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x360a Hands On: LEGO Batman
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Tuesdays are usually boring days of the week for me. It's that one day where you're still recovering from the weekend but too far away from the next one to care. This week however was one of those exceptions. Thanks to our friends over at Warner Bros, I had the chance to trek in to London to sample the delights of the upcoming LEGO Batman title and get a look at the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, 4 days before its UK release. Before I reflect on my hands on with the latest LEGO title, can I just say that The Dark Knight is a film of epic proportions and should be experienced by everyone when they get a chance. If Heath Ledger doesn't win an Oscar for his exhilarating performance as the Joker I'll eat my virtual hat! Anyway, I digress...

The Batman franchise is the latest to get the LEGO block treatment from UK based developer, Traveller's Tales. Unlike any other title in the series, LEGO Batman allows gamers to step in to a story not told on the big screen and get involved in a plot unknown to them.
 
 
 
 
LEGO Batman throws you in to the shoes of Batman, Robin and friends as you attempt to put the recently escaped villains back in their rightful place. A welcome addition in the newest LEGO title is the ability to play the game from the other side of the tracks and to inflict misery upon Gotham's helpless citizens as some of the most iconic villains that have ever graced the big screen.
 
Said to include some familiar locations and some epic vehicles (yes, the Bat Wing is a usable vehicle we're informed), Gotham city, despite the dark nature of the Batman series, is bright and colourful and not as drab as one might expect. While there are vivid and engaging environments, the game doesn't seem to sacrifice the series' dark nature. It's good to see that Traveller's Tales can balance the needs of diehard fans without alienating the family orientated audience that the LEGO titles tend to attract.
 
While not exactly a veteran in the LEGO series, I can still appreciate the ease of the controls and how easy it was to just pick up and play. The combat is simple as hell,  constant tapping of the attack button will despatch wave after wave of adversary without you even having to break a sweat. Different characters have different weapons, whether you’re Mr Freeze with his freeze gun, Batman with his Batarangs, or the Joker with his tommy guns, the concept is all very much the same, fisticuffs up close and the ranged weapons from, well... range.
 
 
 
 
In our hands on, we managed to sample one of the vehicles... an ice cream truck in fact which wasn’t too over whelming, but I don’t suppose the developers intended that vehicle to win us over. What we did notice was the ease of handling which again adds to the ease of the “pick-up-and-play-ability” (considers entering that in to the gaming dictionary).
 
Where would the LEGO series be without its quirky puzzles? Well, it wouldn't be a LEGO game, simple as. LEGO Batman is no different in this respect and continues the trend of the series in fine style. In the preview level we experienced, it demonstrated the need for the two players to work together. How it holds up playing alone, we are unsure as of yet because we only got the chance to play co-op,  but surely Traveller’s Tales would have this all sussed by now, seeing as they are essentially LEGO and co-op veterans. The puzzles however simply require one person to do something to allow the other to progress and then the other person repays the favour. Not rocket science really, but the title is meant to appeal to gamers of all age and skill level.
 
Although disappointed at the lack of online co-op, the offline co-op is a more than enjoyable experience. It's more of the same as far as LEGO Batman is concerned as Traveller's Tales adopt the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude. Simple puzzles and amusing takes on a franchise that has seen more than its share of the limelight, make up the basis of the game.
 
 

 
LEGO Batman looks to be continuing the trend of simple, enjoyable, accessible family orientated titles, but whether it will offer something new to the series remains to be seen. The addition of playing the story from another perspective is welcomed with open arms and the vast array of characters to play with will certainly elongate the experience somewhat. But we can't help but feel the series needs something new. Will LEGO Batman be an enjoyable romp? It certainly seems that way. Will it be any different from any other titles in the series? In terms of gameplay, don't count on it. Either way, you'll get to fly the Batwing and that is enough to keep anyone happy!
 
Although there has been no official release date for LEGO Batman confirmed to date, we believe that the title will hit shelves on October 10th... Why so specific? Cause we saw it on a piece of paper that’s why.



 
 

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Comment #1 by Mr. Writer
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:13:26 PM
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Mah shits up der yo


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Comment #2 by Bondfan626
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:17:02 PM
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This game looks promising.


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Comment #3 by Missis Beki
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:21:56 PM
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Im unsure if im guna pick this up, i loved lego star wars and indy but not a fan of bat man but it does look pretty cool so who knows


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Comment #4 by macreco
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:38:18 PM
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cant wait for it


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Comment #5 by PalmettoPanda
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:40:05 PM
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Easily 20 hours of enjoyment. Gamefly all the way.


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Comment #6 by steelefan15
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:43:27 PM
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cant wait


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Comment #7 by tpb
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:45:12 PM
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hmmm... might work... Lego Indy didnt work nearly as well as Lego Star Wars... will have to see how batman will do...


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Comment #8 by Tussell
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:03:41 PM
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One LEGO game that looks promising.


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Comment #9 by Crimson Ridley
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:05:38 PM
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Can I ask, is it possible for a dead guy to win an Oscar? Lego Batman looks cool, but I don't think I will find it as fun as Star Wars, and I've yet to play Indiana Jones. But I love these Lego games. Easy gamerscore.


