Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:00
Without a doubt this may be one of the best Lego video games as Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes outshines the original by far. This is a game that anyone can pick up and play. There is hours and hours of gameplay crammed into Lego Batman 2. So with such a great game, what are the highlights, and are there any flaws?
Lego Batman 2 has a lot going for it. I’ve been a fan of the Lego Star Wars games. I couldn’t really get into some of the others like Lego Harry Potter and Lego Indiana Jones for whatever reason. The weakest point of Lego Batman 2 might be the tie in. Most Lego games are based off of movies. Gamers go and see places that are familiar. While a lot of gamers are familiar with Batman and the DC universe, it doesn't have that instant mass recognition that some of the other games have.
Still, this is a game everyone can enjoy, no matter how much they know about Batman or Lego video games. The Lego characters in the cutscenes now have spoken dialogue. There is funny banter between Robin, Batman, and Superman. I thought most of the dialogue the Joker has was pretty good, as corny as it was. The Lego environments and the characters, both villains and super heroes, look good. The plot is simple: Lex Luthor has shown up in Gotham City, he’s freed a bunch of the famed Batman villians and is terrorizing the city. Players will enlist the help of some of the other popular DC heroes such as Flash, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, etc. to take him down.
The game has story missions in which you unlock a lot of new content and you can replay them with different characters. For example, only certain characters can blow up certain color bricks, other characters have x-ray vision and super strength. Some areas can only be accessed by villains or characters who can fly. In order to collect everything in a level gamers will have to go back and replay using different characters. Both Batman and Robin have different suits which let them play differently, some examples include being more acrobatic, being invisible, shooting rockets from a backpack, and freezing water and enemies. Most of these skills come in handy when trying to solve puzzles.
The game has drop in, drop out local co-op. There is a whole open world concept. This means running around Gotham finding more Golden bricks and unlocking characters. This is not a small feat in itself and for gamers who like to collect things in-game this will be a challenge. The game is fun and it has its irritations. In order to get all the minikits and bricks gamers will have to play through levels at least twice. There is no online co-op, come on, by this generation of games it should have at least 2 player online co-op. There are no shadows under the Lego characters. For the platforming elements this would have been extremely useful and I could have avoided miscalculating jumps.
This is a great game. If adult gamers have young gamers in the house this is one of the best games they could play with them. There is a lot of bang for gaming buck here. Amazon has the console version for $40 and it still includes the bonus offer for the Heroes Pack DLC. Personally $30-$40 is the perfect price for a game which may take close to 40 hours to complete. And if you enjoyed this game why not check out Lego Star Wars the LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars or Complete Saga? I have heard good things about the first Lego Batman and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean as well.