LEGO Universe – first look

A LEGO game lacking the franchise affiliations of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman could have ended up feeling generic. Instead, Jumpgate developer NetDevil has delivered a massively multiplayer world where you get to bash ninjas, astronauts, pirates and medieval knights, all while platforming through castles and spaceships.

Rather than end up burdened by the dual expectations that come with being a massively multiplayer game and having to follow in the footsteps of those aforementioned and highly successful Traveller’s Tales games – LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman and LEGO Indiana Jones – LEGO Universe is using the best of both. In the process, it’s making something unique: a massively multiplayer platform game.

Consider creativity, one of the core expectations that come with a LEGO game. The beloved building-block toy is all about clicking pieces together to create your own toys. In the Traveller’s Tales games, building was accomplished simply by standing near piles of loose bricks and holding down a button to construct predefined objects. It was satisfying, but not exactly creative. LEGO Universe begins with that same mechanic and takes it three steps further.

The first of those steps is the ability to create your own ‘minifig’ – the little yellow men that embody everything LEGO. You cycle through the available trousers, torsos, hairstyles and heads, slotting them together before picking eyes and mouth to create a screaming businessman or ecstatic slacker. The second step is modular building. On your adventures, fighting through the enemies in each area, you’ll be rewarded with predefined building blocks that can slot together in creative ways. When we spoke to Ryan Seabury, the game’s Creative Director, he told us of one mission – acquired, in the usual fashion, by speaking to NPCs – that involves constructing a spaceship to escape from a dangerous situation. Nice and vague, but the spaceship you design goes on to feature throughout the game in later missions.

The third improvement Universe makes is brick-by-brick building. That means creating objects exactly as you would in the real world, by slotting individual bricks together to create absolutely anything you want. You have total control. You can use this method to create your own in-game house, a meeting point where all your friends can congregate, and potentially much more.


  • miasma - October 19, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    anything LEGO is fun as hell, that even goes for the toys. I will check this out.
  • lethalape - October 12, 2009 3:35 p.m.

    Wow. You are a bunch of bitches. Destroyer of all. You need to get your fat ass off the couch and go work out or something. I can hear you breathing heavily through this webpage. What a cock sucker.
  • RedBandit - September 30, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    World of LEGOcraft?
  • Hobojedi - September 30, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    Subscription fees..? :/ That would be the only thing stopping me from getting this game, it looks great, I've always loved legos, but I never had enough of them to make anything great.
  • destroyerofall - September 30, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    Geez, kids these days... A CASTLE SET?! Whatever happened 2 plain old legos? Of course a CASTLE SET will end up looking more like a frickin' castle, but where's the fun in that? Might as well buy a cooler pre-made castle, smash it 2 pieces & try 2 put it 2gether again. Eh, w/e I give up. Blow $60 on this crap. I'll be playing Uncharted 2.
  • Z-man427 - September 29, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    This game: likely $60 1 LEGO Castle set: about $50 which likely would bring more enjoyment? i'm thinking this game
  • Cyberninja4 - September 29, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    this looks fun i may buy this
  • destroyerofall - September 29, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    I'm not saying VIDEO GAMES destroy creativity u stupidass retard. I'm just saying, who the fuck buys a Lego MMORPG? I'd rather play with the actual thing. More fun & less $$$.
  • NotBraze - September 29, 2009 3:16 a.m.

    @destroyerofall Really? Why did you waste the time creating an account on a video game website it you think games destroy creativity? Don't you have better uses of your time like organizing a PTA protest or raising money for Jack Thompson's next big whining fit? But I digress, the game definitely looks fun, but, as always, my interest in the game stopped as soon as I heard "monthly subscriptions." I'm sorry, but no game, no matter how cool, is worth a monthly payment to me. On another note, I really hope the LEGO building system has been improved since the LEGO Digital Designer days. It technically worked but it was so hard to actually get the pieces to go where you want them to that I still get frustrated whenever I see the disc in my closet.
  • destroyerofall - September 29, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    Hmm... My old memories of playing with Legos seem more fun than this. Kiddies, do yourself a favor & buy a bucket of REAL Legos. Come up with ur OWN adventures instead of letting crap like this destroy ur imagination.
  • Doomwaffle - September 29, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    Unique MMO Platformer? Read: Maplestory. Not that it's any good as an MMO or Platformer. My inner child cannot wait!

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