5 Best LEGO Video Games in 2017

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LEGO is one of the most iconic toy manufacturers in the world. In fact, we really cannot imagine a child growing up without even having been exposed to these wonderful building blocks at least once in his or her lifetime. Now, the famous toymaker is expanding their reach into the world of video gaming. If you have someone in your family who’s into video games and LEGO at the same time, you’d definitely have to give him or her one of our 5 best LEGO video games.

5 Best LEGO Video Games

1LEGO Lord of the Rings for Xbox 360 by Warner Bros.

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most acclaimed fantasy films of all time spurring a variety of spinoffs in the process. With so many twists and plots, the trilogy that saw the formation of an unlikely fellowship among different species, the rise of the two towers, and the return of the rightful king, the LOTR franchise has clearly set the pace for future films of the same genre. Now, let your family explore the open world of the mythical Middle Earth. Wage battles against the Orcs, the Balrog, the Uruk-hai, and even the Witch king. Form alliances with the dwarves, the elves, and the halflings. Play Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, and even Legolas as well as 60 other playable characters that you get to unlock with each mission success. The LEGO Lord of the Rings takes you on a magical ride across the different kingdoms of Middle Earth. Use the Palantir to jump across multiple storylines. Collect different items and forge them together to create something totally new. Use a variety of collectible weaponry to use against the evil forces of Sauron like the legendary Light of Earendil as well as Elven bows and swords. It’s an entirely different way to experience the life of the different characters in the film franchise with you in absolute control of the outcome of each action.

What We Like about It – The gameplay’s drop-in, drop-out feature allows any member of your family or even your friends to instantly “drop in” in the middle of gameplay. The different kingdoms and milieus that can be explored are simply breathtaking.

2LEGO Jurassic World for Xbox 360 by Warner Home Video – Games

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

When the first Jurassic Park film franchise was screened for the first time to the viewing public in 1993, it opened the doors to children’s fascination with these prehistoric creatures. While kids have been watching dinosaur films for a long time, nothing could have prepared them for the realism of the dinos portrayed in the film, particularly the mighty T Rex. With the LEGO Jurassic World video game for Xbox 360, families can now relive the excitement of the very first Jurassic movie together with Lex and Tim, Dr. Grant and Ellie, and Dr. Malcolm. But wait. The video game is not only about the first Jurassic film. It also includes the three other titles that came after, culminating in the Jurassic World in 2015. The game puts you in charge of the customization of your very own dinosaur collection, Should you go for the raptors? How about the vicious Compy? The mighty lord of it all, the T Rex, would really be a big plus, don’t you think? The gameplay allows you to collect precious LEGO amber so you can try your hand at DNA experimentation. Become Dr. Henry Wu and create an entirely new species of dinosaur. You can even create a better, more intelligent, and more cunning dino than the Indominus Rex. Explore Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar and try to complete free missions along the way. Outrun the T Rex. Outwit the pack of Raptors. Feed the Brachiosaurs. Fly with the Pterodactyls. Hide from the Megalosaurus. Whatever you decide to do, everything is right in your fingertips.

Looking for more products like this? You may want to check out our article on the best dinosaur toys at the moment .

What We Like about It – The fantastic storyline allows you to relive the magic in all 4 movies of the franchise.

3LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for Xbox 360 by Warner Bros

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Undoubtedly one of the most successful fantasy film franchises is the Harry Potter series. Today, almost every other kid wants to be like Harry being able to cast a spell and fight evil with his sheer determination. The LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 should thus, be an excellent gift for kids who are fans of the film franchise. They can play the character of Harry, Ron, or even Hermione as well as more than a hundred other characters. Would you like to be Dumbledore? How about Professor Snapes? The gameplay sees you relive the life of Harry in the magical school of Hogwarts. Explore many of the game’s interactive environments such as the Hogwarts castle, the Hogsmeade village the Diagon alley, and even the Forbidden Forest. Try to study the intricate art of witchcraft by attending your lessons, practicing how to cast spells, mastering the art of flying on your broomstick, and even mixing a variety of magic potions. Complete all of your tasks to gain you points. The video game can be played in a single player story mode or even a two player cooperative mode. There are also free missions that can be completed rather easily. If there’s one thing you’ll learn from the game, it’s all about being all you can be.

What We Like about It – Everyone loves the characters of the Harry Potter franchise. With this game, you’re now able to lead the life of your favorite character.

