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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24

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  1. Mar 13, 2011
    7
    Woot! Finnally a good Lego game!
    The game looks brilliant, the gameplay is simple, building is simple, and it's easy to get into.
    Gripes - How do you review someones imagination, kinda tough. Monster grinding is too repetetive. So, it's basically Babies first MMORPG. Theres no RPG elements so youngsters can easily upgrade themselves instead of being confused about the difference between
    Woot! Finnally a good Lego game!
    The game looks brilliant, the gameplay is simple, building is simple, and it's easy to get into.

    Gripes - How do you review someones imagination, kinda tough.
    Monster grinding is too repetetive.


    So, it's basically Babies first MMORPG. Theres no RPG elements so youngsters can easily upgrade themselves instead of being confused about the difference between the "Agility" and "Speed" stat.

    Babies first MMORPG. Simple!
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  2. Dec 27, 2011
    7
    Lego Universe Early Thoughts: The game itself is a lot what I expected: It's EXTREMELY MMO-Lite. But the presentation is very fun and "cute", and the game play mechanics are fairly solid. There's a lot more focus on doing other little things like exploring than there is on straight up combat (Combat is probably the "weakest"mechanic, but extremely simple). The boards have little flags andLego Universe Early Thoughts: The game itself is a lot what I expected: It's EXTREMELY MMO-Lite. But the presentation is very fun and "cute", and the game play mechanics are fairly solid. There's a lot more focus on doing other little things like exploring than there is on straight up combat (Combat is probably the "weakest"mechanic, but extremely simple). The boards have little flags and secrets to discover, as well as story boards and mini viewfinders to find that give story and point out locations of hidden things. There are also races, and a lot of mini-games, like the car racing. I assume one of the biggest draws will be the "build your own crap" mode which is done nicely - You unlock little islands off of each land, and can build there with the pieces you find. Other players can give your land a rating,so it's easy to find the best ones to go check out which is a cool featuretoo. You unlock SCADS of bricks and little mini sets to build with, so it seems like if just letting your imagination go wild and throwing stuff together on your island is fun, you could do that for hours and hours. You even unlock basic scripting options, so you can have your island interact (or not) in certain ways, which is cool. Again, I've barely scratched the surface, but it seems incredibly deep and engaging for those who always have wanted to basically have an infinte amount of Legos at their disposal tobuild their own little town. You tame "pets" which are painfully cute, ranging from dogs and cats to Buffalo and crabs. They help you access areas you couldn't before, as well as dig up treasure. The taming mechanism is a mini game where you look at a model and choose pieces that go in it from a pile to the side. It's a different way to do it, and a couple of them were tricky. There's a sense of humor, as I've already encountered an Anchorman reference (Someone's going to a Pants Party) - and there are funny character names like "DJ Studd" And "Kant Dance". The game doesn't have a TON of content at launch, I think there are 5 lands or so, though the 6th is already in the game and a lot of characters makereference to it, so hopefully that will continue. It seems to be pretty bug free, and overall, I am enjoying it. My biggest complaint is inventory space which is a problem. You get and unlock TONS of cool gear to wear, but you can't keep hardly any of it due to limited backpack space. If you've liked any of the Lego games in the past, then you'd probably like it. It's certainy not a "deep MMO experience" (communicating with other players is infact quite difficult, as Lego tries very hard to avoid any sort of bad presscoming from "MrPointyPants" talking to little girls, but you can get around it for the people you are friends with pretty easily. For me, I am very happy with it so far and have no doubt it will give me atleast a month's worth of entertainment. Subscriptions are $10 a month afterthat, and we'll see how much they talk about adding content in the future. If you're looking to get a kid into RPG's/MMO's or just love Legos the way I do, I think it's well worth your gaming dollar. The suggested age range is 10 and up, btw - for those with kids considering playing with them. Expand
  3. May 12, 2013
    6
    This game was really fun and interesting when I first got it. However once I'd completed all the quests and done everything there was to do, I felt indescribably bored. Apart from building, which is nowhere near as good as it is in Lego's digital designer, there really is nothing to do except try to collect bricks. Overall, Lego Universe seems good to start with but then just peters outThis game was really fun and interesting when I first got it. However once I'd completed all the quests and done everything there was to do, I felt indescribably bored. Apart from building, which is nowhere near as good as it is in Lego's digital designer, there really is nothing to do except try to collect bricks. Overall, Lego Universe seems good to start with but then just peters out into boredom. Expand
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    70
    The adventuring side of the game is really just a distraction and a way to waste time until the next bout of brick-related inspiration hits, and will not offer sufficient content to satisfy the appetites of most gamers. Unless you, too, are a building fanatic – then you're in for a potentially limitless amount of creativity-fueled play time.
  2. 70
    The LEGO MMO has many kinks, quirks and weird design choices at the moment, but if you approach the game with patience and curiosity, there's plenty to enjoy. Just don't expect a virtual version of LEGO bricks just yet.
  3. Jan 4, 2011
    86
    Lego Universe may be the wrong game for hardcore- or for experienced gamers, but it's definitely a great MMORPG, which provides younger gamers with a great gaming experience.