|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: NetDevil||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 26, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: MMO||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Some of the weapons include spears, daggers, javelins, axes, scythes, tridents, flintlocks, pistols, and the Maelstrom Hammer for smashing blocks. A Pirate Hook will help you construct weapons of mass destruction, such as items and buildings that can fall on enemies. You will be attacked by an assortment of creatures and characters including apes, floating horsemen, pirates, and various spiderlings. Selecting the appropriate weapon from your inventory is the most frustrating aspect of combat. But once you have the right weapon it's satisfying to smash the enemy into smithereens, otherwise known as LEGO blocks.
Everything in this game is made out of LEGO. The environments look amazing with mountains, valleys, and lush forests. It's only until you zoom in on, say, a single tree that you can see the individual LEGO blocks. There are plenty of different environments from scientific labs to strange planets. With more than a thousand different block styles, and numerous multiples of each kind, it's possible to build virtually anything you can imagine. The longer you play, the more blocks you collect, and the more things you can do with them. There are blocks to build a spaceship to travel to other planets and cars so you can race other players. You can even live every man's dream and turn your home into a castle complete with turrets and a drawbridge.
With so many blocks there is a sorting system, of sorts. It categorizes blocks in really vague ways such as basic, tiles, and space. It doesn't sort by size or shape, which causes a lot of random searching. Also on the negative side, things disappear literally right off the screen. Items from my inventory went missing, in addition to blocks and platforms, and the targeting system went AWOL. Some of these missing items caused me to skip certain quests and explorable areas. It's possible these glitches may be patched in the future.
Musically LEGO Universe is a treat for the ears. The tunes are catchy and lengthy. They don't loop immediately. There are different soundtracks for each environment. The sound effects are also well-produced as are the voiceovers, which are limited but succinct.
LEGO Universe is addicting, and I can see adults enjoying it enough to open it at the office during coffee breaks. Overall LEGO Universe is a good game, but the technical issues keep it from being a great game.
CCC Senior Writer