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If you ever wondered what GTA in Legoland would be like and missed it the first time around, then you're in for a treat. The 2013 game which was a Nintendo Wii U exclusive has resurfaced on PS, Xbox One, and is about to be released on Nintendo Switch.
Following hot on the heels of the recent Lego Worlds, Lego city Undercover was widely regarded as one of the better Wii U games, and is quite frankly one of the better games from the Lego franchise, with its trademark humour, gameplay, and everything you'd expect from the Traveller's Tales series.
One of the main differences with Lego City Undercover and the rest of the Lego games is that it's its own franchise, meaning there are none of those pesky IP constraints to contend with, bringing us a wholly original adventure, and one that is more than worthy of the franchise.
The game sees you as undercover cop, Chase McCain going after the bad boy of Lego City, Rex Fury. A man who has escaped from prison and is causing his own brand of Lego villainy. As a detective/crime story, Lego City Undercover lampoons the genre extremely well, with cameos from Sherlock Holmes, Harry Callaghan, and Cagney and Lacey. Plus, there's a whole level dedicated to playing with The Shawshank Redemption. The only disappointment there being, Morgan Freeman wasn't actually a part of it.
When it comes to gameplay, it's certainly familiar from the start. There are the usual elements of smashing things, building things, and child friendly violence, which make the game a joy to play regardless of whether you're a 4 year old child, or a 40 year old child. It's all packaged together in a fun way, and with an open world to explore, there will be a lot of replayability from the game.
Actual levels are presented in the same way as other games in the series, they're self contained, and replayable with extra secrets and collectibles depending on which version of your character you use.
The game may well be four years old, but as only around 12 Wii Us were actually sold, it may as well be brand new. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you've wondered what GTA with Lego and without profanity looks like.
Version Reviewed – PS4.
Villan Verdict 8/10.