|System: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch|
|Dev: TT Fusion|
|Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Release: April 4, 2017|
|Players: 1-2 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor|
LEGO City Undercover is bustling with activity, and every corner displays a unique setting. Each frame is dotted with spinning studs, smashable objects, and interactive spots housing a tasty brick reward. Along with subtle environmental animations and quirky NPCs roaming around, your eyes likely won’t get bored. Everything gleams like it was pulled fresh from a LEGO box then dunked in a tub of polyurethane. When there isn’t a whole lot going on, the frame rate runs smoothly. However, when bricks start exploding, things take a noticeable dip. This is virtually doubled with the split screen multiplayer, displaying perpetually sluggish movements during co-op no matter what either of you are doing. The cinematics are also pretty sad looking, foggy and choppy, like they were pulled directly from the original game without any touch up work.
Few criticisms can be made about the sound though, and despite LEGO City Undercover not sporting any John Williams symphonies or other iconic theme songs, the Starsky & Hutch inspired music full of 70s funk guitar riffs and heavy pressure on the wah pedal play perfectly with this classic cop campaign. Even more delightful is when the soundtrack is muted and the ambient noises of the bustling city and tucked away natural corners deliver authenticity and serenity through your speakers. The voice acting is also top notch, with every humorous punchline nailed from start to finish.
LEGO City Undercover is an original, hilarious, and action-packed adventure that provides ample freedom and endless activities. It is apparent, however, that despite its revolutionary features back in 2013, the remastered version shows that many elements need retooling to be on par with current LEGO video games. It’s simple fun for one or two players, but the $60 price tag is a little steep to warrant a day one purchase. I’m rooting for its success, however, as I would love to see strong support that would get Warner Bros. and TT Games pondering a sequel.
Senior Contributing Writer