Is it Lego? LEGO? Or perhaps LeGó? Regardless of your preferred capitalization, chances are you’re familiar with Lego the brand as well as its multiple series of games based on an assortment of properties ranging from Marvel Comics to Harry Potter. Sure, they may not be the most challenging or engaging games, however, they seem to occupy a very unique space in gaming.
For one, Lego games have consistently supported local co-op at a time when split-screen seems to be becoming extinct. This coupled with their simplistic gameplay make Lego games highly approachable for inexperienced gamers and their target-audience…kids!
Here, we’ve highlighted what we think are the best Lego games you should consider playing if you haven’t already. We’ll be updating this list in the future, so make sure to check back.
Lego City: Undercover (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
First up, we have Lego City Undercover, a stand-out entry in the series as it features a completely original setting and story. In it, players take on the role of Chase McCain, an undercover cop on the hunt for justice in a crime-stricken Lego City.
As an experienced policeman, Chase is able to quickly get around by swinging on poles, jumping off walls, and piloting vehicles such as helicopters and cars. He also has the ability to take on different disguises which allow him to access new areas and solve puzzles. Inspired by games like Grand Theft Auto, Lego City Undercover offers a dynamic open-world filled with plenty of secrets and side activities for players to discover.
Lego Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Lego Worlds is another title not based on an existing property and sees players building Lego creations in a procedurally-generated 3D sandbox. Given the real-world functionality of Legos, it seems like a no-brainer to make a game dedicated solely to constructing objects using Lego bricks.
Players are able build out their own world by either using predesigned structures or a brick-by-brick editor tool. The game features a number of customization tools such as the ability to edit your character’s appearance with different outfits as well as modify terrain and environments. Later updates added support for multiplayer and the ability to share your creations with others.
Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
The Lego Harry Potter Collection includes both Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Years 5-7, which were originally released as standalone games. Both games chronicle the Lego-fied adventures of the infamous boy wizard and his friends Ron and Hermione as they study magic at Hogwarts.
While gameplay is largely similar to previous Lego titles, the Harry Potter games introduce both spell casting and potion making, with players being able to collect ingredients for different potions and use a variety of incantations to solve puzzles and reach new areas. The games also include music tracks and humorous cutscenes inspired by the films, making them a must-play for any Harry Potter fan.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, PC)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a colossal comic book adventure in which players can control over 180 characters from the Marvel universe, each with their own special powers. The game sees Marvel heroes working together to prevent Loki, Galactus, and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world.
Gameplay is similar to other Lego titles but thanks to the diversity of powers within the game’s superhero roster, which includes members of The Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, things never feel too repetitive or grow stale. Lego Marvel Super Heroes has been touted as the best-selling Lego game to date and even spawned a sequel, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which we also recommend you play.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, PC)
The Lego Batman games have had a decent run, with Lego Batman: The Videogame and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes performing well enough to garner a third game, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, in which the caped crusader and his crime-fighting buddies travel to outer space to stop Brainiac from destroying Earth.
The game is unique in that it sees both DC heroes and villains uniting to defeat Brainiac as he tries to harness the power of the Lantern Rings to shrink worlds before adding them to his collection. With a roster of 150 unique characters, including members of the Justice League and Legion of Doom, Lego Batman 3 is an excellent choice for comic book fans or anyone who enjoyed the first two games.
Lego Jurassic World (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, 3DS, PC)
Coinciding with the release of Jurassic World, Lego Jurassic World includes adaptations of the first four films in the franchise across 20 different levels. These levels are separated by a free-roaming overworld where players can explore the park to find hidden objects and discover secret areas.
While gameplay sticks to the tried-and-true Lego formula, new features such as character customization and the ability to breed new dinosaur types via gene-splicing help shake things up while staying faithful to the source material. Furthermore, if you haven’t experienced the original trilogy and want a more humorous, bite-sized retelling, consider checking out Lego Jurassic World.
Lego The Hobbit (PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, PC)
Serving as a follow-up to Lego The Lord of the Rings, Lego The Hobbit offers a retelling of the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy. In it, you play as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and other recognizable LOTR characters as they help the Dwarves reclaim their lost Kingdom of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain.
Some new gameplay features include an emphasis on crafting, with players being able to obtain materials by destroying objects found in the world. This one is a bit harder to find digitally as the licensing terms for the game expired at the end of 2018. Still, it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up a used physical copy at your local game store or through Amazon.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Let’s get this out the way now: Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is without a doubt the best collection of Lego games to date. However, until a more accessible version is released for newer consoles, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a worthy alternative that looks and plays better in 2019.
The game offers a comedic retelling of the events from the 2015 film and includes a massive roster of over 204 playable characters from the Star Wars universe. Additionally, it marks a shift in quality for Lego games, featuring high quality HD assets and more cinematic cutscenes.
Lego The Incredibles
Lego The Incredibles includes retellings of both films in the franchise, and fairly faithful ones at that, with many in-game scenes presented as 1:1 recreations of their film counterparts. The story campaign sees you going through the sequel’s plot entirely, before going back to the events of the first movie.
Gameplay remains largely unchanged but features an emphasis on two-player cooperation, with many puzzles having multiple interconnected parts. Aside from playing as members of the heroic Parr family and their equally-gifted peers, Lego The Incredibles includes a character customizer that allows players to create their own original heroes with unique abilities.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
This one’s sort of a cheat since it won’t be out till at least 2020, however, all signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry for Lego games as a whole. The upcoming title plans to adapt all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga, including The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
So far, we know the game will feature optional fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original Lego Star Wars games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will deliver an updated version of the best Lego series to date.
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