LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes First Impressions - Picking Up The Pieces
Written Thursday, March 15, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Batman’s back and this time he’s brought along a whole heap of super-powered friends with him. Plus voice acting, an open-world Gotham City hub, suits, abilities, powers and customisation options. There’s tons of new stuff! We were shown a tasty little snippet of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes recently and it’s looking ace.

For a while now the LEGO games, for all their charm and charisma, have been treading water. The series that redefined kids games has ploughed a happy little furrow. The LEGO Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter titles were all decent enough, but it was time for a change.

In creating a follow-up to the best-selling LEGO videogame of all time, Traveller’s Tales looks to have refreshed the formula. Batman 2 could be exactly what the series needs. 

Once more, you take control of Batman and Robin, but this time you can also join forces with Superman and a whole host of Justice League heroes to stop the Joker and Lex Luther from executing their dastardly plans.

At the heart of it all is the open world area. Acting as a kind of mission hub, Gotham is nicely realised. Though it will contain weather and day/night cycles, we saw the city at dusk, beneath a brilliantly moody sky, with sheets of rain pelting down on the little plastic fellas below. It looks lovely.

Once in the city, you can take control of Batman, using your grapple hook to scale the heights of Gotham or jump in the Batmobile to screech around the streets. And yes, you can take down pedestrians. It’s just like GTA in that regard, the only difference being that you leave a trail of tinkering LEGO studs, rather than blood and crumpled corpses.

Take to the skies as a flying character like Superman or in the Batwing as Batman and it looks like even more fun. Playing as Superman our demoer soared up above Gotham’s roofs and swooped down under bridges in what seemed like the most glorious exercise in freedom. Completely free-roaming, it genuinely looks great. We’re promised the Batboat at a later date too.

Lead by a LEGO brick trail through Gotham, you have to grapple and jump and battle your way to the next mission. Some areas will be blocked off, almost Zelda-style, to certain characters, meaning that you have to unlock more of your super-chums to progress. Thankfully, there’s a whole bunch to choose from, around 50 in total. We caught glimpses of The Flash, Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern, amongst others.

The missions themselves look largely familiar. It’s still your job to battle through environments bopping baddies on the nose and destroying objects to collect LEGO pieces, before using them to construct a new set of stairs or a lift to reach a new area. It’s lost none of its charm, with Batman and Robin mugging their way through fights amusingly.

Mixing things up a little are suits and abilities. Batman’s Power Suit, for example, allows him to reach electrified areas that would otherwise be blocked off, while also powering up disused machinery. Robin’s Hazard Suit, meanwhile, can suck up water and other liquids then squirt them out through a canon to distinguish fires and such.

Similarly, each superhero has special powers for you to take advantage of. Superman can freeze and push objects out of the way with his Super-Breath and heat and cut through objects with his Heat Vision. Again, you can use these abilities on the innocent civilians of Gotham if you wish. A nice but naught touch.

While none of the various puzzles look particularly hard (it’s still a kids game after all), it’s the variety afforded by the open world, the abilities and the suits that impresses most. Besides, Traveller’s Tales greatest strength has always been pacing. With plenty to see and do in Batman 2, there’s no reason to suggest that skill has abandoned them.

In addition to all this, Traveller’s Tales has also teased a character creation tool. We weren’t shown this feature, so we don’t know how it works or how it will fit into the game itself, but we’re promised the opportunity to create unique superheroes with customisable characters. It’s an intriguing prospect.

Perhaps the most interesting new addition, however, is full voice acting. In previous LEGO games, characters made the odd noise, but never really spoke. In LEGO Batman 2, everyone will be chatting away. 

Traveller’s Tales would not reveal to me who the voice talent is, indeed they only showed one line of dialogue throughout, from the Joker. A full reveal is promised later, but if the line wasn’t delivered by Mark Hamill (who plays the Joker in the animated Batman series and Rocksteady’s Arkham titles), then it’s someone who does a convincing impression of him. Encouraging stuff.

The only slight worry about this addition is that it could narrow the imaginative possibilities of the game. When characters are essentially mimes, it allows you to paint in the gaps, to allow your imagination to flesh out the character in a way that pleases you. Full voice acting gives that power to the author.

But it’s a nit-picky concern. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes looks to be a great addition to the series, with a decent mix of familiarity and freshness. The saviour of kids games has lost none of its power to delight. It’s a welcome return.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is slated for a summer 2012 release on PS3 and Vita.


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Comment #1 by GILROY3
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:13:07 AM
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And Really I can't wait for this game I love all the lego games

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Comment #2 by GILROY3
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:14:11 AM
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I only wish the would add trophies to the first Batman and the Star Wars Lego games, It would give it a great replay vaule even if I had to re-buy the game

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Comment #3 by lutfinator
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:16:02 AM
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I really enjoyed lego batman and it made me the Batman lover I am today also thanks to arkham asylum and city. I am truly interested if not excited for this game.

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Comment #4 by kakihara301
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:24:11 AM
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As much as Id love it to be Mark Hamill doing Jokers voice, didnt he retire doing J-Man's voice at the conclusion of Arkham City?

Neither here nor there, super pumped for this!

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Comment #5 by zer0 sp
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:54:58 AM
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@4 I believe that was one of those "misunderstandings". He did say that then later came out and said, "Nope." Money probably changed his mind. As much as I love his Joker, I can only imagine how taxing doing that voice must be.

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Comment #6 by dda1996a
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:57:08 AM
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Yes he did thats why he isnt doing joker here

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Comment #7 by The Cosmic Suff
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:59:54 AM
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I love Batman... I Love legos, but I dont love them together XD

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Comment #8 by mjfan97
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 10:34:09 AM
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Goddamnit TT! That's another game I've got to play. I thought LHP would be my last lego game but I just can't resist.

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Comment #9 by Alex Fly
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 11:48:30 AM
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I'm impatient to play it ! :)

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Comment #10 by Manifest Density Pt. 2
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 12:24:34 PM
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love all the lego games as well.
NEVER had any problems with them glitching before but ive also only played lego batman and the star wars ones so. cant wait for this one.

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Comment #11 by woodman_76
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 01:24:21 PM
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I want it. Hope it will be hilarious like the others!

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Comment #12 by stevepicsesMD
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 02:08:41 PM
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This looks and sounds like it will be alot of fun. Can't wait!

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Comment #13 by dellboy81
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 05:19:00 PM
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never did finish the first one, too boring for me. i hope its not tough like lego clone wars 3 and have rts type events, and be more like lego potc as that was an easy and fun plat.

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Comment #14 by Scottyb6546
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 06:19:38 AM
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Oh i really cannot wait liked the previous Batman lego game (but no trophies) and i love all lego games

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Comment #15 by Ahabs Foot
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 07:34:30 AM
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It's Lex Luthor, not Luther.

Sorry, I'm a nitpicky bastard.

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Comment #16 by aliggtohio
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 08:27:02 AM
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It would be cool if Superman's voice is the same guy from Red Dead Redemption

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Comment #17 by DEADPOOL122
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 03:11:48 PM
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I'm BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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US June 19, 2012
Europe June 22, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
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