LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes Review

For the last time, folks, LEGO games are not just for kids. True, this is not an Argument I would present to my friends at the pub if I learned the new (supposedly improved) England team to keep up with the guys-where did David Seaman go? – but this is an Argument that I would be proud to make otherwise.

Despite my affinity for a good plastic brick plate, it’s been six years and now eleven games since the Danish toy began turning popular Franchises into Stud collecting exercises. After LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, The next stage of evolution for LEGO Games is after, and we need a big refresh to fuel the fire of the Franchise without just sticking Harry Potter’s pretty nail face on Obi Wan Kenobi.

LEGO Batman 2 refreshes the series, although it’s not as big a spark as I would have liked. It retains much of what makes LEGO games so instantly recognizable, but adds and refines enough impressive stuff to make another visit to Gotham City totally rewarding. The open world forces the hearts of geeks explorers, while the new character dialogue offers a better story than the loosely separated garbage of LEGO Batman 1. Personalities shine brighter than ever, but Voiceover’s work is necessary to communicate an original plot. There are also some nice details in some areas, like Batman’s not-too-subtle jealousy of Superman and the improbable (and comic) pairing of Lex Luthor and the Joker.

Outside the relative safety of Batcave lies an entire city and its surroundings where the legendary DC heroes and villains find their home. While you unlock different characters as you navigate the 15 main levels of the story, most of your discoveries come from exploring the huge metropolis on foot, in vehicles, and in the air. If you defeat villains throughout the city, you can swap bolts to add them to your list, and the game contains more than 70 recognizable characters with their own unique abilities.

In the campaign, however, the Standard level structure of almost all LEGO games since 2006 remains very similar-unfortunately, it is almost too similar. You’ll action the bad guys, solve puzzles and head to the next fun cutscene while booming your surroundings and collecting rivets to spend on treats.

Despite the familiarity, it’s not bad or boring at all, but it’s disappointing to see that the formula remains mostly unchanged in the main story, while there has been so much Expansion elsewhere. Online cooperation also remains totally absent, and while the Harry Potter split-screen game returns from 5-7 Years, I’m still upset that I can’t play with my friends on Xbox LIVE. Who plays split screen anymore? No one comes to my house these days.

Despite these inconsistencies, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a great LEGO game – my favorite to date. The risky addition of dialogue pays off and leaves Traveler’s Tales going wild in a way that was previously impossible with the series. Exploration and discovery has never been better in a LEGO game, and the many famous faces will make any comic book mad cry in their first edition of Batman Returns. If there was a serial entry that proves that LEGO games are not just for kids, this is it.

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