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It's nice to know that Travelers' Tales has built on the extremely popular toys-to-life formula, and put their own spin on it, rather than simply copying their competition.
Lego Dimensions is more satisfying for being a game my daughter and I can play together than anything the game itself does. She neither knows nor cares about half of the featured worlds, and that's just fine. You don't need to know the mythology behind Scooby-Doo to enjoy running through a level designed after the series.
Despite spending a bite more than I planned to (and more to come), I feel mostly satisfied with the experience, and if Lego's three year plan works out, I like the idea that by the time it's done, my son will be almost five years old - perfect age to inherit a bunch of his man-child father's toys and play the game if he wants. If that happens, the game will be worth every penny.
Lego Dimensions truly sets a new standard for toys-to-life games. The pure joy of playing with actual Lego bricks (even offline) combined with many innovations that make the Toy Pad peripheral an actual, useful item, sets this game apart from its competitors.
Overall, I'm placing Lego Dimensions on my great games list. I've adored Lego ever since despite being just fairly new to the collecting part of it and I'm also fond of the humor that Traveller's Tales placed into their Lego games even way back when the characters didn't have full voice acting. So if you liked the previous Lego games, you would also like Lego Dimensions.
As with any of these toy-video-game cross over products Lego Dimensions is not cheap. However, it's come in with super high production values, loads of content and tens of hours of game-play. In an already crowded it stands out from the crowd by taking the toys-to-life genre another step in the right direction.
LEGO Dimensions moves the toys-to-life genre in a new direction by introducing the need to build (and rebuild) your toys, and manipulate them during the game. This combined with the brilliant mash-up of different properties makes for a LEGO game fans of the series won't want to miss.
If you're looking for enjoyable gaming content for the Portal and Doctor Who franchises, this is a really fantastic place to find it, with the promise of more in their individual level packs.
Expansions and expenses aside, LEGO Dimensions is a blast to play. When you're not running around your favorite worlds or basking in nostalgia, don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling and laughing.
Finally, Warner Bros. and TT Games have jumped on the Toy to Life bandwagon, but the wait is more than worth it. Lego Dimensions is every bit as fun as you hoped it would be, find out why in our review.
This a great break away from for the Lego series with some clever tricks to keep the old mechanics fresh and lovely design. Seeing your favourite shows and games Legoified never gets old, and having them collide is as funny as you'd hope.
Lego Dimensions is a worthwhile gameplay experience and investment for both fans of Lego and the included franchises ranging from Ghostbusters and Wizard of Oz to Scooby-Doo and Doctor Who.
When compared to its compatriots, no matter how well established they already are, it's a clear win for the bricks. Familiar licenses for all ages coupled with equally familiar gameplay and the most powerful toybrand in existence leaves no room for failure. If you're in for a dime though you're likely in for a dollar so prepare to open those wallets (willingly, I'm sure) to truly open up all the game's wonders.
LEGO Dimensions blows up the forth wall and makes a real interaction between the game and the player. This game marks the beginning of a great era for the LEGO videogames and their gameplay.
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Many people would love to drive a Tesla, but nearly all of us leave the lot with something considerably less lavish. It'll be interesting to see whether that ends up being the case with gamers who covet but have a hard time justifying the expense of Lego Dimensions.
An intoxicating mix of familiar game worlds, great script-writing and impressive LEGO building and interaction, brings this latest LEGO game into a whole new dimension.
As the sum of its parts, LEGO Dimensions is something special. It's witty, it's fun outside of the box and it boasts enough talent to get you hooked on a gateway drug to acquiring a collection of plastic blocks in the future. It's more than just toys to life, but a combination of physical and digital experiences that blurs the line between the two to create an experience which clicks brilliantly with its concept.
Lego Dimensions gets its crazy pop culture mash-up right, and adds some interesting real-world mechanics to the toys-to-life genre. The financial barrier to entry is high, but it's not bad value by any stretch. Recommended.
LEGO Dimensions is undoubtedly the most interesting toy to life on the market. We finally have a portal that is part of the game and not only serves to virtualize up to seven minifigures.
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There are already plenty of add-on sets due for release in the coming months, including packs featuring Aquaman, Doc Brown, and Bart Simpson; and with LEGO's brand presence and ability to attract franchises, there is no limit to what might be around the corner. So if your wallet is equally limitless, there is a lot of good old fashioned family fun to be had here.
