I’ve been a big fan of the Lego and Lego games for as long as I can remember, throw MMO into the mix and you have an almost perfect game…or so I thought.
Lego Universe has the same charm as the other gemes (eg, Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, etc), however just doesn’t seem to work. The engine seemed a little buggy, a lot laggy and ….well as if it should still be in beta. Now grated they do release a patch once a week, so some of these issues may have been fixed now.
The story behind the universe, is that a bunch of Lego inventors discover the source of pure imagination – but an injudicious dark thought transforms it into the evil Maelstrom, which begins to corrupt the surrounding planets and turn the locals into evil Stromlings. So it’s up to you to fight the corruption and rebuild the universe. I think what made the other games great, was reliving films from your childhood in a humorous way, this however has it’s own story.
C and myself picked up a copy each, and within 2 days of playing (about 20 hours), we had completed all quests in all the areas. At the time of playing through, there were only 5 areas, Avant Gardens, The Venture Explorer, Gnarled Forest, Forbidden Valley, Pet Cove.
Pet Cove took around an hour to do all the quests, and the other areas took around 5 hours each. Since our inital playthrough, a few additional maps were added, Moonbase, Starbase 3001, Deep Freeze and Portabello, which took around 3 hours to complete them all.
As you play through the game, you get to choose your faction, and can choose from The Sentinels (fighting), The Assembly (building), The Venture League (exploring) or The Paradox (the closest you can get to being a baddie), each one if these give you an additional 2 roles to play.
As with any other Lego game, you get coins from smashing objects, and as the world is made up of Lego bricks, you can smash practially anything. As well as having coins as currency, you can also pick up faction tokens, which can be spent at you faction store to get certian pemier gear (up to tier 3), however I soon discovered that items you got from completing quests or just general drops were actually better.
As well as getting loot and drops, you also get standard run of the mill lego bricks. These can be used to build….well anything. This was pretty cool, however limited to your special area. Once you’ve completed “The Venture Explorer” area, you have the option of flying to your very own plot of land, here you can put together your bricks for the world to see. If you like you can limit access to this area, by adding somebody to your “Best Friends” list. This however took us around an hour or so to suss out how to do. Basically you have to goto the Lego Universe site, and enter either your driving licence number, or passport number so they can verify your a real person. Once you’ve done this, both you and your friend can then accept each others request and become “Best Friends”.
This game was just a grind, pick up quest, do quest, hand in quest, complete all quests in area, move on to next area. Now grated, this probably decribes most MMO’s, but I didn’t think the the quests were interesting enough to keep me interested. Now I will point out at this point, the target age range is 4-8 years old, however I still don’t think it would take them longer than the inital month to complete the lot, and I’m really not sure with the current content, how they warrent asking people to pay a monthly fee.
Personally I found the game very buggy, very laggy, and don’t see myself going back to it, or should I say, not while there is a monthy fee, however at it’s current price of £15 for around 25 hours play, it’s not that bad.
Approx Time taken to beat – 25hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:2/5]
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