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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.


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.