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Video Game Lego City: Undercover Review
Lego City: Undercover (2017) offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Lego City: Undercover 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.

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Lego City: Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.

It has the usual tongue-in-cheek approach to storytelling. Here though, rather than famous movie franchises, it's the police drama that the game is sending up for comedic value. It also pokes fun at games like Grand Theft Auto, without straying into questionable territory. As such it is a family-friendly alternative to that kind of police-crime experience.

This was originally launched on Wii U and has been ported and upgraded to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo 3DS version is a slightly cut-down experience but still offers an impressive open-world Lego game that you can play on the go.

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Collecting and Traversal game with Action, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. It's single-player on Wii U and 3DS, but had 2 player co-operative play on PC, PlayStation and Xbox.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. Players can hit other LEGO characters, who can fall apart into LEGO pieces. Players can drive over characters with a car, but this does not cause any apparent harm to the character.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for cartoon violence and crude humour. Players use an assortment of "cartoony" firearms (oversized lasers/blasters, and pistols) to stun enemies or douse them in colour; players can also grab or throw enemies to the ground in hand-to-hand combat. In some driving sequences, players can slam into fleeing vehicles, causing them to break apart into Lego pieces. A handful of sequences depict slapstick-style and bathroom humour: characters emitting flatulence; bird droppings falling on a character's head; a character getting kicked in the crotch.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This skews a little older than other Lego games with the city theme. You need to do a bit more running around from mission to mission, and the lack of super-hero, Harry Potter or Star Wars incentive to progress means that players need to have more robust inquisitiveness.

CostsCosts

Lego City: Undercover usually costs £15.99 to £49.99. 

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £15.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

Lego City: Undercover

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
Amazon StoreSALE Xbox One £47.99 £15.99 at the moment
Amazon StoreSALE PS4 £47.99 £15.89 at the moment
PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99
Switch Store Wii U £19.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Switch Store Switch £49.99
Amazon StoreSALE Switch £49.99 £23.99 at the moment
Steam Store PC -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Price: 66% off

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Adventure, Collecting, Traversal (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)


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