It’s been a while since I’ve played any of the “traditional” Lego video games. Before the Excellent Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaI hadn’t played a “pure” one of these games in depth since the first Lego Indiana Jones, although I’ve had minor flirtation with various Lego adventures in the many years since. I loved The Journey of the Lego Builder and Lego City on a secret missionalso – but these are different things.
Basically it’s been a while. That fact really increased my enjoyment of The Skywalker Saga which is just a brilliant game, full of heart and packed with content. Even now that I’m less excited about Star Wars than I might have been at any other time in my life (cheers JJ), this game is still exciting. But it also reminds me of something else…
I miss Lego Dimensions very much. A latecomer to the toy-to-life video game craze sparked by Skylanders, itself inspired by the trend of adding plastic tattoos to video games, it’s been brilliant. But not because of the toy.
I’m not saying that because I don’t want Lego either. I got a house full of the damn stuff. But the stuff you had to build for Dimensions was so simple that it was practically completely uninteresting, aside from unique minifigures of classic characters.
The exciting thing about Dimensions was the crossover aspect. This was a Lego game that had all the fun and heart of Lego Star Wars, but it had a wide range of intellectual property – Ghostbusters, Lord of the Rings, The Simpsons, Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Who and Scooby Doo – too name a few. It was exciting to see these worlds, many of which couldn’t justify their own standalone Lego game, get the same kind of treatment in the form of bite-sized level packs.
The toys were a decent money spinner and I can also understand why children would be drawn to them. I finally have a shelf full of amiibo. But the truth is that this game never needed the toys. The magic of tapping a character on the portal to unlock content wasn’t the true magic of Dimensions. The real joy was seeing a bunch of different universes rendered with all the joy and fun of those Lego titles that are usually limited to single franchises. Many of these levels were shockingly well produced; I remember the Sonic and Doctor Who packs being particularly excellent, packed with fun references and unique mechanics.
So yes. I don’t know what Warner Bros. and Lego Game Steward Traveler’s Tales have planned next – probably a “complete saga” style release based around Harry Potter or Indiana Jones – but what I’d really like to see is a revival of Dimensions . Toys to Life might not be the hottest gimmick anymore, but Dimensions was a game powerful enough that you could remove the toys and sell bit by bit DLC that gradually adds more characters and franchises to the game and makes it just as appealing might.
It’s unlikely that will happen, but I’d love to see this dimension-shifting adventure return – not just with the revamped content from before, but with all-new characters and levels. The Skywalker saga feels like the perfection of a formula that’s been built up over many years – and the only thing that could improve that is a wider range of content across multiple franchises. That was Dimensions and that’s why it remains my favorite Lego game. bring it back
https://www.vg247.com/lego-star-wars-lego-dimensions-reissue I love Lego Star Wars, but what I’m really craving is a remake of Lego Dimensions