Review: LEGO City Undercover (2017)

LEGO City Undercover.

We’re big fans of LEGO games and were excited when we heard that LEGO City Undercover was coming to Xbox One. The new release – previously available on other formats – follows the fortunes of Chase McCain, a cop returning to LEGO City having left under a cloud.

His job is to apprehend recently-escaped villain, Rex Fury and put an end to the crime wave he has engineered. There are high-speed chases, criminals to take down in hand-to-hand combat and cheeky aliens lost pigs to capture. Of course!

To help reach the areas of LEGO City that a uniformed officer would struggle with, Chase is a master of disguise. He can assume eight unlockable identities, each with their own abilities. For example, he can use a crowbar to open locked areas while dressed as a robber.

The gameplay reminds me a lot of that in GTA. Obviously, this game is both family-friendly and based on a protagonist from the right side of the law, but the similarities are definitely there.

A screenshot from LEGO City Undercover.

The huge map comprises over 20 districts to explore, all with colourful characters to interact with. Meanwhile, any of the 100+ vehicles can be commandeered. There are conveniently-placed ramps for stunts throughout, as well as collectibles and side missions. Indeed, the sandbox side of the game is as enjoyable as the main story.

Of course, all the elements you’d expect of a LEGO game are also there in abundance. On top of a two-player co-op mode, there’s plenty to break and rebuild. These include megabuilds with bricks that you can collect along the way.

Other recognisable features include a plethora of studs to collect and the trademark humour that has become synonymous with the brand.

I particularly like the 1970s cop show homage music, Chase’s hapless colleague Frank and all the film references. They provide laughs throughout as well as reassurance that the game is intended for parents as well as kids!

A screenshot from LEGO City Undercover.

Both Dylan and Xander have really enjoyed playing it so far. It’s an entertaining game that is more than sufficiently different to other titles in the LEGO universe.

I’m confident that they’ll get a great many hours of fun out of it yet. I hope to get a turn at some point too!

LEGO City Undercover is available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC with an RRP of £49.99.

Disclosure: we were provided with a copy of LEGO City Undercover for Xbox One.

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