Lego Batman Updated Hands-On

We rotate through the cast of colorful heroes and villains in this upcoming LEGO adventure.

The caped crusader and his Crayola-colored sidekick are just about ready to clean the streets of Gotham City. We had a chance to take a look at a few levels at the E3 Media & Business Summit earlier this year, but we received an updated preview build of those levels so we could check them out in greater detail. Things seem to be running a little more smoothly this time around, but there are still some glitches and bugs that we hope have been already ironed out. However, Gotham City, even in its dinginess, looks fantastic, and being able to play the huge list of characters in Free Play mode is a treat.

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We played through the Story mode where Batman and Robin are after Catwoman, who has stolen a very large pink diamond. This was the only time we got to play as the good guys because the other two levels involved teaming up Mr. Freeze with the Riddler and the Joker with Harley in the Carnival level. Once we were able to get through these three levels, Free Play was unlocked for us so we could go through them again, but this time, with any character we wanted. Using the LB or RB buttons, we were able to rotate through quite a list, and we imagine the list can only get bigger because there were some previously announced villains we didn't get a chance to see in action.

Free Play offers you a chance to go through these levels again, changing characters on the fly, which will allow you to explore the area further because some locations are only accessible with a certain character. Most of us would want to play as either the heroes or the villains for their special powers, but if you want to change it up, goons, Joker henchmen, police officers, security guards, and SWAT members are also available. Most of the goons just have basic attacks, but because each character moves a little differently, it makes playing through Free Play a lot of fun. Even something as basic as pulling a lever will differ; for example, we noticed that the Joker uses his buttocks to push the lever down. Robin and Harley can make nimbler movements, such as doing back flips, but if you try to double-jump with the Joker, he'll land flat on his back.

One of the first unlockable characters included Bat Girl, who plays very much like Batman--with batarang and everything. She's also able to don the various batsuits. Catwoman and Poison Ivy are fun to play as well. Catwoman has her whip, which pulls victims toward her, and Poison Ivy likes to draw her prey close to her then give them a deadly smooch on the lips. We've seen the Joker many times before, but his hand buzzer is quite handy for not only shocking his victims, but also for using it to power generators for the puzzle-solving elements. Other characters worth mentioning include Nightwing, who can also wear the magnetic and technical suit. He also wields his dual nightsticks with ease and finesse.

Instead of one all-purpose suit, Batman has several.

We've had a chance to play these three levels many times. When you're playing through Story mode, you're limited to the characters that have been assigned and what they can do. You'll notice that some portions of the level can only be accessed by characters with specific abilities, so if you feel the need to explore everything, it's worth going back and taking another look. The puzzle aspect seems easier than Lego Indiana Jones; however, the AI is about as sharp as a spoon sometimes when you realize you're too far ahead to switch characters and have to backtrack to get them. This is when playing co-op is much more fun because you can at least blame the intelligence on your friend rather than wrestle with the computer. Most of the time, your computer-controlled sidekick will keep up, but there were a few instances when we had to go back for them. There were also some instances when the depth perception felt a bit off, causing our caped crusader to glide off the side of a building. It seems that because this was still an unfinished build, there were a few issues that needed fixing. Otherwise, the game is a blast to play and the environment so detailed that you can hardly believe you're playing a LEGO game.

Lego Batman is shaping up to be a fun new addition to Traveller's Tales LEGO series. It arrives September 23 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and the PlayStation Portable.

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KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

if they do another superhero lego game i bet it'll be spiderman

SupBrah8
SupBrah8

whats with the lego harry potter requests? come on LEGO HALO!!!! seriously lego spartan laser, little lego people exploding, that would be an awesome game

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

I've loved all the Lego games thus far. Lego Harry Potter would be cool, but I'd prefer a Lego LOTR first!

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

I liked lego Star Wars but all these other ones look almost identical in terms of gameplay. As a Potterhead I too would probably get a Harry Potter lego game but I just can't get excited about every new one that comes out every 6 months.

TheMaXX1976
TheMaXX1976

the lego games are all amazing..... i would love to have a lego harry potter..... well they have the license (i mean lego does) so go for it !!!!!

seabassman
seabassman

Why on gods green earth would they want to waste my time with a lego game. why lego?? If it was not a lego game i would buy but if i want to play with legos like a child i will go and buy legos

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

OH man, gotta get this one, early reviews are game looks solid. Wonder if they'll do a lego superman???

juice656
juice656

When demo out? For pc? My kids love´s lego SW and indiana..

shawn7324
shawn7324

I went ahead and ordered this game as I've enjoyed the hell out of the other 2 Lego games.

