Certainly the cast list reads impressively, Iron Man, Hulk, Capt America all from the feature film. But with lots of extras added for good measure. Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Deadpool and X-Men. It fact it reads as the ultimate film/comic/game, a package to end all future games, dressed up in lovable LEGO from everyone's childhood. What could be so wrong?
The demo itself plays as any other of the LEGO games, a co-op drop in and out platformer. Its a good system only really limited by the camera views that has plagued all LEGO games, especially when playing local co-op. My beef with it and my children agree, is that as per usual every character has an unique ability, this gets very confusing when the list of characters is endless. Some over lap, but the landscape is littered with different coloured objects only certain people can interact with.
Remembering who can do what will take time and the on-screen instructions are randomly feed to you, but at least there colour co-ordinated and clear to under stand. The Demo looks to be the first level it doesn't give any of the story away. Cosmic brinks have fallen from the sky and S.H.I.E.L.D are sent to investigate and find out why there so valuable, that's about it. But the interaction and banter between the characters, tries to be funny. Quoting references on other character's faults and past, but are just blanked away just as quick. The Demo also shows that you cant make sand from LEGO bricks, The main villain in the level is Sandman and unfortunately it shows that developers struggled to demonstrate his abilities. It works okay, but it does get messy and looks very odd.
The level itself, is one loooong boss battle. Hulk (who can change back and to from Bruce Banner at will) and Iron Man work their way to fight The Abomination. smashing and destroying their certain objects, before The Hulk and The Abomination have a mono-a-mono smashing (circle) as fast as possible. The action then switches to working towards Sandman, as he places several obstacles in your path and you need to work together, more smashing and destroying with water thrown in for good measure to reach him. And the last part of the demo is another rise and repeat, but more focused attacking the Sandman directly.
The level lacks progression, discovery and is rather chaotic from the get go. Iron man can fly, but his basic attacks will only then hit targets on the same height as himself. Spider-mans "spider-senses tingling" will get annoying very quick and only really acts to find areas and objects in plain sight. But his sense ability must be used before you can interact with them.
The game looks good and plays as you would expect, all my kids want it as I'm sure every child will too. You cant go wrong with LEGO games, they offer guaranteed fun and enjoyment and this is no different. With the added benefit of playing as over powered super hero's we have loved from our childhood as well.
LEGO marvel Superhero's is due to be released 15th November 2013, coming to every console and handheld currently in market, including next gen PS4 and XboxOne.