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Same problems as all past versions of LEGO games.
on February 9, 2016
As with most LEGO games, I only have a couple of issues, but the issues are HEAVILY weighing on my enjoyment of the game. The first, and most glaring, issue I have is the awful forced perspective of the game. The camera is placed at a fixed angle relative to your character and looking around any particular level is incredibly frustrating. It really impacts the enjoyability of the title. The second one might be showing my age, but as someone who grew up playing 4 player GoldenEye deathmatches on N64, I'm used to splitscreen gaming working a certain way. The way this game handles screen splitting is innovative, and an admirable attempt, but it just doesn't work for me. When the two characters on-screen are close together, the screen is a single display, but as soon as they split apart, the screen tears and one player goes one way whilst the other goes his or her own. This in and of itself isn't so bad, as it's nice to occasionally get a single-screen shared display. However, the screen does an inconsistent split, where if one character moves towards the top or bottom of the screen, the split happens horizontally, but if the character moves to the left or right, the screen splits vertically. Not only that, but the portion of the screen any particular player's character ends up on after the split isn't consistent. If I stand still and just let my daughter run her character willy-nilly, we can go from a right/left split with me on the right, to a shared screen, to a right/left split with me on the left, just through her movement alone. When you are in combat together, it becomes truly headache-inducing, with the screen split changing constantly in the chaos of a fight.
Now, add friendly-fire damage to that.
It's a pretty off-putting environment given those things, and there are some terrain collision bugs on top of it where your character can get stuck from time to time that doesn't really help matters.
All of the issues aside, it's actually a neat game. I am having fun playing through the storyline with my daughter (she is 6) and I can see going back with later unlocked characters to further complete certain levels in free mode. I can't handle it for long bouts, though, because of the frustrations with the screen division.
And before anyone mentions the 2-player mode where one of us uses the GamePad and the other uses the TV screen: I don't play my WiiU on a 48 inch TV so I can spend my time staring at the GamePad, and I'm not having my 6 year old hold that thing while we play either. Split screen should work better, and that's that.