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LEGO evolution continues with 'City'
Mar 28, 2013
By John Powell - G4 Canada
'LEGO City Undercover' is a massive playground where everything and anything is possible. In LEGO City, there are all sorts of vehicles to control, people to meet and places to explore.
The latest LEGO sandbox title from the incurably witty folks at TT Games, has you touring the city as Chase McCain, LEGO's comical riff on Die Hard's John McClane minus the potty mouth, grumpy demeanour and gratuitous violence to achieve that PG rating for the kiddies.
Like his cinematic counterpart though, McCain has a troubled past or as troubled past you can have in a LEGO game. Returning to LEGO City and the police force after a lengthy absence, McCain is on the hunt for his greatest foe: the despicable Rex Fury. A criminal mastermind, Fury is responsible for most of the shady activities in LEGO City. A cunning crime boss, Fury rarely gets his hands dirty, hiring underlings to do his bidding like clowns and cat burglars.
If the scenario sounds sort of silly, well, that's because it is supposed to be. The entire game is a crafty parody of every cop, gangster or action movie you have ever seen. When McCain visits a prison to look for clues we are treated to a 'Shawshank Redemption' spoof complete with hysterical commentary from someone who sounds suspiciously like Morgan Freeman. There are references to Goodfellas, Miami Vice and every seventies cop show or movie you can think of.
The laughter doesn't end with movies, television though. As you might have guessed, LEGO City Undercover is also one big send-up of everything Grand Theft Auto. The layout of the city, the places and things you can interact with, the personalities you encounter, they are all in-jokes.
To clean up the grimy streets of LEGO City, McCain is outfitted with more gadgets than James Bond. Using the Wii U gamepad controller you can access maps, scan areas for clues, hidden bricks and take photos. You can also receive video calls from contacts and colleagues to help with the missions and assignments. McCain is equipped with a grappling hook as well which allows him to scale buildings, break objects and poke people, if he is feeling particularly troublesome.
As with any LEGO game, there is a lot of grinding to do to collect bricks, studs. The bricks themselves are vitally important, especially the hidden ones, as many missions require you to spend bricks on Super Builds like a city ferry or a helipad. Without those Super Builds, you cannot continue on your mission so it is best to take a break from the campaign and spend some time smashing everything you can and solving puzzles so you can stock up on those bricks.
After years of not deviating too far from the formula which brought us LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Indiana Jones, it is refreshing to see TT Games recharge the LEGO series, first with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and now with LEGO City Undercover while at the same time keeping the games accessible to young and old alike.
LEGO City Undercover
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