Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

GAME DETAILS
Released
25 June 2012
Format
PC, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Nintendo 3DS
Developer

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Disney Infinity 3.0
3 Star Empire Rating
Until Dawn
4 Star Empire Rating
Zombi
4 Star Empire Rating
Everybody's Gone To The Rapture
4 Star Empire Rating
Rare Replay
5 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Rare Replay
5 Star Empire Rating
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Bloodborne
5 Star Empire Rating
Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


submit to reddit

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Review
Holy upgrades, Batman – the caped crusader’s second brick-form outing marks a huge leap forward, not only from the first game but for LEGO games as a whole.

The hub area is now a gorgeously realised Gotham City, full of nooks and crannies to explore and secrets to find, blessed with the kinds of weather effects, texturing and detail that wouldn’t look out of place in the game’s ‘grown up’ sibling, Arkham City. Mission areas are similarly upgraded, with larger levels and more to uncover in them. The introduction of talking minifigs also allows for witty dialogue throughout, with genuinely funny digs at comic book publisher DC’s rich history and characters.

For many, the big draw will be the expanded roster, bringing in members of the Justice League beyond Batman’s cadre of street-level vigilantes. Superman is the most prominent, with other stalwarts such as Wonder Woman, The Flash and Cyborg introduced towards the end of the story. Happily, none of the superpowered characters overshadow the Bat clan though, a tremendous feat of balancing on developer Traveller’s Tales part, and one that will ensure players happily cycle through the cast to make the most of abilities.

As with most Lego titles, the story mode – a cleverly scripted tale that sees Lex Luthor teaming up with The Joker in a grandiose bid for the American presidency, one involving mind control, giant robots and super criminals – barely scratches the surface of what’s on offer. Completing the 15 chapters accounts for roughly a quarter of the game, and for many the real draw will be gathering up the huge number of unlockable characters, vehicles, and other collectibles.

There are minor flaws that rob Lego Batman 2 of a perfect score – differing controls for flying characters between missions and free roam being the most frustrating, and frequent cases of pop-up as you roam Gotham, likely because the sheer size of the world leads to sluggish load times. However, taken as a whole, the game is a massive achievement, a delight for players of all ages and a love letter to the source material.


Reviewed by

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)