This summer sees the release of Telltale Games’ episodic Batman game (for my two cents on the game, click here). In order to kill the time between then and now, you should check out the Lego Batman Trilogy from Traveller’s Tales.
The Lego Batman Trilogy (Lego Batman: The Videogame, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes & Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham) are a charming collection of action-adventure games similar to the Lego games for Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Pirates of the Carribean etc. in which you play as iconic DC characters in lego constructed environments. Levels tpyically take 20-30 minutes to complete and can be repeated in Free Play mode, where you will have access to more than just the story characters. Free Play mode allows you to repeat levels to either gain more money to spend on characters, upgrades and extras or to acquire collectables unavaliable in the story playthough of that particular mission.
Lego Batman: The Videogame
In the 2008 start to the trilogy, you play as Batman and Robin and work through 15 missions across three story arcs. Each arc is headed by a different villain (The Riddler, The Penguin and The Joker) and each mission sees you face off against a villain that the arc’s big bad has recruited (Clayface, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy and Two-Face for The Riddler; Bane, Killer Croc, Catwoman and Man-Bat for The Penguin and Mad Hatter, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and Killer Moth for The Joker). You progress through a Gotham City location, solving puzzles and collecting studs (the game’s currency) before completing a boss battle. The levels are not hard per say but they do require you to think and explore. Some sections require either Batman or Robin to don a special suit, in order to traverse a water section (Robin’s Diving Suit) or shatter glass (Batman’s Sonic Suit).
Once you have completed the main story, you can visit Arkham Asylum and take the villain questline. This is essentially an origin story, with you setting up the missions you completed as Batman and Robin.
When it comes to free play mode, you are spoilt for choice when choosing the roster for the mission- don’t face Batman and Robin? You can switch them out for Batgirl and Nightwing as many characters share the same unique traits such as superstrength, explosives and a higher jump ability.
The controls may be clunky at times but the game is definitely engaging and a great way to kill time.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The sequel makes everything that bit bigger. Rather than have a hub that you launch missions from, Lego Batman 2 has an open world that requires you to travel to a mission#s locale to start it. On top of that, the roster is expanded from just Batman characters to. well, primarily the Justice League and it’s associated villians. This brings new mechanics into play, such as character flight for Superman and Zatana.
The sequel is all in all more of the same stuff that made the first game so enjoyable, with the added bonus of having a much larger roster to play around with. However, the controls are much smoother AND the game is fully voiced, unlike the sequel, with the talents of people such as Laura Bailey, Troy Baker and Nolan North, with many voice actors reprising their roles from a number of the Batman animated series or previous Batman games.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
The trilogy’s conclusion sees the game world get even bigger as it expands to encompass much of the DC Universe with the inclusion of the Lantern Corps and many members of the extended Justice League to name but a few.
Again, they don’t really took on the format but my only complaint is that much of the roster is only avaliable to play during freeplay, keeping it very much a Batman game for the primary story mode.
Once again, the game is fully voiced and it definitely feels like a bigger, more dynamic game. Furthermore, we see a primarly non-Batman villain as the big bad, as you face off against Superman’s Brianiac (as opposed to the Batman villains in the first game and the Lex Luthor-Joker combo in the second game)
Overall, I would give the trilogy a well-deserved 8 out of 10. While nothing ground breaking, they are certainly some of the better Lego games and do hold an appeal to fans regardless of age.
Have you played the Lego Batman games? What do you think of them?