Lego City Undercover is an extremely lite GTA style open-world game for computers and consoles that proves it is possible to make a popular family friendly open world game that is still fun but without profanity, prostitution and excessive gore. In addition to this, the main playable character in Lego City Undercover is a police officer. Yep. That’s right, you play as a cop (Chase McCain) and actually have lots of fun and adventure in the process.
There are many fans of GTA that will always defend what it is. They will say it would never be possible for a similar game to exist that could be as fun unless the profanity, gore and prostitution exists. I have long believed however that this claim could be proven wrong if only the game existed. (By the way, I believe it’s actually the profanity and prostitution that is being defended from GTA games rather than the exploration of the beautifully rendered game world.
Enter Lego City Undercover
Lego City Undercover nearly achieves the objective of “fun to explore”. Note I said nearly. The world of Lego City has adventure and extensive exploration including flying helicopters but remember, the vehicles, aircraft and characters are made of computer generated Legos. There is no blood and gore here just broken Lego bricks which is fine for what it is. The sandbox open world style of Lego City Undercover is fun to explore even for adults like me but imagine if this world was not Legos but was a living breathing world complete with realistic looking people and vehicles. (Imagine if there was an actual train horn for the trains…. something Lego City Undercover is inexplicably missing.)
If Lego City Undercover wasn’t made with Legos
I believe the concept and story found within Lego City Undercover is brilliant and should be developed into a realistic looking game world. Even though Lego City Undercover is amazingly fun as it is with Legos, a realistic looking version of it (including a working train horn for the trains) would create a whole new game for me (and others) to play and completely accomplished without prostitution, profanity and excessive gore.
Will we ever see a cleaner GTA looking kind of game? As of this post, one game to keep your eyes on is Police 1013 currently in development.