Lego Dimensions is a Lego action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. It follows the "toys-to-life" format, in that the player has Lego figures and a portal which can be played within the game itself. The game was released in September 2015.
The game features characters and environments from 14 different franchises, with various actors such as Will Arnett, Sean Astin, Elizabeth Banks, John Barrowman, Alison Brie, Peter Capaldi, Michael J. Fox, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Matthew Lillard, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen McLain, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and John Rhys-Davies reprising their respective roles. J.B. Blanc and Liam O'Brien served as voice directors.
Its LEGO, and a video game in glorious synchronicity.
LEGO has been something that has been a staple of my childhood straight up now into my adulthood. It has allowed me to create anything I wanted with just the use of bricks and imagination, and taught me how to follow intricate directions to create a masterpiece. On the other hand video games have also been there for me since I was a child, teaching me how to think critically and develop hand to eye co-ordination to complete the tasks set forth to me by an orange bandicoot.
LEGO Dimensions has managed to combine two things that I love dearly, and it works exactly the way it should.
This gave has two components, the game itself much like other LEGO games consists of you being a LEGO character running around the world building and destroying things. The other half is a physical portal that you as the player have to build in real life in order to use to play the game with. The portal you create is about 269 pieces and it is what you use to interact with the game itself. It is built upon a platform that is then connected to your console via USB, and works similarly to the Skylanders/Disney Infinity platforms.
Once you create the portal in all of its glory (45 mins later and a beverage or two) you can place your choice to LEGO heroes on the platform and play them on the screen. The initial set comes with Gandalf, Batman and Wyldstyle and they act as the primary protagonists in the games main story. The main story revolves around Lord Vortech (voiced by Gary Oldman) who is trying to find the Foundational Elements, the cornerstones of time and space, in order to merge all the universes into one under his control. These elements, such as the ruby slippers and kryptonite, were scattered across the dimensions long ago, but gathered together at Foundation Prime can unlock the power to control the multiverse. In order to complete this task, Vortech opens portals to multiple different universes to recruit the villains of those universes to help him to collect the elements he needs, and bring the multiverses under his control.
The game itself plays like any other LEGO game at its core, but with the introduction with the USB docking station, it adds some extra fun elements. For example, if you want to add in the Batmobile because there is a ramp you want to use, just place the Batmobile that you built with real LEGO on the board, and it will appear on the screen and its playable. This can be done with multiple different vehicles, items, and playable characters that can be bought separately. There are also game elements that require you to move pieces on the board in order to complete certain objectives of the mission. Wyldstyle is a perfect example of a character that uses this feature, to use her power you must find a purple item that needs to be built, and you have to move her character on the board to different locations that light up purple (oh yeah, forgot the board lights up different colours for different actions) and the character will then built whatever is necessary on screen. Usually when a game makes you use an extra peripheral to complete a task in the game it becomes gimmicky and annoying. LEGO has managed to get around this by treating it like a puzzle, rather than repetitive task. There are multiple other ways the pad can be used with puzzles, and powers as well, so far all have not been cumbersome which is great.
The voice acting in this game is something that needs to be pointed out on its own due to the fact there was a large emphasis in ensuring that top notch voice acting could be in this game. You have anyone from Will Arnett reprising his role as Batman, Elizabeth Banks as WyldStyle, and Gary Oldman as Lord Vortech. In addition to the main cast having a stellar voice cast, the addon packs also have all the actors and actresses voicing their respective characters. Sean Astin makes an appearance as Samwise Gamgee, Allison Bree voices Unikitty, Stephen Merchant is back as Wheatley, and we even get Peter Capaldi as the voice of the Doctor, LEGO has pulled out all the stops for this game to ensure that it feels like a LEGO game inside and out.
There is a major issue though that may keep people away from this game, and make parents lives a living hell. The initial game is $109.99 and that includes the main story of 14 levels, 3 characters, and the pad to play. For additional characters to play in the game they are 19.99, and usually include up to 2 characters and a vehicle, and for a level package it is $29.99 which will give you characters, a new level area to play and a vehicle or item to use in the game. When it is all said and done, for the current lineup of level packages and character packages will run you around $450. So please beware before getting into this, you may end up spending a lot more on this game than you initially intended too. Personally after getting the initial package sent to us, i went out and got Portal 2 on my own at Toys R Us… and to be fair it was awesome and I had a lot of fun playing, but i could not imagine myself buying every single package available. More than likely due to the large amount of content that can be created for this game, gamers will pick and choose which packages they would like based on their preferred fandom (watch out Dr.Who). This model is no stranger to the gaming marketplace with the already existing and massively popular Amiibo’s and others such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity.
Overall though this is a very fun game with a lot of possibility. You can play through the 14 story levels and be completely satisfied with the solid game that is contained within that arc of levels, or you can take some extra time and go into the batman, lego movie, or lord of the rings portals and just mess around in those universes building and collecting items. There is also the fun part of just building the LEGO, as I said earlier LEGO was a big part of my life growing up and playing with it again in this format, took me back to when I was a kid and I truly enjoyed the task of building brick by brick. If you want to play a game that is a ton of fun and brings back a solid level of nostalgia, this could just be what you are looking for.
+LEGO is always fun to play with
-what do I do with the portal when I'm not playing it?