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Lego Batman

 

 

SCORE: 66

 

Lego Batman 

 

The Lego video game series has been an interesting twist on the traditional hack and slash (or punch and kick) genre. Warner Bros. Interactive have grown their puzzles a little more with Lego Batman. In fact the last Lego games I played were the Lego Star Wars games, and I am thankful that there is less fighting in Lego Batman. This game is on almost every current video game system. The Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions are very similar. The Wii version was played for the review, while other systems were checked for minor differences. One of the nice things about this series is the enemies are legos, and they fall apart when hit enough times. The areas are also lego filled, and legos are used to build things needed to progress.

Lego Batman is pretty dark visually. I understand the whole dark knight thing going on, but at times this led to being stuck. Not only can the player be Batman, Robin, Nightwing, etc. - they can also play the bad guys (Joker, Penguin, Riddler). The good guys, and bad guys have completely different levels. So those that morally object to being evil, will miss half the game (this hurts Lego Batman).

The grunts, and other non-verbal sounds are included so the sounds are not much of an improvement in the Lego games in my opinion. I really would like some kind of voice acting, or even text with the characters talking. With that said the few sounds used do tell a story. The music is pleasant enough, and I did not find any offensive sounds while playing Lego Batman.

Lego Batman contains a boat load of extras. This ranges from characters to purchase and play with, to movies. Levels can be replayed in Free Mode to find certain unlockable content, and can only be attained with specific characters.

The controls work great, and the greater mix of puzzle elements is a definite improvement. There are some areas that are difficult to solve because of how well the doors are hidden. Some kind of hint after being stuck in one area for over ten minutes would be appreciated.

Lego Batman has players saving Gotham city from the evil villains, or being the evil that spreads the destruction. I love seeing all the different little lego movies, and the humor Warner Bros. Interactive included. Lego Batman has some problem that any sequel will need to address. More lego building, and designing would be a great direction in my humble opinion.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 62%
Sound: 67%
Replay/Extras: 74%
Gameplay: 66%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%
System: Wii/PC/PS2/PS3/Xbox 360
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive
Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}

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