Before I start, I know what you, my readers are thinking : “Not another Lego game…” as you attempt to close the page or click on another link here at POPCulture Online. Well before you do so, do spare me some time and I promise to get straight to the point. Yes if you have not already noticed, the Lego games have been sprouting out faster than the next Battlefield announcement of the countless DLCs that damaged our wallets for for our favourite games.
To be honest, I am rather surprised this game is out we are all still waiting for the third movie in the Hobbit series to be out. A little rush if you ask me but hey, there still a lot of content in those two films so can the game developers for Lego The Hobbit pull off another entertaining game? Well, do read on to find out.
The content for An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug is definitely big enough to start us on our merry way and it good old Lego format, players get to explore the different levels, smash things up for more Lego building material and listen to all that glorious voice work from the movie. Nothing new for those who have played the various Lego games but hey, if it ain’t broken, why fix it? After all as cliché as it sounds, using original voice work does give the game that extra authenticity which I like.
A nice touch that regular Lego gamers will appreciate is that you can now save those precious Lego prices you get from either smashing things open or from the mini game which I believe most will spend time farming. If only they put this one in previous games, life will be so much easier. I guess better late then never.
Moving on the content itself, well I am sure most if not all of us do not need to guess really hard what goes on in each level especially you have watched both movies or read the book like me. Levels, dialogues and events follow the movie very closely which can be a double edged sword. On one hand, it means you get the full Hobbit experience (or at least for the first two movies) and on the other it means there is not much of the usual Lego slapstick humour that most of us are used to. Good or bad, I guess it comes down to personal preference.
Overall the biggest disappointment is the lack of the final area which will be out as a DLC (at this time of writing) when (I am guessing) the final film in the series is out knowing how controlled these film franchises are. If you can see past that, Lego The Hobbit is actually one of those familiar Lego games that while doesn’t wow you like the graphics in Crysis or the fast paced action in Titanfall but like all other Lego games, this is the one I will still go to for some casual gaming fun.
Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars
by Kenneth Wong
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