Xbox360: Lego Batman: The Videogame
Published by Warner Bros
Developed by Traveller’s Tales
ESRB Rating: E10+ for Everyone 10+
Lego Batman…yes, yet ANOTHER Lego game for another Character that is widely known throughout the universe, okay…the world. But if you’re a fan of Lego games or a fan of Batman there’s enough in this game to drive you through it. It’s also easy enough to control that a 4 year old can do it. How do I know this? I played through it with my son, who is 4.5 at the time of this review.
If you’re looking for a video game made from one of the various movies or comic books, you’re looking in the wrong place. This seems to be a pretty original tale that Batman and Robin go through, complete with costume changes and weapons. You’ll be asking the same thing Joker asked in the 1989 Batman movie; “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” Batman and Robin’s gear is pretty useful, so when you come across it, make sure take advantage of it!
The storyline in this game isn’t too complex and one you don’t have to think too hard on throughout the game. The bad guys have escaped Arkham Asylum and you’re there to get them back. In the process of getting them back, you’ll beat up their cronies, smash other Lego objects, and sometimes rescue innocent bystanders. You’ll find that while you’re smashing bad guys, scenery, and jumping around that there are objects to collect. These objects go into a collection that can earn you unlockable characters that you can use in the “free play” mode of the game.
Graphics in the game are similar to other Lego games but the cut scenes can be funny, if you choose to watch them. This game gives you the option to skip through them by pressing the “Y” button. In these cut scenes Batman is serious, Robin is a goofball/klutzy, and the villains every bit as insane as you remember them from the movies/comic books.
The sound effects are what you would imagine that they would be; smashing, grunting, screams as you fall off buildings, laughing, even the female characters in the game have a “feminine” tone in their voice (although no words are said). These female bad guys give suggestive and provocative movements compete with sound effects that can be good for a laugh or two. Otherwise the background music is the same over and over again and you’ll recognize it if you’re a fan of the original Batman movie.
What makes this game great is that you can play through the first 3 acts as Batman and Robin trying to get the bad guys back to the Asylum and then play through the next 3 acts as the villains! This was one of the best parts of the game as the Villains are nicely done with their “special powers” and steal the game. One of the things I didn’t like with the way these acts played out is the fact that Batman and Robin always faced the villains before the chapter would end but it doesn’t play that way for the villains. While you’re playing the villains, the chapter ends before you face the masked duo. Oh man! I was looking forward to beating Lego Batman and Lego Robin!
The controls of this game are so easy a child and can do it. The game did have a couple of frustrating parts where Characters would glitch and get stuck, where one had trouble judging jumping distances or land sites, and some puzzles didn’t make sense. But overall my son was able to play through the game and really enjoyed it. This game helped to make him a fan of Lego games and because of that; I have many more to play through with him. And since I had a good time playing it too, I don’t mind the adventures ahead.