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Having previously played a few of the Lego games on other consoles I decided it was time to give one a try on the Nintendo Wii and so chose to go for one specifically designed with this console in mind.
The game is sees Chase McCain being called in to Lego City to help his old precinct with some issues they are having and to help track down a major criminal gang. Straight away for me I felt concern that Lego games are known for being funny and light hearted and so I am pleased to say that even with a game based on crime and tracking down criminals this game has stuck to the basic Lego game principals in that it remains light hearted, fun and enjoyable to play.
The game itself is once again a triumph for Lego as the detail given to the worlds they create continues to impress and for me this helps to draw you in immediately and want to play the game and be part of the Lego world. The bright colours of previous Lego games remain in this as they continue to ensure this is a game designed to catch and hold your attention which I love and think enables this to appeal to gamers of all ages.
The control system is very simple as with all Lego games which means that you can be a casual gamer and play this with ease. The game though thankfully does make use of the game pad and the screen on this as it is used for a number of things in the game including as a communication tool, scanning for footprints, checking for hidden items and more which I have found to be really fun and a great addition to the previous Lego games.
The characters are all well developed and make sense and the game enables you to feel like part of the world meaning I found this to be a really fun game I have loved.
On the negative side is the amount of loading screens and how long each of these take meaning it can be frustrating but overall it is a superb addition to the Lego world.
My 11 year old and 8 year old son's got a Wii U for Christmas to share. As soon as they saw that there was going to be a new game in the LEGO series they wanted it, so they used their Christmas money to pre-order the LEGO City Undercover. Fast forward four months and the game arrived on the 1st April.
The fun and excitement started from the moment they opened the box as it contained a limited edition minifigure of Chase McCain, the police officer and main character.
The main aim was to work your way through the city hunting down bad guys to get information from them to help catch the main bad guy Rex Fury. Just like other games in the LEGO series you get to smash up breakable object in order to collected bricks to use throughout the game to build other object that help you to advance further in the game ie stunt ramps, calling points and helipads. You also collect studs/money with can be used to purchase characters, and vehicles.
One feature in the game that my boys especially liked was the colour gun, you earn this half way through the game when you go undercover as a bad guy. What they loved about the gun is that you can go up to colour machines spread throughout the city and select a colour to change the gun to. Once you have done this anything you shot at that is breakable turns that colour, my eldest turned everything blue as it is his favourite colour, and it came in handy when he got a pink car and could turn it blue.
Main game play take place on the tv and the Wii U screen is used for taking phone calls, taking photo's, maps and navigation.
The game was easy to complete and only took a day, but then I would class my two boys as intermediate gamers. Although they completed it my boys have still continued to play as they enjoy free play mode and re-exploring the city for thing they may have previously missed.
One big negative thing about the game for me is that it is only one player, unlike previous LEGO games where the boys could play as a team, therefore siblings playing the game together could lead to arguments, especially on day of purchase.
In addition the game can take time to load for example when entering headquarter this can be frustrating at times although it never takes longer than a minute or so but as those with children know this can seem like hours to them.
One thing that I do like is that you can not die, well you do but you are instantly reborn and continue from where you left off, this comes in handy when my 4 year old nephew plays the game.