There are probably a very few people around who did not grow up owning a set of Legos and these building blocks always bring back vivid memories from our childhood. And with the advancement of technology, our favourite game growing up is now available to play on the latest consoles with the best in class graphics. Lego City Undercover is a comedic sandbox-style action-adventure video game developed by TT Fusion for the Wii U. The game was released on 18 March 2013 in North America, Europe and Australia on 28 March 2013 and in Japan on 25 July 2013. And what is more, recently Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the game will be released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in Q1/Q2 2017.
This multi-platform release was announced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment over Twitter with the message, “Join the chase! LEGO CITY Undercover is looking for new recruits on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and STEAM in Spring 2017.” Responding to questions, Lego described the game as both a “re-release” and a “remastered” version for new platforms.
Join the Chase! LEGO CITY Undercover is looking for new recruits on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and STEAM® in Spring 2017. pic.twitter.com/D1YJpmFKIR
— WB Games (@wbgames) November 22, 2016
Lego City Undercover’s gameplay borrows heavily from the Grand Theft Auto series except that every human character is replaced by Legos. However, the game is role-reversed with the player taking on the role of a police officer enforcing the law, rather than a criminal committing crime although the player is required to commit criminal acts on some occasions in order to infiltrate criminal gangs. The game puts players in the shoes of protagonist Chase McCain. McCain is an undercover detective whose main goal is to bring down crime boss Rex Fury. The game has all the workings of a standard sandbox title, with McCain able to commandeer over 100 different vehicles, which helps him travel blocky world. He can also wear disguises that provide him unique abilities.
“By the time Lego City Undercover’s story comes to an end, you have guided Chase through every action-movie circumstance imaginable, and have probably seen the ‘twists’ coming a mile away. And that’s perfectly OK. he game knows you know where it’s going, and it has fun at its own expense … There are bigger, more complex, more beautiful open-world games on the market. But none of them are this good at making you feel so young at heart.”
-Kevin VanOrd in GameSpot’s Lego City Undercover review.
Despite being met with a host of positive reviews, Lego City Undercover underperformed on Nintendo’s Wii U, a console which was mostly met with negative reviews and as a result, the game is slated to release for the Nintendo Switch early next year.
Lego City Undercover will premiere for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in spring 2017.