We got a sneak peek at the brilliant, madcap world of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame, and we’re delighted to say that it more than lives up to the original. In fact, it incorporates a ton of new features which took us completely by surprise. Simply put, this is a game where the phrase “everything is awesome” definitely applies.
So here are six things we learned from going hands on with The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame…
1. Every level is open world
One thing that fans of LEGO games keep asking for is more open world exploration, and the developers have really taken that onboard. Every single level of the game is designed to be as open as possible – so you can spend as long as you like on side quests and exploration before you head back towards the main quests. As a result, you get to explore areas of the game (like the Asteroid Field in Level 2) which were only seen briefly in the movie, but have been fully fleshed out into detailed environments in the game.
In the first level alone there’s an amazing monster truck racing minigame and a mountain of NPC quests to help out with, and it’s well worth doing these – you never know what sort of handy rewards you might receive. And there are plenty of places worth coming back to later in the game once you’ve added a few Key Builds (more on them in a minute) to your roster.
2. There’s a huge focus on building
Easily one of our favourite things to do in LEGO games is to run around smashing things to bits. It’s just so satisfying.
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame has taken this even further by not only giving you plenty of stuff to smash, but also the ability to store specific bricks in your inventory to use in your very own, build-on-the-go Key Builds. These are unlockable tools which, as long as you have the right bricks, you can build wherever there’s a Key Build spot on the ground. They’re also absolutely essential for getting through the adventure in one piece.
So, for example, you can build a robot that follows you around like a puppy and shoots at baddies, a bouncy platform to boost you up to hard-to-reach areas, or an adorable pink sprinkler to put out pesky fires. Key Builds are sometimes given as rewards for completing quests, and sometimes their blueprints can be figured out by examining suspicious objects with Lucy’s binoculars.
Oh, and you can even build your own vehicles (and even huge creatures, like the fearsome Ultrakatty) out of bricks to make your exploration twice as fun.
3. Customisation is a major component
LEGO is all about having the freedom to create whatever you want, however you want it, and the LEGO Movie 2 Videogame gets that down to a T.
First of all, you get a sticker gun pretty early on in Level 1. Which means, yes, you can plaster everything with stickers (including bad guys), and it’s amazing. In order to access the shop in Level 1 you have to first decorate it with stickers, and the fun doesn’t stop there.
There are also over 100 characters to unlock throughout the course of the game, and better yet, they can all be customised – so if you want Emmet and Lucy to swap outfits, or you want to play as a Minifig version of yourself wearing Benny’s cute little cracked helmet, then that’s totally fine. Personally, we like the giraffe guy’s outfit the best. You’ll know it when you see it.
4. Treasures aren’t always hidden in the same place
Don’t forget to watch out for the hidden items called Relics hidden throughout the game. Find these, take them to the shop, and watch as they open up to reveal new characters and nifty items. Keep an especially sharp eye out for the super duper Mega Relics though, because they’ll contain multiple items and rarer characters too.
One neat little feature is that the contents of Relics and Mega Relics are randomised, so you may well get something different to your friends even if your Relics came from the exact same hiding place.
5. Anyone can do anything
One neat feature of the LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is that it’s possible to play the whole thing as any character you like. Whereas before you sometimes needed to switch characters so you could solve puzzles with their special abilities, you can now play the whole way through the game as, say, Unikitty (or any other character you’ve unlocked, but come on, Unikitty) and rely on the Key Builds to help you bust through the tricky bits. In this world, anyone can do anything.
(Having said that, Master Builders do have a special technique for taking out multiple enemies which is unique to each character, so it’s totally worth switching between them just to see how awesome they all are.)
6. There’s a sandbox mode
As if it weren’t enough to have a whole game full of open world levels ripe for exploration, the LEGO Movie 2 Videogame has one more big surprise in store.
Although Bricksburg has been reduced to an apocalyptic, Mad Max-style wasteland, there’s one area that’s still green and ripe for rebuilding, and (lucky us) we get to be in charge of how that happens. Yes, that’s right – it’s a whole sandbox area called Syspocalypstar (say that one ten times fast), which you’re free to build, decorate, destroy and rebuild however you want.
It’s a blank canvas on which you can imprint your wildest LEGO dreams. Fancy a Wild West theme to your town? Or perhaps you’d prefer a futuristic space colony? Or even a post-apocalyptic landscape to go with the rest of the, er, already post-apocalyptic Citadel? It’s totally up to you – and armed with your repaint tools and your sticker gun, the scope for making it your own is almost limitless. Completing quests in the main game will let you unlock NPCs, buildings and items to place in your little sandbox kingdom, and there’ll be quests to do within its confines as well.
How are you planning to decorate yours?
Are you ready to get started on your Master Builder adventures? You can pre-order your copy of The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame at GAME here!