I am having an absurd amount of fun with LEGO: Marvel Superheroes. I’ve always been a fan of the LEGO games. Years ago the LEGO Star Wars games were some of the first games I played together with my wife back when we were still just dating. The fun we had back then collecting gold bricks kept us up late into the night. There’s just something that is so much fun with a great couch co-op game and the LEGO games have really mastered that style of gaming. But as much fun as those earlier games were, Marvel Superheroes has gotten its hooks in me more than any other.
Part of that is the fact that I have always been a sucker for hunting down all of the hidden collectables in a game. Whether it’s the stars in a Mario game or animus fragments in Assassins Creed, I love spending countless hours finding all of that stuff. And when those hidden items are 100+ playable Marvel characters? Yeah, I’m all over that. It’s also a good looking, fun to play, genuinely funny game. But I gotta say that one of the most fun things about this game is getting to play it with my daughter.
My daughter has had plenty of gaming experience so far. She loves Minecraft and she plays Disney Infinity, but there is something about this game that is clicking with her too just like her dad. It’s such an easy game for young gamers to be able to get into. The controls are simple but there are also lots of cool moves and tricks to learn for each character. There is no penalty for dying, you just reappear right where you died and try again. And the sillyness factor is off the charts. You can’t help but smile when you see Iron Man riding an elephant down the street and Venom behind him on a bicycle. We can either tackle missions together or just fly around Manhattan seeing what kind of nonsense we can get into. It really is a game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
But what’s making this game so special is that this is the first time that my daughter and I have really played a game together and it has been so much fun. Some of my favorite memories with my mom are of playing games together. Playing PAC-MAN on the Atari 2600 or blasting shells at each other in Mario Kart 64. Those are memories that are very important to me. Moments when we bonded over a shared interest. The thought of my children one day looking back on these days of us on the couch fighting Loki and Dr.Doom together makes me incredibly happy. I hope that they will cherish these times as much as I have because it isn’t just about sitting down and playing together.
It’s about building memories that will last a lifetime.