It’s the sort of thing you’d imagine the caped crusader to get a bit narked off about, but in this game he really is going to need all the help he can get. You see, Bruce Wayne has had his Man-of-the-Year award stolen by his arch nemesis, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Things take a twist when Lex Luthor later teams up with Joker to force the populace of Gotham City to vote for him as President. Surely these events aren’t linked?
Whether they are or not is besides the point really - what matters is that it all stays pretty true to the light-hearted, comical approach that UK studio Traveller’s Tales always uses with its LEGO games. And in the gameplay sequence I saw, which featured Batman and Superman teaming up to infiltrate Luthor’s office, I can say that it has done just that.
This kicks off a boss battle with the Evil Receptionist, which is completed in waves. Every character has their own special abilities to take out the waves of bad guys that you encounter - Batman fights with his own brand of fisticuffs, but can augment his powers using one of several suits that can give him the edge. The Power Suit, in particular, has rockets that blow enemy bricks into tiny little pieces.
Superman, on the other hand, is invincible. Which you’d think is rather game-breaking. That, and his ability to fly. And his laser vision. And his freeze breath. But TT have worked around this by including co-op elements that require the assistance of another character to overcome. In the boss battle, Superman could destroy golden bricks with his laser vision, but Batman was needed to blow up the silver bricks necessary to get an advantage over the boss.
The most impressive part of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is in the open-world brick-based Gotham City. It’s the first time the studio has dared to include a hub area of this size, and even though we’ve been treated to Rocksteady’s Arkham City already, it’s still pretty breathtaking to see the scale of the LEGO version of Gotham (which actually does include Arkham Asylum if you explore for long enough).
Again, different characters’ abilities can be put to work here in order to tackle side-quests and collect hidden treasures throughout the world. Green LEGO bricks can be discovered and used to build special tools and vehicles - but only if you’re playing as the Green Lantern. Some areas require you to be as quick as The Flash to pass, and Robin’s Acrobat Suit allows him to climb specially-coloured poles and ninja his way around buildings to unlock treasures sitting on the rooftops.
There are a huge number of characters that can be selected in the game - obviously, most of them have been kept secret from us, but I was told that you will be able to beat bosses and add them to your squad. So you can fight Killer Moth in a brutal boss fight and then play as them afterwards.
Although Gotham City is usually a dark and foreboding place, the LEGO version has taken a few creative liberties in order to lighten the mood for family players. Namely, a set of giant LEGO statues holding up key buildings within the city.
LEGO Batman 2 looks like it’s doing all the right things to improve and update an otherwise engaging and charming series. It’s hitting Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, 3DS, Vita, Wii and DS on June 22nd.
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this looks awesome can not wait!!!!!
I think that the two face set is horrible I have the old one and that's just sad I will deifnitely not get that and these are not preliminary images. I will want the batcave because I dont have a blue batman poison ivy or bane but it sucks that ivy is only in batcave. The bat cave is based on the cartoon cause in one of the toon episodes ivy is trapped and bane attempts to get her out and it's practically the same setup. Second where is arkham and the penguin? I will get the batcave the catwoman and joker plane Things but there old line was somuch better hope I helped or changed opinions !
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