Review: LEGO The Incredibles (PS4)

Review: LEGO The Incredibles (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: LEGO The Incredibles
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (18.31 GB)
Release Date: June 15, 5018
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Fusion
Original MSRP: $59.99 (US), £49.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 586 of the podcast.

Gameplay:
LEGO and Pixar, they work so well together. The humor, the style, the storytelling, it’s a great mix.

LEGO The Incredibles includes both Pixar movies but you’ll have to play through the new one to get to the old one. From a business standpoint, I get it.

The new movie is out and you want to promote that, but I feel the option should have been given from the top menu right at the start.

TT Fusion mixes in old and new gameplay elements as usual while taking great care with the IP, ensuring that the “feel” of The Incredibles permeates the game.

Because of the family dynamic, co-op is made even more fun with team up abilities. You’ll need to combine the family’s powers to overcome different obstacles and puzzles and it never feels forced.

There are also a number of Super Builds which require all players to participate. When you’re flying solo, you’ll have to switch back and forth between the characters but it’s all relatively easy whichever way you’re playing.

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The hub world is quite large and filled with LEGO studs to collect and missions to complete when you either finished the story or just want to take a break. Crime Waves also make for a nice diversion where a section of the city is cordoned off by police and you need to take out all the bad guys in the area.

The story levels themselves do a good job of conveying the sense of the movie scenes while padding them out a bit for gameplay purposes. Each level is filled with plenty of action and puzzles that will require the combined abilities of whichever heroes you have at your disposal.

Unlocking characters as you go, you’ll find a neat new twist in that they’re all in blind bags. After the missions you have a chance to rip open the top of the bag and collect your character. For a fan of the movies like myself, having that deeper roster of Supers available made me giddy. While a number of them show up in the second movie, many more were just hinted at by name and they’re available here.

Creating your own custom character is also available as in other LEGO games with the chance to pick both your appearance and your powers. The cool thing is that this time around it’s all done in a clever way with Edna “E” Mode.

Visuals:
You’ll have a smile on your face right from the start, but I won’t spoil why. LEGO works well with just about anything and the world of Pixar’s The Incredibles is a beautiful place packed with Easter Eggs.

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The lighting, the colors, and the detail really pop, right down to part numbers stamped on pieces if you know where to look. Each LEGO game looks just a bit better than the last and this one’s no exception.

Audio:
The music is, of course, outstanding. Mixing the main theme and other parts of the score and sound effects, you really get immersed in the world. The main theme does tend to play a lot, especially in Free Play, and I could see some people getting tired of it over time but I haven’t had a problem with it yet.

The voice work is good but it suffers from the same issues as other recent LEGO games. The problem is that in parts, they’re lifting voice tracks from the movies themselves and they’re sometimes blended with background noise, or not of the same quality as the other voice work, making the issues stand out.

Online/Multiplayer:
The game supports local co-op only via split screen play and it works just as well as every other recent LEGO game. I played a lot of it with my three-year-old daughter and while I had to guide her every now and then, she still had fun just running around, helping me solve puzzles, and looking at things. It’s perfect for families.

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Conclusion:
Every time a new LEGO game comes along I worry that this may be the one that I burn out on. Sure, the core gameplay is the same, but with each new IP and each new game, there’s always enough mixed in to keep things fresh and fun, and for a family friendly franchise, that’s really all you need.

LEGO The Incredibles doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t have to. Instead, it takes two fun filled franchises and mixes them together for a delightful romp that will leave a smile on your face.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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