Before we get any further just stop right now and go an buy this game. But if you really want a little more persuading then our review of the latest LEGO Game should help you decide whether to join the chase and head on down to LEGO City. After first appearing on the Nintendo Wii U back in 2013, LEGO City Undercover would turn out to be one of the best LEGO Games ever released. However due to the platforms limited audience, not many people got to play it, that is until now! Chase McCain is back and LEGO City Undercover is now available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, meaning a whole lot of gamers can now experience one of TT Fusions finest endeavours.
In LEGO CITY Undercover, players become Chase McCain, a police officer who goes undercover to hunt down the notorious and recently escaped criminal, Rex Fury, to put an end to his city-wide crime wave. This open-world LEGO adventure allows fans and newcomers to explore the sprawling metropolis that is LEGO CITY with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, hilarious movie references to discover, lost pigs to rescue and of course, hundreds of collectibles. With 15 special assignments to conquer, LEGO CITY Undercover brings together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humor to create a fun-filled experience for players of all age.
You begin your LEGO City adventure as soon as you step off the ferry and head to the LEGO City Police Department, there you get to grips with the basics before being unleashed into the hustle and bustle of LEGO City. At first you can’t access the entire city but there’s still plenty of things to see and do, between missions. Of course as you play on, the entire city map soon becomes available and this is where the real fun begins.
The entire city map acts as the games hub world, with story elements of the game having you entering dedicated levels or certain areas of the city. These work just like many other LEGO Games, as well as completing them to further the story, each level has a set amount a studs which need to be amassed to gain LEGO City Hero status, there are also four pieces of a police badge which need to be located and are awarded for carrying out certain actions during missions. These can’t be found during a single playthrough, thankfully once a level has been completed, Freeplay mode is unlocked and you can them replay any level to clear up those last few collectibles.
Chase has to go undercover at various points throughout the game and as you unlock new disguises you also gain additional abilities. Many of these will help with the main story missions you need to complete. However they also become very useful as you potter around LEGO City. Chase has eight main disguise each of which need to be donned to complete City missions, these include:
- Police – Grapple Hook, Dectective Scan, Criminal Scan, Audio Scan
- Robber – Crowbar, Safe Crack, Colour Gun, ATM Destruction
- Miner – Dynamite, Pick Axe
- Construction Worker – Jackhammer, Coffee Breaks, Electrical Fix
- Farmer – Super Chicken Glide, Chicken Egg Gun, Watering Can
- Firefighter – Fire Extinguisher, Axe, Cat Save
- Astronaut – Jackpack, Teleport, Laser Gun, Space Boxes
Main disguises also unlock other actions in the City. Once you become a Farmer you can water plant pots or use the Pig cannon, jump into a Firefighter suit and you be able to get through wooden doors or put out BBQ fires. Each disguise has something for you to do in a the main LEGO City map. Along with those eight disguises, you’ll also unlock a number of other costumes to wear. These aren’t as useful as the main disguises, but if you fancy running around LEGO City dressed as a Classic Minifigure Lizard Suit Guy, then you can.
The amazing little mini builds return, appearing on the loading screens. These scale down area of LEGO City in to cool little LEGO builds. They have no impact on the play experience of the game, but they show the level of effort put into the game. I really wish that TT Games would make the instructions available for these either as in-game unlockables or online. That being said they could be reverse engineered from the images.
Just like every other LEGO Game, you’ll need to collect LEGO studs, which allow you to purchase additional characters, costumes and vehicles. You’ll also notice you can collect LEGO bricks, these are an important aspect of the game as they allow you to construct Super Builds, these range from small Vehicle Call Points to huge dragons or fountains. Many of the Super Builds found across LEGO City, don’t really require being built, unless of course you want to grab all those Trophies/Achievements. Bricks can be collected by smashing LEGO objects or by locating special higher value Super Build bricks. You can them use them to create preset LEGO structures on Super Build plates.
Don’t be fooled in to thinking this is a mere remaster of the original Wii U release. They game has number of changes, the most noticeable are the removable of Nintendo content in the non-Nintendo versions and the lack of motion-based control previously given by the Wii U GamePad. Slightly less obvious changes are the addition of new LEGO vehicles. Many of which have recently been released such as the Pizza Truck. This may not seem like much but just goes to show, the level of work which as gone into bringing LEGO City Undercover up to date for a new audience. Chase also wears a new costumes based on his appearance from this year new LEGO City set 60138: High-speed Chase. But my absolute favourite new feature occurs on the PlayStation version of the game. The PS4 controller features a light bar, as you jump into various LEGO vehicles, you’ll notice the light bar takes on the characteristics of them. When you belt around in a police vehicle, hit the siren and the controller flashes blue and red. Takes to the streets in a tow truck and it will flash orange. Has no affect on gameplay but I love little details like that.
You can also input special codes into the games pause screen menu, these codes can unlock new characters and vehicles, plus you can even use the code which appeared in set 60007: High Speed Chase. This unlocks two bonus missions at the LCPD Headquarters. Other codes can be easily found online, including the LEGO social media channels and by completing a short survey about the game.
The Wii U version of the game relied quite heavily on the consoles unique controller. The games still includes those areas where you could physically move the Wii U GamePad around to scan things, but control has simply been switched to control stick movement. Admittedly it’s not as much fun as the Wii U version in that aspect, but a price worth paying to allows more people to experience the game.
The transfer from Wii U to other platforms seems to have gone really well. There are a few blocky shadows cast on characters and their surroundings, but apart from that, the game looks great.
LEGO City Undercover is one of the finest LEGO Games you’ve never played, until now! It is without a doubt, the best LEGO Game ever released. Not being tied to a license has allowed TT Fusion the creative freedom to delivered a LEGO gaming classic. Full of witty dialogue and generally chucklesome visual gags. The storyline is engaging enough to keep gamers of all ages entertained for hours. The addition of 2 player mode and updated content based on more recent LEGO sets is well worth a second playthrough if you were lucky enough to play it first time around. However if you haven’t played LEGO City Undercover before I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve played every single on of TT Games LEGO titles (yes including the Friends one) and this still remains the one I have the fondest memories of playing, both times around. LEGO City Undercover is available now across multiple platforms including the original outings on Wii U and Nintendo DS, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.