What do the citizens of ancient Egypt and the goons of Hydra have in common? If you ask LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, it’s that neither of them can stop themselves from jammin’ to the staccato beats of “Mr. Blue Sky” when Star-Lord slips on his Walkman in the heat of combat. Maybe they’re onto something. I’d routinely stop and hold down the circle button on my DualShock just to jam with him myself, so infectious is the personality that shines through almost every pixel in this fun new adventure. Some of the old problems with the series remain, but the other wonders here never let them overpower the rest of the action.
Again, that personality is the chief draw, along with some of the same flair for catchy variety we find in Star-Lord’s awesome mix tapes. Pull back the curtain and, by and large, you’ll find that this is the same LEGO formula that we’ve known for years, which means you’ll spend a lot of time duking it out with lightweight combat and solving environmental puzzles by swapping between the huge collection of characters to access the correct special ability. That’s all here, for better or for worse, right down for the sometimes-reluctant AI for the heroes you or a co-op partner not controlling directly, who stand around looking bored while you’re trying to, for instance, save the world with a big, lightning-charged hammer. This game’s definitely best played as a duo.