LEGO Marvel Super Heroes review (PS3)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes marks the 21st LEGO game from award winning developer Traveller’s Tales, and so it’s no surprise that it’s one of their best and most refined entries, offering lighthearted fun for Marvel fans of all ages.

At its core the gameplay is very simple – one button to attack, another to jump/fly etc – but the variety comes from seeing how each mechanic is attuned for the multitude of characters. And there is a WIDE range of characters here, 155 to be exact (not including DLC), and TT have done well to include the vast majority of Marvel’s deep catalogue. Starting out with Iron Man and Hulk, we get to interact and/or play with Spider-Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four and many more, with even lesser known characters such as Black Bolt and Captain Britain getting their day in the sun. Indeed, true believers will be more than satisfied.

More important than just the large cast, however, is how each hero’s move set feels distinct and authentic. From Spider-Man’s web-slinging to Jean Grey’s mind control, the unique skill sets on offer encourages you to use as many characters as possible not just because you can, but also to see how each power is visualised on screen. The levels themselves are cleverly designed, with an emphasis on teamwork that will have you switching characters mid-mission frequently to solve puzzles and progress. That you're constantly switching it up means playing as any one character never becomes boring. To that end, there's loads to explore in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes within famous Marvel locations – Asgard, Stark Tower and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarier are all included in TT's colourful world.

As you would expect from any title with "LEGO" in it, the game is geared towards a younger audience – a fact that is particularly evident when it comes to the game’s humour, in addition to the fact that it's not very challenging – and the voice work for each avatar helps bring the heroes and villains to life. Clark Gregg returns as the voice of Agent Coulson, and Adrian Pasdar, Fred Tatasciore, and John Dimaggio are equally competent in lending their vocal chords to Marvel’s heroes.

There are one or two frustrating glitches that I happened upon during my playthrough, one of which meant an entire level restart. Still, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a game you can easily get lost in for hours and is easily one of TT’s best titles. Bring on Beyond Batman.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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