Wednesday, 21 September 2016

LEGO Dimensions: Who be th' bad guy in 'tis again?

If ye don't like th' scurvy pirate shout, thar be a version 'o 'tis review in normal English here:
'tis was also a direct copy paste from 'tis site here: due to 'tis bein' more 'o a gag, so excuse any weird spellin' from th' tavern. I did give a go' 'n catch all 'o them. Now onto th' review savvy. 

No seriously, who? thar be someone tryin' to reconstruct th' multiverses 'n rebuild them in his own image, but we break a lot 'o thin's in these games, th' golden rule be "If it's made 'o LEGO, it can be destroyed" after all. Though then again, 'tis be th' opposite extreme to th' LEGO movie, which was all 'bout followin' instructions to th' letter 'n killin' imagination...  
"Totally not gettin' 'tis when it comes out, what would ever gift ye that idea..."

So anyway, LEGO Dimensions, TT Games' Toys to life battle, combinin' th' pop culture multiverse into one thin' they can all relate to, LEGO. wit' Year 2 startin' next week, which th' only reason 'tis isn't comin' out next week be because that's th' Pokémon Gen IV spot, I figured it might be the hour to give a go' me hand at reviewin' 'tis battle before all th' year 2 sets start comin' out. One thin' to note, as I said in th' toys to life review, 'tis be a pricy investment, one 'o th' most expensive games bin reviewed, in terms 'o recommended retail price. ye also don't need every set... just a large chunk 'o them includin' most 'o th' more expensive sets if ye're goin' fer 100% completion. If not, then all ye need be th' starter pack.
"ye call that a weapon?"

I did gloss over th' plot before, but fer more detail, Lord Vortech, who has set up base on a planet known as Foundation Prime, has begun huntin' "Foundation elements", iconic items from th' wave one franchises. Three 'o these include th' Rin', Kryptonite, 'n Metalbeard's "chest 'o lovely booty". In doin' 'tis, he also kidnaps Frodo, Robin 'n Metalbeard, 'n 'tis naturally pisses off Gandalf, Batman 'n Wyldstyle. th' three 'o them arrive in a dimension at first hidden from Vortech, 'n usin' a portal that when powered up, gives th' heroes special powers fer puzzles, set off to stop Vortech, after restorin' said portal, by travelin' to th' multiverses to retrieve th' elements before he does. In order (because again, these be th' year 1 sets, minus one IP that I be knowin' 'o), they be: th' Wizard 'o Oz, th' Simpsons, LEGO Ninjargo, Doctor Who, DC, Back to th' Future, Portal (NOT PORTAL 2, Portal be th' IP, Portal 2 be a battle!), Lord 'o th' Rin's, Ghostbusters, Midway Arcade, Scooby Doo 'n th' LEGO Movie. th' only sets not to get a level at all be th' LEGO Chima sets.
Somethin' tells me 'tis team wouldn't really set the sails in other contexts...

As ye progress through th' battle, th' worlds start to become more 'n more fractured. At first its tamed, wit' only major villains enterin' other worlds (due to Vortech enlistin' them to help th' search), but as th' battle goes on, enemies from all th' franchises mash together. fer example, th' Joker in th' robot from LEGO Batman 2 destroyin' Mr Burns' office after tryin' to stop Lord Business from gettin' a Uranium fuel rod, Sauron controllin' an army 'o Riddler bots while a pair face rides on a weaponized elephant, GLaDOS havin' a conversation wit' Hal9000, 'n then later tryin' to get th' 12th doctor to reinstall one 'o th' cores that Batman 'n Gandalf use as leverage. General Zod tryin' to make Ghostbusters new amsterdam into new Krypton, usin' th' T.A.R.D.I.S in th' Simpsons levels (I'll explain later) to be off to either th' Flintstones' ship or th' Jetsons'. One 'o their promotional videos was a vehicle battle between th' Doctor, Doc Brown 'n Dr Venkman in th' T.A.R.D.I.S, Delorian, 'n Ecto-1 respectively as they all tried to be th' first to get through a cross intersection, do ye think th' devs didn't comely wench th' opportunity to mash th' franchises together? In th' Portal main level alone I had to summon th' trees from Lord 'o th' Rin's (honestly don't remember th' moniker, bin only seen th' first one 'n that was a few years ago), th' the hour Travel ship, th' Simpsons Movie wreckin' cannon ball gag, a giant coin. Not meanin' to sound biased in any way, takin' out th' fact that I lust th' Portal games 'n their writin', but even then some 'o th' best writin' has to do wit' th' Portal sections.
Ye can call us fer 'tis, but not Casper