LEGO Dimensions is by far and away the best toys-to-life game I've played. Not only that, it's my favourite LEGO game too. A lot of what you'll get out of it depends on whether you enjoy the Lego games of old, and also whether you embrace your inner child and enjoy playing with actual LEGO. Fortunately for me, I really enjoy both. The fact that Dimensions opens up the Toy Pad beyond being "just a thing" is a really great addition, and ultimately this is the pinnacle of the Toys to Life genre right now. What other game will see you playing as Gandalf, driving the Batmobile, hurtling after a Dalek whilst Marty McFly and Doc Brown are in hot pursuit? Exactly. The only reason this isn't scoring higher is simply down to the pricing. And the fact it's probably going to bankrupt me. Don't these folks know that I'm trying to save for a house?!
LEGO Dimensions is going to be an expensive hobby, because despite a few minor issues it's a joy to build things before you put them into the game, and is one of the best games in the series yet.
So, is it worth the potentially huge financial investment? That depends on you. For me, as a fan of both physical LEGO and LEGO video games, LEGO Dimensions is the perfect combo, and I'm looking forward to all the new content that will be released in the future.
An ode to pop culture, the joy of toys, and the love of a good mash-up. It's expensive, and a lot of the gameplay is familiar, but the mix of elements is almost impossible to resist.
In any game within the toys-to-life genre, there's sometimes an unspoken question: is this also a great toy or just a great game? In LEGO Dimensions' case, the answer is easy: it's both.
Of all the Toys to Life games, Lego Dimensions is perhaps the most literal interpretation of the genre yet. Thanks to some clever ideas with the Toy Pad and the inherent flexibility of Lego itself, it's able to breach the divide between the game and the real world in some interesting ways. It doesn't always get that blend quite right, and the price of entry is very high, but it's an excellent first attempt that's full of nostalgia and more than a few moments of brilliance.
LEGO Dimensions is the most fun I've had with a LEGO video game since the whole idea was new back on the PS2. It's full of cool new ideas and a story rammed with iconic references and witty humour.
Lego Dimensions combines 14 different pop culture franchises with smart Lego minifigures and the biggest Lego video game ever made. The result isn't cheap but offers a significant amount of fun and frivolity both on the screen and on the carpet.
Dimensions may be the best Lego game yet, but like the sweets at the supermarket counter, or those tantalising extras in the latest free-to-play smartphone game, it might prove most talented when it comes to causing friction between parent and child.
If anything justifies the toys-to-life tag, it's LEGO Dimensions, which thanks to its fresh take on the toy portal, brilliantly varied licences and sets that actually need building, has reinvigorated what is still a relatively new genre. Disney and Skylanders may just have to raise their techy-toy game.
Despite a few niggles and the astronomical cost should you buy the whole set, there is so much fun to be had with Lego Dimensions. Mashing up characters and worlds is pure genius and the NFC base takes things to a new level for the 'toy-to-life' category. You just need to resist the urge to splash out on the entire collection.
More than just a me-too Toys to Life game, Lego Dimensions is both a high-point for the genre and the best Lego game since Lego: Marvel Super Heroes. Be warned: the add-on packs will soon get irresistible and expensive, but the starter pack delivers enough fun to just about justify a rather jaw-dropping asking price.
There really isn't anything truly bad about LEGO Dimensions unless the initial cost scares you off – rest assured that the amount of gameplay paired with the good characters out of the box aren't a bad value at all. There's great acting, great action, and great everything, as it transports the older player to a younger age, and inspires younger players imaginations to the possibilities of LEGO.
A game in which Batman rubs shoulders with the Stay Puft marshmallow man, where Gandalf solves puzzles at Aperture Sciences and Wyldstyle punches orcs, LEGO Dimensions is a smile-inducing mash-up that revels in everything that makes LEGO such a joy.
Lego Dimensions is easily the best Lego game so far. The interaction between the physical Lego toy and the game beyond the portal really sets Dimensions apart from other toys-to-life games and each build, level and vehicle seems to have been carefully thought out.
For someone with infinite money, LEGO Dimensions is one of the best LEGO games on the market and is a great example of how to make figurine-based games fun both in and out of the game. It's funny, it's creative, it plays well, and it's everything a LEGO game should be. The only mark against it is the fact that it focuses on real-world toys and expansion packs instead of in-game content, which drives up the price and lessens the core game content.
LEGO Dimensions is the best LEGO game to date. It is just simply a joy to play and with the big franchises behind it, there is certainly a huge amount of longevity within, but only if you are willing to pay the price of admission. The move to the toys to life genre is a smart one for LEGO and with some of the available packs including Dr Who, Portal, Jurassic World, The Simpsons and with more on the way, it'll make any LEGO collector foam at the mouth and dive in, even if it's just for the toys. Still, with just the starter pack alone, you'll be in for a huge dimension jumping tale that is just a blast.
