LEGO Dimensions is a LEGO-themed action adventure game developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game comes with three LEGO figures, a vehicle mini kit and a portal to bring them into the game. It is available for the Wii U, PS3. PS4, Xbox 360 Xbox One. This review is for the PS4 version.
The game follows three characters, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle (from LEGO: The Movie) as they travel through different dimensions to stop the evil Lord Vortech. Vortech is tearing through different LEGO world searching for the Foundation Elements. With these items, Lord Vortech can unlock the Foundation of the Universe recreate all of reality.
The different levels consists of worlds based on different LEGO properties. Some worlds are from LEGO’s properties, such as Ninjago, Chima or The LEGO Movie. Others are from licensed properties that LEGO has been making sets of for years (DC Heroes and Lord of the Rings) or more recent licences like Scooby Doo and The Simpsons. The even got properties that haven’t got the LEGO treatment before. Some are pretty out there (Midway arcade covers a slew or old Arcade, like Spy Hunter) and some are properties that should have gotten the LEGO treatment before, like Ghostbusters and Doctor Who. Then there’s Portal 2, a computer game that you wouldn’t expect to get a LEGO treatment but works very well.
There are open world levels for each of the different LEGO worlds. Each world has different objectives like escorting Scooby Doo’s parents in the Scooby Doo world, or fighting crime with the Flash in the DC Comics world. Each world has tasks or actions that can only be completed by certain characters not necessarily from that particular property. To enter these worlds, you must have a mini-figure that goes with that world.
Like Disney Infinity, to add characters, you have to buy additional packs. There are three types of packs: Fun packs, with includes a character and a vehicle/item mini kit; Team packs, which have two characters and mini kits; and. Level Packs,which have a character, two mini kits and level based on that property. So far, they include Back to the Future, The Simpsons and Portal 2. The Doctor Who level pack is coming this November and two more packs, Ghostbusters and Midway Arcade, are scheduled for next year.
Much like Disney Infinity and Skylanders, you need certain figures to get to certain areas. While having only the Starter set will allow you to beat the game, you won’t be able to get 100%/ You have to get certain characters to access some areas and open worlds and some, like Peter Venkmen from Ghostbusters, are not out until next year.
Unlike Skylanders or Infinity, the toys are actual toys. They are normal LEGO figures and bricks, with the base being what loads the characters into the game. But the bricks are a functional part of the game. You even build the Dimension portal as you play the game. You even follow on screen instructions to build the mini kits and there is no physical instructions with them. This is optional (the portal set comes with an instruction manual) as the LEGO pieces are just set dressing, but it adds to the fun. You can upgrade your vehicles, too, unlocking two other configurations with unique abilities. If you don’t want to build the LEGO. you just need the base.
But here is the best part of LEGO Dimensions: The different characters interact with each other. While Disney Infinity has each world separate (except in the Toy Box, which is great), the story in this game has Joker invading Springfield, GLaDOS sending Orcs after you, amongst other things. The characters you have sometimes interact depending who else you have on the portal. Wyldstyle gets chatty with Wonder Woman, Scooby Doo sings the Batman theme and Homer can’t believe a dog can talk. They all have a few phrases when they enter or exit the game.
LEGO Dimension is a fun game with an interesting hook. Traveller’s Tales have been doing LEGO games for years and it shows in this one. Of course, there is one obvious omission (LEGO Star Wars), but there is enough different properties to make up for it. I mean, Doctor Who! In LEGO form! With packs scheduled to come out until next year, the game is posed to stay fresh and relevant.