The early months of 2014 are bringing us not one, but TWO LEGO games, with The LEGO Movie Videogame and LEGO Hobbit arriving on a whole bunch of gaming consoles and handhelds. While we’re confident that both of these games will be a whole lot of quality family fun, will they be worthy of being listed amongst the top five LEGO games that WB Games and TT Games have ever made? Time will tell, but here’s what they are up against as GamerPops presents our list of the Top Five LEGO Games ever!
LEGO City Undercover
TT Games made their bones spoofing/honoring successful movie franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter, but with LEGO City Undercover, they took on an entire genre of gaming and movies with what is essentially Grand Theft Auto for kids (and grown ups, of course!). It’s funny, deep, and brilliantly made in every way, which makes it hands down the best LEGO game yet. The only drawbacks to this fantastic game are that it is single player only, and it’s only available for the Wii U. Check out our review here.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The pinnacle of TT Games movie-inspired games (so far!), LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a fantastic mix of action and humor, mining decades of Marvel comics history for super heroes, villains, and a wonderfully fun LEGO version of Marvel’s Manhattan. Check out our review here.
LEGO Star Wars 1 & 2
The original LEGO still stands up as one of the best, introducing gamers to the gameplay mechanics we now take for granted. They also managed to perfectly capture the tone and humor of the Star Wars movies without any spoken dialogue. With the new games featuring lots of voice work, it’s impressive to see how well the story was told in pantomime. Even today, these games are a great way to introduce kids to the world of Star Wars, as I’ve discovered with my four-year-old son.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a new LEGO Star Wars game to tie in to the upcoming movie, or even a new and original adventure!
LEGO Lord of the Rings
LEGO Lord of the Rings would have been a great game based strictly on the levels, which are massive and make great use of the book/movie’s many different characters. But the crowning achievement is that you get to explore the entirety of Middle Earth, from the Shire to towering Mount Down, and everything in between. Check out our review here.
LEGO Batman 2 may be a bigger, better game, but the original LEGO Batman showed that LEGO Star Wars was no fluke, and that TT Games could create gold from any licensed LEGO sets, while delivering an engaging adventure for the Caped Crusader. GamerPops wasn’t around when LEGO Batman came out, but you can check out our review of LEGO Batman 2 here.
That’s our list of the Top Five LEGO Games. Agree? Disagree? Want to support the forgotten LEGO Indiana Jones? Leave us a comment!