The LEGO games series has been around for a while now, has covered many different franchises, and is greatly loved by gamers and families everywhere. The newest member to the LEGO family, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, is a sequel to the hugely popular LEGO Batman.
This time around Lex Luthor has teamed up with The Joker, and a whole crew of other popular Batman bad guys and gals, in an attempt to rig an election and take over Gotham. Batman and Robin team up with other DC heroes, such as Superman and The Flash, to thwart the evil doers, whilst also making us laugh and smile in the process.
One of the first things you notice about LEGO Batman 2 is that for the first time in a LEGO game, the characters have been given voices. This is a great addition and really adds much more depth to the game, as well as making the characters more engaging and loveable.
The relationships between the characters shown both in the gameplay and the entertaining cutscenes, that are more than familiar to any LEGO game lover, is where the real magic happens. The banter between Batman and Robin over Superman is particularly very funny. Poor Robin; he loves Superman but Batman just isn’t as enthusiastic about his help at times.
The combat and movements are all still very simplistic, though just how complicated you could get with a LEGO man is possibly a reason for this. The camera has to be the most annoying thing about the game, with it often hindering you as you play.
It would be nice to have a freer camera that could pan 360 degrees, allowing you to see the whole of the beautifully crafted world. It is especially surprising that this wasn’t included in the title, as the game features a much more open-world than its predecessors.
Like all LEGO games, Batman 2 comes with local co-op play which is getting rarer these days, however co-op isn’t accessible online the Robin to your Batman will have to actually be sat next to you. Playing with a pal does add to the game, and certainly makes it more fun; just try not to shout at each other too much.
One of the downsides to the co-op however has to be the incredibly odd splitscreen setup. Instead of the usual ‘half and half’ style split, the screen adapts, following each of the players, which can get disorientating and confusing when you decide to split up and explore. That said though, playing co-op did seem to make the game flow faster, and it was great to have someone else there to help work out the puzzles with.
If you do find yourself having to Batarang solo then the AI will take over the other player, giving you the option to swap back and forth between the two at the click of a button. The AI is a bit thick however and can often get in the way or annoy you in a mess of creative ways. This isn’t really a problem with this game though, more one with AI in general and the derpage can be amusing. You can also follow my lead and just keep beating it up whenever it gets in the way.
Overall, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is pretty much that, another LEGO Batman game. It’s enjoyable, funny, and the addition of characters being able to bust out wisecracks is brilliant, but there isn’t really anything new. If you’re looking to continue your LEGO Batman experience with a few small additions, then LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes is a must buy.
+ Great character and environment design
+ Great to play with family or friends
– Can get repetitive
+ Funny and enjoyable
– Citizens In Peril sometimes hard to locate
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is out now for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PSVita, PC and DS.