LEGO Universe FR

I’m doing another set of Field Reports for GamePro, this time on Netdevil’s LEGO Universe, an MMO built around the trappings of LEGO videogames.

I won’t deny this is a tricky assignment for me. MMO’s are notoriously hard to review, because the experience can change quite substantially as you put more time into them, and people have very different interactions with the community. Add to that the fact I’m considerably older than the kids LEGO Universe is aimed at, and you’ve got a challenging assignment.

LEGO Wizard sighting

This wizard gave me a quest to build a sprinkler. Epic loot, FTW!

That said, LEGO Universe didn’t impress me in my first week with it. I didn’t spend all that much time with it, but it didn’t really make me want to spend more. At one point, I was doing a quest to smash statues (oh, there’s some smashing in this game) and realized that my index finger was starting to hurt from all the clicking I was doing. No lie, the quest was about 20 minutes of furious, insane clicking, to the point it caused physical discomfort.

I should be back in several weeks with another FR from LEGO Universe. One thing I definitely need to spend a lot more time with is the building. I only fiddled with it a bit and didn’t much care for it, but I don’t know yet if that’s because I just haven’t mastered the interface. We’ll see, I guess. Plus, I need to close out some of the zones and see if anything new or exciting shakes loose, and play some more minigames. Basically, FR 2 will be me approaching LEGO Universe from another angle.

In the meantime, go have a gander at my first piece on LEGO Universe.

    • Spades
    • October 28th, 2010 7:26pm

    So what, no insightful posts on military tactics or talking about games as an art form? No posts on politics or current events. just a post about a kid’s game? What’s going on here?! I CALL SHENANIGANS!!1! ;)

      • Flitcraft
      • October 28th, 2010 8:36pm

      Well, hopefully you can still get something good out of the LEGO piece. But there’s no denying that sometimes I have to phone in a blog entry and take a break from being incisive and thoughtful. That shit’s exhausting, yo.

    • Dan
    • October 29th, 2010 12:46pm

    Ahh, the seamy downside of your idyllic life as a video game reviewer. Reviewing an MMO would be really tough, because as far as I can tell alot of whether you like a particular game or not depends on who you ended up meeting to play with. At least that was my experience in the only one I’ve ever played for a long time (Guild Wars-I’ll pay once, but I refuse to play a game which charges me monthly to keep playing).

    The Lego angle is kind of creepy though. It seems to me that this concept as an online game is tailor made to allow stalkers to hunt young children.

      • Flitcraft
      • October 29th, 2010 1:19pm

      I don’t think this game would work well for a stalker. For one thing, vocabulary is fairly limited, so you can’t start doing things like swapping addresses or names. Secondly, the game doesn’t really require or promote a lot of teamwork, so it’s not like you’re going to be linking up with a guild and making a lot of internet friends there. The social system is too rudimentary and optional.

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