LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes First Impressions Preview - Little LEGO Iron Man!
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Considering TT has already knocked out a whopping 17 LEGO games since the original LEGO Star Wars, you could be forgiven for not giving a monkeys about the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. That’s certainly how I felt when I stumbled, hungover, into a behind-closed-doors showing of the game during GDC last month.

But as soon as I got a glimpse of LEGO Iron Man, swaying in the air with his little jet-powered boot boosters and glove repulsors, my headache was cured and all the nasty cocktails I’d drunk with editor Dan the night before were a distant memory. Little LEGO Iron Man’s just so bloody charming!

So maybe you’re not excited by Marvel Super Heroes. Maybe you’re tired of the LEGO games. But spend a few minutes with this new one, which is overflowing with the series’ trademark charm and some brilliant representations of familiar characters, and you might be tempted to splash the cash all over again.

Here’s the setup. The Silver Surfer’s surfboard has been destroyed, shattered into powerful Cosmic Bricks and scattered all over the place. Scared by the prospect of the bricks getting into the wrong hands, Nick Fury calls on the heroes of the Marvel Universe to get them back. And thus, little LEGO Iron Man sets out with Spider-man, Hulk, Thor, Wolverine and a bunch more of our favourite comic book characters, to save the day.

Our demo focused on Iron Man, Spidey and Hulk as they attempted to tackle a rampaging Sandman in New York. Or more specifically, the amusingly named Sand Central Station (geddit?). Much of the gameplay was familiar - plenty of tinkling brick collecting, building, bashing and leaping around. The twist came in the way each hero's unique abilities were used to progress. You can’t just hulk out and charge your way to victory, y’know.

In this way, the not-so jolly green giant used his ground pound to clear a path, Iron Man used his repulsor rays to destroy special coloured bricks invulnerable to everyone else, and Spider-man used his Spidey Sense in order to identify and manipulate special environmental items. To defeat Sandman, however, took a little more skill.

A giant, swirling collection of bricks in the rough shape of a man’s torso, at this point Sandman had become a fearsome - yet somehow still kinda cute - monster. Entering Sand Central Station itself, Spiderman cast a web up onto a high platform. Unable to climb it thanks to his remarkable size, Hulk transformed into Bruce Banner and pulled himself up.

Once on the platform, the scientist was able to use his skills to create a water cannon. One  watery blast and Sandman turned into a vulnerable state, at which point our super friends could do their thing and deal the villain some damage. A few times around and Sandman was dust. Kapow!

During the demo we were also shown a few more of Hulk’s special abilities, in the lead up to a confrontation with Abomination. Both characters represent a new addition to the franchise, referred to as “big-figs” by the developers. As the name suggests, these characters are bigger than the rest of the cast and are able to do things like lift cars and pull large blocks from the ground and chucking them around with devastating effect.

We’ll have to wait and see whether there’s any more gameplay depth to the “big-figs,” but it looks like TT has repeated its usual trick and sprinkled in just enough new elements to freshen up the traditional LEGO experience. But at risk of repeating ourselves, it’s the charm of the characters and reverence to the comic book source that really sells LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

Throughout the demo Spidey and Iron Man traded brilliant little snappy one-liners in a way that was at once true to both the comics and the LEGO games. Fully voiced, just like LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, it’s a lighthearted treat, perfect partnered with the easy yet inventive gameplay. At one point, while Nick Fury outlines the threat Earth will be under if the Cosmic Blocks get into the wrong hands, Iron Man says something like, “It’s not going to cut into my jacuzzi time, is it?” Wonderful stuff.

There’s still plenty more to come from LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. All told there are around 100 characters from the comics universe that we’ve yet to see, as well as locations like the X-Men mansion, Stark/Avengers Tower and Asgard. If TT can cram as much love into the the whole game as we saw in our 20 minute demo, then there’s plenty of reasons to be excited.

You may think LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is just another LEGO game, and in many ways it is, but if it can win over my GDC hangover-addled brain, it might pull a similar trick on you. TT now has its cheery, fun-for-all-the-family formula down to a fine art.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is out this Autumn.


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Comment #1 by B Rock3232
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:03:45 PM
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This will be the best LEGO game yet!!!

