LEGO™ Dimensions is another ‘toys-to-life’ video game, similar to Skylanders or Disney Infinity. If you haven’t played either of those, a toys-to-life game is one where you purchase physical toys or figures specially designed to communicate with a device or ‘portal’ that comes with the game. When you place one of the figures onto the portal, that character appears in the game for players to control. LEGO Dimensions takes this one step further: players have to build the toys out of LEGO as they progress through the game. It’s got a lot in common with other LEGO video games, with the notable difference being that instead of unlocking characters as you play, you’ll gain new characters by buying new packs of physical toys. And instead of being based on a single theme, such as LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Batman, LEGO Dimensions draws characters and environments from a variety of franchises. We’ll delve into more detail on this in our upcoming review.
You may already have heard about LEGO Dimensions – it was released internationally about a year ago. It is officially launching in South Africa and a few other countries this Friday, 9 September. It will be available on PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
This delayed launch does mean there are already a ton of add-on packs to choose from, with more on the way in the coming months. The sheer volume and variety of packs is quite overwhelming at first, so we’ve put together a list of the different types of packs to help you know what to expect.
All the packs contain new characters and vehicles or gadgets. As you play the game, you’ll be able to the upgrade your vehicles into two further forms, meaning each vehicle can be built into three different variations. In-game, the characters have different abilities, which will allow you to complete various puzzles – however, there are ways around this using in-game currency. There are also numerous ‘Adventure Worlds’ containing side quests and collectibles, and these are only accessible with characters belonging to those worlds – so, for example, a Simpsons character like Bart is needed to access the Simpsons Adventure World. Fortunately, the story can be completed with just the characters from the base game; you just won’t be able to access the special areas related to specific franchises.
Fun Packs contain a single minifigure to add to your game, as well as a vehicle or gadget to use in-game. They don’t add new content, but they may allow you to access an additional Adventure World if you don’t already own a character from that franchise. The price of these packs will be around R250.
The Fun Packs that will be available at launch include:
- LEGO Ninjago (exclusive to BT Games): Jay, Zane, Lloyd, Nya, Sensei Wu
- The LEGO Movie: Emmet, Benny, Bad Cop, Unikitty
- DC Comics: Cyborg, Superman, Bane, Aquaman, Wonder Woman
- The Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West
- LEGO Legends of Chima (exclusive to Musica): Laval, Cragger, Eris
- Lord of the Rings: Legolas, Gimli, Gollum
- The Simpsons: Bart, Krusty the Clown
- Doctor Who (exclusive to AWX): Cyberman
- Back to the Future: Doc Brown
- Ghostbusters: Stay Puft, Slimer
Team Packs are similar to Fun Packs in that they don’t add new content (besides possible Adventure World access). Team Packs include two minifigures and two vehicles or gadgets from a particular franchise. Team Packs will cost around R360-R400.
The Team Packs that will be available at launch include:
- Jurassic World
- LEGO Ninjago (BT Games exclusive)
- DC Comics
Level Packs contain a single minifigure with two vehicles or gadgets, and a brand new in-game level based on the character’s franchise. The price of these will be around R400-R450.
The Level Packs that will be available at launch include:
- The Simpsons
- Back to the Future
- Doctor Who (AWX exclusive)
- Midway Arcade
Story Packs are not yet available locally or internationally, but will add several new levels based on a specific franchise to continue the main story of the game and include a single minifigure and vehicle, as well as a new gateway design. Two of the Story Packs that have been announced so far will be based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the new Ghostbusters film.
Keep an eye out for our LEGO Dimensions review!