The latest LEGO action adventure game from longtime series producers Traveller’s Tales, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a family-friendly collect-a-thon that’s easy for young gamers to handle. Unfortunately, for those of us who have been playing LEGO titles for years now, the fun formula is beginning to wear thin like building blocks from a knock-off brand of construction toys.

Much like the billion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe, the best parts of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 comes from the interactions between characters that don’t normally hang out together. That’s much more common in the comics, but in the Marvel movies and television shows, those team-ups are few and far between. Speaking of few and far between, the X-Men and Fantastic Four are nowhere to be seen in this game. Forget about Kang the Conqueror and his plans for world domination, the legal tape may be the most powerful force that these heroes may ever have to face.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 offers gamers 18 worlds, well over a hundred characters, and plenty of iconic vehicles to choose from. It’s enjoyable, albeit repetitive, to run around Wakanda, Manhattan, and even medieval England smashing LEGO crates and barrels, collecting all of the studs you come across to buy the aforementioned characters and vehicles included in the game. The ability to manipulate time adds another wrinkle to the formula and can be used by characters like Doctor Strange to bring life back to broken set pieces, or by Groot to grow from his baby form to the titan that stole the show in Guardians of the Galaxy. Also new to the LEGO Marvel series is a four-player battle mode, which is a great way to break up the single- and two-player gameplay of the main story.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Review Final Thoughts:

Between the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Squirrel Girl, Gwenpool, Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, and countless other favorites, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 excels at creating an accessible experience for fans of all ages. That said, something needs to change in upcoming LEGO games from Traveller’s Tales to draw in new fans and retain those that have stayed on for the ride. Online multiplayer would help add new life to the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes series, but that’s something that should have been implemented long ago. Maybe we can consult the good doctor to speed things up a bit.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 on PS4

7

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Review Score

7.0/10

PROS:

  • Playing as Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Hulk, and other popular Marvel characters.
  • Simple beat-em-up gameplay and light puzzle elements for young gamers.
  • Hundreds of collectibles and a four-player battle mode adds hours of play after the main campaign.

CONS:

  • Smashing and collecting LEGO studs gets stale.
  • Occasional frustrating platforming sections.
  • Lack of sorely needed cooperative online multiplayer.