Reviews: Lego BatmanWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
LEGO Batman has expected formulaic fun with beat ‘em up action, creative environment interactions and a few puzzles. The Caped Crusade cleans Gotham City of criminal activity with his trusty and slightly inexperienced partner Robin in this newest LEGO game installment. Recent LEGO game vets (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) get some definite advantages from the familiar game play and actions.
This fun, action filled platformer (most gamers should know that by now), has recognizable characters, but here they grunt, hum and wince instead of talk. This status usually means a paper thin story, but developers incorporate a decent storylines and backgrounds very well within the game.
The main scheme involves villains escaping from Arkham Asylum. Joker, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, Bane, Catwoman, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and Penguin create the predictable, ensuing chaos as Batman and Robin clean up the mess.
Each hero and villain have unique actions, which developers use towards creating the base story mode from both perspectives. Players can then replay each level in free mode once completing the story mode mission. This setup engages players in the story and parallels the increasing amount of unlockable weapons, actions, vehicles and gadgets.
Wayne Manor provides a nice base for gameplay choices among the hero 15 levels complimented by the 15 villain levels. Multiple players can drop in and out of gameplay and have a seemingly limitless amount of lives after initially having approximately 25.
Characters automatically grab ledges, which keeps younger players out of trouble and less frustrated, which can slow down movements at times. Players can also use choke or throw actions to dispatch adversaries quickly. The batarang comes in handy for distance attacks.
A solid, all age title with considerable replay value including bonus content and unlockables found in free play mode. Younger players may occasionally get stuck in their progression and some of the environment can be too dark to see (depending on your TV settings), but overall, this game succeeds yet again by incorporating a current franchise with LEGO mania.
The Danny Elfman music score, from the first Batman film, permeates gameplay plus players can enjoy some amusing sound effects to make those tactical block creations all the more real and effective. With three LEGO franchises created into game, developers have several options to expand in same format…maybe a land (Halo), sea (Pirates of the Caribbean) and air (Spider-Man) combination would keep players happy? (***1/2, rated E10+ for action violence, Nintendo DS, PC, Playstation2, Playstation 3, PSP, Wii and XBox 360).