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

I'm 26 yrs. old (felt the need to say that for some reason...), and this looks like a fun game to play with the kids. That, and I a fan of the animated series, and this kind of reminds me of that show. I would say they should do a Lego Spiderman, but that horse has been beat to death; or a Lego Superman, but that horse wasn't alive to begin with.

wavey_gravey
wavey_gravey

Looking forward to this one very much. Loved Star wars and Indiana Jones and I think this will be just a fun.

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

I totally can't wait!!! I'm soooo getting the game, it looks sweet! :D

payne6705
payne6705

I'm 100 years old and I have no intention of play Lego Batman I mean you young people...how did they get the legos inside that old gaming contraption the xboxstaion3

quickchord
quickchord

Legos! An addiction for the greater portion of mine life. I'm 27 and still enjoy these titles. I hope they do a new Legos Racer game, That would be wicked!

Guljigit92
Guljigit92

And good!!!!very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wyoboy
Wyoboy

This looks like some kind of support group for the sheepishly reluctant fans of the LEGO games, so I'll join the throng - I'm 33 year-old, father of four, attorney, LEGO game-a-holic. To anyone who may doubt the appeal of the LEGO games: rent it, see if you don't find yourself wanting to play again after you've taken the rental back. I rented first and bought immediately after - first SW on the PS2, then SW on the PS3, and Indie (PS3) on the day it was released (of course, they're for my children *cough*chuckle*geekish snort*). These games are gold and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Lego: Batman.

starduke
starduke

I'm 21. I still play with my Lego collection, which I started when I was 5. I was really exited when I heard about this game. Instead of spending hundreds of bucks to get the entire Lego Batman collection I can just spend the 30 bucks for the game. I'd, hopefully, have more fun playing the game as well. Besides, Batman is my favorite DCU dude.

Mozillo
Mozillo

9th_solbadguy, no it would not be good... or wicked... it wouldn't work... They have already made lego football games... But they were completely different to these sort of lego games...

Altiar25
Altiar25

i want them to make a lego lord of the rings :P

GuNNerWiLLiAMS
GuNNerWiLLiAMS

If this is half as good as the star wars installments this will be one cool game!

medev
medev

i love all lego games. i want this one to ^^

xraystar
xraystar

im 25 yrs old and loved lego indiana jones - batman looks even cooler!

9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

the next lego game should be about FIFA lol that would be wicked

9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

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9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

no need to fear benjit6 AJ Stylez is also getting this game lol

benjit6
benjit6

im 20 years old and sooo interested, gonna be great fun

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

looks k, will probably get it when it drops in price

Regression
Regression

I'm 30 years old and no longer worried about what people might think of me if I *gasp* got enjoyment out of a Lego game. Looks like a rental..

i_BOX
i_BOX

im 20 years old so not interested at all

masanator1
masanator1

This game looks awsome u can play as a lego nightwing

djhado
djhado

I' Hate Lego Games

royalpierre
royalpierre

the lego games are fun to play when your hammered, so i'm in

mckmason
mckmason

Is lego videogames really what the videogamers these days want? I got a better idea, instead of releasing A lego star wars game, lego indiana jones game or a lego batman game... Why don't you take the time and release that upcoming indiana jones game, That upcoming Arkham Asylum game, and another couple star wars games

squirlman555
squirlman555

i just wanna know if killer croc will be in it

jets78
jets78

looks fun for a weekend rental or i,ll wai t till it,s 20 bucks or less

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'm not buying a PS3 for games like this. I want grand, epic titles.

Rolld6
Rolld6

"The puzzle aspect seems easier than Lego Indiana Jones..." This is not a good sign for the series as I found LIJ too easy and a dissappointment in that regard. I loved the game, but easy puzzles in not a trend to encourage.

gtafan08
gtafan08

this game is gonna rock i have been a fan of legos since i was 4 to 5 years old

jangofett
jangofett

i really cant whait to get it i have always been a huge fan of batman.

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

I can't wait! Pre-ordered it last week :)