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A fresh take on a great franchise...,
This review is from: LEGO Batman 2 - Limited Lex Luthor Toy Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)If you're reading this review chances are you've played a Lego game before, so there's no need to explain how the games work. Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes has the same fun, addictive game play that all the Lego games have. What makes Lego Batman 2 feel new and fresh is the addition of voice acting and a sprawling free roam map for you to play around in.
The game starts with Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor attending the man of the year awards, and having the party crashed by a familiar face. This sets up the rest of the game and as the story progresses you see why all your favourate heroes and villains are intertwined in this epic story. The voice acting makes this all possible, I'm sure Travelers Tales could have written a perfectly good story in the old style of slap stick voiceless comedy, but adding dialogue really helps and only adds to the humour of the game.
There are some fantastic voice talents at work here too. Nolan North (Voice of Drake from Uncharted) and Tara Strong (Voice of MANY cartoon & video game characters) were cast as Penguin and Harley Quinn respectively, and both of them did fantastic jobs voicing the characters in Batman: Arkham City, so it was nice to see them here as well. The cast also includes Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor (Clancy voices Mr Krabbs on Spongebob Squarepants), and although not credited with a specific character John Di Maggio (The voice of Bender from Futurama) is in the game too. Steve Blum voices The Joker and does a fantastic job, making him sound almost identical to Mark Hamill's Joker, which is no bad thing.
The real meat of the game though is the story and open world. The game's story is split up into around 15 missions, but as you know with Lego games you have to play through them at least twice as there will be lots of parts not accessible until you have unlocked the right characters. There is a healthy selection of vehicles including cars, planes, helicopters, boats, and even a pumpkin on wheels. Now though, there is a lot more use for them, Lego Batman 2 features a fully explorable Gotham City, including Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, Wayne Tower, and lots of familiar places (especially to those who know the Batman universe). There are tonnes of secrets to find, mini games to play, civilians to save, and bad guys to beat up. Once you complete the story for the first time this unlocks free play in Gotham City where you can freely switch between any unlocked characters you have. Flying around Gotham City as Superman while the John Williams Superman theme plays is delightful.
There are red bricks to find, 250 gold bricks (that are made up by completing levels, finding minikits, and solving puzzles in Gotham City), a staggering amount of characters and vehicles, plus create-a-character, and all the usual Lego goodness you expect. This is by far Travelers Tales' best Lego game yet and whether your new to the series, or have played every other game, this is a must own game for all ages.
If I had to pick out a negative for Lego Batman 2, it would be that some of the characters don't feature as prominently as I would have liked, and there is still only support for 2 players and no online co-op. You could argue that not having online co-op in this day and age is unacceptable, but to be honest this game is best played with friends and family sat around the same TV. Sure there are games that need online multiplayer/co-op but Lego Batman 2 isn't one of them. There will come a time when Travelers Tales needs to include it though.
Also something worth noting, is that on the back of the box and on the main menu in game, there is reference to 'downloadable content'. I don't know whats planned for DLC, but I'm very interested to see what comes.
All in all, this is a game that needs to be in your collection. It's the best Lego game so far, and if this is a sign of things to come, then the future is very bright indeed...
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2012 07:29:30 BDT
Thank you for sharing! Sorry, I am still confusing...is this one for Kinect? (We got Kinect last year) My boy is totally into lego, so, thinking to get this. But not sure does game ok for Kinect? or it's the same thing...Pls kindly advise! Tks!
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 00:50:14 BDT
A. Mccartney says:
Brilliant review mate, absolutely solid - covered plus points & negatives. Off to buy this tomorrow!
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 09:10:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jul 2012 09:11:11 BDT
To Pearl - Hi, the game does not have any kinect features, but if your kid loves lego you should definitely buy this. Its a fantastic lego game.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 09:14:41 BDT
To A. Mccartney - Thank you, I'm glad you liked my review and found it helpful. You are certain to have an absolute blast on Lego Batman 2. I have just 100% completed it, not because it was easy or quick to do, but because I was engrossed in playing it and just wanted to 'get one more gold brick' or 'unlock one more character'. It's a fantastic game to have in your collection.
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