Video Game Wednesdays criteria include a) being electronic in nature and b) being a game
As you might have noticed from previous Video Game Wednesdays, my gaming is pretty varied. I’ll play anything from Animal Crossing to Legend of Zelda, Professor Layton to Batman… and Myst (planning to write up a review of that… just as soon as I finish it) to LEGOs.
This is a pretty standard LEGO game, involving smashing anything and everything in sight for those shiny LEGO studs (the game currency) – except for the fact that it’s one of the LEGO games with dialogue, making cutscenes even funnier than normal.
The story, (in a nutshell,) is a pretty standard Batman storyline – except it includes the Justice League starting about halfway through the game. Joker gets free, teams up with Lex Luthor, they plan to rig the election for president in Luthor’s favor (involving Joker laughing gas,) and Batman (with the help of Robin, who, for those of you wondering, is most likely Tim Drake, and the Justice League) stops them in a big final battle.
Yeah, I could have gone a little more detailed, but with LEGO games… it kinda spoils the effect of watching the cutscenes and actually playing the game. If you really don’t want to play the game, you can always go on YouTube and find one of the cutscene recordings. People do record the cutscenes, patch them together and post it in one long video (depending on the game, the cutscenes alone run anywhere from an hour to two and a half.) It does spoil the game a little, since you’re not playing key parts of the story, but it does make for some entertaining viewing. The game itself, if you play to 100% completion (all levels, items, characters, bonus items, everything,) should take about 20-25 hours for a serious gamer. I’m at about 67% percent, and I’ve been playing for 16 according to the game.
The controls are really pretty easy to learn and use, and there’s no penalty (minus losing a few collected studs) if you run and jump into a pit or off a cliff or otherwise die in an attempt to complete a level. Puzzles are pretty simple, and don’t generally require much thought, though teamwork between your playable characters is key.
Because it’s a LEGO game, and everything is made out of bricks, everything just explodes into bricks or studs when it’s destroyed or defeated. No blood, no gore, nothing. Dialogue is all clean and funny. And if you know your DC superheros, there’s all sorts of funny shout-outs to other Batman/Justice League comics, games and movies. LEGO games (and the movie) excel at that.
Basically, I’d recommend this game for LEGO fans, Batman fans… or if you just want something to play as stress relief. Bashing brick objects is oddly calming. And if you like the game, the third one is scheduled for this fall. And yes, I plan to play it. Because it’s Batman.
Batman 2: DC Super Heros is available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS. It’s rated E10+
Have fun gaming!