If I can praise Dimensions fer anythin', it%u2019s that th' dev team be knowin' how to keep to themes 'n characters. all ye pirates, that I can recognize at least, be still in character, though at times exaggerated. But one flaw be in th' asset reuse. Not fer th' levels themselves, but in th' voice clips from big movie franchises, when they couldn't get th' cast to record new lines. It be most blatant, fer me at least, in th' Ghostbusters levels, th' level pack one bein' based on Ghostbusters 1, 'n th' main battle level bein' inspired by Ghostbusters 2. th' characters who don't get a minifig, but can be played in th' battle hearty thanks to th' character abilities, like Venkman bein' able to switch between th' whole team 'n th' Doctor randomly changin' between th' 12 doctors, be guilty 'o 'tis too, but its at its worst in th' levels. th' Simpsons levels also have th' scent 'o low budget, as th' only characters who can speak be Homer 'n Krusty. Bart, who be a mini fig, be completely mute, 'n th' level from Homer's pack, bein' a retell 'o Season 8's El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer does loose some 'o th' effect, as Marge be also mute too. I have no issues wit' minifigs bein' mute in th' games, all th' games pre Batman 2 were mute, but in 'tis context, it just feels off. I'd honestly have preferred reusin' sound clips over nothin' at all.
Dam it barnacle-covered scurvy dog Jenkins!

One big issue I have wit' th' battle comes below to th' adventure worlds. Now I'll admit 'tis be mostly due to 'tis bein' th' first LEGO battle bin had a decent amount 'o the hour put into it that has these kinds 'o hub worlds. But to me, they're paddin', bad paddin'. In each 'o them, ye need to get a set amount 'o studs to get th' "Rule Breaker", like in th' levels. Along wit' that, thar be gold bricks to be used fer upgradin' vehicles, restoration missions that use studs, 'n a Red Brick to find. Simple that be all I can take right? Well, th' big issue be wit' th' stud requirements. While probably due to th' T-L style 'o battle, a lot 'o th' more useful red bricks aren't in Year 1. Ones I used a lot like x4, 6, 8, 'n 10 stud multipliers, Invincibility 'n Stud Magnet aren't in th' battle. Granted, Invincibility be thar fer some characters, 'n ye can upgrade vehicles to have Stud Magnet, but it would be nice fer th' characters to have it, 'n it would make th' Adventure Worlds flow faster. th' only logic I can spy wit' ye eye fer not havin' them be that to get to th' Adventure Worlds, ye need a character from that IP, but fer th' level packs at least it would make sense as they also block a level from bein' played unless ye have that character. I'd rather them then one that changes th' music to Doctor Who music, one fer 8-wee bit music, ect. fer 'tis review, bin be fightin' th' PS3 version, 'n 'tis has be one 'o th' most unstable LEGO games bin played (usin' 1.10), 'n th' theory be that it be th' red bricks that be doin' it, so that can be off into another flaw, as bin had th' battle infinite load 'n freeze on me when usin' thin's like th' Minikit detector.
Send in th' Cybermen... I be not a Doctor Who fan, that's th' best bin got...

One other issue I have that goes back to pacin' be level size. Some levels feel bloated, wit' one that come to mind bein' th' Ghostbusters Level pack (I haven't actually finished Back to th' Future 1's level). It be a condensed version 'o th' movie, but goin' between buildin's in a basically identical hub map be borin', 'n th' massive stud count requirement dont help. Some people do like it, it comes below to personal taste. Music 'n visuals do be off back to th' themin' comment I said before, as each level does look, feel 'n sound different, in keepin' wit' th' different franchises. Some thin's don't really set the sails, like Level pack Staypuff, not th' mini fig, but that's more th' fact that its made 'o LEGO, to me it wouldn't look that jolly in real life, so I be not goin' to pan th' battle fer it. Basically, th' flaws come below to th' Adventure maps, 'n as I said in th' T-L message 'n at th' start 'o th' review, price. fer Australia, 'tis isn't worth $170 fer th' starter pack, 'n th' other packs could be off fer a price drop too, as gettin' normal LEGO be far, far, far more cost effective, even here. fer US, as a lot 'o traffic fer 'tis site comes from th' US 'n that's th' only country I be knowin' th' prices fer. I'd rather be payin' ye prices, 'n even then th' Starter pack's still a wee bit 'o a steep price. fer now, I'll leave ye wit' that, as I have one final Dimensions message, mainly as filler fer Sunday, 'n next week, as I said before, Pokémon Generation IV: Diamond, Pearl 'n Platinum.    

Not an official image, just one I found on their official twittArrr account, link to th' squawk here:

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