LEGO DC Super-Villains E3 2018 Preview
The second game at the Warner Brothers booth that I was able to check out while at E3 2018 was LEGO DC Super-Villains. This was the family focused title where I got to play a full level of the game. This was great as it presented what to expect from this latest entry in the long running series where villains have taken the lead. For context, the LEGO Games from Traveller's Tales are always family friendly puzzle and action adventures with a focus on coop play for two local players. I'd love to see online coop happen again, but they've only done that once many years prior with LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
That history continues here as the group evolves the existing formula with some new mechanics and ideas. For the first time you start off by right away creating your own villain and playing a role in the story. They have too many options for customization from outfits to powers and even weird decorative things. Want to be a hotdog that shoots fire from the eyes, go wild! It's a fun way to mix up the action and furthermore there's one stacked collection of DC villains to play as with fully voiced cinematic moments.
The visuals are similar to what we've had in the past with a bit of an embrace towards the colorful wacky side that the villains can provide. The level I played and captured direct feed from featured a number of iconic characters of various sizes. They were split into multiple teams working together and I automatically switched between them as the level progressed. There seems to be a further divergence from characters specializing in one skill having multiple abilities and areas to use them. You still build wacky things, but now you can also squad up with characters within the world to work on projects.
It's an interesting change, as are the minor tweaks to existing puzzle solving mechanics. I liked what they had going with LEGO DC Super-Villains though I am rather curious about the plot. There was a nice tease at the end for perhaps multiple universes and that should be a neat twist on things. I'm not sure I'm spoiling things as I don't know where they're going with the narrative from what I played. For those that love the LEGO DC side of the series you're going to really enjoy this funny take on it. These games are always enjoyable so I have full faith they'll deliver once again.
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