought to you as only Lego can.
Is it any good?
Whenever Lego and Marvel join forces, it's always a collaboration on par with the greatest superhero team-ups and comic book crossover events. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is no different, with an epic original adventure starring a robust cast of characters pulled from nearly every corner of Marvel's deep history. Even the most hardcore Marvel fan might be hard pressed to remember some of the more obscure characters, but thankfully, the game's character selection screen includes handy character cards that sum up not only characters' abilities, but their history in the Marvel Universe as well. It's the little things like these, as well as the seemingly trivial details (such as Star-Lord whipping out his Walkman and jamming out to some classic rock), that make the game a true love letter to Marvel comic fans new and old.
Of course, all the characters and trivia in the universe don't add up to much of anything if the game isn't actually fun to play. Thankfully, that's not the case here. There are plenty of puzzles to solve, some basic and some more complex, requiring the use of certain characters' special skills and abilities. There's the toy-on-toy combat and rampant environmental destruction that the games are known for. And, unfortunately, there's still the rare awkward camera angle that can lead to an occasional frustration or two. If you've played any Lego game in recent memory, you'll probably already have an idea of what to expect. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, but rather takes the parts that fans have loved about the Lego games, fine-tunes it all, and crams in more content until the final package is almost bursting at the seams. This isn't just the most polished Lego Marvel game -- it's probably the most polished Lego game to date, period.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Does the cartoonish nature of the game's violence make a difference in its impact on a younger audience?
Talk about heroism and morality. What are the traits possessed by superheroes and supervillains? What makes one "good" and the other "evil"? What sort of hero would you be?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: November 14, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
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