The LEGO brand may be best known for its plastic construction toys that are beloved by children, collected by adults and passed down through the generations. But LEGO has expanded way beyond just brick sets to other media, including books, films, television and, of course, video games.
The Xbox One is the current iteration of the Xbox video game console. Microsoft introduced it in 2013, and the console has received several updates, including the now-flagship Xbox One X. Xbox One has been a popular destination for LEGO video games. In fact, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which takes the top spot in our recommendations, was a launch title for Xbox back in November, 2013.
In order to help you choose the best LEGO video games for your Xbox One console, we have identified the ten most popular as well as some honorable mentions. Each entry will highlight what sets that particular title apart from others in the series. Note that some of the games to make our list are actually Xbox 360 games that are supported on the Xbox One via backward compatibility. You can purchase these games, put the 360 disc in your Xbox One and play the game just like any other Xbox One title.
• Open-world New York City
• More than 130 Marvel characters
• Create your own superheroes
• Co-op play in missions and open world
• Many puzzles and secrets to discover
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is widely considered the best LEGO released on the Xbox One and one of the best LEGO video game titles ever created. It deftly balances the need to be accessible to children but offer rewarding gameplay that will keep the more mature gamer coming back time and again.
The game is highly replayable, delivers excellent bang for your buck and is essentially multiple games in one. There is an open-world sandbox in which players can just goof off or discover secrets, unlock new characters, pilot all manner of vehicles and run into special events. There is also a story mode in which you play through 15 main missions and 11 bonus missions in order to save the world.
Even when you beat the main story, you are not done yet. All of the missions have aspects that are inaccessible the first time through. You unlock these options later. The game rewards you for playing again and changes things up enough to set subsequent playthroughs apart from the first experience.
• Pick up and play mechanics
• Wonderful blend of action and humor
• Control two or more characters at a time
• Clever use of character switching
• Loads of content and replayability
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is widely considered the best LEGO game ever made for the Xbox 360, and it was at the time, the best use of a license in a video game that gamers had seen in many years. The Original Trilogy is available as an Xbox 360 Platinum Hits title, and as mentioned in the introduction, this Xbox 360 disc will play perfectly fine in your Xbox One console.
This is where TT Games—which also developed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes—made character switching a truly rewarding gameplay mechanic. You may not have a droid active, for instance, but they are the only ones who can access certain features, and by switching to these various characters, you solve puzzles. This is completely supported in co-op as well as so that friends can puzzle solve together.
• Toys to life!
• Incorporates LEGO building
• Mishmash of licenses
• LEGO move-like cinematics
• More than a video game
LEGO Dimensions for the Xbox One is the LEGO brand’s venture alongside Warner Bros. Interactive into the toys to life concept that was popularized by Skylanders. Disney Infinity would build on that concept by giving kids iconic characters to play but if often lacked gameplay appeal. With LEGO Dimensions, Traveller’s Tales manages to strike a perfect balance while also blending in the building component.
In fact, after just a few moments, the game instructs you to put the controller down and a build a portal with bricks. This is the portal that will allow various characters, which you acquire through play sets, to enter the world. Want Dr. Who to team up with Batman and B.A. Baracus? That is totally possible. The building and collecting aspect really take this video game experience to the next level!
• Two huge games in one
• Loads of content
• Excellent co-op experience
• Pick up and play mechanics
• Control multiple characters
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a rerelease for the Xbox 360 that is supported on Xbox One via backward compatibility. This title contains both LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which is at the number two spot on our list, and Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. The original Lego Star Wars was released on the original Xbox and it covers Episodes I, II and III and opposed to IV, V and VI.
So, why further down on our list? Well, if you are looking for a physical copy, it is more on the pricier side than The Original Trilogy, which had a Platinum Hits release. The first Star Wars is not quite as good as The Complete Saga, but it would slot in here at number four on its own regardless, and this double feature is certainly worth your time if you can find it and at a decent price.
• A step up for LEGO video games
• Puts Lego Batman on the map
• Hilarious and heartwarming
• Excellent puzzles
• A worthwhile Batman story
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a great video game even for those who do not play LEGO games. The story is wonderful as are its characterizations and voice acting. It was really a step up for the brand in this genre because it improved the platforming, which had often been criticized as hard to judge, and it reset gamer expectations for puzzles in a LEGO game. This title also does a great job with the exploring and collecting that TT Games would perfect in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.
• Gorgeous environments
• Clever use of the well-known spells
• Oodles of fan service
• Defining moments of the first four books
• Superb co-op implementation
LEGO video games have a formula that has been established and refined. It is quite good but a formula nonetheless, and so each license faces the challenge of using that formula in an engaging way. Harry Potter manages to shake up the tried-and-true formula with a spell system. You learn more incantations as you become more powerful, and each spell has a unique purpose. Where other games had you swapping out characters to overcome puzzles, this one has you figuring out the right invocation.
• A PG-rated Grand Theft Auto
• Scope of open world is impressive
• Meaty campaign
• Much more to do after
• More than 100 vehicles
LEGO City Undercover was originally a Nintendo Wii U exclusive, which was a shame since it is considered by many among the best LEGO video games ever made. Four years later, gamers finally got a rerelease across many other platforms, including the Xbox One.
So, what is most impressive about Undercover? The open world and the LEGO license. This is the biggest open world in a LEGO video game ever, and you can spend many hours with so many different activities. Also impressive is that this game does not rely on a hot license like Batman. It is based on the LEGO City sets, but it still manages to deliver memorable characters and a story worth telling.
• Covers first three Indy movies
• Clever puzzles to solve
• Enjoyable tomb robbing
• Seamless co-op
• Mine cart ride!
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is an Xbox 360 title supported on Xbox One via backward compatibility. It takes you through key scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. The focus here is on puzzle solving, which fits the license well, and these arguably remain some of the best puzzles that have ever been developed for a LEGO video game, and you will have to play through the entire story at least twice to see everything that this title has to offer.
• New abilities
• New spells
• New characters
• New environments
• New dueling system
The biggest knock against LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5–7 is that it feels very much like the second half of a giant game. If you love the first title, then that is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you were looking forward to a new feature as innovative as the spell system, you may not find it. Nevertheless, there are new abilities, new spells and a new dueling system that results in the most fun LEGO combat at the time.
• Dynamic combat system
• Combat rewards you as you learn
• Much more than a movie tie-in
• Overhauled stud collecting
• Multiple open free-roaming maps
LEGO Ninjago is the second title on the list that is not based on a third-party license but rather one of the themes for LEGO sets. This game was released alongside the movie, so in the gaming world, that usually screams cash-in. But that it is not the case here and not by a long shot.
The developers really leaned into the Ninjago universe in some exciting ways. Chief among them is combat, which had to be a focal point. Combat has never been a LEGO video games strong suit outside of Harry Potter’s dueling system, but here it is. There are actual moves to learn, and while it is still accessible enough for young children, more experienced gamers will be rewarded as they gain proficiency with these moves and learn how to chain them together to achieve powerful effects.
The cut-off for number ten was a difficult choice. The Force Awakens and the original LEGO Batman could have easily claimed that spot. So, they receive honorable mentions instead, and Ninjago gets the nod because of everything that it means for LEGO video games moving forward.