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In lieu of today’s release of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we decided to rank the Lego Video Games Franchises that have been released to date.
10. The Lego Movie Videogame
The Lego Movie Videogame (Official Review)
Based completely on the film, The Lego Movie Videogame is a fun romp through Emmit’s adventures to defeat Lord Business. Assuming we’ll see a sequel game (we are getting a movie), there are things to improve on. Not everything is awesome, but it mostly was.
9. Lego Indiana Jones
The Original Adventures
The Adventure Continues
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures was the first big release post Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Due to the massive expectations, the game failed to deliver, but was ultimately a fun, charming experience. The Adventure Continues didn’t do much to shake up the formula, but rather only added the fourth Indy film to the original game’s content in a new package.
8. Jurassic Park/World
Jurassic World was much like Indiana Jones in the sense that it didn’t do a lot to revolutionize the series, but captured the essence of another beloved film franchise. The game includes all 3 Jurassic Park movies and the 2015 classic, Jurassic World.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates is possibly the most underrated Lego title. Watching Lego Jack Sparrow run around the landscape is as hilarious as watching Johnny Depp do so in the films. The game included all 4 Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Here’s to assuming we’ll get another iteration when Pirates 5 launches next year.
Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Official Review)
The Batman games in the franchise have typically been middle-of-the-pack in terms of quality, but the games have generally introduced new aspects to the Lego series. Lego Batman 2 was the first game in the series to feature voice acting alongside an original story. It was also the first game to feature an open world setting, laying the blueprint for future games in the Lego franchise. Sadly, the stories have been unfocused and lacking when it comes to Batman and DC lore.
5. Rock Band
Lego Rock Band is a joyous experience, mixing two of gaming’s biggest franchises back in the day (and back again thanks to the comeback of the rhythm genre). The game represents one of the best crossovers we’ve ever seen. The playlist is one of the best ever released, whether we’re discussing Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The levels and stages are also some of the finest settings in a Lego Game. How adorable is it seeing a Lego figure sing a song by Queen?
4. The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
As Lego Batman 2 was the first in the franchise to feature voice acting, Lord of the Rings was the first to have voice acting dubbed over a game based off of a movie. It works better with non-movie games, as those stories need the added help in explaining the events at hand. LOTR provided the best rendition of Tolkien’s MIddle Earth explorable in a video game. The Hobbit was disappointing in the sense that it only includes the first 2 movies in the trilogy, as there was originally supposed to be just 2 films in the WB franchise.
Marvel Super Heroes (Official Review)
Marvel’s The Avengers
We never thought we would see a Lego Marvel game due to licensing restrictions, but thankfully, Travelers Tales was able to figure it out and provide an entry that was balanced, big, and memorable. Marvel Super Heroes brought us an original story, featuring just about every possible hero from Star Lord to Deadpool to Iron Man, while Marvel’s The Avengers provided us with a way to experience some of our favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
2. Harry Potter
Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Harry Potter: Years 5-7
The Harry Potter games are beloved experiences that, much like LOTR with Middle Earth, brought us to Rowling’s Hogwarts and beyond in a special way. Featuring unique abilities thanks to the varying types of characters, the puzzles found throughout the Hogwarts castle bring back some of my fondest memories in gaming. The only knock is a number of game breaking bugs in Years 1-4 that brought down the game’s legacy.
1. Star Wars
Star Wars: The Video Game
Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The franchise that spawned it all, 2005’s Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is a classic. Originally released on Gamecube, PS2, and original Xbox, This was the beginning of the “Lego Formula,” producing exciting ways for fans to dive into the original 6 movies and The Clone Wars. We are just getting The Force Awakens today, and here’s hoping to getting a Lego Star Wars Rebels in the near future. No Lego game features more varied characters, from Jedi/Sith to Droids to Storm Troopers.
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