LEGO Dimensions is a great first start for TT Games with the toys-to-life genre, but since their game is the most expensive of all of them, it makes it a hard recommendation, especially for parents. Once they find a nice balance between promoting other packs and their paywall to unlock other areas, it will be the best of the toys-to-life game out there.
I'm sort of torn in LEGO Dimensions. It's one of the most expensive propositions in all of gaming right now, but the gameplay is there and the Starter Pack stands on its own. While the campaign can be a bit uneven at times, the always reliable LEGO charm and the innovation of the physical aspect of Dimensions allows it to excel.
LEGO Dimensions doesn't change the LEGO formula that we all love on the gameplay side, which is good. Although the toys-to-life part of the game will make the player feel that they're missing something if they don't own the proper toys, and that's not fair for an 80€ game. Beside that, LEGO Dimensions is not as fun and inspired as previous LEGO installments.
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Lego Dimensions is a great blend of toys-to-life and charming Lego gameplay, but falters under the monetary weight required to get the same breadth of play that previous games did. Some of the best content in the game is locked behind figures, but if you like building with Lego bricks and playing Lego games, this a no-brainer.
As LEGO's first foray into toys-to-life games, they've done an impressive job utilizing the full power of their roster to create a great game that respects the properties it features, from Doctor Who to GLaDOS to Simpsons. It's lamentable then that a great LEGO adventure is fragmented by the staccato nature of reminding you what you don't have.
LEGO Dimensions can be repetitious and expensive, but mingles clever, nostalgic crossovers with imaginative puzzles and opportunities to create. This is a game about fun both on and off-screen.
Lego Dimensions is the ultimate Lego game, a charming adventure that has glaring flaws. Its portal is a delight, but the reminders of the areas you're missing out on grate.
LEGO Dimensions has made a confident first step into the toys-to-life category, with its real-world models incorporated imaginatively during gameplay. It doesn't stray massively from the series' established formula, but it's a lot of fun as long as you know what you're getting into. And this is the biggest downside: the game's going to cost you a lot of money to get the most out of it. As such, you may want to check the price tag before passing through this particular portal.
LEGO Dimensions is well worth consideration for those happy to invest in a new toys-to-life platform. The core content of the Starter Pack gives you plenty to do, though tolerance is required for occasionally overbearing in-game promotion of expensive add-ons. There are moments of brilliance, a few modest levels and some disappointing sections where design is questionable and performance struggles. The positives do outweigh the negatives, though, and in addition to some high points this also sets a new standard in how toys-to-life can bring NFC portals and a video game together in new ways. These toys actually come to life, which promises much for the future.
LEGO Dimensions feels like it wants to be the ultimate LEGO game, but never quite gets there. The mashing of different universes comes together quite beautifully in the humorous story.
While I think LEGO Dimensions is a good game, it's certainly not a must-play. The crossover potential feels extremely weak when it comes to beloved franchises, and not having any more than three characters to play as -- unless I'm seriously missing something that doesn't cost more money -- makes the title feel pretty darn lacking. That being said, if you're willing to eat the cost, you won't find yourself having too bad a time. I know I didn't.
LEGO Dimensions is filled with promise, but the paywalls and the requirement to regularly interact in-game massively impact upon the final product. Thankfully, this is only the first step of a very long-term plan - there's still plenty of time for the team to balance the paywall and the amount of content per level pack. The team at TT Games has always been fantastic with its fans, happy to take on-board any criticism or suggestion. There would be nothing stopping it from patching more content in for level packs at a later date, either. The core is a solid LEGO title through and through, but it could have been so much more. Cubed3 will cover some of the key level packs very soon.
This is one of the best Lego games in years and the toy-to-life interactions are fantastically handled via inventive uses for the docking station and the three characters. Not being able to tick off all the usual in-game collectibles without paying a fortune for extra characters is a poorly judged slap in the face for fans of the series though.
'LEGO Dimensions' pulls from a lot of fantastic licenses and even gets the player to use actual LEGOs. At the same time, the game strays too far from the proven LEGO formulae for a series veteran, pulling out the meat of the game design without providing enough balance or sense of progression. There are bright things in the future for 'LEGO Dimensions' I'm sure, but the growing pains of early adoption are too harsh for me.
LEGO Dimensions feels like the bare minimum required to qualify as a video game in this day and age—it's a shallow, repetitive experience that leans heavily on the appeal of LEGO toys and a dozen very expensive licenses... which probably explains why the $99 starter set only gives you access to a fraction of the total game content. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the toy expansion concept, but Dimensions' only advantage over its better-designed (and less expensive) competitors is the appeal of its license. Between its high cost, lowbrow design, and kid-addicting façade, Dimensions feels downright predatory. But the fanservice is great!