So I started my journey with what is the only licensed game in my library: The Lego Movie: The Video Game. Commence the collective sigh.
Here’s my dirty secret though: I love all the Lego games. Not long after getting my PS3, I spent an entire summer continuously renting every Lego game from Blockbuster until I had found every last gold brick. I like to think I single-handily kept their flimsy business model going for at least an extra year with my inability to ever pay full-price for a game. Two of the only games I have ever 100 percent completed were Lego games (Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes). If I’m a fan of the franchise the game is based on, I typically can’t stop until I have squeezed every last bit of content from its Lego-rendered world.
With that said, it is also a complicated love affair. Once in the aforementioned Batman game, there was a trophy to make Wonder Woman ride a gorilla to the top of the tallest building in Gotham City. The moment I climbed on the animal’s back though, the Amazon morphed with the gorilla. All of a sudden I was running around Gotham as a sentient King Kong. I couldn’t even switch to another character without restarting the game.
But this being my first Lego game on the PC, I thought maybe I would be disappointed by a lack of glitch-caused hilarity. But the moment the AI controlling WildStyle insisted on throwing her off of a moving train the moment I needed her to get my party off the flaming caboose, I knew it was bound to be in different.
One of the most logical moments of this game based entirely in reality was when you get to start playing as blind Morgan Freeman, and he is your party’s first sharpshooter. You can throw his staff to hit all of the out-of-reach target and break the faraway clouds for currency all by sensing their location. And I though his voice was his superpower.
There is some logic in this adventure. The character’s abilities coincide with their personality traits and talents. Emmett is the only one so far who knows how to build objects with instructions and the only one who cannot build from random Lego pieces. WildStyle is by far the best jumper with all of her gymnastics. And too funny to be offensive, Vitruvius is the only one willing to walk a dangerous path because he can’t see the flames and spikes below where he is walking.
Now if you thought “Everything is Awesome” was stuck in your head after seeing it in the movie, imagine having some rendition of it played every other minute. It plays if you collect enough studs in each level. It plays if anyone starts dancing for any reason. It plays during some of the loading screens when you’re not playing at all. I was humming it incessantly at work today while the neighboring cubicles tried to pretend not to notice me.
Stay with me while I continue to sing along in this nostalgia-ridden journey that is an expert at pandering to my outer child.