In March, WB Games and TT Games announced the forthcoming "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes," a game that introduces Marvel's Avengers, X-Men and more to the video game world of LEGO. This weekend, the publisher brought the game to Comic-Con International in San Diego for fans to experience heading to the LEGO version of Asgard first-hand.
What makes "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" so appealing over other LEGO games is the diversity of each character. For instance, in one part of the Asgard stage, there was a steep icy hill that ground-based heroes like Wolverine and Deadpool couldn't climb up. However, the high-flying Iron Man and the Human Torch reached the upper level with ease. Players can pull up an in-game menu at any time to switch between available heroes -- and there are numerous characters to unlock. In addition to the aforementioned characters, the basic roster at the CCI 2013 demo included Thor, Captain America and Deadpool. Plus, there were new characters announced at the show with Rhino, the Blob, Doctor Doom, Agent Coulson (voiced by Clark Gregg), The Punisher, Beast, Gambit, Storm, Juggernaut, Squirrel Girl, Vulture, Invisible Woman, Howard the Duck, Green Goblin and Jean Grey joining the roster. Even the Iron Patriot will get in on the action as a pre-order exclusive character.
Each character has a certain appeal and specialized skillset. Deadpool is top-notch when it comes to ground combat, but he can also use his pistols to hit targets from a distance. By contrast, Thor is a bit slower, but definitely stronger when it comes to literally putting the hammer down. He can also call upon lightning to charge switches and hit enemies from a distance.
While it wasn't showcased during the demo, TT Games has put a special Deadpool bonus level in the game that literally crosses over with the real world, giving Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada playable characters with nods to other Marvel staff, including Executive Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ryan Penagos. And no Marvel game would be complete without the legendary Stan Lee as a playable character. Lee's avatar will have multiple powers, including the ability to shoot Spider-Man's webs and Hulk out into a gigantic green rage-monster.
While "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" won't feature online cooperative play (like all games in the LEGO series), it will feature couch co-op for two players, utilizing the split-screen technology that began in "LEGO Harry Potter."
TT Games has done a knockout job with the game's visuals thus far. The cinematics look great and keep the tradition of the LEGO games' trademark humor. The level design is fantastic, evidenced by the lighting and scope of the Asgard stage. Animations are sharp, too. Each character has their signature style implemented, whether it's Deadpool dancing in place as an idle animation, or Hulk transforming, comically, into Bruce Banner and back again, limb by limb.
Fans hopeful for a strong LEGO game in the Marvel U needn't worry -- "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" is well on the right track to oblige.
"LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" hits stores October 18 for Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita.