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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-10-10 / Published by Warner Bros. Interactive

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      16.01.2012 14:39
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      A little gem of a game

      I became interested in this game while i was sat watching my younger brother play it one day, the more i watched, the more my fingers itched to have a go for myself, so i kind of bribed my little bro into letting me 'borrow' the game.... 5 weeks later... and very surprisingly to me, i am still playing it, and better still, enjoying it! haha! who would have though it, a game i would never otherwise dream of selecting to buy or play i was now being attracted like a magnet to play this again and again. The game itself is rated a 7+ and is suitable for play with xbox live , it is available to buy at every good games suppliers and price tags vary from around £10 to £20. The characters available to play in this game are pretty awesome and varied, you can play all the charachters from the actual game and once you have defeted all the baddies in story mode you can play as those characters too, story mode is brilliantly set up and is highley entertaining to follow without pressing that skip button too much, it is jam packed full of cool gadgets, techniques, vehicles and amazingly enough.......fun! The plot is pretty much the same as the films so i am not going to spoil the missions of the game by describing what each of the missions and levels are, this is part of the gameplay experience and should be played to be enjoyed, i must admit that this is certainley not a game i would normally choose to play but then again i am so glad i did because it is a really good game, it goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover! Compared to the type of fast paced action games i usually play this one was like a breath of fresh air, a calming, chilling and relaxing game which is a tad challenging in parts but id say fairly easy to play and theraputic too, this game is a mustfor all the huge batman fans out there as it offers a chance to get inside the dynamics of the films in a fun way, allowing you to be who ever you want to be and taking on the traits of each character can be fun as well as mixing things up with the create your own charachter feature. This game also has a humourous side (i dont know if this is just me!) but i certainley have a giggle or two whilst playing this so therefore id say it is entertaing too. i also think the variety of vehicals in this game is very cool and supplies many hours of fun, its a game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and sexes (my girlfriend also like this one!) and i for one have and will enjoy many more hours playing this little gem of a game. I would recommend to everyone.

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        13.05.2011 16:10
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        one of the most enjoyable easy to play games.

        I remember spending loads of my time playing lego star wars games when I was at college, most people may think that its going to be a rubbish game but believe me its not. There is so much you can do on it, they have made it really well, it's a really fun, long, interactive game. Some parts in the game are really cleaver and it make you solve some complicated situations. The Lego range has been going for a while now, with star wars, batman, harry potter, Indiana jones ect and all of them are as fun as the last. Lego Batman has a decent story, I like how it has all the classic Batman villains and they have escaped from Arkham Asylum. So you know what the story is going to be about? Batman and his sidekick Robin must recapture them. That's not the best bit though once you have complete the "hero" side you can move to the villain side and play as the bad guys. This was my best bit, being the joker or one of the other goons and going round and destroying stuff. The game is really easy to play and family friendly, I think it's the only game I have seen a girl play successfully :P Playing batman you don't notice the time go, its so much fun. Playing Coop with a friend or girlfriend is always a great laugh because you have to work together to get to the end, but then if she is annoying you, you can always smash her lego (robin) in to lots of pieces lol. I think overall there are 15 levels to complete with both sides (good and evil) so the game is really big and you cant complete it by only doing the level once. You will unlock story mode where some things can be reached of unlocked on your first go, you may need to go back with a different character who has special abilities to unlock stuff. This way makes the game huge, it takes such a long time to complete because your constantly going back to get the tricky bits you couldn't quite get with batman or robin. With all points you earn in game collecting lego coins, you can buy new characters, vehicles, weapons, outfits. You can make the game as interesting as you wish. Overall it's a really cleaver well thought out game that is suited to everyone. I don't think anyone would not enjoy playing it and I don't think anyone would find it too difficult. It's a great game, Lego games have all been really enjoyable. Good buy I say, And its pretty cheap now but the new one is out soon wait for that too.!

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          10.02.2010 22:03
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          Great game.

          Don't be put off by the fact that this game looks childish as its still really fun to play and there is so much to do it will keep you entertained for weeks. STORY Theres no story that specificaly connects to a previous batman plot but all the Arkham in-mates have escaped and come up with various plans to destroy the city. There are two side to play from, batmans side or the villans side. In each section there are three mission sets relating to a specfic villan (Joker, Riddler or Penguin) each have five mission within. GAME PLAY You get two characters with you for each mission usualy batman and robin for goodie missions or the mission set villan and the level villan for baddie missions. To reach the end of the level you must solve puzzels and fight enemies but the complete the level you have to find 10 hidden canisters, collected lego studs and a special red brick in each level which unlocks upgrades and characters you can buy with the studs. You cannot complete the level the first time you play because the characters you're using may not be able to access the canisters so you will need to return in free play where you can use any character to get the canisters etc. OTHER Two people can play at the same time. You can by upgrades you unlock to make the game eaiser, funnier or sillier. The cut scenes can be quite funny as none of the character can talk they use slap stick comedy to comunicate. It has endless replay value and will entertain you even if you're used to more advanced games and great for almost any family member. Highly recomended to everyone, you know you want to!

