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Lego games are my guilty pleasure. They give me something to do to pass the time till other games come out. Until just recently, that's about as far as my love of Lego games went. But now, after two above average games, it's clear that the genre of Lego games has grown up. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is more of a game in three (short) parts. First it's a regular Batman and Robin adventure, then a Batman/ Superman collaboration, then a Justice League adventure. TT Games successfully took three cartoon ideas and mashed them into one fight against a common threat: The Joker and Lex Luthor, and for that I say bravo and well done.
This is the first (well one of the) Lego games to feature voice acting, and it's not bad. Not bad at all. Batman and Superman are constantly quipping against the other, and Robin thinks Superman is the coolest guy ever. There's a few nods to other universes and I won't say which, and the Joker is still funny. That's about as far as I can go without spoiling anything, so I'll just move on...
Gameplay and Graphics:
I don't think I'm mincing words by saying this game is purty lookin. HD isn't mandatory, although I suggest getting an HDMI cable if you want to read some of those tool tips. Everything is incredibly detailed, which is great considering the size of the world. There may be a couple seconds for the vehicle spawner to appear, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Gameplay wise it's your standard platforming/ puzzle model for your average Lego games. Batman and Robin still have a wide variety of suits, which will be handy when getting Gold Bricks in the hub world. There are some unlockable characters that can use some of the abilities of their suits, but mostly you find out that you'll need either Batman or Robin. The thing with that is the suits you'll need are on a "Gold Brick" trail that spans buildings, so it'll take awhile to go down a err path to find one. The puzzles aren't that gripping, but hey, it's a game centered towards a kid audience, so why should they be? Because some of the earlier ones were more challenging. There's also the ability to fly in the hub world, but it's a bit clunky.
Is It Worth Getting 100%?:
Depends on your patience. There are 250 gold bricks to be found. I know, right? There is some incentive to get all of them, because getting to a certain landmark of bricks enables you to unlock a character gate for someone you don't meet during the story. Like Aquaman, for example. There's still red bricks to collect to give you an edge and three types of vehicles; cars, air vehicles and boats. There's also more emphasis on citizens in peril than in the first Lego Batman, so don't pass them by.
In short, Traveler's Tales have crafted an excellent Lego game though not as good as Lego Star Wars III IMO. While there are some kinks in it, it shouldn't be enough to warrant passing it by.
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