LEGO Universe

A glimpse into what LEGO Universe could've been

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On the eve of LEGO Universe's closure, we sit down with one of the game's concept artists, Mike Rayhawk, who shows off some of the game's gorgeous concept art. Along the way, we ask him questions about the game's development process, what it was like to build, and why he was so excited about where the game was going before it was shut down.

If nothing else, enjoy the awesome LEGO artwork and click any of them to view higher-res versions.


Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes announced, knock Joker's block off

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According to details Warner Brothers Interactive just sent over, the first Lego Batman sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. No surprise then that the blocky Bat should return for a second swing at the crooks of Gotham City. The sequel will contain more characters, an "expansive Gotham City environment" and vehicles, like the Batmobile and the Batwing.


Why LEGO Universe is shutting down in January, and why it deserves a second chance

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There haven't been enough genuinely unique MMOs released after World of Warcraft saw its huge success and publishers started chasing its profit margin, but LEGO Universe is one of the rare exceptions that offered something truly different. That's why I'm so sad to see the LEGO Group announce that, just barely one year after the launch of LEGO Universe, they'll be shutting down the imaginative, kid-friendly MMORPG on January 31st of next year.


Lego Universe free-to-play out in August

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The LEGO group have announced that they will release a free-to-play version of the block-building MMO in August, giving players free and unlimited access to two "adventure zones." Players will have to pay a monthly subscription fee to get access to the whole game, but for now Lego Universe will remain free of micro-transactions.


Lego Universe review

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I don’t know who Redboy31 is, but I want to be his friend. His player-built property, The League of Engineers, is everything I wanted my treehouse fort to be when I was a kid. It’s got a high wall guarded by big guns, friendly robots, a secret meeting room at the top of a huge elevator, and a prank lever that playfully zaps anyone who touches it!

It wasn’t until I began exploring the player-owned properties – the plots of land where players can build freely – that I understood what Lego Universe really is: an online realm of imagination where kids (and kids at heart) build secret forts and craft huge castles guarded by pirate boats in the sky; where ninja hideouts are protected by giant samurai robots and pirates who find cursed treasure are transformed into skeletons.


PC Gamer US Podcast 239 - The Ocular Debate

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What size is the human eyeball? Why aren't scientific measurements listed in American so we can understand them? What animal should always wear goggles? These questions, along with everything you wanted to know about PAX can be answered in the next 76 minutes of your life if you listen to this podcast. Don't tell me that you're not curious why a man was giving out diamonds to playtesters; what we thought of the great Houdini of PC gaming (Duke Nukem Forever), Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad and Torchlight 2 after playing them on the floor; what the most popular game was; and everything else that we saw, experienced, and even hope to forget about this year's fanfest in Seattle. You want to know; we want to tell you. So stop reading this and crank up the podcast.

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PC Gamer US Podcast 238 - Dynamic Duo

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PAX is just around the corner and most of the PC Gamer crew is mid-flight to the convention center. There they'll be meeting readers, hosting a panel on PC gaming, and of course playing the best games and reporting on the latest news in the industry. Our ground team, Andy Bauman and Josh Augustine, talk about what they expect to see at PAX, the latest news--including Elemental's review and ATI disappearing off the face of the earth forever--and answer some reader questions. Enjoy and be sure to tune in for PAX coverage over the weekend!

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Bricks spilled on LEGO Universe MMO release

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Amateur architects, mad-scientists, and children everywhere--come forth, and help me find a yellow flat-top two-by-two brick. It's just the piece I need for my planet rover. You'll understand when LEGO Universe launches on October 26 this year.