Although European Wii U owners will have to wait another two weeks for the Lego City Undercover release date, TT Fusion's open-world adventure makes its US debut on March 18 and the first reviews have appeared online.
In our Lego City Undercover review we said the game "breathes new life into the Lego series" and is "a much-needed quality title for the Wii U library".
As always, we've gathered all the pieces together in order to build you a Lego City Undercover review round-up, which you can read below.
- CVG: 8.2 - Lego City Undercover is exactly the sort of game the Wii U needs. It's a memorable jaunt - one that gamers of all ages will get a hearty chuckle from - and its colourful, comical sensibilities sum up Nintendo's ethos so wonderfully. If the Wii U gets more exclusives like this under its belt, those suggesting the console is heading for a premature end will look even more foolish.
- Official Nintendo Magazine target="_blank">: 90% - A lovingly crafted, laugh-a-minute, gem-packed open world LEGO game, the likes of which you've never seen before, but have always wanted. It's massively addictive and TT Games has managed to capture the essence of what a LEGO videogame should be.
- Edge: 5 - For kids, this gigantic, gently challenging game offers the familiar stud collecting, furniture smashing and rudimentary puzzling of the Lego games writ large and sprinkled across a toy town of an open-world game. Only the more irritating driving missions will require the temporary recruitment of mum or dad. But for parents and adults, Undercover is a less inviting prospect, even with its satirical undertone. It's a plastic facsimile of GTA - a game that was hardly humourless to begin with, and one that has already spawned a genre's worth of more sophisticated rivals and clones.
- Eurogamer: 9/10 - It may not have a big-name sci-fi or fantasy licence to hang its hat on, then, but it turns out Traveller's Tales has itself been working undercover for a while on that front, lurking behind the smokescreens of Gotham City and the galaxy far away as it evolved into an accomplished developer capable of charming players with a mixture of great writing, twinkling level design and laudable values that keep you coming back regardless. Lego City Undercover isn't ceaselessly brilliant - open-world games seldom are - but it's a fantastic example of what makes Traveller's Tales and TT Fusion such special developers, and the worst I can say is that it's occasionally only fun. And you know what? I'll take that wherever I can find it.
- NintendoLife: 8/10 - There are technical cracks in its brickwork, but in combining the familiar constructs of the LEGO video games with an original story, huge amounts of humour and a ridiculous number of things to collect or discover, LEGO City Undercover proves that LEGO titles can be blockbusters without a big licence.
- Metro: 7/10 - It's a not a very good advert for the Wii U but this is still a hugely entertaining open world game, with one of the funniest video game scripts ever.
- GameReactor: 8/10 - It's commendable that the fun is maintained through to the conclusion of the twelve hour campaign. Beyond that there's a wealth of content that'll keep players coming back. Like other games of a similar ilk, there's a plethora of challenges to be found dotted around the map that'll keep the dedicated coming back for more. The humour found in the story, coupled with the vast swathes of content makes Lego City Undercover perfect if you're looking to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, and a good shout for Lego-loving adults.