Review: Lego City (Wii U)

By Wayne Webb

Whenever there is a new games platform out, I’m always tempted by the game that comes out that makes it a ‘must buy’. That game for the Nintendo Wii IU is Lego City. It is only available on the Wii U, but does show the new Nintendo hardware is capable of great gaming.

By Wayne Webb

Whenever there is a new games platform out, I’m always tempted by the game that comes out that makes it a ‘must buy’. That game for the Nintendo Wii IU is Lego City. It is only available on the Wii U, but does show the new Nintendo hardware is capable of great gaming.

The first comparison that comes to mind is Grand Theft Auto, or in this case Grand Theft Lego. You play an undercover cop who has free roaming ability to jump in and out of vehicles, explore, fulfill missions and advance the storyline in an open sandbox world that unfolds and expands as you play. Unlike the linear- or level-based progression of previous Lego games, this one plays in a much more organic way. You can follow the storyline or you can explore and build your way around the city at will. There is so much to do and see in Lego City, you will not run out of value for entertainment dollar in this game.

The humour is dialed way up and is very much tongue in cheek. Dialogue and voice acting in Lego games is a new thing, seen recently in Lego Batman 2 and Lego: Lord of the Rings, but now it’s been kicked up a notch and the characters come alive in new ways while delivering both parody and homage to movie classics. The Shawshank Redemption jokes come thick and fast in the prison level and had me laughing out loud. My kids are too young to get the references, but it plays on their level too and they enjoyed it because it’s amusing and funny to play.

The controls also take advantage of the unique game pad of the Wii U. In detective mode you can use the game pad as a scanner to find hidden objects on your TV screen. The two -way conversations between yourself and the various people who call you are split between the devices, audio coming from both the screen and the pad at various times. The flow of tasks between traditional joystick movement and touch screen is almost seamless and becomes natural. It would not be as much fun or as easy to control on rival platforms, which is good as this game is only on the Wii U machine.

This is that one game that makes buying the Wii U worthwhile. I liked the previous Lego games, some of them I liked a large amount. Lego City is a big step up in almost every way from an already outstanding franchise.

Pros: Huge world, loads to do, good sense of humour, long playtime, good replay value, innovative use of the split screen, fun, shows off the Wii U.
Cons: Only available on Wii U.

5 Shacks Out of 5

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