The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game Review

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LEGO have released their latest film, The Lego Ninjago Movie and to go along with this film they have also released a video game called The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game. The LEGO franchise is a much loved franchise popular with gamers both young and old and we here at XboxOneUK are fans.

There have been times when the franchise has changed and evolved and innovation is always nice in video games. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game takes this spirit of innovation and runs with it. At the very start of the game there is a tutorial that introduces a new combat system. There is now several designated combat moves for you to use which allows you to take down opponents in several unique ways.

At this point you are also introduced to a leveling up system which is also a nice new addition to the franchise. As you play you can earn Ninjanuity tokens that can be spent at the dojo. These tokens can get you anything from an increased radius of attacks to extra studs for using certain types of attacks. All of this is new and all of this is a lot of fun. It can be a tough decision deciding what to level up.

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In LEGO games of the past you have had to collect studs to max out a bar at the top of the screen on each stage. You would then receive a bonus of some kind for filling the bar meaning that if you didn’t fill the bar the first time you would want to replay the level to fill it. In this game the stud collection system has changed. Now you have two bars. The top one looks like the traditional one but this time it fills up throughout the game rather than just for one stage at a time. This makes it feel like you are not really filling the bar at all as you go through each stage. There is also a second bar underneath this one which fills up much faster. On some stages it is possible to fill this bar several times. You are rewarded for filling this bar with new items like body parts for the character creator. We personally preferred the old system but as we said earlier innovation is good and its nice that the developer is willing to try new things.

The LEGO games have a reputation for being beautiful and well put together. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game doesn’t disappoint on the visual front. The environments and characters look incredible. There is a polish to modern LEGO games which seems to get better with every entry in the series.

Some of the stages include sections where you control machines that fly. The controls in these sections can be very frustrating and it often feels like more luck than judgement is involved here. We understand that you are being pulled around so you stay on course and head towards the objective but it can kill any immersion you had in the action when it actually feels like you are fighting with the game itself.

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Now we come to something that could be difficult to hear for fans of the franchise. Certain sections of the game would suddenly become incredibly jerky and the controls completely unresponsive. This unresponsiveness would only last for a short time but the jerkiness would last a lot longer. When this occurred it made the game almost unplayable and we had to endure it to get through. The controls would seem to get stuck and when the game recovered you would find yourself walking up against the wall. This is probably something that the developer can fix with a patch but its a little disappointing in a game such as the LEGO games.

After you have finished a stage you can then revisit it in free play. This means that you can take new characters to the stages to explore and unlock new secrets. There is lots to do in free play including visiting dojos where you can unlock things by defeating waves of enemies with increasing difficulty. This can be a lot of fun especially when playing co-op with a friend.

All in all this isn’t a bad game but we have come to expect more from the LEGO games. The destruction and co-op play is a lot of fun but the jerkiness of some sections really kills the experience. If you are a die hard fan of the franchise then you may enjoy this but if you are new to the LEGO games then there are certainly other entries in the franchise that would give you a lot more enjoyment and a real taste of what the games are about.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is available to purchase from retailers or can be downloaded from the Xbox Store, sneaking in at £49.99.

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