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Great gameplay, bad glitching and freezes
on November 23, 2011
I'll start off with full disclosure; I LOVE the LEGO video games! All our kids and I play them all repeatedly.
Specifically for the Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO game:
- The videos and cut scenes are fun and some are funny, but they feel forced in comparison to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones games. They are still entertaining and I didn't actually buy the game for the videos.
- There are many, many fun items and extras to unlock throughout the game; some give you benefit while playing levels others are just for fun. There is a lot of depth in this game. It would be difficult, though not impossible to beat the entire game in one day.
- The story mode is fluid in each movie; plot points are changed from the actual films, but the license taken isn't annoying.
- Free play mode allows you to switch not just between a limited set of characters (using the "1" and "2" buttons), but between all characters you have unlocked or bought (holding the "C" button down for a few seconds). This is a huge improvement over the Star Wars version where you had to take the right characters into the level, or worse, the Indiana Jones The Adventure Continues game where you had to go find the right characters in the "world" before you could play the level in free play.
- The "world" outside the levels is pretty big and fun to explore. There are items and extras you can only get after reaching a certain level of the game, or by having certain character types unlocked.
Some issues we've noticed:
- The loading screens are designed to look like paper cut-outs. The look works, but it feels wrong in the game, and the motion of the waves gets a little nauseating.
- You have to fight any characters you want to buy into submission before they can be bought. This, in itself, is not a huge issue. However, there are transitions close to where you typically find these characters and sometimes the action of the fight pushes them through the transition. If your character follows them through, you have to wait for them to reappear. Also, they will run by and, if the make it off screen before you catch them, they are just gone. Frustrating, especially for our younger kids.
- The game freezes the Wii system, quite a lot actually. I don't think I've made it through more than a couple of hours of play time without at least one freeze. Fortunately, it does auto save on occasion. However, I've also lost nearly an hour's work in a level as my Wii started to whine. I do not know if this is because our Wii is one of the first year's manufacture, or it is just the design of the game. I've found at least one place where it is easily reproduced: In the On Stranger Tides movie the last level; if we start bashing away on the plants to get studs, the game freezes every time. Instead we jump past the plants and try not to smash that section.
- The game has a fair few glitch spots. Typically you can use the "C" button to switch characters and recover, though not always.
Overall I recommend this game, but be warned on the glitches and freezes. We typically take them as a chance to walk away and enjoy some family time. :)
** UPDATE - 2011-Dec-13 **
For the freezes, I tried a suggestion posted by "Mr E "solved" (Michigan)" in their review from 2011-July-24. The suggested change DID allow me to play through the area of the On Stranger Tides final level where the game had always frozen before. I will continue to monitor for any other freeze issues going forward, but it has resolved the one easily reproduced freeze point we had.
Quoting the review, here are the steps to make the change:
- From the Wii Channel menu, point to the "Wii Options" button on the screen and press the A Button.
- At the next screen, point to Wii Settings and press the A Button.
- In the Wii Settings menu, point to Sound and press the A Button.
- Select "Stereo" or "Mono", then point to Confirm and and press the A Button. (Be sure not to select "Surround" as that seems to be the culprit)
- Point to Back and and press the A Button to return to the Wii Options menu, and again to return to the Wii Channel menu.
- Re-start Lego Pirates and see if it fixed the problem.
** UPDATE - 2012-Jan-08 **
With the above work-around in place; I started a new save game and was able to play the game to 100% with only one Wii system freeze. The freeze was not the same as the previous ones, it was related to the character switching. I won't up-rate this product as this is still a bug, a rather bad one, and the work-around above is not a fix by any means.