Game Name: Lego Batman: The Videogame
Developer(s): Traveller’s Tales/TT Fusion
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3/Xbox 360/Wii/PC/NDS/PSP
Release Date(s): October 23, 2008
ESRB Rating: E10+
Batman’s biggest and most dangerous enemies have escaped Arkham Asylum, and it is up to Batman and his allies to round them up! Gotham towers above Batman…all built in Legos and the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin are desperate to bring it down along with the Bat!
Lego Batman: The Videogame followed Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones and was available on most of the major gaming systems in one form or another. The game features optional two-player team-ups that can help take you through the original story. The game was fairly well received and featured music from the Batman films. The all-ages game was also bundled with many systems upon its release.
Lego Batman: The Videogame showed a major improvement over Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure. The problem with Lego Indiana Jones was mostly with the weapons (which were limited guns with limited bullets). Here, we’re back to gunning and running with unlimited weapons…and of course with Batman there are fun toys and suits to take down enemies and the variety of enemies and allies help to utilize them.
One of the best parts of Lego Batman is the huge variety of characters. You have allies and enemies and most have different set-up that open up more areas of the game. The characters powers range from the Joker’s electro-shock handshake to Poison Ivy’s seductive powers. The Nintendo DS version had even more characters, and it is a shame that there was never an update for the console users.
The biggest problem I have with all the Lego games is that by the time you unlock the fun characters and the fun abilities, you are really ready to be finished with the game. Who cares if you unlock Hush by rescuing the hostages? You aren’t going to go back and replay any level with Hush because you’ve played the game into the ground to unlock Hush. The same is true for all the characters in this game. It is cool that they are included and it is fun to see a Lego version of them, but it doesn’t really add much to the game.
Despite these criticism of the Lego series in general, I have to say that I kind of enjoyed Lego Batman: The Videogame. Like the Lego Star Wars games, Lego Batman felt different and more fun than the dreadful Lego Indiana Jones which already felt tired and old. Lego Batman didn’t advance things enough to feel like a completely fresh game, but it did feel like enough to change up a franchise that was already showing signs of wearing thin. Lego Batman: The Videogame was followed in 2012 with Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
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