Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lego City Undercover (Wii U)

Amidst the shipping controversy with Nintendo, we were able to trek out & snag a copy of Traveller's Tales latest gem, Lego City Undercover (I will explain the controversy later, I PROMISE. Well, Wii U owners, it looks like we finally have our next big must own title to coincide with New Super Mario U & Zombi U...Lego has a sweet tie-in separate from the rest of past sandbox titles (Just Cause, GTA, Saints Row, etc) You play as Chase McCain, or John McClane for you Die Hard freaks out a city overloaded to the brim with the crimes of Rex fury, the city's delinquent since he was a tyke...voiced by familiar actors who bring this city plenty of life to get a fondness for. The writing is witty/funny, plenty of movie references (Titanic, Dirty Harry, Starsky & Hutch, etc), driving/platforming mechanics are both tight, doesn't have a tacked on feeling like past titles in this genre. The city itself is the real star of the show, in full HD, & bright as can be...a lot of life within this city...& easy to explore as you encounter the various memorable characters along the way. Closing statements:  Simple story, yet a big, full city with NY, San Francisco, Alcatraz homages within this gem. 8/10

+ Big, beautiful open world a departure from most that are usually violent/gritty
+ Witty writing, movie references, & sound effects litter the city
+ Tons of unlockables & abilities for Chase to unlock with use of different outfits (Lego Batman)
+ Finally a Lego title not hindered by a license that they HAVE to be faithful to
+ Smart, non intrusive uses of the Wii U Gamepad

- Lack of music in cars/vehicles during missions/free ride
- While collecting Lego pieces is fun, it can be distracting if you're one of those people attempting to grab every piece
- Bad load times

Review by Sean Snyder