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Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes

 

 

SCORE: 74

 Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes    

 

It was a privilege for us at FFG to get the opportunity to review Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive. I am a huge fan of both the Lego and Batman franchises so you can imagine my excitement to see the two partnered again to fight the evil DC universe villains.

The gameplay in Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes is similar to that you would find on the consoles in the first Lego Batman game. But you will find some new tweaks in Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes that separates it from past Lego games. The main one - which has caused quite the stir - has been the addition of voice acting. Previously, all Lego games simply used gestures and simple sounds for the characters to communicate with each other. So watching the opening scene and hearing the voices really threw me.

Speaking of the opening scene, that brings up a huge issue with Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes for the PS Vita. All of the cutscenes from the console versions are compressed in a way that they are blurry and hard to watch. Even as entertaining as the dialogue was, i found myself longing to skip through simply because it was too hard to watch because the presentation was so poorly done. This was only exemplified once the beautiful gameplay came on scene and I was amazed to see how closely the in game graphics on the Vita screen matched that of the console versions. Then right back into a cutscene that killed the momentum of the story because it was just too hard to look at.

Once you get past the idea that the cutscenes do not match the rest of the game, you can enjoy the hours and hours of gameplay. There are tons of items to find, unlock - including suites, characters, etc. One of my favorite additions to this title was the addition of The Justice League. After completing the game as the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder, you will then have the option to complete missions using other members of The Justice League. Also, the interaction between the Leagues members is what it would be in the comics - i.e. Robin always wanting to call in Superman which irritates Batman. This adds some great humor to the already good story.

This is definitely a game that parents can let their kids play without worrying about it containing inappropriate content. I enjoyed playing Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes, even with the cutscene issues, and I am sure fans of both Lego and Batman Franchises will as well.
- Alan

 

Graphics: 65%
Sound: 77%
Replay/Extras: 83%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 72%
System: PS Vita
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive
R
ating:  ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}

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