First Thoughts – Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes

It’s finally here. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a huge supporter of the Lego games. Even at age 20, I absolutely LOVE playing them. So, what is my first impression of the latest installment…

I think the whole story is quite good and the opening level is actually interesting as you battle a series of Batman villains including The Riddler, Harley Quin, the Joker and more. I still think it’s a little strange adding Lex Luthor and Superman to the mix, but for gameplay sake, it was a good move.

Superman is awesome and way overpowered. He flies, has ice breath, laser vision, virtually indestructible in that he does not suffer from things like electricity and fall damage… He’s just the coolest guy you’ve ever met, and his voice ain’t bad either (note to self: slightly crushing on a Lego version of a fictional superhero probably isn’t healthy, even though I wish he was real).

Speaking of voices, that’s one of the features I was more intrigued about. The way the game works is in safe territory as it includes elements from all the previous Lego games, but this game sees the characters speaking for the first time. I was skeptical, but it actually works really well and the plot makes much more sense because of it. Now you don’t have to guess what various gestures and expressions mean.

Level-wise, this is one big continuous story, although you can revisit actual levels independently, as well as free roaming areas, from the map. When you re-enter levels, like in any other Lego game, you have a wider range of characters and suits to choose from so there’s no need to worry about trying to collect everything first time round. The main map is huge and you can explore all corners of Gotham City, collecting characters to buy to use as you beat them in their various stations throughout the city. The place is a bit of a maze as it all looks the same, but most of the gold bricks (the game’s main collectables for those not in the know) involve climbing up buildings using different suits with different abilities as you go, almost like simple mini puzzles.

I’ve only controlled Superman the once so far in the fifth level of the story, but would love to give the other various characters from other comics a test-run too to see what they add to the game. Having all of the Batman villains on the loose at once with a partnership between The Joker and Lex Luthor on top, I think Batman needs all the help he can get…

All in all, I’m enjoying the game so far. I don’t like it as much as the last game, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, but maybe that’s because I like Harry Potter and have probably only watched something like one Batman film in my life. Techincally, it is brilliant and fun to play through for both kids and adults alike. For those who like a challenge, I would imagine it taking a long time to get 100% completion, mainly due to the vastness of the map and the tendency to lose track of what you have and haven’t done. Although levels are longer, there are checkpoints that save current level progress, which are useful if you don’t have a lot of time to spare but still want to play. I haven’t had much of a chance to play yet and have only done a few hours so far, but I’m sure looking forward to seeing what’s still to come. If you’re a fan of these games, you’ll probably want it anyway, but for those new to this world of bricks in virtual form, it’s a keeper.