Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review
Lego Batman 2 could be our favourite Lego game in the entire run. Admittedly, it’s clear why some gamers may have been been confused by the franchise as a whole, in that they all just felt too similar.
Some gamers feel an injection of innovation and originality was needed in order to get some momentum back in the tank. Surprisingly, it’s one of the most common videogame ideas right now that has sparked this fuse.
Traveller’s Tales’ decision to introduce an open world based on Gotham City into a universe where Batman, Robin, Flash, Superman, among others, exist wouldn’t have worked if the developer had screwed it up even a little, but thankfully it hasn’t at all.
Along with getting to explore the environment as your favourite hero, there’s an incredible amount of content to be found, secrets to be unlocked and easter eggs to justify all the years you spent reading the comics.
Truly the stuff of a DC fan’s dreams.
With all credit to the studio, this isn’t even the entire focus of the game. The more familiar, linear, narrative driven sections also return, complete with a few touches to try and liven them up as well.
Be it the addition of voices, a few new suits for the occasion or Traveller’s Tales excellent use of the DC licence – seeing Lex Luthor and The Joker team up is as ridiculous as it is entertaining for one.
Lego Batman 2 feels like the first genuine sequel, in terms of the core concept, since the Lego Star Wars titles all those years ago. Even the puzzles are far smarter, and ingenious without ever losing that fine balance where both younger and older gamers will enjoy what’s on offer.
Ultimately, it’s Traveller’s Tales clear love for the brand where DC Super Heroes comes alive. Watching Flash sprint faster than a car, Superman glide through the skies, or hearing the Danny Elfman theme blare as Batman keeps watch means this a fine homage as much as it is a very decent entry within the series.
It may not be a complete departure that seems destined to come at some point in the future, but that’s not to say it isn’t the best in a very long time.