Our Review Of Lego Batman 2 For The XBox 360
Batman and Robin return in LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, the highly-anticipated sequel to the best-selling LEGO® videogame of all time, which to date has sold more than 11 million units worldwide. This time the Dynamic Duo join forces with other famous DC super heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to stop the notorious villains Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic LEGO videogame action and humour as players fight to put the bad guys back behind bars.
We were sent a copy of Lego Batman 2 for the XBox 360 to try out. I was particularly excited about this as I had had a sneak peek of the game at the Warner Bros Blogger Event earlier in the year where it was demonstrated on a cinema sized screen.
The most exciting development in this title is that for the first time the characters can speak, allowing for plot progression using dialogue. Favourite characters are beautifully portrayed in Lego form and you can get to play as some other iconic comic heroes such as Superman, who can even fly!
A whole host of vehicles such as the Batmobile and Batwing can be used in the game, and new suits and gadgets allow the characters to solve certain tasks along the way. There are super powers to be discovered such as Superman's heat vision and superbreath, making this the most exciting Lego game to date!
Gameplay is solo or co-op which allows for some real family fun as players adopt the roles of the Dynamic Duo et al! An amazing Gotham City hub can be fully explored which is absolutely breathtaking. It includes all the famous landmarks such as Wayne Manor. You can the city and interact with the landscape collecting items and discovering mini-games. Once you complete the game, free-play is unlocked and you can even get to fly over the city as Superman, which I witnessed at the Warner Bros. event. The addition of the John Williams' Superman theme tune is nothing short of pure genius.
Ian and the kids have been playing Lego Batman 2 and are enjoying the challenge of solving puzzles and completing levels. The co-op experience is always an enjoyable aspect of the Lego games which my family loves. The game leads you through the levels quite nicely giving hints along the way making it great for novice gamers and younger players alike. The use of the suits is an interesting way of solving certain problems. Robin's Acrobat Suit helps him climb to inaccessible areas and the Invisibility Suit helps Batman to sneak past the security systems.
This game is pure entertainment. Beautifully made with superb graphics, this game is a joy. The soundtrack is very movie-like and the voice talents add an extra element of fun. My family adored the Lego characters, The Joker being our favourite! The familiar Lego gameplay of building things and bashing things and collecting things remains the same and is fondly carried out. The humour is simply brilliant and includes a great deal of slapstick that the little ones giggled at.
There is so much to do in Lego Batman 2. For instance there are 250 gold bricks to find (we have about 3!!) Characters and items can be unlocked and levels replayed extending the longevity of this title. It really is fun for everyone, and equally fun to sit and watch being played which is a real bonus for those of us who don't get a go on the XBox very often!