Video Game Review: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

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Why do we play Lego games?  Is it for the nostalgia of building legos as kids, or how we wish legos could do the things they do in games in real life?  Or, are we addicted to collecting things like achievements, trophies, and in Lego games; characters, minikits, secret levels.  Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is your typical Lego game with some minor changes from its predecessors.

Synopsis:

Braniac has captured all the Lanterns, and is coming for the Planet Earth to capture it to add to his collection.  It is up to the Justice League and their arch nemesis’s to band together to take rescue all the lanterns on their planets, and take down Braniac before he captures everything in his collectible bottles.

Gameplay:

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The game plays like any other lego game if you are familiar with them.  It is a top down adventure game where it is all about button mashing and picking up studs.  Studs are used to unlock characters as you play through the story.  You control one character in your party that could be up to in a level.  Batman, and now some of the other characters have new costumes that you can change into on the fly instead of having to build the platform.

There are puzzles in this game, but they are fairly simple since this is targeted for a young audience.  What is nice as well is if your character is needed in the specific location you can auto transform into the necessary costume to perform the task which could be looking through a wall with x-ray glasses, or using your magnet gun to pull down a trigger.

I played this game with my six year old son, and we had a blast working together to solve the puzzles.  I would give him the chance to figure it out, and really think about what the best option was before we continued through the mission.

There are also boss battles in each level that are honestly not that difficult.  They range from The Joker, to Yellow Lantern, to a gigantic Superman in the final battle.  The boss battles consist of you building some sort of contraption that will be able to stop the boss from hurting you.  You most likely will die quite a bit, but thankfully there is unlimited lives.

Once you complete the game, it is all about collecting the unlockable characters in the game.  There are over 150 characters you will be able to unlock in this game.  You will be able to unlock all the lanterns(green, red, yellow, orange, blue, magenta) as well as others from the DC Universe like Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Black Adam, Shazam, Zatanna, and many more.

Graphics:

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Each Lego game I play I am constantly impressed with what they are able to do.  I played this on the PS4 but I am sure they look just as good on the other consoles.  The cutscenes are something you would see out of a Lego movie such as Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars, or Ninjago.  The production value is really high especially the way the game kicks off with you fighting the well known villains for each superhero(The Joker, Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah).  The load times are real quick and the cutscenes flow right into gameplay.

Audio:

I loved Lego Batman 2 soundtrack with the classic Burton theme song for when you were driving around Gotham in the batmobile or William’s Superman theme song from the 1978 movie starring Christopher Reeve.  In this game you have both of those songs plus the classic ’66 Batman theme song, and Wonder Woman’s song from her TV show in the 70s.  The background orchestral music in the cutscenes created the interest, and tension at times that kept me and my son ready for the next mission.

The voice acting is also superb.  I honestly think that Troy Baker’s Batman is on par with Kevin Conroy’s Batman.  Adam West is also in the game as that is who you have to save in each level like you had to do with Stan Lee in Lego Marvel.  Conan O’Brien and Kevin Smith are also in the game where Conan is like the narrator, and Kevin is seen cleaning what looks like Wayne Manor.

Final Thoughts:

While Lego Batman 3 is a good game, I personally do not feel that it is as good as other Lego games out there such as Lego Batman 2, and Lego Marvel.  I loved the open world aspect of Lego Batman 2, and Lego Marvel with the various mini-missions that you are able to do in between levels or after you beat the game.  Lego Batman 3 is very linear and go from one level to the next while you are in the watchtower.

Also, for the game being called Lego Batman 3 there is very little about Batman in this game, and it is mainly about Green Lantern and all the other lanterns.  I am okay with this but just wish they would call the game Lego Justice League or Lego DC Heroes.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Developer: Traveller’s Games

Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Official Website: http://www.legobatman3beyondgotham.com/

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Vita

Genre: Action Adventure ESRB: E(Everyone 10+)

Game Modes: Single Player, Local Multiplayer

Release Date: November 14, 2014

 

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