January 31, 2017

LEGO Dimensions Wave 1 Level Packs

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 9:22 PM

My favourite family-centric video game series, LEGO titles never seem to disappoint us. We’re two grown adults with no kids who looks forward to sitting down to some couch co-op when new titles launch.

We also love to build LEGO. No joke. The LEGO Store is a dangerous and wonderful place, especially those 3-pack build your own LEGO people stations in the middle of the store. The only bonus there is to being an adult with LEGO is that the odds are much lower that you’ll hurt your foot for walking on scattered pieces around the house because generally we’re neater. Generally.

I’m not talking about the base game today, because honestly, we played the first level and as soon as we reached the portal and could access the Level Packs we preordered, we kinda went straight to those. I know, bad gamer! But can you really blame me when some of your favourite franchises are staring at you?

Back to the Future: This level pack is by far my favourite of the three. You play parts of the first movie, including that iconic scene with the clock tower, voiced by Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Marty, his hoverboard, and the DeLorean come in this set, and we sort of argued a bit over who got to build the DeLorean, but I won out! Every vehicle in the game can be leveled up as well as rebuilt each time you unlock a level, so I called dibs on those as well.

What makes this my favourite level pack is Hill Valley. This sandbox area has two versions: Past and Future. Double the amount of fun things to discover, like hidden bricks and renovations around town to spend your studs on. To switch between time periods you’ll drive the DeLorean onto special pads, revving the engine up to 88mph, and BAM!

The Simpsons: Thanks to the partnership between LEGO and The Simpsons, we’ve gotten the family’s home and Qwik-E-Mart building sets, blind character packs, as well as an entire episode done in brick. The Simpsons pack features Homer, his car, and the Itchy & Scratchy exploding television (which does wonders on silver bricks).

After playing through the chili cook-off episode from season eight, Springfield opens up for you to explore. There are things to do at Krustyland, Grandpa Abe is in need of some assistance, and lots of backyards to tear up for studs.

Tip: Be sure to have Chell from Portal on hand when you make it up the hill to Burns’ mansion.

Portal 2: Be prepared to solve puzzles and hug your Companion Cube! Chell, GLADoS, and Wheatley are all back at Aperture Science, where goo, gravity, and turrets are just a regular part of life. You’ll make your way through a few test chambers before seeing GLADoS up close and personal. I was disappointed there was no Potato GLADoS as that’s my favourite version of her.

Exploring Aperture was a lot of fun, especially finding hidden rooms much like those from the games. You can even run around beyond the door Chell escapes from at the end of Portal 2.

Tip: Do not upgrade the turret guns until after you complete the level! We ran into a glitch that once updated the missiles would not trigger the pads and had to cheat to finish the level using Wonder Woman’s flight and one of our two spaceships for the other player.
LEGO Dimensions has combined the fun and easy to play concepts of the video game series with the best part of LEGO, the whole building stuff part, to make what I truly believe to be the best toys to life video game available. Next up, the Doctor Who Level Pack on November 3rd. I can’t wait!

*This post was previously published on The Daily Crate (and quoted in a TV commercial).

LEGO Dimensions Doctor Who Level Pack

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , — Yukino @ 9:14 PM

Have I mentioned how much I love LEGO games? I’m pretty sure I have, but in case you missed it, I LOVE THIS FRANCHISE! LEGO Dimensions has taken all the best parts of LEGO games and given us building sets which are so much better than pre-built toys that can’t be manipulated. And yesterday, Doctor Who joined the team.

Whovians rejoice!

 

After arguing over which of us got to build which characters (I only got to build K-9 in exchange for building the traditional set that comes out December 1st), the husband and I sat down to play through a Dalek-based adventure level with the 12th Doctor. Wyldstyle was his Companion for the majority of this level, using Bad Cop as needed. We explored Past, Present, and Future versions of London, with a quick stopover at Trenzalore. Silence and Weeping Angels made cameo appearances. We squeed with glee the entire time.

 

Once we cleared the adventure level, we landed in the Doctor Who sandbox. If I thought the Back to the Future open world was big, well, I just got schooled. Using the discombobulators, we traveled from 21st century London to Skaro, Trenzalore, and other areas which can be connected to the main chunk of London. Each of these areas has hidden Gold Bricks and at least one character quest.

 

Some of my favourite Doctor Who minor Companions are wandering about the world. The first one I found was Osgood, lurking near the original discombobulator. Vastra, Jenny, and Strax are all here (and I still haven’t figured out how to do Vastra’s quest yet). But the one who pops up all over the place, which means you know she’s up to something, is Missy. With all the voices provided by the original cast members, everything just feels so magical.

It took us a minute to figure out how to unlock the previous Doctors, but once the husband decided to try falling off the map, we had it! With every regeneration, simply go inside the TARDIS and check out the interiors based on their own TARDISes. That seemed to do the trick, and he spent a good 10 or 15 minutes going through this process. Also, there is a great little Easter Egg with the War Doctor for you to check out.

