I seem to have lost count how many Lego game are on the market today. Traveller's Tales have made a lot, and they don't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Covering most of the biggest franchises, like Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc. It's suspiring how successful the series has gone, especially with the formula remained unchanged. Eventually though, you're going to run out of franchises to turn into bricks. That's when games like Lego Batman 2 arrive. Instead of focusing on a plot from the film, Lego Batman 2 has an original script. This is a first for the series, and it's also the most ambitious Lego game to date.
Whilst Batman and Robin are the main stars, many other DC Heroes pop up throughout the game. There's Heroes like Super Women, Flash, The Green Lantern, and even Superman, who turns up whenever Batman and Robin are in danger. It's a random plot, but it's also very engaging. This is thanks to it's added voice acitng. There's no mumbling, which past Lego games had. Each of the characters sound great. There very witty, with a few gags here and their. It adds a new depth to the series, and is a welcoming addition.
Lego Batman 2 is at a much larger scale than past Lego game. It still uses the Batcave as the main hub, but you can now explore the whole of Gotham City at your leisure. It' not quite Arkham City in Lego form, but there's still tons to do. There's citizens to save, villains to defeat, red bricks to find, and more. You can spend endless hours just in the city, and it's nice when you wish to take a break from the 11-12 hour story.
Getting around the city is also very enjoyable. If you don't wish to travel on foot, you can cruise around with a variety of vehicles. There's the famous Batmobile, Robin's Motorbike, and many more. Or instead, you could take to the skies as Superman, along with the theme tune rolling in the background.
If your familiar with any past Lego game, Lego Batman 2 should be easy to pick up. It's the same as before. You jump, climb, switch between characters on the fly, and smash your way through each level. The formula is the same, and why shouldn't it be ?, it works so well. That's not to say there isn't any new additions to combat. Batman and Robin have a few new abilities. For instance, Batman has an electricity suit, allowing him to get past electrifying obstacles or shock foes. A Sensor suit, giving him x-ray vision and invisibility, and many more.
The abilities that I found stand out the most are from Superman. You can freeze water with your freeze breath, or burn through Lego pieces using your heat vision. This offers some very interesting puzzles along the way. For example, Superman can sometimes freeze waterfalls, allowing the rest of the Heroes to climb it. Whilst other puzzles can involve using the X-ray vision to see through walls.
The puzzles are fairly straight forward, and they don't seem as challenging as past Lego titles. Having said that, they never seem dull, and make great use of the different abilities that each Hero has to offer.
Lego Batman 2 feels the same, but it's much more than past Lego titles. It improves the core mechanic, along with new abilities, and a large open world. This is the biggest Lego game to date, and will be for some time to come.
Review by Gareth Smith