I have been a HUGE fan of LEGO games since day one. LEGO has played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember. Having interactive versions of, arguably, the greatest toy ever created was a dream come true. The LEGO games are family friendly and focused on a wider audience than most hardcore games. Even still, I find myself always excited when a new game is announced. This week, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 launches on Xbox One. With that I mind, I wanted to share how I’d rank every LEGO game that TT has ever made.
Before we jump into the list, I wanted to make a small admission. I have not had the chance to buy or play LEGO Worlds yet. I hear good things, but since I am uninitiated, LEGO Worlds will be absent from this list.
Yesterday I revealed #10 through #6 in my Top 10 which you can read HERE. Today I reveal my top 5.
LEGO Batman 2 was a direct follow up to the original LEGO Batman game. This time, the stakes are much higher as players and dropped into a huge, free-roam, LEGO version of Gotham City. The game also introduces a few extended DC Universe characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.
Why #5? As a huge Batman fan, I loved the first LEGO Batman game. However, I was not prepared for how much LEGO Batman 2 would blow my mind. Selecting the Batmobile in the Batcave, driving through the waterfall, and roaming around Gotham City was a dream come true. Even better, the original story in LEGO Batman 2 with Joker and Lex teaming up was a treat. While it’s clear that LEGO Batman 3 was a bigger game with much more content, I feel that it lost some of the personality of LEGO Batman 2. Being confined to Gotham and the world of Batman felt more natural and enjoyable. I love do LEGO Batman 3, however I feel that LEGO Batman 2 is the definitive LEGO Batman game.
- Open World Gotham
- Great Original Story
- Why does it always have to be dark?
- Flight Controls are tedious
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens collects the story content from the newest Star Wars film along with a handful of ancillary stories to take the characters through. LEGO Star Wars: TFA also boasts a significant graphics upgrade from previous games. Whether you are taking out TIE Fighters over Takodana or Fighting for your life against Kylo Ren, LEGO Star Wars has never looked or felt better.
Why #4? I think that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens was probably the most difficult for me putting this list together. On one hand, I think it’s near perfect. It looks better than ever before, the flight missions are spectacular, and it has Microfighters. On the other hand, it’s seriously lacking in content, it adopts mini hub worlds, and is littered with fetch quests. In the end, the positives won over. If someone were asking me today, what LEGO Star Wars game should they buy, out of the five available, I would say The Force Awakens without hesitation. That is enough to earn the #4 spot for me.
- The Game Looks Amazing
- Best Flight Missions Ever
- Smaller Hub World System
- Limited Story Content
LEGO Dimensions was TT Games attempt at joining the “Toys-To-Life” movement. The standard set includes Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle and tells a brand new story which mixes all of their respective LEGO worlds together. Using the included portal, players can buy various LEGO Sets and level packs that add new characters and new locations to visit. The potential of a game like LEGO Dimensions is really endless.
Why #3? I am well aware of WB Interactive canceling LEGO Dimensions. However, even with no additional content being released, there is still so much content for players in LEGO Dimensions. With characters from Back to the Future, Portal, Mission: Impossible, Teen Titans GO, and many, many more. There is something here for every LEGO fan. Furthermore, not only are you getting to enjoy this interactive video game, but you also get physical LEGOs of each set you purchase. As a father, this game received a ton of play time around our house. As a LEGO fan, this is a dream game. It tells an awesome original story that includes some of my favorite characters of all time. The forced use of the portal to switch characters is a hassle at times, but the experience is worth it.
- Fun and Cool Original Story
- So Much Content
- Forced use of portal
- It has been discontinued
LEGO City Undercover was the first of TT Games’ LEGO series to be based on a LEGO owned property as opposed to a movie or comic book license. This allows the team much more freedom in telling an original story. Players take the role of undercover cop, Chase McCain, in the huge, open world playground of LEGO City. Chase is on a mission to stop the notorious Rex Fury who is terrorizing the city. Run, jump, climb, drive, and fly your way to making LEGO City a better place to live.
Why #2? There are two types of people. Those that already know why LEGO City Undercover is #2 and those that have no idea what LEGO City Undercover is. Here’s the truth, LEGO City is the most under-appreciated LEGO game to date. It was released in 2013 as a Wii U exclusive…so basically sent to an early death. Thankfully, earlier this year, TT Games released LEGO City Undercover on all current gen platforms. What makes LEGO City great is two-fold. First, it is hilarious! Very well written with great voice acting. This is an original LEGO story, in the vein of 80’s cop dramas, and it had me laughing out loud from the opening cut-scene. Second, is that it’s basically GTA but less “killy.” It is a sprawling open world that the player gets to explore. Jump in a car or a truck or a helicopter and just take off. There are side missions everywhere and secrets to find. It’s just such a fun city to get lost in.
- Fantastic and Hilarious Story
- Huge Open World
- Looooooooooooong Load Times
- Mostly Forgettable Side Characters
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the first collaboration between LEGO and Marvel in the video game world. Set in a giant, open world, New York City, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story that mixes dozens of beloved characters together. From Spider-Man to Wolverine to Silver Surfer, the Marvel Universe is represented like never before.
Why #1? I think the best LEGO games are the ones with huge open worlds to explore. LEGO Batman 2 was the first, and we just talked about LEGO City Undercover as well. However, I feel that the realization of LEGO New York in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is just unmatched. There is such a love for Marvel comics and the characters. You can drive up to the north part of the map and visit the X-Mansion or stroll around downtown and see the Sanctum Sanctorum and The Baxter Building. You can also just fly straight up and land on the Helicarrier in real time. The game also consists of a bonkers and hilarious Marvel adventure that has you fighting the likes of Magneto, Dr. Doom, and eventually Galactus. From start to finish I loved every minute of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and truly believe it’s the best LEGO game to date.
- Fully Realized LEGO New York City
- Love Letter to Marvel Fans
- Great Story Content
- It Ends
There have been 23 LEGO Games released in this series since 2005. Discounting LEGO Worlds and excluding both LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Using the Complete Saga for the list), we are left with a total of 20 games to rank. I kept this article focused on the Top 10 only. If you are interested how the remaining games ranked, here you go:
|20||Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures|
|19||Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues|
|18||Lego The Hobbit|
|17||The LEGO Movie The Game|
|16||Lego The Lord of the Rings|
|15||Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars|
|14||Lego Marvel’s Avengers|
|13||LEGO Jurassic World|
|12||Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7|
|11||LEGO Ninjago The Movie The Game|
So there you have it. How I would rank the LEGO games. I’d love to hear what you think. Do you agree that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the best in the series? Do you think I’m crazy not to include Indiana Jones in the top 10? What is your personal favorite LEGO game? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading.
Chris is a full time geek, father of 4, and self proclaimed Jedi Master. An IT Professional by day and Freelance Writer by night just doing his part in raising the next generation of Geeks.