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Back in late 2012, the infamous Wii U was released by Nintendo. Like most families, my family believed that this was not a separate gaming system from the Wii, but rather an unnecessary and expensive upgrade. As we were only a Nintendo family, I missed out on many games for a few years, like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," "Mario Kart 8," and in 2016 the arrival of "LEGO Dimensions." Though I did not have the ability to play the game, I still bought some of the expansion packs as they came out to add to my LEGO collection (specifically the "Back to the Future Level Pack" and the "Doc Brown Fun Pack" from my favorite movie "Back to the Future"). However, my perception of LEGO video games would soon change as this past summer my friend gave me his Wii U and for Christmas I received the "LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack" as a present from my girlfriend.
My first LEGO video game was "LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" in 2008 which I played on the Wii and the Nintendo DS. Ever since then I have followed every game down the line, from "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4" to "LEGO Lord of the Rings," working to find all the gold bricks, unlock every character, and complete each game to 100 percent. But when I finally played "LEGO Dimensions," a whole new realm of LEGO opened up. Suddenly I was able to combine the best parts of multiple fandoms, as if in some live-action fanfiction crossover with the added playability of LEGO video games. The game can be played with one or two players and, though it occasionally has a lag in the fluid movements, has some truly beautiful graphics and realistic art on the screen. The original starter pack has a huge variety of characters to meet and places to visit, some of which one would never think would become part of the LEGO universe, like "The Wizard of Oz," "Portal 2," "Sonic the Hedgehog," and many more. While playing I have experienced two problems: the first being inaudible voices during cutscenes (though this was a common Wii U and Playstation 4 problem easily fixed by going into the system settings,) and the second being the occasional glitch in a level making it impossible to pass without resetting the system. This second problem is rather annoying and reportedly caused by the most recent update that will not be fixed due to the termination of future developments on the game. Most of the time a simple reset will fix the problem, and with multiple checkpoints per area one does not lose much progress in gameplay.
Though initially popular, "LEGO Dimensions" has sadly reached the end of its time. All starter and expansion packs are no longer being made, but the ones already produced are still being sold and at great discounts (the starter pack can typically be found for 70 percent of its original price). The game still goes on though as a great way to tell stories through the fun imagination of LEGO.