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Comment #2 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:03:50 PM
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My 'Son' will love this.

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Comment #3 by EmporerDragon
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:09:24 PM
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I'm hoping the Marvel characters will get better treatment and be more diverse than the DC characters were.
Batman 2 pretty much was use Superman for everything unless forced to use a silly utility suit.

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Comment #4 by RIPThatcherweallloveyou
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:09:27 PM
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@1 iv heard that from every lego game announced.

Please bring something new to the table. These are getting so stale.

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Comment #5 by smacd
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:12:20 PM
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I'm not tired of these. One ever 4-5 months works well for me. I've played all of them except the last two, which are on my backlog, and I'm looking forward to this one and hopefully Lego TMNT. Keep them coming, with entertaining licenses, and I'll keep buying them.

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Comment #6 by bradengunn
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:13:21 PM
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I'm kind of getting bored of these games now, they need to change the gameplay in my opinion.

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Comment #7 by GC74
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:15:16 PM
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Lego Spidey sold it for my son and I, mixed in with Iron Man, Hulk and Thor. Day one purchase for me.

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Comment #8 by ginge88isfun
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:15:24 PM
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This is one Lego game that i'm really looking forward to.

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Comment #9 by o D M C o
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:30:02 PM
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Day 1 for me aswell and the first xbox lego game ages that I actually want to play. Ive got my son Lego City Undercover and that looks great but Id rather be Spidey n Iron Man. Im sure it'll be a reskinned version of the same old formula but I dont care.

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Comment #10 by Restricted-Access
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:37:54 PM
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I'm still waiting for "Lego Star Trek: The Entire Universe." Lego Starfleet, Lego Klingons, Lego Borg, Lego Tribbles... make it so!!!

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Comment #11 by DecadentBeaver
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:43:09 PM
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This will just be epic. Not enjoying Lego Staw Wars 3 but the Batman and Harry Potter variants were fantastic.

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Comment #12 by FaSCoRP
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:45:00 PM
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What is the idea to have so many lego games ? With two or three for each year, this is becoming worse than the guitar hero franchise.

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Comment #13 by Restricted-Access
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 03:48:26 PM
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Troll, much?

If you aren't interested in Lego games... why do you even come in here?!

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Comment #14 by scp1980
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:07:50 PM
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My kids will love this & so will I!

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Comment #15 by XenoNick
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:08:15 PM
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Comment #16 by mjc0961
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:12:10 PM
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All I can say is Robert Downey Jr for Iron Man voice or GTFO.

...Okay, I'll probably pick it up anyway after how fantastic LEGO City Undercover was, but still.

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Comment #17 by ginge88isfun
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:12:15 PM
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@12 Guitar Hero franchise? Damn when did they stop bringing them out?

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Comment #18 by scott.m
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:19:26 PM
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Because Lego games sell, guitar hero doesn't hence why the franchise is dead.

OT. Cannot wait, love the Marvel universe since I was a nipper. Cannot wait to play as Lego Deadpool. I still have Deadpool issue#1. Yay.

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Comment #19 by Earth Djinn
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:32:04 PM
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This will be the first Lego game I buy in a couple years. Huge Marvel fan.

I really can't wait to get my hands on this.

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Comment #20 by Spanish Assault
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:54:29 PM
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Comment #21 by GamePlayUK
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 04:58:23 PM
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omg how have i not even heard about this game! wow such a perfect franchise for a lego game! can't wait

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Comment #22 by The Duke of Darkness
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 06:25:17 PM
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Publisher: Warner Bros. What? I... huh?

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Comment #23 by HorsemanOfWar16
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 06:28:53 PM
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@1 - They should of went out on a high with LOTR, until the next gen at least! However as long as I get a Hobbit lego game after the 3rd film, who am I to complain:).

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Comment #24 by Shiftie
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 07:17:06 PM
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lawl.. blockbuster.. i c wut u did thar

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Comment #25 by John Januarius
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 07:40:38 PM
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Please just get Josh Keaton for Spider-Man.

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Comment #27 by Lethal Soverein
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 08:17:17 PM
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I'd like to see a Lego Street Fighter. Maybe make it an arcade game with the use of the 3rd strike engine.

OT: I can't wait to play this.

