Posts Tagged ‘Travellers-Tales’

Premature Evaluation: Lego Worlds

Will Lego Worlds escape the penises that plague so many other games with user generated content? It’s hard to see a system they could enforce which might effectively root them out without adversely affecting the freedom to create and share worlds. It’s a problem Minecraft has survived, however, without much damage to its image among parents - perhaps because there are just more interesting things to do. Spore probably couldn’t say the same.

Each week Marsh Davies squints at the ambitious blueprint that is Early Access and struggles to work out which bit goes where, and how many pieces are missing, before giving up and, most likely, building a big old cock instead. This week he’s been playing Lego Worlds, TT Games’ attempt to channel the charm of Minecraft’s freeform construction at the behest of their brick-wielding Danish overlords.

Finally, Lego have made a game about Lego rather than the Lego brand. Though they quite possibly only managed that because someone else went and did it first. Every dismayingly poor TT Games platformer I’ve played has only further convinced me that Markus Persson already made the best possible Lego game – and as just one facet of that multifaceted monster, Minecraft. Its shadow looms large over this entire enterprise. Though it’s an enterprise that seems to be getting wise to this fact: some of the recent releases under the Lego brand are, I am told, interesting and ambitious in their own right, and not just quirky minifig rehashes of film properties, draped over a crap but childproof platformer framework. So perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that Worlds, too, feels interesting and ambitious – albeit extremely early in its development. There’s not much about it at the moment that Minecraft hasn’t covered in mods, but it’s nonetheless immediate, generous and jolly, its focus shifted away from Minecraft’s complex recipes and resources to simple collection and unfettered creation.

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Minecraftbut LEGO: LEGO Worlds Hits Steam Early Access

Minecraft but with LEGO” is an idea that must have been raised a hundred thousand times, everywhere from playgrounds to board rooms. It’s finally happened. With remarkably little fanfare, Warner Bros. yesterday both announced and launched LEGO Worlds [official site].

Well, launched onto Steam Early Access. Made by the LEGO game folks at TT Games, it’s a procedurally-generated open-world explore-o-build ‘em up with terraforming and rideable creatures and vehicles. Its LEGO worlds do look swish, creating terrain out of squillions of carefully-placed bricks. You know, Minecraftbut with LEGO. It’s pretty barebones at launch, lacking multiplayer.

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Lego Jurassic World Wants You To Be The Dinos

Being bitten by a Lego T-Rex is like standing on one of those tiny bricks. Avoid.

Knowing full well that playing through a Lego version of Jurassic World isn’t actually the most exciting part of Lego Jurassic World [official site], Travellers Tales has front loaded the latest trailer with one of the most iconic scenes from Jurassic Park. The whole film, along with The Lost World, Jurassic Park III and, yes, Jurassic World, are recreated in miniature plastic for you to explore and build when the game launches on June 12th. That’s the same day Jurassic World comes to cinemas, no doubt to better accommodate any opening night impulse purchases.

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Lego Batman 3 Launches, Heads For Outer Space

Two people I actually recognise! Green Lantern and Spiderman

And in “opportunities to teach your child more about vigilante justice using playthings they know and love” news, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched yesterday – you can take it for a spin with a free demo.

I confess I’ve not kept up with all the recent Lego releases. At this point it feels less like a franchise and more of a brick-based pop culture library. Lego are basically the modern equivalent of a monastic scriptorium, where the Lego monks transcribe plots and concepts from television, movies and books and then add illuminated letters in the form of construction flourishes.

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Moon Bruce: Lego Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham

I’m always slightly disappointed when a new Lego game announcement arrives and it doesn’t involve a fresh license. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham looks like a Justice League game rather than a simple spot of the moody Bruces, but I can’t help but feel something other than superheroes would make a pleasant change. Lego Hammer Horror maybe, or Lego Warhammer. It probably doesn’t help that I saw Days Of Future Past yesterday – so many superpowers all on one screen. Best bits? Blink doing the best portals since Portal and Quicksilver doing just about anything. The superheroes from the other place are below.

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Wot I Think: The LEGO Movie Videogame

Traveller’s Tales have been on a real run lately, knocking it out of the park with Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Lord Of The Rings and Lego Batman 2. So a game based on a movie about people made of Lego? What more could they want? Well, a lot more movie, perhaps a trilogy, for a start. Here’s wot I think of The Lego Movie Videogame:

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The Legolation Of Smaug: Lego The Hobbit

They should probably turn around.

Someday, we will all probably be made of Lego bricks. Based on the ceaseless, inevitable march of Traveler’s Tales’ “Lego The Thing” (not a Lego version of The Thing, which is something that absolutely needs to happen) franchise, it’s only a matter of time. We may as well cherish what little time we have left as easily popped flesh balloons, given that we will soon be born again in jaundiced plastic. For now, though, The Hobbit is next under the Legofication Ray, and it’s looking, well, like The Hobbit, only sillier and made of blocks. Watch the first trailer of Lego The Hobbit below.

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There And Block Again: Lego – The Hobbit

Traveller’s Tales have announced that their next game will not be Lego: Doctor Who by announcing that their next game will be Lego: The Hobbit. Due in Spring of next year, the game will cover the events of the first two Hobbit games FILMS (edited to fix idiocy), which means about sixteen hours of playtime will take place in Goblin Town and the barrel sequence will last until the last embers of our sun have been snuffed into oblivion, like the remnants of a lonely campfire on an desolate hillside. There’s a video below.

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Wot I Think: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is out in the States, but has then horribly drowned in the oceans, seemingly not released in Europe until the 15th November. Quite why Warner would go to such lengths to screw up the release of such an excellent game we’re not sure. We’ve asked. I’ve been playing it non-stop for days, and despite being told I’m only 20% of the way through, feel ready to tell you wot I think:

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Agents of Smile: An Hour(ish) With Lego Marvel Heroes

Mr Fantastic, most boring of all Marvel superheroes, has just turned into an enormous pair of bolt cutters in order to let Captain America through. Not so boring now eh, Reed?
The Hulk is tidying up New York with a dustpan and brush.
Iron Man is worried that all of this is cutting into his hot tub time.
Controlling Spider-Man is just like I’ve wished every other Spider-Man game was like, but wasn’t.
The Sandman is able to conjure more whirling Lego studs on my screen than I would ever have thought possible.
Captain America, um, has a shield. Well, he’s always been a problem, so we’ll let it slide.

Yesterday, I’d probably have said something about how Traveller’s Tales Lego games are Quite Nice but I’m bored to tears of them now and same old same old blah. Today I’m saying WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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