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E3 2016 – Lego Dimensions: Year 2 Preview

As some of you may know, I’m an unashamed fan of Lego Dimensions. The toys-to-life franchise has been the downfall of my wallet, and has led to an explosion of new bits of plastic on my shelves. It was with intense joy and some trepidation, then, that the year 2 content got announced with some franchises that I genuinely would never have seen coming, and that took me right back to my childhood. Not to be content with just spurting out a fresh batch of figures, there’s a couple of new gameplay options as well to try out. I got to go hands-on with some of the new stuff, and it’s looking really promising!

First up, the new figures. I’m not going to lie, there were some amazing announcements in terms of franchises. The Goonies, Gremlins, The A-Team and a whole lot more gave me a flood of nostalgia, and got me really excited for September when this gear all lands. We got to go hands-on with the new Ghostbusters pack, as well as figures from Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, Gremlins and Harry Potter. In terms of the latter, these are exclusively new characters and not much more.

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They obviously have new abilities and have their new game hubs, which we also got to play around in, and it’s safe to say that these will all be as large and in depth as the other existing ones. The Ghostbusters pack, however, is going to be one of the new “Story Packs”. Essentially new in-depth missions, Story Packs will span multiple levels (the Ghostbusters one spans 6 missions across the new movie), and will come packed with a new set of Lego to build up on your portal. A good move that will provide a bit of variety to the portal that is undoubtedly looking like it could use a bit of a refresh now.

The characters themselves look like they’re going to be fantastic, with Lego’s attention to detail shining through as normal. The Gremlins figures are incredibly cute, and there are some franchises that simply don’t exist as regular Lego sets as of the moment, which will make these a brilliant set of collectibles for players and fans alike.

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The biggest gameplay additions come in the form of the new “Battle Mode”. Up to 4 players can compete in a number of areas (I believe there will be one per franchise) and fight in a Capture the Flag mode. It really does evoke memories of Mario Kart’s battle mode, and is going to be as fast and frenetic as you’d imagine. If memory serves me right, this is going to be the first 4-player Lego game, and I’m really looking forward to getting sat down with multiple people ready to smash the hell out of each other. There are power-ups (as you’d expect) and with each arena there are new ways to interact and fight each other as you try and steal as many flags as you can!

It’s reassuring to see the level of support that LEGO Dimensions is going to put out over the second year of its existence. There will be no need to pick up a new game, as “everything works with everything”. Want to play through the original campaign again as Finn and Jake from Adventure Time? Knock yourself out. The amount of content in this game is going to be absolutely massive when all is said and done, and you can colour me excited for the launch of Year 2’s content starting in September.

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