As the realm of interactive toy-based games continues to grow, there is bound to be an entry that eventually clicks with a wider audience. Skylanders won over the young gamer market, the Nintendo amiibo boom has collectors chasing down rare figures, and Disney Infinity is winning over the Marvel crowd; but none of these properties have managed to have universal appeal quite yet.
Disney Infinity has the right lineup of IP in its corner to take over the market (especially with a Star Wars expansion incoming), but the game’s ‘build your own world’ play style isn’t for everyone. If Lego Dimensions launches with a campaign that is as funny and entertaining as the other games in the Lego family (like Marvel Super Heroes), then this might be the interactive toy experience to rule them all. If the initial reveal of included properties didn’t win some gamers over (although with Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, and Batman confirmed how could it not?), then this second round of tie-ins might manage to sell the idea to the skeptics.
An official building instructions booklet (which has since been taken down) was briefly posted on the Lego assets site and revealed that Portal 2, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Jurassic World and Scooby-Doo will be included in a series of upcoming level and team packs.
Although the Jurassic World content was confirmed early on, the rest of the properties are news to future Lego Dimensions builders. Each pack contains three or four pieces related to the theme. Gamers will likely be most excited by the Portal 2 pack, which contains a turret, companion cube, and the Valve game’s silent protagonist Chell.
The Doctor Who pack contains the current incarnation of the Time Lord and his TARDIS, but we’re curious if future packs will introduce other characters from that universe. There are plenty of iconic Doctors, companions, and aliens to choose from, so that franchise seems like a fantastic IP to mine for this type of game.
The Scooby-Doo pack took us by surprise, but nobody here is complaining. The throwback characters and the Mystery Van will appeal to both young gamers and the nostalgic old-timers who watched the original cartoons back in the day. Meanwhile, The Simpsons pack will likely capture a similarly large variety of gamers. Much like Doctor Who, it seems like there is a ton of potential for other playable characters in a Simpsons-themed dimension.
Now that we’re getting a closer look at the add-on content, gamers may start to get a better idea of whether or not they will be willing to drop about $15 on these level packs. The Legos that are including for building, like the raptor in the Jurassic World pack, are not incredibly complicated, which may reduce the appeal for consumers who were intrigued by the building component of the game.
Admittedly, some of the constructions with the core game have more pieces and look more complicated, but hopefully fans will get a glimpse of some additional level and team packs that offer tougher real-life building challenges too.
What do you think of the leaked level and team packs? How important is the real life building aspect of the game to you? Let us know in the comments.
Lego Dimensions releases on September 27, 2015 for PS3, PS5, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Lego Assets