Warner Bros. has announced the details for the upcoming expansions to LEGO Dimensions, their take on the toys-to-life business, and I must say they’re going about it the right way. In all 17 new packs will be released to expand the game play of the already stellar game that was released last year. Some of these new packs will simply add new characters to the playable roster, others will add completely new adventures to be had, all based on very popular properties across movies and TV shows.
It all begins on September 27th when the first of the new sets arrive. Those sets are:
Ghostbusters Story Pack (which includes content based on the upcoming Ghostbusters film such as Abby Yates minifig, and a 3-in-1 Ecto 1 vehicle)
Adventure Time Level Pack
Mission Impossible Level Pack
Harry Potter Team Pack
Adventure Time Team Pack
A-Team Fun Pack
From there additional expansions will be released.
“We’ve built upon the existing LEGO DIMENSIONS Starter Pack to expand the gameplay possibilities with entirely new LEGO experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” – Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games
Read on for further details about what will be released throughout the Fall and into next Summer.
Continue reading LEGO Dimensions Does Toys-to-Life Right
What do you get if you mix Lord of the Rings, the LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Batman, Back to the Future and LEGO Ninjago together? You get the newest toys to life video game. LEGO, Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced LEGO Dimensions, a game that “breaks all the rules of traditional gaming”.
“When kids play with LEGO bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director of TT Games.
The Starter Pack for the game, which will launch on Spetember 27th, includes three mini-figures, a LEGO Toy Pad, a LEGO Gateway and a copy of the game. Further expansion packs will release throughout the rest of the year and into next year. They include:
- Back to the Future Level Pack with a Marty McFly minifigure
- Lego Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures
- Three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures
- Two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures
- Three Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with Gollum, Gimli and Legolas minifigures
- Four The LEGO Movie Fun Packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and UniKitty
- The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a Wicked Witch of the West minifigure
These toys will all be able to mix and match with each other in the game. Just imagine Gollum behind the wheel of the Batmobile. LEGO Dimensions launches in September for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Wii U.
TT Games and Warner Bros. released LEGO The Hobbit last April. That game brought together events of the first two movies in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy. It ended at basically the same place that The Desolation of Smaug film ended with the dragon on his was to destroy Lake Town.
During the London Toy Fair, which was going on at the same time of the game’s release it was mentioned that the third and final film would be added to the game through DLC across all of the nine platforms the game was available on. Those plans, have been cancelled.
Warner Bros. full statement regarding the cancellation is as follows:
“The LEGO The Hobbit videogame gives LEGO and Middle-earth fans a fun, new way to experience the legendary adventures of Bilbo and company as told in the first two films of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. The game provides an excellent set-up for the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson’s film, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. There are no plans to develop DLC based on the final film of the trilogy.”
It’s a bit disappointing as it seemed weird at the time that the game would only cover two of the three movies. Many people expected something similar to what happened with the LEGO Indiana Jones game where a second “complete” version of the game was released or that these DLC plans would go forward. I would have loved to see the game end with the third film, but as it stands we won’t be getting to finish the battle this time around.
Over the weekend some promotional materials leaked that apparently showed a video game version of The Hobbit was coming sometime in 2014. We talked it about on the podcast this week, speculating what the news could have been, but didn’t have all the information. Now we do.
Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced that there will be a video game version of Peter Jackson’s newest trilogy, The Hobbit. This game is expected to hit stores shelves sometime in Spring of 2014, but no official release date has been confirmed at this time. It will cover the events of the first two movies in the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
If you own a video game system then there’s a good chance that you’re going to be able to play the game as it will be available on Mac, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Stay tuned here for more details as you can bet this staff is excited for the game.
On a slightly related note, apparently I’ve been pronouncing the dragon’s name wrong for years. According to the trailer it should be pronounced Smowg, not Smog like I’ve been doing.
Review by Phil Stortzum
The Wii U saw an entire month without any kind of retail release, and without releases your console is not going to sell. Wii U owners have had nothing much except the titles that launched with the system way back in November. March has finally given the struggling system some new titles for owners to play. Arguably, one of the most anticipated is a Wii U exclusive from TT Games and Nintendo, Lego City Undercover. Not only is the title a welcomed and fresh take on the third-person, sandbox-style game, but it is one of the greatest [exclusive] reasons to own a Wii U right now.
What You Need to Know
Our protagonist Chase McCain is back on the beat and has returned to Lego City when he hears news that the man he helped put away behind bars has broken out, the villainous Rex Fury. In order to learn of his location, Chase will have to go undercover and infiltrate various gangs, and even the mafia, to gain helpful clues.
If you’ve played a Lego game in the past, especially an open world one like Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, then you should feel familiar with the gameplay of Lego City Undercover. Lego City, too, is open world, with you following along with the story (more on that later). When you’re not driving around taking in the sights and sounds of the big city, you will be in one of the game’s fifteen levels, similarly structured to past Lego games.
This is still the tried-and-true gameplay you might be accustomed to. This consists of making your way through levels, using your skills and abilities to solve environmental puzzles (which usually comes down to breaking everything in sight) and battling enemies through the admittedly simplistic combat. For instance, busting a certain car allows Chase to use the leftover pieces to build a ladder to reach an otherwise inaccessible area. These missions will have you and Chase going to all sorts of places and participating in all kinds of heists. From infiltrating a museum to steal a ride-able T-Rex skeleton, to taking out baddies in a mine, there is no shortage of interesting places to see and missions to accomplish.
Continue reading Lego City Undercover Review (Wii U)
If there’s one franchise that’s surprised me with its ability to adapt itself to different intellectual properties over the years, it’s the LEGO franchise. The sheer number of games has been staggering, but they always manage to surprise me with their ability to be fun games despite the fact that they are all essentially the same. LEGO Harry Potter has been my favorite and I’m not ashamed to admit that my least favorite so far was LEGO Batman. Not because it was a bad game, but because that’s the property that I’m least interested in compared to the rest.
Warner Bros. and TT Games are bringing the bat back for Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and he’s bringing some friends along. This time he’ll be joined by other, popular comic book characters like Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. They’ll be taking on a number of super villains from across those properties as well. To get people geared up for the game WB released a demo of the 3DS game for the eShop during E3 and we’re going to take a look at that today. Continue reading LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Demo Impressions
I just found out about this new line of Lego toys called Ninjago over the weekend. They’re lego figures that you place on discs and then spin them around to battle each other. TT Games, the electronic Lego masters, are working on a new game in the Lego Battles series known as Lego Battles: Ninjago to go along with this line of toys.
You’ll be able to choose to play through either the “Good” or the “Evil” campaign in single player or with family and friends in multiplayer challenges. The gameplay will be similar to the previous DS Lego Battles offering, but will feature enhanced graphics, four new multiplayer challenges and two of the original challenges from the previous title.
“LEGO Battles: Ninjago offers players a humorous way to immerse themselves further in the LEGO Ninjago toy line with action packed battles,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “It is great to build upon the success of the first LEGO Battles game and expand the LEGO Ninjago world with new and classic LEGO characters.”
Become a master of spinjitsu when Lego Battles: Ninjago is released for the Nintendo DS this spring.