LEGO City Undercover has landed on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC & Nintendo Switch, after an exclusive stint on the Wii U, it’s good to see TT Games bringing another Lego title to other platforms.
We have seen comments around on the internet saying Lego City Undercover is Grand Theft Auto in Lego form! In some sense the statement can cover some of the similarities from GTA, with the huge selection of cars, boats, helicopters and more to commandeer.
You play as Super Cop Chase McCain, as you return to Lego City to find one of your past villains, Rex Fury, has escaped from prison and is on the run. On your mission to bring down Rex Fury and the crime wave hitting Lego City, you play through 15 story missions, a large open-world to explore and new characters to unlock, there are also specific challenges to Chase’s eight specialised personas to complete, and a whole lot more. Undercover’s missions are interconnected with some of the open world activities, like car chases (some with clowns!), free-running challenges, collecting and building, along with Chase’s array of many Lego disguises that give him a wide range of special abilities.
We did notice LEGO City Undercover is very basic when it comes to the open world side of things, the world offers no day/night cycle, no dynamic weather, with the game offering brick-to-brick fun and a ton of tongue-in-cheek and pun laden humour. Features like the missing day/night and weather cycle don’t really matter.
You’ll go from having fun with a grapple gun for climbing to soaring through the air using a chicken – a chicken! Our more favoured method, the jetpack, you can shoot levers and switches by using a paint gun – how else would you do it? There are heaps of places and items to aid you in your missions in Lego City. It keeps things varied and, as with previous LEGO games, you’ll have to play through each level more than once to attain that elusive 100% completion.
Admittedly the story is slow to start as most of the first 5 or 6 minutes of the game is just cut scenes of Chase arriving back in Lego City. Once you are free to roam, you get the guided tour of the Police HQ and are told to get uniform and equipment. After collecting all the items, you need to start the missions. The story evolves and it quickly becomes apparent that with Rex Fury on the loose, more and more crimes are being committed by a multitude of criminals. All the crimes lead back to one suspect: Rex himself.
The setting of the game and the detail put into the open world is brilliant. TT Games have created a masterpiece of a kids dream in Lego, in digital form. The game still embraces its comical statements, puns, and well timed jokes which previous Lego games have. The last Lego game we enjoyed was The Lego Movie Game, Lego City Undercover isn’t far behind it.
Lego City Undercover is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch