LEGO Dimensions is like a mash-up of all of your favorite LEGO games. The game, which tells a story that puts Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle at the heart of a universe-hopping tale, is set to include 14 levels. Players will travel to famous locales like the Yellow Brick Road, Metropolis, Hill Valley, and more as they explore the worlds of The Wizard of Oz, Portal, and The Lord of the Rings, among others.
It states that “players can interact with most of the fan-favourite universes within LEGO Dimensions from the Starter Pack main game, no matter which characters, vehicles and gadgets they choose to play with, and with no additional purchase or expansion pack required.” The point is a strong one and certainly one of LEGO Dimensions unique selling points. You can access all the franchise worlds without making additional purchases — although you can’t control the characters themselves without additional minifigures. This is important as Lego Dimensions is one of the more costly video-game Starter Packs on offer this year.
There are two main ways to play LEGO Dimensions. There are the story levels and the open world levels. Story levels play out like other LEGO games, with your gang of LEGO characters making their way through a series of puzzles and challenges. The open world levels play out more like an open world game. They feature smaller challenges scattered around the level for players to find and complete. These challenges are usually fairly straightforward, like finding and returning a missing cat or destroying 10 nearby enemies. The rewards for completing these missions include earning rare gold bricks that are hidden throughout the game.
The biggest difference with LEGO Dimensions and the other LEGO games is the LEGO Gateway. This is the gamepad where you place your LEGO figures to make them appear digitally on your screen. While the majority of the gamepad’s usage is to simply drop characters into your game, it is also divided up into three zones that have lights under them that change colors. Oftentimes, the colors on the gamepad will change during a puzzle. During these moments, players will have to physically rearrange the LEGO figures on the gamepad to solve the puzzles.
By having to actually interact with the LEGOs to solve puzzles, it gave LEGO Dimensions a feeling just like the hit The LEGO Movie. It really reinforced that these toys in your hands are actually the characters you see on screen. It also helps sell the “LEGO Gateway” as a portal into LEGO Dimensions when you pick up a toy figure and the character on screen gets pulled through a dimensional rift out of the game.
With all of the major franchise tie-ins coming to LEGO Dimensions, there’s definitely something for comic book fans, movie fans, video game fans, TV fans, and more. Dr. Who fans especially have a lot to look forward to. While the actual LEGO figure of the Doctor is the most recent incarnation, all 12 Doctors will be playable on your screen. The TARDIS is also available to use, and players can venture inside to see even more goodies. Probably the coolest part is that the interior of the TARDIS changes depending on which Doctor is currently being used, and if you have the first Doctor out, the TARDIS will appear in black and white.
Lego Dimensions releases on Sept. 27 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
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