I’ve known LEGO City Undercover to be one of the best LEGO games of all time for about four years now. Unfortunately, the game came out on the Nintendo WiiU and was buried under the rug. It was expensive and hard to find, at least here in Canada and I’m excited it’s getting a second life on next-gen consoles.
Developer Traveller’s Tales has remastered the game for Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC and The Nintendo Switch so players can easily get their hands on the game and if you’re a fan of couch co-op you really should. LEGO City Undercover is like Grand Theft Auto LEGO edition except you’re on the good side of the law. The game has an ambitious design, a humorous tone, is quickly paced and is extremely easy on the eyes.
The main story has you in control of Detective Chase McCain who must bring the big bad, Rex Fury to justice. Fury and his men have unleashed a nasty crime wave across the town and using a variety of disguises and skills McCain must save the day. If LEGO City Undercover gets a movie adaptation I hope Ryan Reynolds lands the role. McCain is a great lead character who consistently fires off satirical jokes and pop-culture references that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. I know I found myself laughing throughout my 15-hour playthrough.
The LEGO games are usually aimed at children but there are references to films such as Dirty Harry and Shawshank Redemption hidden throughout the narrative. It’s hard not to be entertained. The map might not be overly big, but there is a lot of hidden goodies to find. There’s 300 costumes alone to find not to mention, red and gold bricks, main collectibles and 100 different vehicles.
Unlike the other LEGO games, LEGO City Undercover takes place in an open world city that is yours to explore at will. Sure, the game will do a lot of hand-holding and point you directly where you need to go but you are free to explore on your own. Like most open world games there are several distinct zones and regions to explore full of side quests, collectibles, lego currency and vehicles to cruise in. You’ll also stumble upon an abundance of LEGO playsets from the 80’s and 90’s scattered through LEGO city.
One of the best new features is the ability to play co-op. I ‘m a fan of the LEGO games on my own, but with a friend I love them. They are great games to play with a friend on the couch. There’s so much stuff to collect and do it’s easiest with two people.
The Xbox One and PS4 versions are pretty similar to the original with the addition of updated graphics. The long load times that plagued the WiiU version are thankfully gone. The Nintendo Switch version is 33% faster and there is a bonus Nintendo LEGO criminal empire to take down.
If you haven’t played LEGO City Undercover and need a fun couch co-op game I’d highly recommend it. It’s simple fun and full of heart so gamers of all sorts can give it a go and not feel overwhelmed.
LEGO City Undercover is available now.
Publishers: Nintendo, Warner Bros. Interactive, DreamCatcher Interactive
Developer: Traveller’s Tale, TT Fusion
Platform: Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Open world action-adventure game
Modes: Single Player, Couch Co-Op
Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a physical copy of the game provided by the publisher on an Xbox One S.