Lego Universe is indeed a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) that was launched in October 2010 by Warner Brothers. Although the game is rated for the players of age 10 and up, it also very much appeals to the adults who are gamers and who have grown up with LEGO. Players are very much able to play in two different worlds for free, though universal access to all the features which requires a monthly $ 10 subscription which seems costly to many. The players download this game from the Lego Universe website and then access the game on secure servers. This particular game is available both in English and German.
The popularity of the Lego Universe extends back to 1949 when the interlocking plastic bricks were first produced in Denmark. Since then, the company has expanded into various verticals like books, games, amusement parks, robotics and video games. The attraction to LEGO is its simplistic block-by-block designs whereby the children (and adults) can very effectively build anything they desire. The creation of LEGO Universe is not only an additional branch of LEGO – it is also a marketing tool to further establish the overall LEGO brand.
About the Virtual World
In Lego Universe, the players take the role of LEGO mini figures in an age-old battle of the good versus evil in an alternate universe. A maelstrom is the centre of the dark energy that particularly threatens the universe. The players split up into different teams (or factions) in order to try and destroy the maelstrom and a beast called a Spider Queen in the various worlds. The players collect battle gear on their journey in order to help them fight their foes. The players also collect the LEGO bricks along the way to in order to build models on their personal property. The properties are like a home base where the concerned player is completely safe and is able to allow the fellow players access to their property.
What is good about it?
The dynamic Lego Universe is indeed an action-oriented game that will very well appeal mainly to the teen boys and older teens who are extremely fascinated with the futuristic worlds and the fantasy. The graphics and the overall design of the game are indeed top-notch. With LEGO and Warner Brothers partnering on this particular project, you would really expect nothing but the rich colors, detailed images and a solid platform. Parents can be reassured that there are no adult themes in the game. There is no drinking, smoking, drug use, sex or offensive language. Words that are not found in the dictionary will not be shown.
What’s Bad about the game?
Violence may be an issue with some of the parents. Although there is no blood or gore that can be particularly associated with the adult video games, players are involved in an intense battle of the good versus evil that may be a bit extreme for the younger players. The swords, knives, hammers and the laser guns are used as weapons. Although the players are only made of LEGO, characters do get smashed, broken and die. The facial expressions on most of the evil characters can be quite obtuse and unsettling for the younger players. The education Lego is important before starting the game.
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