Average User Score: 7.1Jul 17, 2012Never before have I enjoyed a LEGO game so much that I'd play it over and over again. While their cute charm and funny non-dialogue cutscenesNever before have I enjoyed a LEGO game so much that I'd play it over and over again. While their cute charm and funny non-dialogue cutscenes may entertain me, I've never actually spent much time on one of these little games. All of that changed after I picked up a copy of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super heroes.
-Before the Game-
Before I picked up a copy of this game, I'd seen a few trailers for it and did a further research of its content. After hearing that this LEGO game had a full voice acting cast, and not just little grunts and screams, I was... utterly disappointed, actually. Part of what made the previous LEGO games enjoyable were that there was no dialogue, but little signs and pictures that went along with the grunting so that you could follow along to the story. However, with this news, my expectations for the game were truly lowered.
Okay, time for the review.
The gameplay of this game is almost identical to that of none other than LEGO Batman: The Video Game. With punching and kicking, along with picking enemies up and throwing them, this game has the new addition of adding finishes to the moves, by pressing a button to finish off the enemy. Also, along with the classic run/walking, the Open-Worlded Gotham City features a full-out sprint which really helps to get to where you need to go. I really love the gameplay of this game. Like its processor, the gameplay is kid-friendly with no blood or gore, but just little bricks falling apart.
This part of the review will contain my thoughts about both the story itself and the voice acting as well. The story is so much easier to follow with the voice acting crew. I had expected the voice acting to be lousy and having the actors not really fit their roles, but it was extremely impressive! You can completely tell that the cast had fun working on this game, and all of the actors and actresses truly fit their roles perfectly. Unlike Arkham City, Harley Quinn sounds cute and not annoying, Joker is actually funny when he pulls out one-liners that made me chuckle, and Lex Luthor's voice actor Clancy Brown reprising his role is one of the best things since Mark Hamill in Arkham City! I'm truly impressed with the storyline. The game keeps itself at a fabulous pace and never seems boring at all.
The graphics in this game look really cool. Unlike the previous game, the metal actually shines, buildings look realistic, the rainwater on the ground actually holds reflections, and the details of the heroes' capes actually look like their made of fabric! I really enjoy the graphics in this game, and think that they've improved over slightly unrealistic graphics of past LEGO games.
Wow. That's literally all I can say about the setting. This is the first LEGO game to feature an Open-World. The Gotham City includes missions to complete, bricks to collect, villains to fight, and citizens to save. Featuring iconic Batman locations such as Gotham Cathedral, Wayne Tower, and Arkham Asylum, this raging 500 square mile city has kept me busy for hours, and most likely hours to come. However, the Open-World aspect is the source of all the game's issues. None of them ruined the game, but are rather minor little details that seemed a bit rushed. For example, the mini map of Gotham is completely confusing. You can scan the area for the villains, vehicles, and bricks to collect, but there's no way to actually zoom in on these things and completely pinpoint their locations besides placing a marker on the area which appears on the compass. Oh, right, speaking of the compass, that is absolutely, downright awful. It moves around so fast, and the little pictures don't exactly tell which locations they are. However, other than that, there were no glitches or issues.
Okay, besides the little minor issues in the Open-World, I love this game. LEGO threw out the charm of the old LEGO games and made the Open-World as a Grand Theft Auto-meets-LEGO type thing. This game will drastically change the upcoming LEGO games, and will hopefully make the improvements it needs.
The voice acting cast could have destroyed the game, but it actually made it amazing. I think that all of these voice actors did a great job, which is why I give my compliments to them.
The game's graphics are great. The developers put a lot of effort and detail into it, more than any other LEGO game.
I will be playing this game for much longer. I've never played a LEGO game like it, and in my opinion, it deserves a good score.
Overall Impression: 9 out of 10… Expand