Lego games. From fresh and fun, to tedious and terrible.
We used to like the lego games so much. And what wasn't to like? You take all the silliness and creativity of legos, combine it with a series everyone likes, fill it with tons of playable characters and unlockables, and you have a winning formula. That's not to say it didn't have it's problems. The combat was lacking, the gameplay was frequently repetitive, the puzzles were simple, and the A.I. was awful. But despite its flaws, we still played it because it was fresh and fun, even more so with a friend. And C'mon, don't deny you had lightsaber battles with friends when you were trying to solve the levels.
With the success of the first, it was only natural that Traveler's Tales would follow up on the success of Lego: Star Wars with a sequel. It wasn't as good as the first, and it didn't really add anything except a few levels, or fix the problems the first had. Still, it was still a solid game, and people accepted it as such. We were a little miffed, but hey, the game still was entertaining, even if it didn't bring anything new to the table. So we all sighed, cursed Traveler's Tales for "milking the franchise," and thought that would be the end of it.
We had no idea.
Soon after, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, came out, and we all rolled our eyes. At that point, I think we all were thinking that this had gone on long enough. All they did really was put the two together. This time, we thought, surely this is now over. But the worst was yet to come.
Lego Indy was next, to our disbelief, but we approached it luke-warm. Maybe this will bring something new to the table. Maybe this one will bring back the series's quality. Imagine our suprise when we found out that it was basically the same game. Same puzzles, same collectables and currency, same repetitive gameplay, same bugs, same combat system, same EVERYTHING! The only things that were really new were the characters. This time, even the reviewers seemed irked. Still, the series went on, even though I'm sure more than a few wanted it to just end.
Indy 2, Batman, and Harry Potter all came out in the guise of minor improvements, all of which hid the fact that it was still the same game, just with a few different things each time. Every single time, my dissapointment with these games grew, and every single time, my expectations lowered. I know I'm not the only one here.
Well, at least there's only that second Harry Potte-- PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN?!
Can't they just die? Please?