 

(Other LEGO Dimensions sets out in Wave 2: Unikitty Fun Pack, Simpsons Bart Fun Pack, Simpsons Krusty Fun Pack, and Ninjago Team pack featuring Kai & Cole. We’ve picked up the Unikitty one, and will most likely get the two Simpsons packs soon.)

January cannot come soon enough, as Wave 3 brings us a Dalek and Cyberman to add to the collection. My fingers are crossed that a potential future set includes River Song and a Weeping Angel, mostly because I want to hear her call Twelve “Sweetie” and hear his responses, preferably ones referencing his eyebrows. (Christmas special, I’m looking forward to so much of this!) And a Weeping Angel because they are one of my favourite WhoVillians.

Now back to your irregularly scheduled Timey Wimey Stuff!

*This review was previously posted on The Daily Crate.

LEGO Dimensions Year 2 Level Packs

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 7:04 PM

With Christmas right around the corner, some of you are probably trying to decide whether or not the LEGO Dimensions Year 2 offerings are worth putting under the tree. I’ll break it down for you, as I cover the new Level Packs for Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventure Time, and Mission: Impossible that were released in Waves 6 & 7 as attempted in co-op mode.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog

My husband and I have both been gamers for as long as we can remember, and both of us have fond memories of playing Sonic the Hedgehog from way, way back. Sonic needs to keep Dr. Eggman from getting his hands on the Chaos Emeralds, and our quest to do so begins in the iconic Green Hill Zone. This first area of the level pack had us zipping around in loop de loops and I experienced a couple of weird glitches that I thought might be a nod to the past. Correcting the issue was usually accomplished by removing and returning my character to the portal or waiting for my husband to reach the next checkpoint.

And then the level became extremely difficult to play with the split screen.

Every time we reached a battle with Eggman it because impossible to accurately locate and target him with both of us on screen. So I would remove my minifig and let the husband tackle him alone. Another area that reminded me of the Sky Base Zone was okay to play when we were both climbing through the tower together, but “broke” when only one of us hopped in a plane to shoot at Eggman. I stayed in the tower to keep advancing and unlocking puzzles along the way, which was a bad move. The game crashed on us here, and when we reloaded and tried it again Eggman vanished and we were stuck. I checked a walkthrough to see how others had proceeded and then the game crashed again. So I kept myself off the board, the husband got through the area, and I watched while he finished the level and unlocked Super Sonic.

I’m really hoping the Sonic level gets an update to fix the glitches and crashing issues we experienced. While I am disappointed this level didn’t truly support two player mode the way every other one has so far, I will eventually go back and replay it completely on my own later down the road.

 

Adventure Time

Since the Adventure Time Level and Team Packs came out with Wave 6 I have almost exclusively been using Lumpy Space Princess. LSP has the best lines and even though I’ve heard them a thousand times I’m still laughing. Her unique interactions with other characters from outside the Adventure Time universe are also fantastic and I look forward to eventually hearing every single one of them.

The Level Pack is based on Season 1’s fifth episode “The Enchiridion!”, in which Finn and Jake are tasked with finding the legendary book to prove they are righteous heroes. You’ll play through the episode, battling your way past those pesky gnomes, the ogre, and ultimately defeating the evil entity voiced by Mark Hamill. We had zero issues this time around. No weird problems with the boss “disappearing” from the smaller field of vision in splitscreen mode, which was such a relief.

I haven’t fully explored the open World of Ooo, but I did run across Lumpy Space Princess’ camp complete with a can of beans over a firepit. It was slightly disappointing that she had nothing to say when I floated her past it, but hey, you can’t fit in every reference, right? I’m hoping to spot some more fun Easter Eggs when I go back to collect the remaining bricks. Definitely in love with this LEGO add-on.

 

Mission: Impossible

The last of the Level Packs, Mission: Impossible is definitely geared more toward the older gamer but kids should still enjoy this one. Based on the original Tom Cruise movie from 1996, you’ll primarily use Ethan Hunt to create explosions, slip on disguises, and control your drone to progress through the story. The entire level is voiced over using clips from the movie(s) which is OK but at times seem a little muffled or statical. But no one was really expecting Tom Cruise to record a fresh voice over.

The Mission: Impossible level might not stand out as much as I’d hoped but at least it wasn’t plagued with the glitches and crashes we got with the Sonic Level Pack. That alone puts it in second place of my personal ranking this go around. I am looking forward to seeing how and where Ethan Hunt’s particular set of skills pop up throughout new locales in other Year 2 chapters.

Overall, LEGO Dimensions’ Year 2 offerings have been great additions to the line-up, with several of the Year 2 characters making cameos in each of the new Level Packs that we’ve played. I’m super excited to see what new Level Packs are on the horizon (fingers crossed for Teen Titans and Beetlejuice!) and can’t wait to explore more new areas in the Shard. Look for more hands-on reviews as they fall into my… hands.

*This review was previously published on The Daily Crate.

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