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Comment #28 by Jesuit007
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 08:40:42 PM
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I love these games, my kids do too. Can't wait.

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Comment #29 by scardro
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 08:43:53 PM
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We have every Lego game to come out and this will not escape grasp keep them coming

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Comment #30 by Chaos5282
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 08:52:23 PM
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This should be a great game, I just want them too leave out the single player only achievements. I enjoy playing co-op with someone on my console. I want to be able to unlock achievements while playing single player or co-op. I have enjoyed every lego game so far that I played.

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Comment #31 by UltimateHero128
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 09:00:06 PM
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Please allow online again. Its been excluded since Lego Star Wars TCS, it needs to come back.

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Comment #32 by israelbeta
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 10:21:06 PM
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#25 - if IMDB is to be believed, James Arnold Taylor will be voicing Spider-Man.

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Comment #33 by Restricted-Access
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 12:01:51 AM
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Hmmm... the co-op over Xbox LIVE issue is one we should all take up with the developer directly. This game would be a BLAST to play with friends over Xbox LIVE - especially if they adapted "FOUR-PLAYER" capability!!!

Can you imagine bringing: Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk & Spider-man to fight a common Lego enemy (assuming it was one that required 4 skilled players to defeat)?!!

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Comment #34 by DarkFireReaper
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 12:44:31 AM
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I usually wait until they hit like 20 bucks. This one is a day one get for me. Go Marvel!

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Comment #35 by Homaz
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 02:13:38 AM
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My girlfriend only plays LEGO Games -_-' But it's at least something!

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Comment #36 by NightReflection
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 03:51:17 AM
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Cannot Wait, Played a few of the lego games and Lego LOTR was awesome, this one may just top that one!!

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Comment #37 by mailmanchris
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 04:33:33 AM
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The 'BigFig' isn't a new concept. Hagrid had a sense of those abilities in the Harry Potter games.

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Comment #38 by MattCannell91
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 05:24:14 AM
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Is it going to have open-world free-roam like Lego Batman 2 did?

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Comment #39 by Woody28
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 08:47:52 AM
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Am I the only one who can't wait to unlock the 80+ characters, just for the sake of geeking out?
To hell with Harry potter Lego, my inner 6 year old is pumped for this game!

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Comment #40 by RDWatson16
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 09:29:45 AM
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hopefully has online co-op and most importantly what character will we be able to get in real life for buying the game as lego lotr got me elrond and lego batman 2 got me lex luthor (wouldve prefered flash)

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Comment #41 by Jack Frost
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 10:20:01 AM
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@#37 - Not to mention getting to be an Ent in LEGO Lord of the Rings. :)

@#39 - I've 100%-ed every LEGO game for the 360 except for Rock Band.

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Comment #42 by smacd
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 11:16:43 AM
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@35 My fiancee is pretty close in that regard. Mostly just lego games, and a few others. She spent half of last year asking me when Lego LOTR came out.

@41 No kidding on Lego Rock Band. The lego games generally have easy achievements, but 100%ing the solo of The Final Countdown is pretty damn hard even for a seasoned veteran of Rock Band (it remains one of the handful of achievements I don't have in Lego OR Rock Band titles)

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Comment #43 by samjustsam
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 02:27:42 AM
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im impressed by what i hear and see. i hope this game lives up to the expectations. thought they would do a lego spidey but this is even better. if its anything like the lego batman games then its a must get for me seeing how i love marvel super heroes so much. hope there are plenty of playable characters. lego ghost rider please! =) and lego cap! lego batman 2 was not as well done as the original but i could not stop playing it.

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Comment #44 by IanOAppel
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 02:54:14 AM
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I saw LEGO Deadpool........I'm done TT just take my money now!

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Comment #45 by Vegeta9000
Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 08:18:02 AM
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Avengers Assemble the air crafts!

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Comment #46 by ZeroSafe5615
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 09:54:06 PM
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I want this mainly for Deadpool, but hell, it looks fun. Looks like it's time for me to get back into LEGO games again.

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Comment #47 by Knaussenheimer
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 04:19:40 PM
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#37 dont quote me on this but I thinks its referring to the actual Lego figures not just the videogame characters unless they actually released a hagrid figure.

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