Do you have fond childhood memories of regularly dipping into piles of Lego bricks to build your own imaginative worlds? If so, getting started with the toys-to-life gaming phenomenon Lego Dimensions could feel like catching up with brilliant friends you haven’t seen since school.
What actually is Lego Dimensions?
At its core, Lego Dimensions is an action-adventure game made by TT Games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U. However, while TT Games has created plenty of other – and well-received – Lego games, Dimensions differs in that players can collect physical Lego creations which they can then virtually use in the game.
Now, if you want to play Dimensions, what you first need is the Starter Pack, which includes the game, a USB Toy Pad, three mini-figures and a Batmobile vehicle. You can buy this pack, which retails for $89.99, for compatibility with any of the gaming formats mentioned above.
You can play as a Lego mini-figure or use a Lego vehicle in the game by placing it onto the Toy Pad. It will then appear in virtual form on the screen – pretty neat, eh? However, fun though the Starter Pack is, you can greatly expand the in-game world – and, in the process, bring together many of your favorite pop culture franchises.
With the main Lego Dimensions game having been available since late last year, there have been plenty of exciting expansions packs released since then – and there are also lots more on the way.
The packs fall into four categories: Story Packs, each priced at $49.99; Level Packs, each available for $29.99; Team Packs, each of which you can pick up for $24.99; and Fun Packs, each costing $11.99. The pricier the pack, the more content it will give you. The Supergirl pack advertised in the video below has particularly limited availability – plus, it’s a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Key to the appeal of Lego Dimensions is that there’s a huge variety of expansion packs available, allowing you to tailor the gaming experience especially to your liking. Back to the Future, The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Jurassic World and The A-Team are among the franchises represented by currently available packs.
Other franchises set to join them within the next few months include The Lego Batman Movie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Gremlins, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Knight Rider. So, you’re hardly going to be faced with a shortage of new Lego models to build and new gameplay to get stuck into. It’s true – everything is awesome…