Holy Building Blocks, Lego Batman!

New heroes, an open city, and dialogue are just a few of the things coming to Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

Keeping licensed Lego games fresh can be quite the challenge. For the upcoming Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, developer Traveller's Tales needs to find a way to set it apart from other games in the genre. The game itself brandishes one of the new aspects to be featured in the game: the inclusion of additional DC comic superheroes, like The Flash. But there are a few other things included to help ensure that this Lego experience isn't like every other one.

For starters, this time around, Traveller's Tales is incorporating an open-world approach to the Lego Batman universe. While the core story will be pretty linear--involving an evil plot concocted by The Joker and Lex Luthor--there will be opportunities to go off the beaten path and explore the city of Gotham. The entire city is yours to discover. The story may have you visit certain locales throughout the adventure, but if you want to go back and check out certain areas, you're more than welcome to do so. Of course, some areas will be accessible early on, but others will require certain items, specifically suits, for the characters to reach them.

Both Batman and Robin will obtain special suits that, when worn, give the ability to do cool things. There will be a handful of different suits to collect throughout the game, and each has a specific feature. You'll also switch between various suits on more than a few occasions. In Robin's case, there is an acrobat suit that will let him climb up certain areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Batman will get a stealth suit that will let him go past henchmen and security cameras undetected. If you wear the electricity suit in an area guarded by electricity, you will be able to reach your desired spot and collect any kind of treasure that might be lying there.

Additional DC superheroes are also included. The previous game allowed you to play with additional characters, both good and bad; this one will have 50 playable characters. Of them, though, the one who plays a central role to Batman and Robin is, of course, Superman.

The man of steel will join the dynamic duo partway through the game, and players will have access to Superman's abilities. As Superman, you'll be able to freeze people, fly high in the sky, and reach spots neither Batman nor Robin can reach. While it may seem that Superman should be able to do anything, thanks to his incredible power, the developers have found ways of making it so that you need to use all of the characters to access everything in Gotham.

Getting the band together.

Of course, there are other aspects to Lego Batman 2 that should help to differentiate it from other Lego games. Traveller's Tales heard that people wanted the ability save their progress midway through each level. Rather than having to restart an area from the beginning, now, you have midlevel save checkpoints that should be real time-savers. The other big reveal for Lego Batman 2 is that this is the first game to actually feature talking Lego characters. While we didn't get to see the talking in action, it appears that the entire game will be fully voiced. It will be interesting to see whom they line up as the voice talent for the characters and just how much dialogue is in the story.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is scheduled for release sometime this summer on every platform, but no firm release date has been set. There is a lot riding on this particular Lego game to have it stand out from the others, and hopefully, an open-world Lego Gotham with a fully voiced story and the man of steel are enough to do that.

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Discussion

12 comments
bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

also one thing for certain, if it's a free roam environment, superman will be the definitive method of travel

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

Think the voice acting will be a big flop and the free roaming might be too much like LEGO Indy 2 but the mid level saves and lots of different DC characters will make this a definite watch on my part

domokun00
domokun00

This would be the perfect lego game to have DLC, considering how there are more than 50 characters in the DC universe, and it would be awesome to explore other cities like Metropolis or Central city.

seancoombes
seancoombes

@granpire: they will if we can get Adam West & Burt Ward

mojoboy31
mojoboy31

Please, get Kevin Conroy from the animated series and Arkham Asylum and Arkham City! Best Batman Ever!!!

chazy035
chazy035

i bet the DS and 3DS version will be awesome.... ... .. ... .. .. . .... ...... . . ........ ... . ... ..

ElfShotTheFood
ElfShotTheFood

I'm not sold on the characters talking. A big part of the charm of the earlier games was the way characters communicated with body language, gestures, facial expressions, etc.

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

For all you people saying "I love batman, that's why i'm buying it". I'm not buying it.

Granpire
Granpire

Am I the only one who thinks the games won't be as silly with full voice acting?

Darthrocker
Darthrocker

woohoo... glad they listened to the fans... 1) lego justice league .... well this is close enough. 2) free roam... the ability to explore all of gotham. 3) mid level save points thank you soooooo much TT & WB

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I love Batman.I love Superman.I love LEGOs. Prepare to activate Beast Mode.

00J
00J

I'm buying it! The first Lego Game i'm buying!