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Review: LEGO The Incredibles (PS4)

Action-adventure
7

Good

The LEGO games have always had to straddle a large age difference in the audience of the game, and the starting point of this game shows who it is primarily aimed at. The game starts where Incredibles 2 starts, with the arrival of the Underminer, and follows the story of the second film through to the end. As such, I highly recommend you watch the new film before loading up the game. Once you’ve completed the Incredibles 2 levels, you can then play through the story of the first film. While this seems like a strange way to do things, I suppose it does make the game more accessible to younger players who haven’t been waiting 14 years for this sequel.

The story plays out much as it does in other LEGO games, interpreting key scenes with that signature LEGO humour throughout. It also assumes you’re familiar with the source material so you can fill in the blanks. You mostly control one or more of the Incredibles family during the course of the story, but as the game allows for two-player co-op at all times, you might end up with some unexpected companions in certain sections.

Each member of the Incredibles family has, just as in the films, their own set of unique abilities. Mr Incredible is incredibly strong, capable of bashing through objects, throwing other characters, and lifting heavy objects. Dash is super fast, as you might imagine, but is easy enough to control despite his speed. Even when standing still, Dash never quite stops moving. Violet has her invisibility and force fields, giving her a range of options for completing puzzles. Dash can enter her force field bubble for an extra burst of speed, just like in the first film. Elastigirl is perhaps the most interesting hero to play. She has a range of abilities, but her flexibility is often the focus of puzzles, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible areas. Frozone is also really fun to play and feels truly unique among the supers with the way he glides around on his self-made ice.

Frozone is also really fun to play and feels truly unique among the supers with the way he glides around on his self-made ice.

The combat in the game feels fluid and suitably ‘super’, if missing on the technical improvements that LEGO Ninjago had. You can build up combo hits and execute powerful super attacks to destroy numerous foes (and unsuspecting objects nearby) at once. This is a good thing, because, like other LEGO games, there’s a LOT of fighting.

Incredibuilds

A slight twist on the large builds in LEGO City Undercover, Incredibuilds are found in story levels and the hub world. They require two or more of the Parr family building simultaneously, a bit of slightly annoying button mashing (made a bit easier if there’s two of you playing), to construct large things in the world. In the story levels, these are usually built to help you get past obstacles, while in the hub world, they generally unlock gold or red bricks. They also require special Incredibricks to build, so you’ll be spending a lot of time searching for these special bricks. The coolest of the Incredibuilds are the Pixar-themed builds that are unlocked by completing Crime Waves in the city.

The coolest of the Incredibuilds are the Pixar-themed builds that are unlocked by completing Crime Waves in the city.

New Urbem

The hub world in LEGO Incredibles is New Urbem, which is the fairly generic city where most of Incredibles 2 takes place. It’s a pretty big open world area, separated into districts. Each area has gold bricks and Incredibricks to collect, races to… race, crimes to solve, citizens to save, and objects to destroy. There’s also a special crime wave event in each district, which involves a major villain and their goons causing havoc in that part of the city. You’ll need to complete several missions to defeat all the goons and take on their boss. These missions include beating up goons, putting out fires, and defusing bombs. These can be quite fun as you hurry to stop the crime breaking out across the district. Unfortunately, all the crime waves seem to fall into the same pattern of beating up goons, putting out fires, and defusing bombs… and there’s about a dozen of these to complete.

Characters

There’s a total of 113 characters to unlock in this game, including several variations of major characters like Mr Incredible and Elastigirl. You can also unlock numerous other Supers, including those mentioned only fleetingly in the films, like Dynaguy. Completing crime waves will give you characters from other Pixar films, such as Dory from Finding Nemo/Dory, which is a really nice little bonus. The rest of the lineup is composed of villains, their goons, and the ordinary citizens you help along the way. There’s also a pretty good selection of vehicles to unlock, though we didn’t find ourselves needing vehicles much, apart from the occasional race – not with Dash as an option.

Like the other superhero-themed LEGO games, there’s a large pool of abilities that you’ll need to complete various puzzles and unlock the myriad collectibles in this game. (Interestingly, there are a handful of civilian characters with no abilities at all.) Most new characters are unlocked by opening red, silver and gold packets gained from completing levels and other milestones. It’s not clear if these packets are random, or if they contain specific characters based on where you got a particular packet. We found ourselves still missing several abilities by the time we’d unlocked half the roster. Fortunately, you can head over to Edna Mode’s home to create custom characters to gain access to any missing superpowers. You can also sort highlight characters by specific powers and the game will try to highlight a good character to change to if you hold down character select next to the puzzle element in question.

Several of the characters are voiced by their film voice actors, while others do an admirable job of playing some key roles.

Conclusion

LEGO The Incredibles is a fun addition to the LEGO game lineup. Incredibles fans will love playing as their favourite heroes, and Pixar fans will appreciate the special Pixar characters that can be unlocked. With two-player split screen available, it’s a great couch co-op game. There’s lots to do and unlock in this game, and playing through the films’ key scenes is a blast. The hub world, while huge and busy, is not particularly interesting (something inherited from the source material), and some of the activities, like the crime waves, start to feel quite repetitive after a while.

Good

  • Play through both Incredibles films
  • Unlock characters from other Pixar films
  • Huge roster of characters with varying abilities

Bad

  • Repetitive crime wave formula
  • Generic open world city
  • Fighting feels like a step back after LEGO Ninjago

Summary

LEGO Incredibles has some great moments but starts to feel far too repetitive early on. The Parr family could do with more interesting locales than New Urbem, which is a pretty generic setting for a cast of great supers.
7

Good

Gamer, geek, LEGO fanatic. I also love Pathfinder RPG, The Sims, cross stitching, crochet, and sci-fi and fantasy movies, games & books. And animals.

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