Lego Batman 2 is a great addition to the ever growing Lego series!
How can I possibly review it then? Well my wife and all 4 children are huge fans of the brand and have all managed Platinum Trophies/1000G on multiple games in the series. So far on this particular game my wife and 3rd eldest child ( who is 8 ) have put in a considerable number of hours and I have discussed the pros and cons of this game compared to previous titles at length with them!
Please continue reading and any feedback is welcome!
I have scored it as an 8 and the reason for this is that my 8 year old says 8.5 and best in series but my wife says 7.5 and only third in series ( behind Pirates and Harry years 5-7 ).
I will now examine this difference of opinion - my wife likes to play the levels and prefers the idea that the majority of the "discoverables" ( gold bricks, characters etc ) should be hidden within the levels and that multiple play through's are required with different characters to get at everything. While this holds true in Lego Batman 2 to a certain extent, at least as far as replaying levels goes, there are only 15 levels! The majority of the "discoverables" are located in the "open world" aspect of it. This is where my 8 year old sees the game as an improvement - he has enjoyed finishing all 15 levels but is having much more fun exploring the open world to find bricks and characters while racking his "money" up for the 10 billion stud achievement! My wife feels that Lego Batman 2 leans too far in this direction and preferred the balance found in Pirates!
Both find the combat enjoyable - if a little easy, and the talking characters is a huge huge improvement. The depth of humour is much, well, deeper and I have thoroughly enjoyed the cut scenes!
As is common in all the Lego games there have been the fair share of glitches - either things not working as expected or the whole system freezing up! According to my family this is the most important thing for the developers to address in the next game.
So all in all a worthy addition to the series and lots of fun for all ages!
Thanks for reading and feel free to let me know your thoughts!!