LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Vita, DS, 3DS)
snapping studly plastic paraphernalia, Batman!
Yep, placcy Batman’s back, and he’s goddamned pissed off. Why? Well
other than being saddled with that Dick, Robin, this time the douche in tights
Superman is hanging around like a red-caped curry fart. It’s
abundantly clear that the Bat ain’t a fan, and that’s just part of
what makes this adventure really bloody fun. Well, unless you’re a
Supes fan, in which case, umm, whatever.
The reason Mr Steelbutt’s on the scene is that Lex Luthor’s muscled
in on Gotham, teaming with The Joker for some goal-furthering mutual
back scratching – and we’re not talking satiating itchy back spots
that are buggers to reach.
Name a DC hero or villain and they’ll likely pop up, and all are
eventually playable. For the sake of strewth there’s even a bloke called Captain Boomerang, whose secret
weapon is appalling stereotyping.
Basically, if you’ve played one LEGO game then you’ve played this –
unless it was LEGO Rock Band,
although its animated inbetweenie bits were much the same. Except –
and it’s a big except, or ‘accept’ if you’re literacy-challenged -
in a series first the characters talk, rather than sounding
like vague approximations of Charlie Brown’s teacher. It’s initially jarring, but enhances a story that’s in-joke heavy and often
genuinely audible giggle funny (unless somebody dosed us with Smilex).
Ace campy ’60s Batman-inspired voice acting helps.
Being mechanically much the same as its predecessors, inherent
annoyances remain. Dodgy camera angles causing bullshit deaths, some
obtuse puzzles, murky spots, interminable load/save times, things getting immovably stuck etc. Still, we had trouble putting it down, for what
that’s worth, and this puppy POW-packs playful protractedness.
Dig the Bat? Dig the LEGO? Dig variety? Then do the Batusi, ’cos this
is more holy fun than a boxing ring full of suddenly incapacitated