There are a lot of video games out there and in this era of mobile and home-based gaming, the choices have never been greater. So how do you cut through the noise and find the “Best of” for any chosen topic?
Well, we’re here to help celebrate and shine a spotlight on some of the latest, greatest and unforgettable games through the years.
For our ongoing series of articles depicting the best video games, our attention this time turns to the classic LEGO games. From imaginative retellings to original gems, there’s a good choice to whet your appetite.
Of course, if we’ve missed any of your favorites, feel free to comment below and we’ll get them added on!
LEGO Island is a fun action-adventure game with fun gameplay, a decent narrative, and an enchanting world. This game was regarded by many as the first Grand Theft Auto for the freedom bestowed upon its player base. This game has you control one of five characters who must build specific vehicles and complete side quests.
The game’s main storyline follows a pizza delivery boy named Pepper Roni, who must thwart an escaped vigilante named Brickster’s plans for destroying the island. The other characters you can play harbor memorable personalities and roles thanks to the game’s writing.
The gameplay involves you completing tasks like delivering pizza or racing with a jet ski. They can be completed at your own pace, and you’re given the freedom to do whatever you want. Some tasks can feel less imaginative and more taxing than others.
However, if you’re searching for an open-ended game with a slew of activities to partake in, I’d give LEGO Island a shot.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The LEGO franchise has given people memorable iterations of beloved television and cartoon stars. LEGO Batman is one of those that shine above the rest. Not only did he receive a theatrical film in 2017, but he also received numerous video games based on his character.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes features Batman and Robin teaming up with DC’s finest superheroes to defend Gotham City against notorious criminals like Lex Luthor and the Joker. This game has over 50 DC Comic characters for you to attain. Each character has a slew of abilities that help them stand out.
Whether you want you to soar through the air or push objects with Super-Breath, this game gives you the pleasure of committing these acts. Batman and Robin receive extra love in this title compared to the first LEGO Batman video game.
This game contains some new suits and gadgets for Batman and Robin to harness from Batman’s Power Suit to Robin’s Hazard Suit. This is one of the first LEGO video games where you can hear the LEGO characters discuss and the dialogue shared between our cast is brilliantly written. This is a fun solo and co-op title that you can play with your friends or family via split-screen.
LEGO Harry Potter Collection
Why settle with a game that covers a small portion of Harry Potter, when you can purchase the whole story in LEGO format? LEGO Harry Potter Collection features every integral part of Harry Potter from the Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows.
As one can tell, this game features a comical spin on every Harry Potter part, making it a fun game to play with your loved ones. From its beautifully remastered visuals to its fun puzzle-solving gameplay, you can’t go wrong with this child-like Harry Potter iteration.
Like other LEGO games based on movie properties, you’ll follow each chapter of Harry’s endeavors. This game will have players casting spells, making potions, solving puzzles, participating in lessons, and dueling nearby foes. At the same time, this game kick-started LEGO’s approach toward a new hub system.
Keep in mind, that the game can feel slightly easy. The boss battles don’t offer many challenges and many fans may not adore that it lacks voice acting or online play. If you can look past its faults, you’re in for a fabulous time with this LEGO collection.
Lego: The Lord of the Rings
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings is a fun action-adventure game that gives a comedic spin on classic The Lord of the Rings narratives from The Fellowship of the Ring to The Return of the King. Players can look forward to reliving its narrative events by exploring areas, solving riddles, and overcoming countless enemies.
This game gives you a vast world to traverse and has you experiencing battles with mythical creatures like Orcs, the Witch-king, and others. This game features some humorous dialogue that makes The Lord of the Rings tales feel more child-friendly.
As you explore its settings, you’ll come across new items that you must collect, combine, and forge at the game’s Blacksmith Shop using the game’s Mithril metal. That’s not all, you can look forward to playing and unlocking over 80 characters from the franchise.
If you’re a The Lord of the Rings fan and want a way to get younger generations into the franchise, Lego: The Lord of the Rings is a great place to start.
Who remembers those toys to life-themed games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity? If you were a fan of those properties then you may find Lego Dimensions equally enjoyable. This action-adventure game introduces players to a villain named Lord Vortech who seeks control over every Lego universe.
The game’s storyline is lengthy and should keep players preoccupied. The gameplay involves your typical Lego-themed combat from breaking bricks to utilizing your character’s abilities to overcome platform elements and solve challenging puzzles. The downside is that you won’t unlock characters through typical means.
Many characters are locked behind DLC which is represented through the game’s toys-to-life products. Think of Nintendo’s Amiibo line. However, it’s the player’s ability to mix and match up characters that make Lego Dimensions a satisfying time. You can also upgrade and rebuild the character’s vehicles in refreshing ways. This allows everyone’s playthrough to feel different from others and encourages creative play.
