View Full Version : A personal review of: Lego Batman 2 - DC Super Heroes

12-14-2012, 09:36 PM

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a stand-out Lego title that is more than worthy of your attention for multiple reasons. If you’re a fan of the DC Superhero universe, a Batman or Superman fan, a Lego fan or a fan of decent adventure games – Lego Batman 2 will not disappoint in respect to any of these elements. The game stays true to the franchise, and incorporates new elements which compliment it while not abandoning the formula which has come to make the series so well-loved and honoured on the Xbox 360.

Play or avoid?
This game is definitely a purchase for both those who enjoy adventure games, and those who have children who are fans of the Lego brand. This particular game also hits the nerdy comic loving demographic who are not adverse to some childishness. It is easy and yet equally important, enjoyable to get the achievements from this title, and the better Lego games such as this one are known to hold their value over the years, so if you ever do need to sell the game for any reason – you will lose nothing but the Ebay fees in terms of economic value. The game itself is addictive and is an honest and welcome spiritual addition to the Lego series.

Visuals: 8/10
The graphics are very good, both by Xbox 360 standards and Lego’s own standards. Obviously you have to put these things in to context, as if you want to compare it to current gen PC graphics it’d be a 3 or 4 out of 10. However, I digress. The title screen, cutscenes and areas of some missions are really quite dazzling. The rain effects have been done superbly; however, there are numerous areas in the game where low-res dully generic textures have been thrown in sloppily. This is no Halo 4 in terms of graphics, and hence it deservedly receives the accommodating and adequate score of an 8 in this area.

Sound: 9/10
The sound effects are wonderful and do a befitting job of lending the game immense amounts of character. The sound does it’s job very well in Lego Batman 2, creating a sense of magic which is essentially, what we all crave when we’re booting up a new Lego game. Where the game scores most of its points for sound from is the game’s score. The musical score is befitting and does a really good job of creating atmosphere, suspense and danger in Gotham, which essentially is a city under constant terrorist attack from the Joker and his fellow Arkham Asylum companions.

Gameplay: 10/10
Lego Batman 2 is undoubtedly one of the best Lego games to date. The controls are smooth and solid, as well as being incredibly simple to grasp. The game overall feels very polished and the superheroes are very fun to use, especially Superman, with his invincibility, strength, laser eyes, ice breath and ability to fly. The levels too have been designed very cleverly and for the first time we have a very complex in-game hub, which almost serves as a level of it’s own – Gotham city itself. With this game you get to see what Traveller’s Tales are really capable of when they put their mind to it and Lego Batman 2, from a positive perspective, really helps to highlight that. Despite the Lego games all being developed by the same company, not all Lego games are born equal. Allow me to re-iterate, this is one of the best Lego games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. The superb, addictive and well-polished gameplay being the core reason for this opinion.

Originality: 9/10
Lego by merit of its own franchise is not incredibly original. The games are usually based on movies, and it’s essentially amalgamating the children’s toys with a Hollywood blockbuster to create a new and unique experience. The reason Lego Batman 2 scores high in originality is that although the story may not be on the same level of an incredibly in-depth RPG full of back-story and lore (cue Skyrim), it is however the first Lego title to introduce progressive game mechanics which have shown to have had nothing but a welcome and beneficial effect on the franchise. The in-game hub is a massive step forward, allowing far more freedom than any Lego game of previous had enabled. Equally noticeable, character voices – this is the first Lego game where the characters are all blessed to have a larynx, finally instead of telling stories through the animation of simple, over emphasised gesticulation, glances and body language – the Lego characters are talking, not only does this lend to the story telling element but it adds to the comical one also, such as on the numerous occasions where Batman makes a quip to condescend Robin over his latent homosexuality (think Raj, from the Big Bang Theory!)

Overall Score: 36/40 - Exceptional