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          03.09.2009 15:03
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          Can pick it up very cheap now, and even if you dont have kids it'll be a great few hours

          I've been a fan of the Lego games since they first released the Star Wars Lego titles, and they all follow the same basic gameplay style. In Lego Batman you play through six campaigns, three of which are for the good guys, and then when completed can be played again from the bad guys (villains) perspectives. The game features alot of puzzles to complete, and features Batman and Robin fighting against their foes (The Riddler, The Penguin and The Joker) who have broken out of Arkham Asylum and are causing havoc across Gotham City. You can play as many of the famous Batman characters, such as: Batman, Robin, The Joker, Catwoman and many more, as well as using vehicles on land, air and sea such as the batmobile, batboat and batwing. This game is excellent for kids, as it features puzzling activities, is rather easy and is very fun. Though adults will love it too, I certainly did.

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            10.08.2009 21:25
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            Great game for all ages.... just give it a go

            I can hear you in the shop asking yourself who in their right mind would buy Lego Batman... well it should be you! Its a brilliant game, so highly addictive. There are so many different levels to the game, to change what is happening and keep you entertained. Whether its you being one of the "goodies" Batman, Robin, Batgirl etc. or one of the "baddies" the riddler, clay face, or the joker etc. The graphics are excellent, I have not found any issues with screens freezing or other glitches which can often occur with games such as this. The videos in between levels are both funny and really link everything together. There were only a couple of parts I was not really impressed with, these being the extra bruce wayne manor bonus level. This did not keep my attention like the similar star wars lego bonus level managed to. another being that it could be difficult on occasions to work out who the "baddies" and the "goodies" were due to the darkness of scenes. I think that the achievements to be gained on the Xbox 360 add to the enjoyment. It makes you more determined to complete and gives you a strange little buzz when you have done them. Overall, I think that it is a fantastic game and I recommend for adults and children alike, it is perfectly suitable for all ages and will keep you entertained for hours at a time!

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              04.08.2009 17:26
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              Great game.

              The Lego video games have been really good in recent years with great titles like Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones, this game promises more of the lego fun you know and love. Lego Batman has a decent story, all the classic Batman villains have escaped from Arkham Asylum and Batman and his sidekick Robin must recapture them. The story is told through silent cut scenes which usually are quite amusing with Robin's ineptitude nearly always providing the laughs. I think that it is good that they made an original story (well it is sort of!) but I wouldn't have minded if they used some stuff from the movies! The combat is the same family friendly action you have come to expect with the most violent thing on screen is characters crumbling into the lego blocks they are made of. It's easy to perform cool looking melee moves and use your gadgets like the batarang to defeat foes. It doesn't take much skill though so more experienced gamers may find it a little shallow. Added to the mix are some puzzles which can get a little tricky to solve, sometimes because the computer won't help you! Luckily the game is co op so you can get someone to jump in and give you a hand. To add to the replay value of the game they have created levels where instead of being Batman and Robin you play as the villains! They all have really cool abilities and interesting weapons to use and to fight with. These levels were some of the most fun levels in the game for me. If you want some more family friendly action, you shouldn't hesitate to pick up Lego Batman. Fun for you and the kids!

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              19.06.2009 20:04

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              Brilliant

              This is the second Lego game i have played....i enjoyed Lego Indiana Jones so much i couldnt pass by the opportunity to become the caped crusader. Lego Batman is far more complex than its predeccessor...and quite rightly so. Batman introduces new moves and features...such as the batarang....which is not only usefull...but fun :) This game begins with the player battling for the side of Good....choosing to be either batman or robin...the second half allows you to be evil...and choose from many characters from the films...including Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy or Scarecrow. The graphics on the game are excellent...and the music is the original score by Danny Elfman from the original batman movie. Warner have done an excellent job with Batman's outing, and i cant wait to see what they have up their sleeves next. This game is fun for all of the family...and is great in single player...but playing with two players makes it much more fun...and easier. The achievements come thick and fast throughout the natural progression of the game...and you'll want to play through again just for the fun of it.

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              01.06.2009 00:28
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              Give it a go, but only if you can get it cheap.