If you’re someone who misses the toys-to-life gameplay formula, then I recommend giving Lego Dimensions a play session.
Lego City Undercover
This game is the child-friendly version of Grand Theft Auto. While Lego World is considered to be Lego’s first attempt at the GTA formula, Lego City Undercover offers a more modern take. It gives off a strong imaginative atmosphere and has players take control of an undercover cop named Chase McCain.
You must help Chase defeat the evil criminal Rex Fury, who plans to unleash mayhem across the city. This game’s narrative offers some compelling turns and well-written dialogue. Fans will enjoy the game’s parodic humor and witty jokes. The game features some adult jokes that’ll get hardcore gamers cracking up.
Unfortunately, the game’s storyline can feel slow-paced. The gameplay can feel slightly repetitive as you’ll be swapping Chase’s outfits occasionally to overcome the title’s obstacles. However, if you’re someone that doesn’t mind repetitive gameplay loops and slowly told storylines, then check out Lego City Undercover.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is regarded as a masterpiece by many Lego and Star Wars fans. This game features incredible gameplay, a humorous yet enjoyable take on the prequel and sequel trilogy, and astonishing visuals that’ll appeal to any gamer, no matter their age.
As stated earlier, this game covers content from the first six-Star Wars tales from The Phantom Menace to the Return of the Jedi. With that much coverage, fans can expect to unlock and play over 120+ characters that appeared in those films.
The Complete Saga features some new elements that older Lego Star Wars fans can experience alongside new ones. These include enhanced Force Powers, new power-ups, and impressive Challenge Modes. This game features an invigorating character customization system where you can create weird character combinations.
It also newly designed levels centered around LEGO Star Wars II’s open vehicle gameplay. That not’s all, as the title includes new bonus levels and missions for you to tackle. These involve players handling Bounty Hunter-themed missions from Jabba the Hutt in the prequel trilogy. If you’re looking for a remarkable LEGO game with boatloads of content and fascinating co-op gameplay, give this one a chance.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Eventually, the LEGO brand wanted to dish out its take on Marvel’s beloved superheroes. This game features a well-written original narrative that allows players to control memorable Marvel figures like Iron Man and Wolverine. Your mission is to stop Loki and other Marvel villains from assembling a weapon capable of destroying the world.
Akin to the Infinity Stones, players will hunt down Cosmic Bricks on their quests through Manhattan and other famous locales from the Marvel Universe. This game has an astonishing 100-character roster that’ll appeal to newcomers and diehard Marvel fans. Each character has a fun personality and an ability that mimics what they do in the comics and films.
For example, Iron Man can shoot missiles and hover in the air, while Spider-Man can swing and shoot webs. This game also features an astonishing character customization system to keep players invested. If you’re looking for a fun game that evokes adventure, humor, and incredible storytelling, check out Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
Indiana Jones was another film-themed character to receive the LEGO adaptation. This game follows suit with the old-school LEGO Star Wars titles as players get to relive three classic Indiana Jones narratives with a hilarious LEGO twist. This game forces players to battle foes, solve puzzles, and seek the best treasures.
This game is a fun gateway into the Indiana Jones franchise and will surely get your children’s heart-pumping with its invigorating gameplay. As Indiana Jones, players can attack and disarm enemies with his whip, swing over terrifying pits, and interact with the game’s objects and puzzles.
This game contains a 60-character roster that allows you to control Jones, his friends, and their enemies. This title offers some fun co-op play that lets you explore Jones’ best narratives from the films. Unfortunately, the game’s later releases have bugs and glitches that may tamper with your experience.
Nonetheless, if you can overlook those occasional hiccups, you’re in for a fabulous treat.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is one of the newer LEGO games that gained much praise for its immersive worlds, gorgeous visuals, addictive gameplay, and humorous retelling of all nine Star Wars tales. This game spans many generations of Star Wars lore from Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan fighting Darth Maul to Rey’s inevitable bout with the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, or Palpatine.
Furthermore, this game includes some DLC in the form of new characters from some of the new Star Wars television series like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. DLC aside, this game features over 300 playable characters, 100 vehicles, and 23 planets to explore to your heart’s content. You can explore its chapters in any order you want. This allows you to form experiences different from your friends.
Like previous LEGO Star Wars titles, you can play as the franchise’s villains and heroes. You’ll use force and other means to solve the game’s tricky puzzles. You can partake in dogfights and defeat capital ships that can be traversed and conquered. The combat feels immersive and more precise than in previous entries. Moreover, this game awards players with Kyber Bricks for exploring environments thoroughly.
These bricks help you unlock new features and upgrades for different character classes. If you’re in search of an incredible LEGO game and adore the Star Wars franchise, I’d give this game a play session.
So, there we have it, our pick for the best Lego video games through the years!
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