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Lego Batman - Lego Batman

By Stuart Andrews



  • Recommended by TR
Lego Batman


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The combination of the combat and the puzzles should get monotonous yet it doesn't, partly because both aspects of the gameplay are so well refined by now, and partly because these are the best, most dynamically paced levels we've seen in any TT Lego game; more varied than those in Lego Star Wars, but not as sprawling and repetitive as some of those in Lego Indiana Jones. Lego Batman is so good that even the boss battles are enjoyable - and I'm a man who regularly moans about such things. More amazingly, while the vehicle based levels that dragged Lego Star Wars down a bit are back, they're actually short and sweet this time around.

And just when you complete your first chapter, thinking it can't get much better, another treat arrives. In Lego Batman the Batcave stands in for The Cantina in Lego Star Wars or the college in Lego Indiana Jones, acting as a mission hub and an area in which to buy new characters or upgrades with the Lego pieces you've collected. Finish a storyline, however, and a new option appears: to switch to Arkham Asylum. In doing so you can play through another set of missions, running parallel to the Batman and Robin missions in the chapter you've just completed. Here you play as the villains, and I think this could be the key to the game's long term popularity. Each villain, whether Clayface, The Joker, Mr Freeze or Catwoman, has his or her own tricks to complement Batman and Robins' suits. Strong characters can lift or pull heavy objects, Mr Freeze can freeze hostile guards or areas of liquid, and The Riddler can use mind control on hapless saps and get them to do his dirty work.

Each mission, therefore, gives you a slightly different variation on the established gameplay formula, and while elements of the level will be familiar from the Batman and Robin missions, each still feels different enough for you not to mind. Completing these villain missions also unlocks that character for other missions in Freeplay mode and as Lego Batman - as with all TT Lego games - is chock full of hidden sections, Lego pieces to collect and concealed Lego parts to find, there's a certain appeal to returning to already completed missions with a new character just because you're sure there's something you missed last time that you can unlock this time around.


October 14, 2008, 1:43 pm

I'm keen to get this game but I have an odd question.

I can't play most 3D games such as Halo, the old 'Doom' and many modern FPS games as they give me a headache/nausea. I've never played a Lego game before and although this looks like it's 3D, can anybody comment on the way its 3D graphics are used?

Luan Bach

October 14, 2008, 2:45 pm

It is 3D but with side-on view. I've got the same problem as you do and I've found the Lego games to be fine for me. Have been playing this co-op with my son for the last week, it has been great fun.

Matt G Baish

October 14, 2008, 3:05 pm

Its third person - more like a 3-D platform game (but much more freedom and sophisticated than that sounds :)). Also, the `camera` does pan about and zoom in and out depending on the scene/relative positions of the characters etc. (which may give you a problem see below).

I don`t think you would get the same headache/nausea which (I wildly guess) is down to some sort of motion sickness - i.e. in FPS your brain is tricked into thinking you're moving, but you're not really (opposite of reading on the bus/travelling on a Ferry :)) - but then I could be totally off the mark here. I would recommend getting hold of a 2nd hand copy of Lego Star Wars so that (if you do have problems) you can minimise your cash layout.


October 14, 2008, 5:50 pm

Thanks guys, that's really useful. I believe it may be some sort of motion sickness but it's worse with some games than others.

I bought Ratchet & Clank with my PS3 and couldn't play it for more than 5 minutes so sent it back. An hour of Burnout Paradise (demo) also caused the same affect and even the 'Pain' game that was recommended by TR causes discomfort after a while.

If this game is more of a side-on view with 3D graphics I might be ok. I guess I'll see if I can borrow it or one of the previous games to be sure.


October 15, 2008, 12:38 am

Wouldn't Lego Harry Potter, or Lego Lord Of The Rings be good? Theres some nice potential for amusing scenes and puzzles in there. Using the Wii remote for the wand or sword?

Geoff Richards

October 15, 2008, 1:20 am

I downloaded this from Steam over the weekend but I just can't get into it. Unlike the other Lego games, there seems little in the way of narrative. For example, the Lego Star Wars games followed the films we all know and love so much, and there were regular laugh-out-loud moment as you realised which bit of which film you were witnessing as you played.

No so (far) in Lego Batman. It just starts off "here's all the bad guys you'd recognise (plus some I'd never heard of!)" then I was just kinda left to beat up faceless Henchmen and collect studs without any real *reason* to play through the level :(

Even though I'm not a massive fan of LOTR and proudly have never seen a single Harry Potter film, I think both would work well as Lego games as they have great potential to follow the spirit of the earlier games.

Maybe I'm just not enough of a Batman fanboy to spot the references and have fun with Lego Batman. :(

Geoff Richards

October 18, 2008, 11:37 am

Riyad tells me it's true - I'm not a big enough fan of Batman. Cest la vie

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