'LEGO The Incredibles' Review: Incredible May be an Exaggeration

6.5/10 (Xbox)

Bob, Helen and the kids — or should I say Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and the rest of The Incredibles gang — have been LEGO-ized in the new LEGO The Incredibles. If you have played a LEGO game before, you know what you're getting here in terms of gameplay, style and everything else. This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

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Do not play LEGO The Incredibles if you haven't seen The Incredibles 2 in theaters, or if you care about spoilers. The LEGO version of the superhero story immediately starts where the movie begins, and plays through the movie's sequences almost beat for beat. If you already saw it on the big screen, you're going to see it again in the game.

This means playing through the campaign is incredibly short. There are only six story missions in the Incredibles 2 portion of the game, and all of them can be completed in an afternoon. Thankfully, there is much more to do elsewhere in LEGO The Incredibles, including playing through the story chapters for the first movie, which unlock once you complete the second movie's campaign.

Story missions play out just like any other LEGO game. Players bash and crash their way from one end to the other, switching between characters to perform specific actions. There's little challenge, but it's still oddly satisfying smashing everything in your path. It all works fine, but after playing through a number of LEGO games already, it's just not very interesting anymore. The thought of repeating a level with different characters in order to unlock all the surprises is not an appealing one.

There is also a large open world for players to explore while completing various missions. These are all pretty basic "destroy X number of a certain item" or "save Y number of citizens" missions, but it's nice to see extra content not based on a movie in the world of The Incredibles. If you complete the right missions, you'll run into some familiar faces from other Pixar movies.

The biggest drawback to the open world is driving. The driving mechanics are horrible in LEGO The Incredibles. Any slight touch on the control stick sends the vehicle flying, and I found myself crashing a vehicle before reaching a destination just about every time I used one. Thankfully, the map is small enough where running from one location to another doesn't take forever.

Ultimately, LEGO The Incredibles is only incredible at being mediocre. The story is short and full of spoilers if you haven't seen the movie, but the bonus open-world content helps pad out the experience. Gameplay is repetitive and the formula hasn't changed much from any other LEGO game, but it's enjoyable enough. If you're looking for more The Incredibles after seeing the movies, you won't be disappointed, but you might not be overly thrilled either.

LEGO The Incredibles is now available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

So what do you think? Are you interested in reliving the Incredibles story in LEGO form? What other movies would you like to see get the LEGO treatment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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