Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is the kind of game you’d get for your younger sibling or cousin who’d like to experience the awesomeness of a Batman game. The reason being, it’s free of the adult tones of the stellar titles that are Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. A disclaimer though: don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing it more than the person you bought it for.
Green Lantern and Wonder Woman
Delving a little deeper, apart from the simple presentation and apparent kiddie feel, you’ll soon realise that it’s a game that almost anyone from any age group can play. It starts off with Gotham City billionaire and Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, and long-time Superman antagonist and presidential candidate, Lex Luthor, squaring it off for a Man of the Year award.
And like every good tale involving super heroes, there are a band of super villains to contend with. Led by The Joker, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, and Two-Face storm the event and rob the guests. The Joker then steals the Man of the Year award and proceeds t o make his ill-gotten acceptance speech, only to be thwarted by Batman and Robin. Did we mention that this is all in the first ten minutes?
But it gets wilder. Featuring chases across land and sea and intricate puzzles, Lego Batman 2 ends up being an absolute joy. There are cameos from members of the Justice League as well, with Green Lantern and Wonder Woman making an appearance. The pacing is action-packed and elaborate. It feels in sync with that of a Call of Duty title rather than a game f or k ids. There’s a lot happening and you actually do feel that the story goes somewhere. Progressing through the game’s many levels and set pieces brings an immense sense of satisfaction. There is never a dull moment.
Superman dodges an attack
Each level is peppered with puzzles that require you to switch between characters who have specific suit powers or skills needed to proceed further. For example, Robin’s acrobatics suit allows him to reach higher ground while Batman’s sensor suit let’s him see through walls and become invisible. The trick is figuring out whose suits and skills are relevant for each part. In co-operative mode, you control one hero while your friend controls the other. Co-op is drop-in and drop-out, meaning you can continue on your own long after your friends have stopped playing.