Excerpt: Lego Universe is the new Massive Multiplayer Online Game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. I should say up front that I've played and finished all of the Lego games that Warner Bros. has released around its various movie franchises, so I was excited to play this game. Unfortunately, my excitement waned some as I played. There is a lot of good in this game, but there are a lot of restrictions too.
Quest-based MMO is cute but hard to figure out how to play.
Common Sense Media
28 November 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this is an MMORPG -- Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game -- that requires purchase of boxed software as well as a monthly subscription to play. The game is both CARU (Children's Advertising Review Unit) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant, and although kids will be playing online with other kids, chat is limited to a "white list" of allowed words.
Summary: It’s rare for me to get to play a major title before release. Usually, the occasional major title I get comes after release, and I’m one of the last to get to review it. I’m not complaining; I love what I do, and I’m lucky to get to do it. I focus mostly on unique smaller or indie games, so when I do get a chance to put my focus on a top flight title that’s yet to be released, I really appreciate the opportunity.
Excerpt: LEGO Universe is the story of a team of minifigures who went to seek the last essence of pure imagination. Upon discovering the essence of imagination, 3 members of the team used the power of imagination to manifest harmless enjoyable things into existence. Meanwhile, the fourth member of the team inadvertently corrupts the essence of imagination into a dark force known as the Maelstrom which can turn others minifigures into creatures known as Stromlings.
Conclusion: The Short Version: For older kids, especially ones versed in MMOs, this will provide some good, colourful times in the long term, but the question of whether younger children will be able to 'get' it remains. If you're a parent, you might need to be spending your time helping the little 'un play it more than you might wish.
Pros: Loads to do, Colourful and vibrant world, Building stuff, while not to Minecraft levels, is great fun
Cons: Loads to do, Colourful and vibrant world, Building stuff, while not to Minecraft levels, is great fun, Is it really for kids?, Still too much grinding, Rubbish inventory