THE innovative fusion of hit movies and the Lego universe into video games, has been nothing short of a critical success, and as the saying goes, if it isn’t broken, let’s crank out another one.
This sequel to the bestselling title in the series to date, Lego Batman, transports you back to the blocky confines of Gotham City. Like the original, rather than a story based on a recent blockbuster movie, this has been penned especially for the game.
The adventure is entertaining on a whole new level as the cast of characters have all been given voices for the first time, making it easier to follow the plot than in the past. The voice acting is suitably over the top, but hardly out of place in game.
The early stages of the game have you cavorting around as the Caped Crusader and his sidekick.
Soon enough though, you collect other playable characters from the DC universe, including Superman, Green Lantern and The Flash. In total there are 50 super heroes to unlock and run amok as. In addition to switching between heroes, you’ll also need to don a variety of costumes with special abilities in order to solve many of the puzzles, plus jump behind the wheel of several bat vehicles.
These, plus a handful of gadgets, can be used in the new open world environment, which is the game’s biggest innovation. Here you’re encouraged to roam freely around Gotham City looking for collectables and hidden objects while taking a break from the set missions.
Despite a list of welcome new additions, Lego Batman 2’ s action doesn’t stray far from the franchise’s formula, which I’m sure fans won’t mind, though I look forward to a shake- up of things in the next release.
LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
RRP: $ 59
( Reviewed on Nintendo Wii U)