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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review

July 10, 2012

Once in a while a great game comes along and you’re simply smiling from ear to ear, like you got the exact present you want for Christmas. Well LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is that game, from developer Traveller’s Tales. The basic premise is this Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor are up for the Gotham City’s Man of the Year award, but the Joker interrupts the ceremony just as Bruce Wayne was about to receive his award, while Joker was giving his dastardly speech on how gracefully accepts the award, Bruce Wayne slips into the shadows and then burst through the wall and TADA! Batman and Robin appears on the scene to stop the Joker, now that’s only the first 30 minutes of the game.

What’s awesome about LEGO Batman 2 is the fact that it’s a open world game, Travellers Tales took a concept for a LEGO game and it actually works! I’ve never thought this would be possible with any LEGO game that Traveller’s Tales has released over the years, but with LEGO Batman 2 it fits very perfectly. When the game starts you start with Batman and Robin over the course of the game you unlock heroes and villains, now through the course of the game Superman is unlocked when you do a mission to escape from the Batcave (OOPS! Spoiler!!!) But to unlock other heroes in the game you have to collect a specific amount of gold bricks to collect the Justice League! Yes the Justice League of America, well a few isn’t really JLA members, but it’s totally awesome seeing them pop up in a LEGO game. Characters that appears in this game are The Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Supergirl, The Huntress and Batgirl. Gameplay wise it’s really solid.

Though with  things to love about the awesomeness of LEGO Batman 2, there’s also certain gameplay mechanics to dislike, like the fact the map is too difficult to navigate around Gotham, that mean trying to find gold brick doors to unlock superheroes, that even includes finding the red bricks. Now yes technically this game is for children, but you can’t simply pass up the chance to play Aquaman! (yes Aquaman.) But to make a point there’s still minor things about LEGO Batman 2 that’s still irritating to the point where you can be frustrated (especially if you’re trying to platinum), trying to find, what Traveller’s Tale calls subtle hints to find the gold bricks are not actually subtle, it’s either easy to find or down right confusing as hell to find them, plus the little races you have to do isn’t wall the hunky dory either. Flying characters like: Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and etc. are fun but navigating around the city isn’t as fun as I hoped it would be.

Now don’t get me wrong I whole heartily love LEGO Batman 2, but I also realize this game could very well be a testing ground for Traveller’s Tales next open world sandbox game. I just feel while they were strong in gameplay, character design, level design and the sheer number of DC characters crammed into this Batman outing, heck they should have called it LEGO Justice League for that matter. What pulls me away from enjoying the childlike goodness of this game is minor and can be very looked over. So if your reading this review and wondering; “Is this worth 60 dollars(plus tax)?” Then I say to you; yes it is. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, is the kind of game you play with your kids, niece or nephew, grandkids, wife and or husband its that damn enjoyable. So stop reading this review and go play NOW! (because this nerd is going to platinum it)

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