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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, eep!

I have been a fan of the Lego game series back since the Star Wars days on Playstation 2. I feel Lego Batman really helped bring something new to the table, despite not really liking Batman as a superhero.

So, naturally, I’m really looking forward to this game. You’d think I’d be past these sort of childish games now, but not a chance. In fact, the cuter the feel, the better and seeing all these existing characters as little lego people with their detachable hair and whatnot come to life is just plain awesome.

Lego Superman looks so good that I want him as a real, plastic minifigure. I look forward to seeing what benefits he brings to Batman and Robin, who also have cool new looks, and also casting my eyes over all the other characters. I’m also looking forward to the visuals. Lego Pirates saw a real step up and then Harry Potter Years 5-7 was just fantastic in every aspect. When I think back to the old Star Wars, it is no doubt a cool game and I mean, technicalities aside, it is Star Wars, but the franchise has developed a lot and I’m so glad they haven’t stopped making these games earlier.

The more I read about it, the more excited I get. I’m yet to find a Lego game that I haven’t enjoyed playing. In fact, I’m yet to find Lego of any description not being fun. Even the little Harry Potter figure I got with my game at Christmas had me entertained for a good 10 minutes.

But what is it that makes these games fun, whether you’re a regular gamer or not?

First off, the multiplayer action is always a bonus, until your partner can’t reach a part of the level of course and you have to wait for them. I also like the idea of collectables, such as the number of studs in a level or obtaining all the minikits. Not enough games have things to collect in each level these days in my opinion. Another bonus – they are made of lego, of course. Strategy and patience can be important at times forcing more gameplay on you by not letting you complete a level on the first run without going back to it later.

The most unusual new element is that the characters in Lego Batman 2 actually have voices. Never before has a Lego character spoken in such a way so this is something really interesting to check out. With new costumes, new friends, new powers and brand new stories, things can only get better from here and we get to give it a whirl this year, which is all the more reason to celebrate.

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