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Comment #10 by L1VEEV1L
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:11:27 PM
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Lego indy wasnt that bad but im really looking foward to the lego batman game. honestly though lega Star Wars was genious, dont see another lego game topping that one....unless its lego Marvel Zombies or something


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Comment #11 by spookazig
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:25:25 PM
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i want lego harry potter


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Comment #12 by th1rt3enth
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:25:37 PM
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yes it is possible for a dead person to win an oscar

its called a posthumous oscar


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Comment #13 by Crimson Ridley
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:28:47 PM
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@12: Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks.
@11: Yeah, a Lego Harry Potter would be sweet, they already have the toys, so why not a game?


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Comment #14 by dudecrazy108
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:30:35 PM
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i can not wait for this game.


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Comment #15 by H33T SK33T
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:59:29 PM
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hell yeah! i love DC!


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Comment #16 by mjc0961
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 12:18:29 AM
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Looks awesome. I just hope there aren't as many grinding achievements as there were in Lego Indiana Jones.


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Comment #17 by rpgenius420
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 01:10:03 AM
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All of the LEGO games are fun! The complete saga was in my opinion the best and had a ton of shit to do. Getting 2 games for less than the price of one is always good! I wonder if you will get True Dark Knight for collecting enough studs in a level. I thought there were too few levels in Indy, but I guess after playing TCS which has 6 chapters for each of the 6 movies it's gonna feel short.

F*** Harry Potter lets see some LEGO Lord of the Rings!

~Peace


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Comment #18 by rpgenius420
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 01:43:01 AM
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Or LEGO Nightmare on Elm Street!

~Peace


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Comment #19 by Minion G Redux
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 01:44:39 AM
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I


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Comment #20 by Hexrapper
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 03:36:52 AM
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LEGO games are simple fun to plow through (I played the Star Wars ones on PS2) but enjoying the license it's based on adds so much more to it. It's for that reason that I plan to make this my first LEGO purchase at full retail price upon release =D


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Comment #21 by bockey69
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 04:04:45 AM
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1st comment. i love lego games


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Comment #22 by bockey69
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 04:05:46 AM
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lego gears of war that will be sweet


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Comment #23 by DocRevolt
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 06:12:16 AM
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@21 + 22
Double epic fail! XD

Anyway, this is a definite buy for me, considering I loved LSW 2 and Lego Indy.


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Comment #24 by Jmashed
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 07:14:06 AM
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I'll get around to playing Lego SW(1000), Jones, and Batman eventually. If they make a Lego Harry Potter I won't even bother going near it(God forbid), but I wouldn't mind a Lego LOTR or Lego Speed Racer(yes, they have Lego for that series too, I actually enjoyed the new movie unlike most people). Hell, even a Lego James Bond sounds good, but I'm sure this isn't the last one considering the success of the Lego video game series so far.


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Comment #25 by JC
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 07:59:02 AM
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Lego Indy was great fun, and I bet this game will be too.


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Comment #26 by checkahh
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 09:43:07 AM
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Yeah looks great, cant wait to get it


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Comment #27 by Ruthless
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 11:19:19 AM
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Lego Indy was an excellent game, however Stars Wars one were not so good.

Im going to see The Dark Knight tomorrow and Batman is one of the greatest Fanchises (so to speak) of all time, im guessing this game will place in my top 5 all time favourite games, i can not wait for this.


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Comment #28 by CloseChief
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 11:33:09 AM
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they said that this one will have a more vertical progression, instead of lego star wars all walking horizontally.


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Comment #29 by The Nick316
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 12:37:05 PM
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Lego - Sin City ....... Maybe


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Comment #30 by krab3k
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 01:04:16 PM
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Lego Matrix? Lego 24? Lego Sopranos would be funny too haha


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Comment #31 by ZeroCoolest
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 04:55:01 PM
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Ok... People are saying how Bungie is over using the Halo title, but what theyve made 3 games and we had to wait about 3 years between each game. Now I have not played any of the LEGO games and im not saying that there bad games either but if people want to complain about over using a title or name they should start looking at LEGO. I mean 4 LEGO titles in less than 2 years? I think LEGO is starting to get over used.


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Comment #32 by jginsy827
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 05:38:37 PM
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gamestop has the game street date for september 23 dunno if its true but hopeful


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Comment #33 by Eventine
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 05:51:59 PM
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Lego isn't really its own title, it is more of a genre at this point. A Genre that I will probably play every single game in it though.


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Comment #34 by TWD_Zombie
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 06:42:46 PM
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Its gonna be greeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaat!


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Comment #35 by Rabadoo
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 07:05:16 PM
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@18 - that would be awesome

i want lego evil dead or lego schwarzenegger (running man, terminator, predator, total recall .......um, twins)
u know it makes sense


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Comment #36 by True Marvellous
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 08:13:48 PM
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Should be great but it has to be 6 chapters like SW as Indy's 3 was way to short.


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Comment #37 by legogamesrock
Thursday, August 21, 2008 @ 04:06:42 AM
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i liked lego starwars but not indiana jones i think this one looks better then both of them though


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US September 23, 2008
Europe October 10, 2008

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