by: Finn Orfano
; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz
; updated: 5/25/2012
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After the successful remakes stories of Star Wars and Indiana Jones made in Lego format, Travelers Tales directed their attention to one of the most popular super heroes – It's time for Batman, Robin and all the evil guys you ever met in the series to go Lego.
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The difference between Lego Batman and the last three Lego games is that this time the story of the Dark Knight is not related to any of the movies, comics or animations stories. This is how TT used their full imagination and creativity rather than stick to the very well known storyline. Everything begins when the Arkam Asylum is destroyed and all the evil characters you know escape. Of course, the three super-villains are the Joker, the Riddler and Mr Penguin, together with their loyal minions where we will see Cat Woman, Mr. Freeze, Poisonous Ivy, Bane and others.
However, I bet some of the comics fans will be happy how exactly the authors are telling the stories while playing – by making small pantonimas without speech or speech bubbles, only actions and motions.
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Features and Gameplay
The Bat Cave is of course the base of Batman and Robin. It serves as a place where you buy updates, bonuses and pick up missions. You reach it right after the first level, and further on you can choose what area to play. In the Bat Cave you will also find the Batman Collections which you will discover block by block, literally. After you complete the Story Mode, you unlock the Free Play.
In Free Mode you can pick additional secondary characters except Batman and Robin. Every Lego fellow you meet, good or bad, you can play it – this passively increase the playable characters to 40. You can even fight the Villains with your personal steward.
The not so obvious but important goal of every missions are those small Lego cubes. They give you Lego coins which is the main currency – you can buy new characters and bonuses with it. Often, you will find strange objects to help you progress by constructing various machines. Every mission has a fixed amount of cubes you have to find to achieve the Super Hero or Super Villain title.
You can call friends to help you control the second character while driving the Batmobile, but you will have to be on the same PC. Unfortunately, the multilayer was lost somewhere in the development papers.
Good or Bad?
Lego Batman, and also the previous games, offer a very high coefficient of replaying, especially if you want to collect all the MiniKit pieces and reveal the last of the secrets. Have in mind that only some characters can reach particular places or solve certain puzzles which you find in the Free Play mode.
You get access to the Arkam Sanitarium, and you can play from the villain's point of view. However, the authors didn't just change a few textures, you play the missions through their eyes – new puzzles, new plot and so on. This makes the game much more interesting and increases the playable levels up to 30 – and to play the extra stuff, you really need at least 20 hours.
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Lego Batman is full of endless action. You will discover and explore new zones, puzzles or fight hordes of Lego guys constantly. The abilities of your Super Heroes and the way they fight had changed quite a bit. They have different series of punches, catching, shooting with increased accuracy etc.They can change their outfit to help solve different puzzles or progressing through the game – Batman for example can fly, place bombs, or destroy metal objects like the head hunters in Star Wars. Robin can drive small cars or climb walls with his special magnetic shoes.
The villians cannot change their costumes but they also have special abilities that make them unique such as mind control, double jump, extra strength and more.
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Just like any other Lego game, Lego Batman is suitable for kids and entertaining for hardcore gamers as well – lots of characters, very good humour, interesting gameplay, all you need at once. There are of course some cons – the textures are not optimized and the camera is not always in the perfect angle, but hey... we can live with it. :)
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I'm giving you the recommended system requirements:
OS: Windows XP/Vista
CPU: Pentium 4 @ 3 GHz or Athlon Equivalent
Memory: 512 MB (1 GB for Vista)
Free Disk Space: 4.2GB
Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible 512 MB graphics card with Shader Model 3.0 capability