LEGO City Undercover review


By Garth Holden on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"This is the best Lego game so far"

Meet Chase McCain. This small, yellow cop lives to fight crime. Sadly he has more charm than brains, which forced him to leave Lego City after his last big case. Now he is back, looking for forgiveness and to work out how the villainous Rex Fury got out of prison. Now, with Lego City suffering its worst crime wave ever, it is up to Chase to get to the bottom of the case, with the help of his one-liners and his useless sidekick, Honey.

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Welcome to Lego City, the biggest Lego world you have ever seen. With 450 gold bricks out there, Lego Middle Earth looks pretty small and spartan in comparison. The city is a mishmash of several American cities, featuring landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz and the Kennedy Space Centre. This is just the beginning of the tongue-in-cheek references that completely infuse the game. Studsky and Clutch, Sherlock Holmes, the Matrix and more crime show and movie references than I care to list will keep you chuckling throughout the game.

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After a few missions, Chase will get the communicator, an in-game version of the Wii U gamepad. This device is a map, scanner, cellphone, camera and objective tracker all rolled into one. You can even use it to hunt down those pesky collectibles and to set waypoints to help you navigate the massive city.

Chase is also able to wear disguises. These give him new abilities, like safecracking, lock picking or being able to extinguish fires. This disguise system really makes up for the lack of any co-operative play. Instead of needing to find tools in the level, or having a specific character along, Chase can switch to an outfit that helps him get further in his investigations.

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Lego City draws influence on titles like Sleeping Dogs, GTA and the quirky Saints Row. Kung Fu, hidden objectives and a few zany missions make the city come alive. Hunt down gangs of thugs, capture aliens, return mountain pigs (they are rare and rather… special) to their owner by using cannons, build new structures in town and much more.

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Besides collecting studs, Lego City Undercover introduces the collection of bricks as well. The bricks are then used in Super Builds, which range from stunt ramps to vehicle depots to finishing monuments and buildings in the city. This nets you studs, gold bricks and a few new disguises. Cars with nitro boosts, construction trucks, boats, helicopters and several uh different modes of transport help you to get around Lego City. Be careful for sharks though!

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Everything you do, except for Special Assignments, is done in the world. Special Assignments take place inside buildings and unreachable areas, and here is where Lego staples like collecting studs to be a Lego City Hero and collectable Police Badge pieces lurk. For the most part, you spend time on the streets of Lego City, often spotting objects and doodads that you can’t use yet, making you want to continue the story to get more disguises and abilities.

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Can you get to the bottom of the crime wave? Chase needs your help, because despite being really charming (that chin!) he is quite dense at times .This is the best Lego game so far, with TT Fusion pushing away from licensed franchise tomfoolery into completely new territory.

LEGO City Undercover was reviewed by on the 23rd of April , 2013 at 3:30 PM on Wii U

GAMEPLAY
8.5
This is Lego, plain and simple. Not much has been changed, except for a grander scale, making everything very familiar. But if it isn't broken, don't fix it. The free running parkour elements need a bit of polish.
DESIGN
9.0
Watching this sandbox open up to you as you get useful and absolutely incredulous abilities from your disguises is really impressive. Great use of the gamepad by making it an in-game item, draws on strengths we saw in games like ZombiU.
VALUE
9.0
This massive city will keep you occupied for a long time. Even if you aren't into collecting / destroying / building everything, the story still takes around 15 hours to complete. With so much to do, it is hard to not be distracted though.
TOTAL
9.0
This is the best Lego game so far, with TT Fusion pushing away from licensed franchise tomfoolery into completely new territory. Will we see more Chase McCain and other original ideas in the future? I hope so.

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  • AndriyP

    Insane score, this looks really FUN!

  • AndriyP

    Insane score, this looks really FUN!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Lego, keeping me young, since forever!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Angus/685100819 Sageville

      Lego, keeping the soles of my feet perforated, always!

      (Thanks my spawnlings)

  • Skoobaz

    PC version at all?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      No, this one’s published by nintendo – so is likely to stay exclusive.

      • Skoobaz

        Eish, that sucks. Wii U + LEGO City Undercover = Really expensive game!

  • Andre116

    Can you build your own cars?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Angus/685100819 Sageville

    The graphics look very blocky….

  • http://twitter.com/MatthewFig Matthew Figueira

    One day when the Wii U is nice and cheap :P looks awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.lu.1614 Jeffrey Lu

    Really fun game, haven’t made me smile and laugh this much while playing a game recently~ :3

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  • Fredrik123

    Could it be the ps3 had also been good?

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