4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Should've been called LEGO Indiana Jones "ADVANCED MISSIONS",
This review is from: Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Marketing for this game should have been "LEGO Indiana Jones 2 ADVANCED MISSIONS". Great visuals, great music, great theme, etc. BUT. My bottom-line opinion: It is a good game, but it is too hard to be a typical LEGO game. Little kids won't be able to progress through these levels. A lot of the humor is still there, but I find myself annoyed by the jokes when I'm getting fed up having my a** handed to me half the time with no idea how to get to the next part. I played LEGO Star Wars through more than once because it was just fun. I haven't finished IJ2 yet because it just isn't.
The best part about the early LEGO Star Wars series was the way the game let you walk through a level without worrying about complex puzzles, and you weren't constantly getting killed over and over losing all your studs trying to make simple progress. LEGO had a major breakthrough finding a system easy enough for casual non-gamers (even game-haters) to get sucked in, yet still fun enough for hardcore gamers not to just totally dismiss it right away. There was nothing to it but you still wanted to play. Now there are specific weapons, specific moves, and very specific ways to do very specific things, and if you don't use the right combination and learn all the moves you can't go forward. I'm getting frustrated a lot more, wanting a cheat guide or a walkthrough, and not having the fun I had with previous LEGO games. Yes I can figure it out, but this is a LEGO game, you're not *supposed* to ever want to throw the controller at it.
If you're willing to get past the increased difficulty, the positive reviews have it right, the game uses a different style, very complex compared to previous LEGO games, it's creative and has new approaches, and there is a lot to do. You'll get your money's worth if you're willing to work for it. The little ones and the casual gamers might just quit playing.
EDIT 02/11: Almost finished the game and I stick to the above review. The new non-linear style takes adjustment, and it's difficult to know for certain sometimes when you've already completed a task. Some areas took over 30 minutes to complete (as in how long until the game saves so you can stop playing). A lot of time is spent not knowing what to do next. About 70% through our Wii save state corrupted and we had to start over, so I'd recommend backing yours up once in a while..