The Grand Combined Game

The game Lego Dimensions just came out, and they have already listed their first six waves of Lego sets and characters that will be coming out for the next several months. And the list is amazing. Here’s some, between characters and levels:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Back to the Future
  • Jurassic World
  • Portal
  • Doctor Who
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo
  • The DC Universe
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Lego Movie

Some of these we’ve already gotten to play as Lego games – and loved. Some of these, meanwhile, were our favorite guesses for which intellectual property would become a Lego game next. And then there’s Portal, which effectively makes for Portal 3… It’s tempting. Now that it’s out and all announced, we can see the prices, and yeah… it’s a lot of a commitment.

All the things! Actually, probably not even all... From

All the things! Actually, probably not even all…

There’re other games like this, games where you pay for a toy that unlocks things in the game. One of the others is Disney’s Infinity. It just released wave 3 – this time, Star Wars characters. Wave 2 was Marvel characters. Wave 1 was Pixar characters. So that’s another game that’s a huge crossover of properties and worlds.

And it makes me wonder: is the best way to see something like this to pay a whole bunch for it? To pay for each of the elements, to help pay for the licensing? Or is it that we love and want to see these sorts of crossovers – and they’ve realized it, and are making money off of us for it?

There’s another big crossover coming, without having to pay for it in parts. Kingdom Hearts 3. That’ll be Disney again, but also Square Enix – Final Fantasy characters. And we’ve been playing the previous Kingdom Hearts games – in their great remastered and gathered up Final Mix form, with all the additional games (6 games on 2 discs!). And they’re great, but there’s so much more they could do. More Disney stuff, like new things (Big Hero 6 is confirmed).

But then – there’s so much more Disney owns, as their Infinity games prove. So much more they could shove in – and that we would love to play. And maybe the game we should be playing is just Infinity – or Lego Dimensions. And really, of all these games, Kingdom Hearts 3 would actually be the most expensive – it’ll require that we buy one of the new consoles.

We loved Wreck-It Ralph. We loved Ready Player One (and we’re highly curious about the movie – how many real references will they have?). We loved Kingdom Hearts. We loved The Lego Movie. Clearly, combining pop culture references and intellectual properties is fun and entertaining. What do you think – will there be more of this to come? Is it too expensive? And more importantly – which worlds do you want to see collide? Let us know in the comments below!


4 responses to “The Grand Combined Game

  1. I saw the current Dimensions packs out at Target the other night. I am interested but not enough to have to keep buying into them (and yes, even for Lego).

    Now, I admit, I have preordered the Ghostbusters’ one because it has the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Lego form. It comes out in March so I have called it a birthday gift to myself.

    Game? What game? Maybe I can take the figure and give someone else the platform to have them do whatever it is they do (if that even works that way).


    • Hmmm I don’t know. But maybe. I’m super excited for the mini Stay Puft, and mini Slimer! Also, they seem to all be character plus mini vehicle, which is cool, but also raises the price… There’s a variety of prices on the additional packs, but there’s also SO MANY of them. One other thing I really want to know: how large are these additional levels? Like, how long will they take? For $30 I want a lot of game – we often wait to buy the Lego games until they’re $20-$30 so buying what are essentially DLC for that price they better be good!


      • Oh, that’s a good way to look at it…DLC with added toys 😀 Still not sure I am going to buy into it though…I haven’t bought Jurassic Worlds yet and am waiting for Marvel Avengers to come out in January at this point.

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        • Waiting on s price drop on the Jurassic World game… And to see the movie… And for time to play a co-op game. We have literally not touched a co-op game since the Geek Baby came 😕 But yes, we will be all over Lego Avengers! Somehow.

          But yeah, especially the ones with levels attached? Those are DLC with toys. The character packs meanwhile are very expensive character packs…


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