Christmas Day can be a minefield; the battle for the best gravy boat position at the dining table whilst attempting a happy face over receiving a bottle of Carex takes more physical strength than lifting a 200 pound weight. Every now and then, something comes along that brings the family together. It could be the Dr Who Christmas special or a large box of Celebrations but this Christmas (just like in 2015), LEGO and Warner Bros. will have the entire family gathered around the television, ready to play.

LEGO Dimensions arrived on the PS4 and Xbox One 2015 but like its direct competition Skylanders, update packs are released periodically. It's an intelligent business plan that keeps consumers active and playing the game throughout the year. It's DLC but instead of it remaining purely digital, players get something in the physical world. In this instance, that "something" just happens to tap into the childhood joy of opening a box of LEGO for the first time.

The minifigures that come with the game aren't just for display, as is typical with games in the toy-videogame genre. These minifigs are fully functional and even though they will never become collectors items, they are special enough in their own way to dedicate a shelf to in your lounge or bedroom. The possibilities are endless: display Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time next to Chell from Portal and imagine they are having a conversation. Or how about Sonic sitting down to have tea with Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible. The in-game world of LEGO Dimensions is jam-packed full of creativeness so that even those lacking in creativity will be playing in hybrid worlds of DC and Mordor.

If you're familiar with the Travellers Tales LEGO games (LEGO Star Wars, Jurassic Park etc) then the gameplay will feel like second nature to you. You destroy objects for bricks pieces and collect studs to inch ever closer to that "full completion hysteria" whilst building objects on the fly to progress. It's fairly simple and whether you're a tween or an adult, the control system remains intuitive. Thrown into the mix is the new toy-pad that works as a portal between the human world and the game world. Imagine, if you will, the portal from the LEGO movie and you are one step closer to being a fan mad about these games as I am. It alternates between being a portal and a puzzle solver for the main game. At times it can feel forgotten, like during boss battles when your character is dying and you don't know why (whhhyyyyyy), but soon enough it again becomes imperative and you'll scream with glee when you add a new minifig to the pad. Where else can you have Scooby Doo battling alongside Batman? If you answered in your dreams, you'd be correct, but LEGO Dimensions comes in a very close second.

The name Dimensions was very cleverly picked. Why? Well, it means the developer can mashup Portal with The Simpsons and just be like, "Well, Gary Oldman's evil character is tinkering about with alternate dimensions so that's why this is happening". Can't argue with that. It leads to some stand-out moments that will cause a smile that goes from ear to ear. A perfect complement to Christmas cocktails I may add.

Pricing wise, LEGO Dimensions is pretty steep but it follows the same pricing structure as other toy-videogame products. There's your starter pack for £50 then the extra level packs hover around the £15 mark. Remember this; not everything is necessary. The savvy buyer would get the packs with extra levels (where the magic lies in my opinion) and then save to team packs for later purchases.

LEGO Dimensions is the gift that keeps on giving. As the series enters its second year (wave seven was recently released), the licenses and the games are only going to get better. By this time next year, you will be able to play the full Goonies movie in LEGO so who knows what licenses LEGO have lined up for the latter half of 2017. (Cough, Independence Day, cough.) It's a damn great ride for all ages and at Christmas, isn't that what you want?