Return to Lego City
Unlike most Lego titles, here we have nothing to do with a game based on the license of a famous movie franchise. We will be in Lego City where we will be called on to interpret the role of cop Chase McCain, who is entrusted with the task of catching the dangerous criminal Rex Fury, escaped jail and now on the trail of beautiful Natalia Kowalski, fo
rmer Chase girl and uncomfortable witness that led Rex behind the bars.
As legend Lego, Chase’s chubby adventures are told with a comic and irreverent comedy that constantly uses quotes for movies and TV series, making use of an Italian dubbing of exceptional workmanship. The plot is certainly not the strong point of production, but the humor that permeates the adventure will not fail to tear more than some smile.
At his debut on Wii U, the title was criticized for its technical shortcomings, over all loading times, overly long, and a fairly unstable frame rate. On Swi
tch, the situation has improved, especially with respect to resolution, but not as much as one could expect from the original four years. Charging times have been shortened, but some remain overly long; the same can be said of frame-rate drops, perhaps less obvious, but still present in the title. In short, if certain defects could be understood at the time of the launch of the newborn Nintendo console, their presence in this porting, four years later, amazes the negative, leaving an unp
leasant feeling of bitterness in the mouth.
Nothing to complain about the soundtrack: the cheerful music of the game will keep you company without ever boring, even if we are not in front of traces that you will remember when you turn off the console.
Another game, same bricks
Take any Lego game out there over the last ten years (and even more). Now take Grand Theft Auto . Done? Well, join the two and you’ll have Lego City . What does it mean? The classical gameplay of the series, that of a platform-action that is expected to move on to the bricks of destroyed and reconstructed bricks, is here combined with the free-roaming typical of the Rockstar series.
With Chase we can venture freely into Lego City, take over cars and go looking for the many hidden collections of the city. Of course, compared to
GTA roles are reversed, as we will interpret a cop, but the inspiration in gameplay is evident, albeit that of Lego Cityis much more limited, as is also demonstrated by the absence of true side-quests that do not concern the collection of objects.
The gaming map is not so great in terms of size, but it is a step ahead of free-roaming just mentioned in other titles in the Lego series. During sections in the city, we will have to track down and catch many criminals, using Chase skills, which also depend on the c
ostume you are using. Depending on the clothes, Chase will have access to different capabilities, which will allow him to reach otherwise inaccessible places. All this freedom of the map is interwoven with the presence of classic Lego-st
yle levels, so that the title always varies. The levels are set in closed spaces, where we often find ourselves having to put our hands with other characters made of b
ricks or solving simple puzzles. Many secrets will also be hidden in them, some of which will only be accessible by revisiting levels a second time.
Despite the new reading key given to the classic Lego formula, it is undeniable to perceive the tiredness that the brand has begun to demonstrate for some years to this part. Of course, if you’ve loved the other Lego titles and you have not g
ot tired, you’ll find bread for your teeth, but if the brick matting has begun to get you bored, you will not find a reason to change your mind here.