LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes Review
The LEGO duo Batman and Robin return in this amazing sequel complete with action, adventure and a storyline full of comedy! Did I forget to mention they can talk? That’s right talking LEGO, which just adds to the enjoyment!
The game is really addictive as once again you get to bash LEGO objects to collect pieces/re-build structures to solve puzzles or take on the waves of evil LEGO henchmen in hand-to-hand combat (not to mention using a few Bat weapons of course).
However the game developers have really stepped up the quality levels and the effort really shines through when playing the main campaign missions or when running around Gotham City in the massive open world they have created.
In terms of the Storyline….The Joker has been broken out of Arkham Asylum and has teamed up with Lex Luther to help collect kryptonite for Lex's weapons (these weapons have the power to remove black LEGO bricks which just so happen to be Batman’s favourite colour!) to help him become president.
Batman and his DC friends must put a stop to his evil plans! In the free play you can explore the city and collect LEGO tokens either on foot or by driving/flying the Batmobile/Batwing! Later on in the game, for either missions or free play, you get to control SUPERMAN and this is really enjoyable as you have all of his powers at your control i.e. flying or using his lasers to break up the LEGO bricks. In the free play mode you can also fly around the city as high as you want and go where ever, and you do this to the sound of John Williams epic Superman theme - which is so awesome that it sends a slight shiver down your spine!
Later on in the story you get to unlock other super heroes like Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg. There are additional heroes and villains to unlock by doing side missions and collecting LEGO pieces. Most characters also have different costumes that you can switch to in-game, for example Batman can change into an Electric suite or Robin can change into a magnet suite and scale walls. All of these costume changes are great fun but their main purpose is to help you solve puzzles (incidentally puzzles do require a lot of co-operation to complete).
However not all of the above characters were as rewarding as Batman or Robin, i.e. with Green Lantern you only get to use his powers (creating objects with your ring) at set times and once they are used that’s it!
Also I was disappointed with the Batcave (used to select missions) as there was not a great deal to do here and it would have been fun to have explored this area more.
The story mode to the game is really good but like its predecessor it’s quit short and only requires a few days of solid play to finish, but have no fear when you do get to the end I found that only 18.5% of the game had been completed!
There is much to go back to in terms of unlocking characters, rescuing prisoners or collecting golden bricks that it will certainly take you a while to get to 100%!
However for me this game transforms when you play multiplayer because it has this new system where both players are not tethered together (like it was in the first game). For example you both share the one screen when playing in close proximity or when required to open switches at the same time, but if player A wants to explore his/her surroundings then the screen cleverly splits dynamically, either vertical or horizontal, to give each player their own separate view – similar to LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean.
I/We found this really useful but at the same time slightly off putting because it takes a while to reorientate yourself and additionally if one of your buddies decides to switch to the Flash character (for example) and then darts from the left side of the screen to the other, you both end up on the right of the screen.
Despite this I found LEGO Batman 2 to be really enjoyable and it’s a game that you will go back to again-and-again just for the fun of it. I believe this is going to be the next step in LEGO games because having those LEGO characters speak gives a whole new dimension (the comical banter between Batman & Superman is a prime example) to it. The previous games were good, but sometimes the mumbles and body language just wasn't enough.
This game took it all to a whole new level and I hope they continue this trend with the next instalment......