4The LEGO Movie Videogame for Xbox 360 by Warner Home Video – Games

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

When The LEGO Movie was released in 2014, nobody expected it to be a huge hit. Sure, everyone knows LEGO but as a toy, not as a movie brand. The movie itself garnered international recognition for its visual style and an endearing and heartwarming message. It won awards from BAFTA, the Critics’ Choice, and Saturn Award. It even got a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. If this is not proof of its success, then maybe two spinoffs slated for 2017, a sequel for 2019, and another spinoff also in 2019 should convince you of the movie’s acclaim. With such fame, it’s not really difficult to see why the The LEGO Movie Videogame is also a huge hit among gamers. The gameplay is a very accurate adaptation of its film version. You play as Emmet, an ordinary law-abiding mini figure in the LEGO world. Imagine being mistaken as the savior of a world that’s about to be overrun by an evil tyrant. Many can actually relate to the experiences of Emmet being pushed into a role that he is definitely not prepared for. But with a fellowship of strangers, Emmet somehow saves the day. Your task is to guide Emmet throughout his journey.

What We Like about It – It’s one hilarious ride. Nonetheless, it’s something that we can all relate to.

5LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for PlayStation 4 by Warner Home Video – Games 

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

If you’ve always wanted to play the role of Tony Stark’s Iron Man or even Dr. Bruce Banner’s The Hulk or any other character in the Marvel Universe including Captain America, the X-Men, Spiderman, Thor, and many others, then the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the video game for you. If you prefer playing the role of Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, Red Skull, or any other Marvel super villain, the LEGO video game allows you, too. Now, you can play with all of your friends using PlayStation 4’s online multiplayer capabilities so each of your friends can play a different role in the Marvel Universe. Discover a variety of iconic locations. Explore the celebrated Xavier Mansion, the Kingdom of Asgard, or even the famed Avengers Tower as well as Asteroid M and other Marvel locations. The fate of the Marvel Universe now rests squarely in your hands.

What We Like about It – The gameplay is unique in that there are so many different titles in the Marvel Universe. It’s like one gigantic crossover series.

How We Chose the Top LEGO Video Games in Our List

Identifying the video game titles to include in our list was very easy. Why? Well, we just had to look for LEGO video games that are playable on any of the different gaming consoles and we’re done. Unfortunately, it’s never really that easy because there are many titles to choose from. The one factor that somehow made it easy was LEGO itself. First, the game must be designed specifically with LEGO characters and game play. When this was addressed, we now had to deal with the more difficult part: determining which among the tens of titles deserve a spot in our top 5.

As such, we relied heavily on consumer ratings. The higher the star ratings and the greater the number of positive reviews, the greater was the chance for a particular video game title to make it to our list. We were certain that you would be looking at the feedbacks and reviews of other gamers as well. We did not rely solely on the customer reviews, nonetheless. We also had to make a very objective assessment as to why such a game is considered by many to be one of the best. In a way, we attempted to validate the reviews of consumers by conducting our very own research into the actual playability and interactiveness of these titles.

Now, since LEGO is inherently tied to kids and toys, we wanted to make sure if the recommended age is really appropriate and what benefits can kids derive from playing such games.

Video Games, Childhood Obesity, and Our Roles as Parents

It is a fact that there is a growing incidence of childhood obesity. Some quarters are actually blaming the propensity of many of today’s children to prefer playing video games than actually playing outdoors where they could run, jump, hop, and even ride their bikes. The point that people are trying to make is that many children today are now glued in front of their TV or computer screens for significantly longer periods of time, severely limiting their physical activities.

While this is true, video gaming should not be taken as the sole reason for the lack of physical exercise among today’s children. There are still a good number of top rated childrens video games that encourage players to actually move. For example, there are dance and sports games that require gamers to actually move with their limbs or even to dance to the tunes being played. These are excellent games to get our kids to actually start moving.

As parents, there’s a lot of things we can do to strike a balance between the health needs of our kids and their need to play. Our role as parents is to provide them the guidance on what constitutes healthy video gaming.

Many experts recommend limiting the number of hours children can play video games. While there are no clear-cut guidelines on the exact number of hours which can be considered as “safe” for kids, a good rule of thumb is to always establish an agreement with your child. For example, you may agree that he or she can play video games but only up to a certain time or only after performing some task. This may look like bribery but it’s one way of enforcing rules in your home. And since your child agreed to the arrangement, then he or she needs to learn to observe the agreement.

You can also try to examine the user menus of the games that your child is playing. Many developers provide parental controls for their games. You can try to discover these and try to change the settings yourself.

Video games have become addicting. True, these are very fun to play especially when shared with friends and family. However, if it is already severely affecting the other aspects of your life, then maybe it’s time to consider seeking some form of professional help.

The Bottom Line

Kids and ill see are inseparable. Even when kids have already grown into adults, they would still be playing with LEGOs. It’s no wonder then that our 5 best LEGO video games are well-loved by both children and adults alike.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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