Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes
Price: About £11
Every Lego game introduces new gimmicks and new improvements to keep the series developing and interesting.
Lego Batman 2 is the first I’ve played with the option to save in level – a brilliant idea, as so often you run out of time and have to restart, or miss something vital and need to go back. It also uses a huge open world that you can explore to gain characters and red and gold bricks, as well as the levels – a la Harry Potter Lego, but with more free roaming freedom. You can literally fly around Gotham city saving people and completing puzzles.
The map is great too, helping to point you in the direction of the illusive bricks via giant spotlights that appear on screen once you target something on the map. It’s a much better system than relying on the the flashing arrows unlocked by red bricks that can be a little imprecise. And when you get to the bricks, you still have to solve the puzzles to unlock them, which does make the game marginally more challenging than just moving from one place to another.
Flying characters are a bit of a bug bear – there are three different modes of flying, and they depend where you are: regular levels, flying levels, world map. World Map flying is most annoying – really hard to control, often bouncing off scenery when you’re trying to manoeuvre to a brick you want to collect. You do get the hang of it after a bit of cursing, but it’s definitely something I’m hoping the Lego team have improved for next time!
I’ve said it before about Lego games – if you enjoy them, you’ll probably like this. It’s the standard Lego game stuff, though a generally smoother and less glitchy experience than some of its predecessors.
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