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Lego Hobbit, too cluttered

Apr 17, 2014

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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>Lego The HobbitIn order to differentiate itself from the other ingenious Lego games, ‘Lego The Hobbit’ presents some of the most ambitious changes to the Lego game formula we have seen in  quite some time. Like a gaggle of dwarves bumbling into Bilbo’s home though, some of the variations fit while others eat all the food, drink all the ale and frankly, just get in the way of a good time.

Riffing off the motion picture and its unforgettable characters, ‘Hobbit’ is endearing to a fault. It is clever. It is cute. It is far more charming than ‘Lego The Lord of the Rings’, which pretty much stuck to the source material and for good or for bad; rarely cracked a smile. ‘The Hobbit’ is cheekier and because of that, it is a good-humoured and light-hearted playthrough that will make you snicker and chuckle like a drunken Halfling at the The Prancing Pony.

>Lego The HobbitOf course, it goes without saying that all of the standard issue Lego gameplay features are in play: stud collecting, building objects, unlocking characters to replay levels, button mashing battles and cunning puzzles to solve. There are also some fun and inspired sequences such as being chased by the fire-breathing Smaug through the Mines of Moria.

Each character has their own special abilities that can be used to solve puzzles particular to them but a new feature lets them form temporary tag-teams. You can “buddy up” any two characters so they stand together to take down large obstacles or gigantic baddies.

>Lego The HobbitAnother new addition is you collect “loot” from defeated enemies and broken objects, everything from gems to planks of wood, which you then use to forge or build important objects to complete quests such as special keys or the like.

The greatest gameplay change though is the blueprint mini-game in which by picking the correct Lego parts, you earn rewards and equipment.

While all of these gameplay features do change things up, they clutter ‘Lego The Hobbit” with unnecessary tasks that on top of all the other things you have to accomplish, really turn things into a deliberate grind and often derail the momentum. There is so much to do all the time that it feels too much like work and not play.

Sometimes in life, you can definitely have too much of a good thing and ‘Lego The Hobbit’ is just that. 

Lego The Hobbit Lego The Hobbit
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Games
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Official Site: http://thehobbit.lego.com/en-us/videogame

Rating: 6 / 10

 
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