LEGO Worlds has come up before; it’s a PlayStation Compass favourite. This weekend I asked the kids which game I should write about to bring back The Anchor and they both shouted, “LEGO Worlds!” Okay, done.
LEGO Worlds is a very nice frame for an unfinished painting. The recent Space expansion DLC helped, but the game still lacks content. Considering how many first-party properties LEGO has—Space, City, Elves, Castle, Pirates, Nexo Knights—it’s sad to see so much potential simply not in place. LEGO has announced a Halloween-themed expansion next month, but we’re still lacking so many amazing set-inspired worlds and adventures in LEGO Worlds.
What makes LEGO Worlds special?
Despite its shortcomings, LEGO Worlds is fun. If you’ve played any of the licensed LEGO games (Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Marvel, etc) you know how good LEGO games are. Worlds takes the gameplay of other LEGO games and drops you into a (sometimes literal) sandbox to discover and create your own adventures. NPCs will have small quests that earn you items, but the world is what its players make it. As you progress through the beginning of the game, players unlock new tools and more advanced construction options.
Your first time..
Minecraft drops you in an empty world and by the first night you realize you’re in a fight to survive as monsters come out and darkness sets in. LEGO Worlds doesn’t push you to survive. Die to a zombie and you’ll respawn in the same place and with full health. It’s not about survival; it’s about creativity. More akin to Minecraft’s creative mode, LEGO Worlds doesn’t force you to do anything—except collect golden bricks.
Golden bricks are the currency used to upgrade your ship and reach larger worlds. You’ll mostly find them in hidden chests and as NPC quest rewards. The goal here is to collect 100 golden bricks so you can create your own custom worlds. Until then you’ll be placed in randomly selected procedurally generated worlds. But 100 golden bricks is no small feat; first you need to upgrade your tools.
It’s a long grind to 100
On the way to 100 you’ll reach certain milestones along the way. I won’t spoil the rewards (actually I can’t remember the order you get them) but they come every 10-15 bricks (10, 15, 20, 30, etc). You’ll get a new tool or toy to play with at each milestone, and some of them help you unlock other hiding places—so make sure you travel to abandoned worlds to hunt for the bricks you missed.
Split-screen or online play
LEGO Worlds on PS4 is limited to 2 players, either locally or online. Playing locally splits the screen in half vertically, but online requires two PS4s. Both methods offer a similar experience, and split screen isn’t limited in any way. Despite having a second PS4 in our home, my kids opt for split screen every time because they like to sit beside each other on the couch and work together to build things. If I had to complain about anything, it’d be the inability for the three of us to play together. A mix of split screen and online, like Minecraft has, would have been perfect.