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Lego Dimensions

The critics have spoken – is everything awesome?

Hey you. Yes, you! Do you hate money? If instead of responding “no”, you rubbed a crisp £50 note against your lips and nodded furiously, then you may be interested to know that Lego Dimensions is finally on store shelves.

The game, which crosses over numerous famous franchises (including, but not limited to, Batman, Back to the Future and Scooby Doo) via the medium of collectable toys à la Disney Infinity, retails at around £90 for the starter pack, with additional expansion packs setting you back between £15 to £25.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Plaaayed”, you scream, falling to your hands and knees in desperation, tears rolling down your scrunched up face. “If my kids don’t get this game on Christmas Day they’ll never respect me as a parent and will ultimately follow a life of crime as a result of my gross negligence. What do I need to buy? How many sets is too many sets? Is the game even any good?“.

Well luckily for you, you can pull yourself out of your puddle of shame, because we have some answers.

On his website Tired Old Hack, Chris Scullion has meticulously compiled a list of everything you need to know about the game. Seriously, if you want to know anything about the game and its myriad of expansion sets, rub your greasy eyes all over the words that he’s gone and written.

Yer man Scullion reckons (using maths) that it will set you back a measly £379.88 to purchase all the level packs alone. If you want the additional characters as well, that’ll be costing you closer to £600.

If that ludicrous price point isn’t enough to make you twirl 180 degrees out of the proverbial door and back into the realm of not spending close to a grand on a game where you can make Gandalf punch Bart Simpson in the face (I assume this is a feature) then you’re in luck, because despite it being bloody expensive, it seems that Lego Dimensions is also rather good.

If Metacritic is your thing because large collections of words formed into paragraphs frighten you, then you’ll be pleased to hear that at the time of writing Lego Dimensions is sitting rather smugly with an impressive 81 out of 100. If I was someone who’s opinion could be trusted, I’d argue that’s a damn good score.

In his review for Videogamer.com, Tom Orry stated that “LEGO Dimensions is the most fun I’ve had with a LEGO video game since the whole idea was new back on the PS2. It’s full of cool new ideas and a story rammed with iconic references and witty humour.”

Interesting enough, Tom only played the base game and none of the expansion sets. He awarded the game an 8 out of 10. Pretty impressive, considering figurine based games often rely on their expansion content more than their base game.

Similarly, over at GamesRadar, Ben Tyrer praised the base game, stating it’s “the best Lego game I’ve ever played“. High praise indeed. Ben scored the game three and a half stars, which as we all know is actually nerd talk for out of 10.

The highest score has came from Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner, who gushed “Despite the extraneous content, Lego Dimensions is a hit. I haven’t laughed this much playing a video game in a long time. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next, and my wife even sat in to watch the story unfold in crazy ways. Whether you just purchase the core set or go bonkers purchasing figures, Lego Dimensions delivers big thrills and fun playability both in the game and on your living-room floor.”

High praise indeed. He scribbled a solid 8.75 out of 10 onto a post it note and smacked it directly onto his screen.

Will you be picking up Lego Dimensions this month? If you do, let us know in the comments what you think!

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s a brilliant trailer showcasing some of the excellent voice talent within the game. It’s lovely.