What can I say? It is a villain life for me in the world of LEGO.
I usually play LEGO games to simply unwind. Their approach to gameplay is not hard, but it is engaging. With simple attacks patterns and puzzles to solve, I easily play through a couple of levels on a whim. With that, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was interested in checking out LEGO DC Super Villains. This entry puts you in the shoes of the crooks you can muster, and see them flourish in their dedicated campaigns. While the typical LEGO tropes are still there, I had a good laugh exploring all the details the new demo level had to offer.
Just like the previous LEGO superhero games, you will find yourself among a group of characters. Each come with their own special ability, which you can take advantage of by constantly swapping between characters at will. Lex Luther could shoot lasers while Cheetah could uncover objects stuck beneath the surface. These abilities can help you to complete puzzles and give you access to the building blocks to trigger new events that will eventually inch you closer to the end..
Between the puzzle solving, you will naturally break a lot of blocks and opponents in combat. While every character does things slightly different, the basic way of attacking doesn't really change. This may seem mindless at times but the simply pleasure of destroying LEGO blocks can't be overstated. In the demo, they had to destroy highly intelligent monkeys and their sad faces made for quite a deadly sight. From a distance that might seem bad, but in context, it is honestly quite a lot of fun.
The Monkey Temple made quite a lush setting too. Where most LEGO stages don't rely on platforming, I found myself climbing and jumping a lot here. This doesn't happen too often in other LEGO games which made an unique path here. At every step the monkeys were waiting for us. We had to stay on our toes and use the right villains to strike from a distance. There wasn't really a moment where I could hang around and not really react.
At the end of the day, it remains a LEGO game. That isn't anything bad – they are perfectly well made games. Regardless of feelings, your opinion will not change because of this game. The humor is once there in droves, and the villains are delivered with the right amount of snark. The gameplay is still exactly what you would expect from the word LEGO on the box. Simple yet enjoyable fun but without really any depth. I personally just can't wait to see my favorite villains to spring to life, which is what really matters here.