If you haven't been living under a rock, then you've already heard of the LEGO franchise through its various facets - Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, and Harry Potter. And yes, I have them all. :)
This time Lego returns to us with Pirates of the Caribbean! The fun and humor that you've come to know and love in the wordless grunts and gestures used to convey the story is back. The characters that you're familiar with are all there with all the mannerisms, down to the detail of Jack's shambling "not-all-there" gait.
The puzzles and action that are also a part of every Lego game are here as well - with some rather new, notable features:
- Jack's compass is an element in each level. If there is a special item to be found, activating his compass reveals the path in blue footstep squares like bread crumbs to the treasure he is looking for. If it's buried, your trusty dog can be used to dig it up. - Characters are all switchable, as before, but one of the new (and quite welcome!) features for me was the character wheel which allows you to choose WHICH character you'd like instead of tapping endlessly / by proximity to get the character you want. - Some levels feature "sticky" elements that won't let you fall helplessly as was previously advertised on gaming sites.
I do have some complaints, however:
- Level design is still frustrating at times. If your jumps are "not so" or if you scoot 1 mm to the left, you may find yourself missing your destination and sighing grievously. - After how many years...and still no online co-op modes? It's 2011, Traveller's Tales games. Can we get on the ball here?
Despite level design (and if you're used to Lego games, you'll be used to this) and lack of online support, it's still a fun roller-coaster ride through all 4 (yes, you read that right) Pirates movies including:
- Curse of the Black Pearl - Dead Man's Chest - At World's End - On Stranger Tides (yep, you get to have a sneak peek at what the next movie might be about - otherwise, just play the other 3 until you see it)
The other debate is...get it on PS3 or Wii? Most of my other Lego games are on the Wii, but it does look fantastic on the PS3 in HD (and for the same retail price, mind you). I find that the aiming in the PS3 (when Will throws his ax, for example) is a lot easier than I thought it would be and I don't miss the Wii functionality much as a result. However, I'm sure that the game plays equally well on the Wii so it's completely up to you.