LEGO City Undercover The Chase Begins Review
Lego City Undercover The Chase Begins is an incredibly fun experience for the Nintendo 3DS. In this open world adventure you play as Chase, the character from the Wii U version of the game. This game is a prequel to the events in that game and shows you Chase's adventures from the beginning of his time on the force. Also, there is a portion of the game where you can ride a pig and you even race a dude, so best game ever, right?
There is a lot of different layers to the gameplay for Lego City Undercover The Chase Begins. The combat is very simplistic and is way too easy. When fighting enemies you basically have a parry system where you time the X button to counter your opponent's moves making every encounter very much the same except for boss battles. The combat isn't what you'll stick around for. The fun part of this game is when you are given undercover missions and you must go in disguise as something else whether that be a criminal, construction worker, astronaut, fireman, etc. Each disguise has different abilities to allow you to use certain objects or to get to certain places. This is similar to having the multiple characters in other Lego games except you do it all while using one character and they make it easy to swap between disguises. The platforming and puzzle action is both simple and rewarding. There are actually times where you will have to give things a little bit of extra thought, but the overall gameplay remains simple. This keeps the game from being boring as you're always gaining a new disguise with new abilities that keep you on your toes and open up new areas of the world. This brings us back around to the boss battles, which are more enjoyable than regular combat as you'll have to figure out a way to use your abilities to best your foes. The final boss battle will have you trying out different abilities to figure out the best way to tackle the challenge.
Now to the open world portion of the game. This is an open world game, right? There is actually a lot of raw space to cover in Lego City, but the problem is that it doesn't really feel alive. There isn't much to do beyond searching for collectables when you finish the six-hour story mode. There also isn't much life to be found out in the city. Every so often you'll find a random criminal and then down him in under a minute with your combat prowess but I only encountered that twice in about seven hours of playing the game. So, unless you're really big about exploring nooks and going back to areas with newfound abilities there isn't much to do beyond the story mode which is a shame because the story missions were a lot of fun. For those that like to collect, there is a massive amount of that to do and it will keep you busy for awhile. For everyone else, you will be done with the game after you have completed the story mode. However, the story is really fun and an enjoyable experience with a variety of different missions.
- Fun Puzzle/Platforming Action
- Fun Lighthearted Story
- Variety of Different Story Missions
- No Real Side Missions
- Simple Repetitive Combat
- Not Much To Do After The Story Ends
Lego City Undercover The Chase Begins is overall a very fun game to play and I never got bored of it. The combat can be repetitive and uninteresting but the variety of missions with the simple puzzle and platforming action more than make up for it. The story won't be winning any awards, but it's funny and has a lot of charm. The open world stuff in the game is disappointing for those who don't want to go collecting items. However, for $30 this is an overall fun and enjoyable experience that would be great for kids and adults will enjoy it as well. It's well worth checking out!
This review is based on a retail copy of the game for the Nintendo 3DS obtained by the reviewer.