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Lego Universe

 

 

SCORE: 71

 

Lego Universe 

 

I will openly admit I am not into online games anymore. Part of the reason is the time they suck up. I played UO, Astonia 3, and others in my past. They get into your head, and that is all I can think about. So when I heard about Lego Universe, I was like oh no. There was a small part of me that was curious about Lego Universe though. I mean this is Legos after all, and there have been a lot of Lego games on the consoles. My boys love to play some of those Lego games. So I made sure to spend a lot of time in prayer to have the right mind set before playing Lego Universe.

The interesting thing about Lego Universe is the storyline. Imagination was found by four explorers, and it got tainted by one of them. This is what gives the game the bad characters. This fantasy universe set in space, and on different planets is a great way to include all kinds of things. In fact I can see new worlds being added in the future.

Visually this looks as good, if not better than the most recent console Lego titles. In fact some parts looked better to me. The color schemes used in Lego Universe look great. I noticed some nice little details here and there. Lego Universe does contain some violence as the bad characters are destroyed. Well actually a lot of things can be destroyed which give you various collectible items, and money. Certain missions will require this. The cool thing about this violent content for families is the Lego entities fall apart. Players rebuild their characters, and the enemies also rebuild.

There are some fun sounds in Lego Universe that brought a smile to my face. The Lego building sounds work perfectly for this MMOG (Massively Mulitplayer Online Game). The moderators of Lego Universe do a fantastic of keeping children safe. Do not expect religious freedom in this game though. The mods are ultra sensitive to make sure nothing said will offend anyone. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be difficult within this game.

Online games allow for an insane amount of people to play at the same time. It is pretty easy to get friends in Lego Universe. I advise fellow parents to monitor your children if you let them play Lego Universe. The same rules apply as in real life. You need to be friendly to others, and be aware of who they are spending time with. Lego Universe includes various areas to explore, and allows players to utilize their imaginations in terms of creation.

Lego Universe has something else in common with its console brothers. When you finish with each area you get to see how many of the available blocks, pets, etc. you acquired. How many enemies were disbatched and even more is tracked. I hate playing games on the Personal Computer (PC). The various control methods in Lego Universe are actually good. I could move around, jump, fight, and explore with ease. I got dumped from the game a few times, but my machine is not exactly up to specs. I had a few spots of lag, but nothing like I was expecting. I have a confession to make. I had fun playing Lego Universe.

Exploration and creation are two of the main themes in Lego Universe. There is also a lesson about fighting evil, and its twisted creations. If you have children over the age of ten, then Lego Universe is a game you may want to look into. I am very curious to see what they come up with in the future. It was my personal pleasure to play and review Lego Universe.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 68%
Sound: 66%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 71%
System: Personal Computer/MAC
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive
Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}

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