I have been a HUGE fan of LEGO games since day one. LEGO has played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember. Having interactive versions of, arguably, the greatest toy ever created was a dream come true. The LEGO games are family friendly and focused on a wider audience than most hardcore games. Even still, I find myself always excited when a new game is announced. This week, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 launches on Xbox One. With that I mind, I wanted to share how I’d rank every LEGO game that TT has ever made.
Before we jump into the list, I wanted to make a small admission. I have not had the chance to buy or play LEGO Worlds yet. I hear good things, but since I am uninitiated, LEGO Worlds will be absent from this list.
LEGO Batman was the first Superhero LEGO Game. LEGO Batman predated the Open World games, so players are limited to the Batcave Hub. From here you can choose the Batwing, Batmobile, or Batboat to start 1 of 3 campaign stories. Completing those stories opens up Arkham Asylum as a hub for the villains. Here, you can play another 3 campaigns that tell the original stories from the villain’s perspective. 36 missions in total plus tons of secrets to unlock.
Why #10? I was amazed by how well TT adapted Star Wars which is why I shouldn’t have been surprised it would do the exact same thing with Batman. LEGO Batman confirmed that the TT formula wasn’t a one trick pony. Seeing a LEGO version of Gotham City and Arkham Asylum was just so cool. We have had other LEGO Batman games and even a full-length LEGO Batman film, but it all started with LEGO Batman.
- Hero and Villain Campaigns
- “Those Wonderful Toys”
- Multi-Suit Design for Batman and Robin
- Inconsistent Story Beats
- Technical Issues
- Very Small Hub Areas
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 captures the magic of the first four years with Harry and crew at Hogwarts. The game features campaign missions taken directly from each of the first four films. In between missions, players are treated to a fully realized Hogwarts, ripe with secrets and unlockables at every turn.
Why #9? The LEGO games have found a way to take franchises with established stories and tweak it just enough to be fun and fresh. Harry Potter is no different. The stories that fans have read and watched for years come alive in hilarity with TT’s unique humor and silent characters. As a Harry Potter fan, it was always very cool to be able to free roam a very detailed Hogwarts. While TT also released Years 5-8, it felt more like DLC for the original game which is why I pushed Years 1-4 into the top 10.
- Awesome Hogwarts Hub Area
- Some of the Funniest LEGO Moments
- Great Story Content from the first 4 Films
- Technical Issues
- Bland Combat
- Weak Boss Encounters
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (LEGO Pirates from here on) is based on the move series of the same name. The game was released at the same time as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and includes story content from the first 4 Pirates films. The game focused on various character skills like Jack finding treasure with his compass, Will throwing Axes, or Davy Jones walking underwater. Players would unlock additional areas of “The Port” as a hub world to explore in between story missions.
Why #8? LEGO Games tend to fall into one of two categories: Action or Adventure. LEGO Pirates falls perfectly into the Adventure category. The game offered really fun and creative puzzles, over the top LEGO humor, and a swashbuckling good time. Unfortunately, as with all of the “Adventure” LEGO games, LEGO Pirates is often slow and occasionally just boring.
- Great Level and Puzzle Design
- At times it can be a slow burn
- Not much endgame after the credits roll
LEGO Batman 3 took Batman and friends into the cosmos. While LEGO Batman 2 introduced players to heroes like Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. LEGO Batman 3 blew the roof off of the DC Universe with the likes of Booster Gold, Doctor Fate, Star Sapphire, and Swamp Thing. The Game also allows players to visit Earth, the Moon, and each of the Colored Lanterns’ home planets for the first time.
Why #7? While LEGO Batman 3 improved on almost everything before it, the lifeless and claustrophobic hub worlds were a step back for the series. The vast number or collectibles and characters to unlock is unmatched in the LEGO Batman series and the addition of the Green Loontern might be one of the best things in any LEGO game ever!
- Great LEGO Humor
- Deep Character Roster
- Claustrophobic Hub Worlds
- Uninspiring Original story
*Note: I did not include LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Star Wars II on this list since both were collected in “The Complete Saga.”
LEGO Star Wars was the game that started it all. In 2007, TT Games introduced fans to a simple formula: Retell classic stories using LEGO. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga contained story levels for all 6 Star Wars Episodes. Jedi Battles, Space Dogfights, Troop Battles, Bounty Hunts, and so much more.
Why #6? It took me a while to find the right places for LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. When I started the list, it was #1. Honestly, LEGO games today would not exist as they do now without LEGO Star Wars. Then I wrestled with it not being in the top 10 at all, being the first it clearly shows it’s age and has been improved upon, time and time again by more recent games. In the end, I didn’t feel right making this list without including LEGO Star Wars in the top 10. It was the forerunner for the LEGO games. It is still one of my favorite video game versions of the movies I love so much. Ten years later it’s lost a little polish, but it’s not a nearsighted scrape pile just yet.
- It’s Star Wars from start to finish
- Ton of stuff to do
- Feels dated compared to modern LEGO games
- Heavy slow down when there is a lot on screen
That’s it for Part 1. Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, the Top 5.