7 Things You Should Know Before Playing LEGO Dimensions

Want to know whether your gear is cross-platform or just how much you'll be shelling out to play? Here's what you need to know!

Want to know whether your gear is cross-platform or just how much you'll be shelling out to play? Here's what you need to know!

This isn’t the first time LEGO has made its way into video games, but it is definitely one of the first times this many worlds have been mishmashed willy-nilly into a single game. 

The Story

As the story goes, at the center of the LEGO Multiverse lies an ancient planet where Lord Vortech, an evil mastermind bent on ruling the whole of the Multiverse. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this central planet is built on, controls all of the Multiverse – and Lord Vortech is not above pulling characters from a number of LEGO worlds to help him find them. 

Worlds mix, unexpected characters meet, and boundaries are broken as Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle bravely dive into the vortex to save their friends, travel through space and time, and save the world before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO humanity.

Here are the answers to some of the biggest questions players and would-be players are asking now that LEGO Dimensions is out in North America, and due to come out within a day in Europe. 

What do I need to buy?

If you’ve seriously looked into buying LEGO Dimensions, the first thing you’re going to be hit with is the sticker shock. The base game and the starter pack is $100 ($109 CAD), no matter which console you spring for. 

While there are a number of extra packs available (and more to be released soon), this $100 pack will get you playing through hours of gameplay (three levels) without any outside help.

All of the open world levels (adventure worlds) are included, however you need at least one character from that world in order to enter. If you don’t have them, you can still play through that world’s story level.

What does the game come with?

  • The base game
  • The toy pad 
  • Batman minifigure from DC Comics
  • Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings
  • Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie
  • A mini Batmobile that can be rebuilt into three different models
  • LEGOs! Using these you can build the big LEGO Dimensions portal

Can I get it any cheaper?

One of the big questions is whether or not it’s possible to get the game without any of the minifigures, especially if you’re not interested in more clutter around your room.

The short answer is that that would probably be a bad idea.

The long answer is yes, technically you can. What you need from the minifigs are the disks inside them, not necessarily the actual LEGOs. The disks with the RFID chip inside are what actually allow you to use them to play the game, not the LEGO figures. There are already some collectors who are buying up the fun packs and selling the disks because all they want are the figures. Needless to say, that’d be a pain. 

If you’re unwilling to go this route, it might be your best bet to wait until the game drops in price or find it used. 

If I can get the pads used, do I need the specific one for my platform?

It would be an odd series of circumstances that would lead you to need just a new gamepad, but bad things happen to everyone. If you are playing using the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One, these pads only work with their respective consoles because of Microsoft’s peripheral certifications.

However the Wii U, PS3, and PS4 pads are interchangeable and you can use one with any of the three consoles.

What worlds are in Dimensions?

  • DC Comics
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Back to the Future
  • Doctor Who
  • Ghostbusters
  • Jurassic World
  • Legends of Chima
  • Midway Arcade
  • Ninjago
  • Portal 2
  • Scooby-Doo
  • The Simpsons
  • The Wizard of Oz

What are the other packs available?

There are three different types of packs:

  • Level packs
  • Team packs
  • Fun packs

Level packs include a whole new mission-based game level, a minifigure, a vehicle, and a gadget to build and use in-game and will set you back $30. 

For the minifig collectors, the team packs for $25 each will net you a pair of minifgures, and a vehicle or gadget for each.  

Fun packs boast the most variety and these contain one minifig and one vehicle/gadget for $15. 

(To get the full infographic with release dates on upcoming waves, go here)

The Game Pad is wired. 

EDIT: I felt this point was important enough to add in before you actually make the jump. The game pad is not wireless and you are going to want to keep it relatively close to you in order to swap around the minifigs on the pad. For those of you with toddlers or small children, you may want to hold off on buying this game if you want to keep choking hazards and cords out of their tiny, grabby hands.

Have any other questions about getting geared up and getting started?

Just leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

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Stephanie Tang

Avid PC gamer, long-time console lover. I enjoy shooting things in the face and am dangerously addicted to pretty. I'm also a cat.