Lego Dimensions is an inventive, delightful and hilarious take on "toys to life", but deep pockets are needed to appreciate it fully.
LEGO Dimensions' great characters and fun references consistently left me with a big dumb grin on my face.
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.
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.
The best Lego video game in quite some time is also the best toys-to-life game of the year
Lego Dimensions comes together as something much better than its interlocking parts
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.
Finally, a toys-to-life game with real toys and not glorified statues.
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!
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.