The Awesomeness Of LEGO Video Games
Yes, you read that right, and I am not being sarcastic. A little while ago, I finished LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, a hundred percent completion. This is easily the best gaming experience I have had this year. Possibly the best one I have had this generation. Wondering why I am holding this game in such high regard? Well, after playing the whole game in two player mode with my son, I will tell you why.
The beauty of the LEGO games is their simplicity. Some would say that is the downfall of the LEGO series but I strongly disagree. Now, to be fair, all the LEGO games like Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter, have, for the most part, been the same gameplay experience. But that all turned with the game changer that is LEGO Batman 2. Yet, for some reason, I am only seeing average reviews for this game. I want to tell you why, if you have kids, you owe it to yourselves to play LEGO Batman 2. I will also share some of the improvements I would like to see in the future LEGO games.
What Makes LEGO Batman 2 So Good?????
From a presentation point of view, LEGO Batman 2 is a step ahead of the other LEGO franchises, even the recent LEGO Star Wars III. It looks perfect, it has a ton of little nods to the DC Universe that fans will get a real kick out of. Also, a first for the LEGO series, is voice acting. The LEGO games had always managed to tell a story without voice acting, but they were already re-telling a story we knew, so we could follow it. The first LEGO Batman suffered in the story department because it made up its own story. In Batman 2, the voice acting is fantastic and the story is really amusing; it had both my son and me laughing. I loved the way that Robin would act like a fan boy around Superman while Batman just rolled his eyes and tried to downplay anything Superman did.
As far as gameplay, if you have played a LEGO game before ,you will not find much that is new. Batman and Robin have various suits that give them different powers but the real fun comes from using the powers of the other heroes. Superman can fly, use heat vision, freeze breath and he has super strength. Flash can run really fast. Green Lantern can use green LEGO blocks to build various objects. There is a ton more that other characters can do as well.
The biggest thing is the way the story plays out for the first time in the LEGO series and how you can do whatever you want. My son and I played through the story but then we spent hours and hours running round Gotham uncovering all of the game’s secrets. I love how in the free roam section the game has a traditional split screen. In the story missions, however, the screen will tear when you and the person you are playing with split up. I find this very disorienting and it is my main low point of the game. I can see why they did it in the story mode. They do not want one player going to a different area.
While the story is great, once you have completed it the fun really begins. Like all LEGO games you can go back and, by using different characters, access parts of the level you could not before. You do this to get things like mini kits and gold bricks. In the free roam section, you will need to use all the different characters in order to get the gold bricks which will unlock even more characters. There is a ton of replay value to this game. I would love to know just how many hours we put into this game.
We loved this game. I would go as far as saying that playing through this with my son is one of my most cherished gaming memories. If you have kids and want to get them into gaming, then this a great game with which to start. One huge reason for this is that if your child is struggling with a puzzle, you can do it while they fight off the bad guys. It was great watching my son figure out how to solve a game puzzle by himself. We played the other LEGO games a great deal before this one, especially Star Wars, but we have a hard time going back to that game after playing this one.
What Is Next For The LEGO Series????
As if you can not tell, we had a great time playing through LEGO Batman 2, but there are things I would like to see changed for whatever is the next LEGO game (Avengers, please, please, please). First of all, the screen tear feature in the story mode has to go. It hurts my eyes sometimes when the screen rips. Hope they just have the story mode the same split screen style as the free roam around Gotham City.
The way you change your character is specially brutal. In free roam, say I am playing as Green Lantern and I am happy running around with him. Now say my son is Batman, but wants to be a different hero. No big deal, right? Wrong. You see, if he wants to change his character, it pauses both screens so the other player cannot move until the changing player has picked their character. Now as I am sure you can imagine, a kid will want to change character every five minutes and this feature breaks the flow. I would really like to see this changed in the next LEGO game. (I have changed my mind about Avengers, Ninja Turtles, please, please, please.)
In all, these are the only two things I would want to be changed. The core game play is perfect the way it is and I would not like to see them make it more complex. What about you guys, did you love LEGO Batman 2? Have you played it with your child or a younger sibling, perhaps? Do you have any thoughts on the next LEGO game after Lord of the Rings? If so, I would like to hear your thoughts.
By Jason Bourne