The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame Video Review
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a movie with a powerful message that moved and inspired us, and now it has a video game version to match the film called The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. While we went into the game with high hopes and anticipation, we were extremely disappointed by its overall lack of creativity, frustratingly bland experience and pervasive performance issues. To see our full, in-depth review, hit ‘play’ on the video below.
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is amazingly colorful and visually appealing, and it introduces some new mechanics such as a scanner that nets you new blueprints for whatever you scan, as well as a sticker gun, brick-breaking power gloves, and a paint wand that can color different surfaces. You can also build things such as sprinklers, vehicles and even entire shops in addition to using “build attacks” during combat. These mechanics are fun at first, but quickly grow old as you will spend the entire rest of the game repeating them with little variation.
The plot and adaptation of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is a bastardization of the original film, and for some reason no footage from the movie is used in the game — a strange concept, since the game is published by Warner Bros. Virtually none of the original voice actors participated in the video game, and important plot points are either skimmed over or new ones that make no sense are added in.
In terms of gameplay, it is painfully unexciting, uninspired and rife with performance issues. There are so many problems with pop in, framerate drops, screen tearing and button delays, and the camera is a complete obstacle in itself. The game will also abandon your current mission when you speak with a new character about a side mission, which is a weirdly basic issue that this game design should have been able to overcome.
Overall, it feels obvious that the game was rushed on to the market without the proper time taken to polish the game and bring its full potential to fruition. The game does not respect the original film or its audience, and the words that comes to mind more than anything else are “cash grab.” The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is little more than a cash grab, and it saddens us to have given this game a score of 20. All in all, we feel that the LEGO audience deserves better.