E3 2015: Lego Dimensions is going to shake up the toy-to-game market

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The Lego video game series are fun, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the chaotic and immensely fun adventure from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment known as Lego Dimensions. I went in knowing very little about the game and came out wanting to get the game and collecting all the LEGO figures when they come out. The game features multiple universes including Batman, Lord of the Rings, Portal, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo and more.

Lego Dimensions is Lego’s introduction to the toys-to-life brand. We grew up playing with Legos as kids, and the Lego video games allowed you to combine and switch pieces in game; now you can do both. By combining multiple Lego franchises together, you get a whole new story and series you wouldn’t ever imagine happening. You can bring everything to life by collecting different characters and even vehicles into the mix. Yes, you can have as much fun playing with the figures. The Lego Portal is the biggest part of the game, and it allows you to place seven figures/vehicles at once (three on the left side, three on the right side and one on the top middle). As you progress through the game, some puzzles will have you placing your Legos in the right location to solve puzzles (the game will show you hints via the Portal lighting up with different colors or in-game hints). One thing that really made me feel like a kid again is the ability to mix your pieces. Since all the toys are made of Legos, you can change character pieces and even upgrade vehicles. At one point of the demo we had to change the Batmobile to get past a scene, and we were even given an in-game blueprints to do so.

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The E3 build we played included three different stages (Wizard of Oz, Aperture, and a haunted mansion from Scooby-Doo). We began in the land of Oz and watched Dorothy and her friends skip across the Yellow Brick Road before being attacked by the Wicked Witch of the West. We then met our characters including Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle. We also had figures to test out like Chell (Portal 2), Scooby-Doo and a few vehicles including the Mystery Machine, Batmobile and the DeLorean. The first few minutes was us jumping in cars, driving around and smashing things and each other. Finally we got back on track and finished the level by fighting the evil Witch and her flying monkeys. Our next two stages included some tricky but fun puzzles and platforming, requiring you to work with your team.

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Your friends can jump in and out anytime, and there are some times where working together can help you solve puzzles faster. You can also get in each other’s way, so there are plenty of ways to play, especially if you control the almighty portal gun. There will be plenty of characters to choose to from, since you can buy the various “Team Packs” and “Fun Packs” (some coming at launch and others at later times). The game will also feature expansion levels that can be unlocked by purchasing “Level packs” which includes The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Portal 2, and Back to the Future.

The game features plenty of voice acting from the series; for example, Kevin Conroy voices Batman.

So far this Lego Dimensions has the kid in me screaming to destroy, build and have fun.

Lego Dimensions will be released on September 27, 2015, in North America and September 29, 2015, in Europe. It will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.