LEGO The Incredibles: What You Need To Know
With animated super-family The Incredibles about to return to cinema screens after a 14-year absence, TT Games and Warner Bros. are gearing up to bring the latest in their series of LEGO movie franchise tie-ins to consoles this week.
LEGO The Incredibles arrives on PS4, Xbox One and Switch this Friday (July 13th), here's everything you need to know...
So what's the synopsis here?
Usually whenever TT Games give a movie the LEGO treatment they tend to stick quite closely to the plot of the movie the game is based on, but here there's a slightly different approach in that LEGO The Incredibles takes it cue from the plots of both the original 2004 Incredibles movie and the new sequel which arrives in cinemas this week. They've also added in a few extra scenes and story elements for more cohesive gameplay, but essentially you'll be taking control of the Parr family members to advance through the game's various challenges – while other characters can be unlocked by completing challenges and story- based missions.
One difference you will notice however is in the game's chronology; TT Games have elected to begin the story at the beginning of the second Incredibles movie instead of the first, meaning that a few changes in the storyline were necessary in order that the game's narrative makes sense. This might feel like a bit of a weird decision in the sense that developers have probably created more work for themselves as a result, but it's not something that's likely to affect your enjoyment of the game.
What's the gameplay like?
LEGO The Incredibles very much sticks to the tried-and-tested formula that has seen TT Games churning out enjoyable movie franchise adaptations for nearly 15 years now, so you can expect more of the usual action-adventure stuff with plenty of humour thrown in along the way.
While there is a story narrative with various challenges to be completed before you can advance through the game, the environment is completely open-world, so you can spend as much time as you like messing around in free play mode, returning to the story when it suits you.
Drop-in drop-out multiplayer co-op is enabled by default and a big part of the game is matching up playable characters' unique skills with the obstacles and challenges placed in front of you. Many of these are best approached with two characters, so as is usually the case with TT Games' LEGO adventures, multiplayer is a key part of the fun here, but you can also switch between playable characters easily if you want to play solo.
Any new features?
One of the concerns aired after the game was announced was that, unlike some other franchises that have been given the LEGO makeover, The Incredibles doesn't have all that many characters to work with – especially when compared to some of TT Games recent offerings such as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 – but this being the first time the developers have gotten their hands on a Pixar project, there are plenty of other unlockable characters from other Pixar hits too, offering you everyone from Wall-E to Toy Story's Woody.
Not only that, but by paying Edna a visit you can also borrow her handy customiser machine to create your own custom superheroes using parts you've found along the way.
Can I see a trailer?
Yes indeed, take a look at the one below...