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Lego City Undercover

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I am playing this on a Switch and am enjoying the game pretty heavily.  It's a GTA clone that you can play with kids and not worry about nasty content.  There is some adult humor in some references, but they are the type of things that would fly over kids heads.

The story is enjoyable as it likes to rift quite a bit of pop culture movies and characters.  Some of the references I am a little baffled how they got away with them, presuming not having to had paid royalties.  Copyright is weird but I'm glad this game seems to have avoided the nasty bits of handling them.

I got this game locally for $20 as I had been watching it to drop on Switch for some time.  Pause to note it's on major consoles and PC as well, if you don't have or want to play it on Switch.  I cruised the Steam forum to see some people mention desktop crashing, but I have not played the PC release.  As for the Switch release, I saw plenty of comments about the frame rate issues.  I can confirm the frame rate can dip quite low when playing in tablet mode, but the claims of it being unplayable are overkill, in my opinion.  I did not have the game lock up or fail to accept my inputs, nor did I have it drop so low in frames that the action on screen was not current.  I just started playing this over the last few weeks, so perhaps the performance was improved by patches.

You have the option to play local multiplayer too.  Up to 2 people (1 more including yourself), so it makes for a good co-op game.  I tend to hear younger kids enjoying playing it with their parents, when in stores.  Each person will need a JoyCon pair or a Pro Controller.  I only briefly dabbled in co-op so far, since I have been playing single player to unlock content for holiday Co-op sessions.

If you enjoyed GTA games, but with less of a money mechanic and some lighter themes, pick this game up.  There are tons of unlockables as you progress in the story and the characters are enjoyable.  It's a cute game that I think is enjoyable enough to keep your attention as an adult too.  I say this as someone who played prior lego games but never was motivated to finish them.

2017-12-17 edit: I just wanted to note I finished the story missions and this remains to be a fun game.  I will give some Co-Op local play some sessions here over the holiday season.  It's a nice rift of old cop dramas that kids can enjoy vice humor without the adult content.
FYI I have about 28 hours of play time on my save file.  This game does have 3 save file slots, if you worry about that kind of feature.

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