LEGO BATMAN 2: A Super Time with Super Friends


LEGO Batman 2

Reviewed on: PS3

'Rama Rating: 10 out of 10

Superman can fly and has heat vision and freeze breath and super strength and builds at super speed and is invulnerable to most things!

Okay, that may have sounded a little crazy, but after unlocking Superman in LEGO Batman 2: DC Heroes, that was all I could say to anyone who would listen. It's just so cool to have a video game where Superman is done right for the first time ever. And wouldn't you know, it took the geniuses at TT Games and LEGO to do it.

This game is something special, even amongst the nearly always-stellar LEGO series. With fifty unlockable characters, you'd think TT would falter at some point. Thankfully, that's not the case. The varied abilities and styles of gameplay for each character is remarkable, not to mention true to the comics we love. The lighthearted fun of the series is increased by fully-voiced cutscenes this time around as well. Expertly written, it's still over-the-top LEGO moments, but with a decidedly DC Comics feel, something that seems like it should be difficult to pull off but TT Games makes look easy.

The one thing some people may be surprised about is the ramped up difficulty. Puzzles are harder in this game than ever before, and rightfully so. If you have a character like Superman that could potentially "break the game" it's good to have harder puzzles that even the Man of Steel can't solve alone. Likewise, you'll have trouble solving some of these alone. The AI controlled buddy character is capable enough in basic play, but having a human controlling your sidekick or teammate makes a world of difference.

If you've liked other LEGO games, you are going to without a doubt love this one. You don't need to know anything about DC Comics characters going in, either, and you'll be surprised at who may wind up as your favorite character. Whether you shine with Green Lantern's light or make the new black bricks go boom with The Flash's super speed vibrations, you'll be laughing with glee. If you're already a DC fan, that laugher turns into shouts of joy.

LEGO Batman 2 is a must-own. With the dearth of major releases for the next six weeks or so, you'll have plenty of time to find every red brick, every mini kit piece, and unlock every hero and villain. It's fun, it's funny, it's engaging for casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike, and it is deadly addictive. It is a truly wonderful thing to be living in a world where two vastly different 10 out of 10 Batman games can come out in under a year.

And hey, someone finally did Superman right in a video game.

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