Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - INSTANT EXPERT -

Lego has had its tried and tested plat­form for gam­ing for a long time now, so game play is start­ing to feel pre­dictable. Lego bat­man2: dc­su­per­heroes has tried to iron out the prob­lems but has suc­ceeded only par­tially. The new open­world feel adds some life into this plat­form and lets you ex­pe­ri­ence the fas­ci­nat­ing but sin­ful en­vi­rons of Gotham City. This makes the game one of the best from the house of Lego. The char­ac­ters talk to each other with emo­tion and you feel the jeal­ousy Bat­man har­bours against Su­per­man, not to for­get the snide re­marks be­tween the two and, of course, Robin’s eter­nal de­sire to im­press the Caped Cru­sader. And one can’t get over the amaz­ing sense of hu­mour the Joker has in ad­di­tion to his in­born flair for dis­as­ter.

The plot is quite sim­ple: Lex Luthor has teamed up with the Joker, who is us­ing kryp­tonite for his crim­i­nal gains. So this is a task not just for Bat­man and Robin but also the Jus­tice League of Amer­ica. Un­for­tu­nately Green Lan­tern, Won­der Woman and the gang only join you in the last part of the game so you are stuck with Bat­man, Robin and Su­per­man most of the time. Not that it gets bor­ing as both the Gotham heroes get many dif­fer­ent suits which aid them in over­com­ing ob­sta­cles. Bat­man gets an elec­tric­ity suit which helps him to ab­sorb a charge of light­ning and then power up a de­vice and un­lock a new sight. Robin’s haz­ard suit works al­lows him to vac­uum up ra­dioac­tive goo and use it when needed.

Lego has done away with the usual mind­less bash­ing of vil­lains, and now puz­zles play a big­ger role. There are 15 lev­els but the game of­fers a lot more than that. If you col­lect cur­rency and col­lectibles, you end up un­lock­ing new char­ac­ters and a mini-kit. So af­ter fin­ish­ing the game, you can ex­plore the wide open world and col­lect good­ies.

The con­trol and ex­pe­ri­ence of Lego re­main slug­gish. It is a bit baf­fling not to have a mini map which ren­ders your jour­ney con­fus­ing, es­pe­cially in open world. The game pro­vides a lot of en­ter­tain­ment but with the stale plat­form, it soon be­comes mo­not­o­nous.

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