The Lego Movie 2 Videogame
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Fusion
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
Release date: February 26, 2019
Available at all major retailers and Amazon.
The Lego Movie 2 Videogame
The Lego Movie 2 Videogame picks up after the events of The Lego Movie and The Lego Movie Videogame. We find Emmet, Lucy and the gang living in a desolate, dystopian apocalypse thanks to the Duplo invasion. When their friends are kidnapped by General Sweet Mayhem, Emmet and Lucy begin searching the known planets to track them down. Their adventure culminates in a confrontation with General Sweet Mayhem to stop the Duplo Queen’s secret ceremony, which would see her marry Batman.
The plot follows a steady progression through six main story planets. After completing the story for the final planet, Lucy provides a whirlwind exposition of the remainder of the story from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The plot points exposed by Lucy seem to come out of left field for those who haven’t seen the film, and don’t appear necessary to the structure or story in the game.
Players take control of Emmet, Lucy, or any of the many characters unlocked throughout the game. Characters, items, and builds are found in relic chests, obtained through quests, or purchased at the shop. There is a heavy focus on building; expect to build generators and bounce pads often. Though there are hundreds of items to collect in the game, almost all of them are useless. They’re unnecessary to move the plot forward or complete levels, and simply exist to give the player something else to collect.
New planets are unlocked by completing the preceding planet’s story and collecting enough purple bricks to power on the portal. The boss battles are relatively simple once the player determines what action sequences are needed. Enemies spawn all over the planets without rhyme or reason. There isn’t much to the fighting mechanic. On PS4, you’ll be spamming the square button, as there are no fancy sequences to master or abilities to upgrade.
The game is glitchy. When at the shop to turn in relics for items, characters, or builds, there is a chance the game will let you look around, but not move or interact with other characters or the environment. The only fix is to reset the game. There is also the possibility of getting stuck in build mode, which I resolved by going into the game menu and leaving for another planet.
This entry into the Lego Movie Videogame series wasn’t as good as the first. It’s apparent this game had a strict budget and a dearth of voice actors. That being said, it wasn’t a bad or difficult game. The game debuted at $40, far less than most titles, and if you’re looking for something for the kids to play, or something easy to play to while away some time, this game is perfect.