Today I was invited by WB Games to the press launch of the latest ‘LEGO Dimensions’ expansion pack content. I was also able to get some hands on gaming time with the new characters, levels and story pack that have been released today (18th November).
Developer TT Games have launched new expansions for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (full Story Pack and Fun Pack), Gremlins (Team Pack), Sonic the Hedgehog (Level Pack), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Fun Pack) and Adventure Time (Team Pack).
They are available on the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U.
This is not a review, just an initial hands-on impression:
Now I have to admit, I’ve been a huge fan of TT Games’ LEGO games in the past, but for some reason Dimensions passed me by. Why? I have no idea, especially as I still enjoy playing with LEGO (I can justify it now by being able to play it with my son) and the idea of a LEGO toy and videogame hybrid just seems right.
To date, LEGO Dimensions feature somewhere in the region of 30 different entertainment brands, ranging from LEGO’s own brands (Ninjago, Chima, etc.) to some of the biggest names out there like The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Mission Impossible and even Valves Portal to name a few, each with their own characters, team packs and/or levels.
What this allows you to do is customise your own game playing experience by mixing and matching any characters and universes that you want within your game. For instance, want Marty McFly to team up with Harley Quinn – you’ve got it, Wonder Woman with Owen from Jurassic World – yup, they’ve got that covered too.
What other modes can we expect in Lego Dimensions?
It’s not just a story based game either, there are other game features available including the ability to have four-player battles in Battle Arenas where you can play capture the flag (as well as other game modes). There is also the ability to buy further Story Packs, which provide deep, story-driven gameplay around big theatrical releases (Ghostbusters and the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). These in my opinion are like the LEGO stand alone games, but with the added fun now of being able to put your own characters into those universes.
So in summary from my short hands-on experience. If you are already a Lego Dimensions fan then I’m sure you have made up your mind already and have these on your shopping/Christmas lists. If, however, you are like me and Dimensions went under your radar, but you’ve enjoyed the LEGO games from TT Games previously, is it worth taking the plunge? I think I’ve got to say a provisional yes, granted I want more playing time with the game but from my first impressions I really enjoyed the time I played the game and came away with a smile.
So what are you waiting for, go check out Lego Dimensions, I think you’ll like it. Looking into the future I can see my bank balance being hit by this game especially as my son and wife have both taking a keen interest…
GS Blogger: JMS1701