LEGOs, long have we loved them. And many a video game has been based on them, from racing to movie remakes. They’re always entertaining. But the mother of all LEGO games, LEGO Universe, a LEGO MMO, is still waiting to be unleashed.
Originally slated for release in mid 2008, then delated to November 2008, and then 2009, and now 2010, LEGO Universe is exactly the kind of thing that would make a good MMO. Like Second Life on blockish steroids, LEGO Universe has every potential to entertain and make loads of money doing it. That is, if we ever get to actually see it!
The basic premise (besides being LEGO of course) is that Darklings are trying to take over the world, yada yada, blah blah blah. Like we really care what the lame storyline is? No one is going to want to play Lego Universe for its story. It’s LEGO. That’s all that has to be said. Ad campaigns could simply be that. “It’s LEGO.” Just do that and it’d sell like hotcakes. Throwing in neat MMO action scenes like the above is actually quite gratuitous. Still, it looks awesome.
But it’s not just all about battling. After all, it is LEGO. So there’s also building stuff out of bricks, of course!
And, being an MMO, there is (most unfortunately) interaction with the rest of the world. Sigh. Oh, I know, that’s supposed to be the good thing about MMOs. Unfortunately, interaction with people around the world is also the bad thing about MMOs. Because, let’s face it, not all people are brilliant. Not all people are even remotely in your age group, in reality or in spirit. And not all people take the game as lightly or as seriously as you do. The world is full of all sorts of people, and games that especially go out of their way to force you to interact with this morass of gamers, is doing nothing more than digging the cesspool even deeper before throwing you in. So let us hope that LEGO Universe doesn’t force group interaction, or else it may be shooting itself in the foot.
Even if LEGO Universe is one of the worst written MMOs of all time (and one must wonder just what is keeping NetDevil from releasing it) it will still sell like mad, because it’s LEGO.
And so, there’s really only one concern: WHEN WILL IT FINALLY BE RELEASED?!?!?! When you see advertisements saying “coming soon“, don’t believe them. This is one game that’s been delayed time and time again, and with its track record, even a 2010 release is looking a little iffy for LEGO Universe.