Lego City Undercover Remastered Review
Lego City Undercover Returns!
Lego City Undercover, you know that Wii U exclusive is back. It is out on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is also available on PC as a broken mess, but we shall not focus on that release.
Lego City Undercover is one of those games that I wanted to play way back when. It follows Chase McCain, a cop that has returned to Lego City in the hope of taking down the insanely bad ass Rex Fury. I don’t want to spoil the story too much for those who haven’t checked this game out yet, it is a real treat and one that should be experienced by you playing the game.
Lego City Undercover is a another unique experience in the sense that it relies solely on the Lego material itself. It doesn’t rely on other franchises to fill its levels and this is a great thing. It has a few nods to some great movies in its story, but it is the characters here that really make the game.
Each one is uniquely funny and add greatly to the game world. Of course the game wouldn’t be a game without its city and Lego City is large, crammed with content and blast to drive through. Imagine GTA 3 as a Lego game and you are partly there.
Lego City also feels truly alive thanks to its abundance of NPC’S along with some great ambient sounds. The voice acting here is stellar too. Each character sounds unique and it all sounds natural too, as opposed to a forced emotional reaction. This means that the story and script flow really damn well. Characters in a weird way feel alive and the whole thing is truly believable. It brings the Lego series of games into a whole different light and I love it.
The biggest question here is, is it a true remaster? Well to be honest, I don’t think that enough care and attention went into it to be a true remaster. Sure, there are way better loading times and less loading screens all together as well as a resolution boost that only boosts the existing resolution. There are no texture improvements and anti aliasing seems rather non existent. The draw distance is still rather short and there are still some bugs and glitches throughout. Also if you set your TV to game mode, be prepared for a really bland looking world. Literally nothing pops when you see raw footage of this game.
This is something that I have never said in a single review, change the settings on your TV and you will see an entirely different game in the way of vivid colours, and a better looking experience. I had only figured this out after playing the first few chapters and thinking to myself, what the hell has gone wrong. It looks awful. It turns out that those image processes your TV actually does, really help in boosting the way a game can look.
After changing, the game looked much better, Lego studs looked shiny and the Lego figures themselves popped. In fact the whole of Lego City went to an entirely new level in the visual department. The draw distance obviously didn’t change though.
The reworked controls work well too, and if you guys over at TT Games ever get round to reading this, a missed opportunity was immediately noticed. See with these versions we lost all support for a Wii U game pad and as a result, we lost a few game pad exclusive features. I thought to myself, surely these will still be implemented if you want them, by using the second screen option in the app or on Vita. Sadly, this was not the case. A huge missed opportunity as the second screen implementation would have been awesome for those that would have liked to use it.
So Lego City Undercover is still a great game, a game that gives the player an awesome story, an amazing playground and some seriously goofy and humorous content. Its visuals haven’t been bumped much and not a huge amount has changed in the last few years, but it is still a solid Lego game that anyone should pick up!