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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Games
Release Date: Nov. 14, 2017


Xbox One Review - 'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2' Infinity War DLC

by Adam Pavlacka on May 11, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

The LEGO games have always been a personal favorite, so when the Infinity War-themed DLC for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 was announced, I knew we had to give it a go. After all, what better than a chance to spend some quality time with Thanos and the Black Order, especially since "Avengers: Infinity War" didn't even bother to name them? Unfortunately, the Infinity War DLC offers up little more than a half-baked level that doesn't even tie in to the film.

Dubbed "Running the Gauntlet," the DLC level is shorter than most individual levels in a LEGO game. Expect to run through it in 15 minutes or less. Yes, you'll extend that play time by returning in free play and getting all the minikit items, but it would've been nice to have more meat to the core experience. The abbreviated play time is made worse by the fact that the level isn't even story complete.

Yes, you read that correctly. The story, as it were, has Thanos and the Black Order trying to track down Thanos's son, Thane. Thane doesn't appear in the MCU, but he is well established in the comics. Your goal in this DLC level is to get to Thane by fighting, and finding, Black Bolt. That's what the introduction implies.

The promise of getting into a boss fight as an Infinity Gauntlet-powered Thanos is pretty appealing, but the DLC is one big fakeout. Just when you're about to catch up to Black Bolt, it jumps to a cut scene, with Gwenpool narrating it as an "open-ended outcome. Ending TBD!" If your response is anything other than, "That's it?" I would be surprised.

There was so much potential with the DLC. While it is understandable that Marvel may not have wanted the game to directly cross over with the events of the film, this could have been a great way to introduce the individual Black Order characters to fans. It could have served as a prequel adventure to the events of "Infinity War," especially since Thanos starts that film with one of the stones, and the fight to get it is only mentioned in passing. Instead, Marvel and Warner decided to opt for a throwaway level with a half-complete story.

Thankfully, the DLC also includes eight playable characters. You get Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian (big fig), Ebony Maw, Hulkbuster (Mark 2), Proxima Midnight, Supergiant, Teenage Groot and Thanos (big fig).

Thanos may be worth it alone, given that he features 19 different core attributes, a handful of which make him invulnerable to most environmental dangers. Plus, he does look pretty cool with a fully loaded Infinity Gauntlet on his arm.

Included as part of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 season pass ($14.99) or available separately for $2.99, the Infinity War DLC is nothing more than a movie-themed character pack and a quick cash-in level. It's not worth picking up the base game just for the DLC. If you already own LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and want the ability to play with these characters, then consider the DLC a character pack and go to town. If you were hoping to jump into a full Infinity War level or mess around in a LEGO level inspired by the movie, you're going to be disappointed.

Score: 5.0/10

Editor's Note: Be sure to check out our spoiler-free movie review of "Avengers: Infinity War."

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