              Lego you say, Batman you mutter, a mish mash of the two? Will you ever be able to 'Lego' or is it a load of 'Blocks' read on... Batman is the well known superhero of Gotham City, avenging his parents death by donning the guise of a bat and battling a number of villains using his detective skills, gadgets and no obvious superhero ability. Lego is a danish toy that is now a global phenomenon revolving around interlocking colourful plastic blocks which can be used to create everyday scenes, vehicles and buildings, or anything your imagination and skill that can create. Put the two together and you get an odd game of ups and downs... Lego batman is a 3D platformer / puzzler which involves yourself and a sidekick (which can be played by a second player or the computer) travelling through three 5 level scenarios as batman and robin battling a number of batmans enemies in the first 4 levels and then a main villain in the 5th finale. This creates the first 15 levels of the game, then the action switches over and you gain the chance to play as the villains for the same number of levels, usually setting up the plots that batman will foil in his missions. The levels are fairly straightfoward on the first playthrough, simply get to the end by building lego and battling enemies then take on a boss who has a routine with a weak point you must exploit. Some levels give you the chance to play vehicle based missions, these are nothing special but are a nice change of pace. However afterwards comes the free play, free play allows you to play with any characters you have unlocked and involves much more puzzling areas, as you can search the levels for hidden minikits, hostages and elusive secret red bricks. The characters you can unlock range from the well known such as Batman, The Joker and Alfred the Butler, to the mentioned, The Riddler, Nightwing, to those you will only know if you are a fan of the batman universe - Ra's al ghoul, Hush. You can also create you own from a mixture of body parts which is a nice touch to play through the levels with. Each of the characters has different abilities such as jumping high, immunity to poison, superstrength and gliding (amongst others) which is related to their characters history and makes sense, for example killer croc is immune to poison and can swim but cannot jump high or hypnotise people. These different abilities are used on free play to unlock areas where the aforementioned collectibles hide. Batman and Robin also have four different costumes they can change into to gain abilities such as swimming and immunity to heat. This does make the game confusing at times as all the different types and abilities of characters can be hard to remember. The storyline of the game is fairly comic, none of the darkness of the comics, lots of slapstick playing on the villains characters, so killer moth is always mesmerized by lights and the scarecrow is always covered in birds, this is a nice touch and makes the game accesable for both children and adults. The graphics and sound are both fine, nothing special but then again nothing special is really needed, the music does follow the lines of classical batman fare from the movies which is nice, and the small touches such as the cinema where bruce waynes parents were killed in levels are a nice shout out to fans. But you wont be using this game to show off your tv and consoles HD quality. The replay value on this game is high, collecting minikits unlocks memoribillia from the missions, and collecting and spending studs in levels (the games form of money) will help you unlock more missions, characters, vehicles and facts about batmans history from the comics. The achievements are a mixed bag, most are fun to get and almost all of the villains has their own achievement which encourages you to play as each of them, as well as having standard completeing the level, collecting all of *insert item here* and unlocking all of *insert other item here* achievements. There are a few quirky achievements you can try such as beating a certain number of enemies in a certain time but some of the quirkier ones are very buggy and will require multiple successful attempts to unlock. Overall this is a fun game for a while but you will need to be dedicated to get the most out of it.

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                18.05.2009 02:32
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                An excellent choice. Well worth the asking price of £30ish.

                Anyone familiar with previous LEGO titles (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) will know what to expect here, fun and fast family friendly gaming. Graphics are excellent, crisp and sharp with no frame rate issues. With the cutscenes being finished with extreme detail. The characterful cutscenes are full of the comic humour seen in previous games, although with this being a whole new story theres nothing solid to parody and sometimes the jokes can fall through compared to Star Wars or Indy, this aside they are still strong overall. One minor issue with the graphics is the combat, with lots of enemys swamping towards your characters it can be difficult to pick out your characters in the melee. Particularly in the heroes freeplay mode when you choose a villain character to solve a puzzle, although this problem has been present in every LEGO crossover game. Controls are simple, effective and intuative as with previous games. Although the vehicle levels feel clunky, another problem brought back from older games. The levels are varied and almost always fun, with lots of "buddy" gameplay needed to solve the simple puzzles. This can be done with one player swapping between the playable characters , two people using the same console, or (as far as I believe) 2 people over XBox Live. The one main complaint I would have is that its sometimes hard to tell wether or not a puzzle is part of the main levels progress or purely to gain access to extra areas. Every level is selected through one of two semi-playable areas, the Heroes from the Batcave, and the Villains from the depths of Arkham Asylum. Each area is made up of several parts including the aforementioned level select, a trophy room where the collected minikits are shown (after being collected in each level), the main hub area (with the selection point for switching areas and the computer to "buy" new characters and extras) and in the villains, a pair of user created characters which are playable in game. If you liked any of the previous LEGO games (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), then this should continue to hold your intrest in the series. If your a Batman fan with an open sense of humour, this will hold your intrest. Parents dont need to worry about this title being violent etc as all "violence" is comic, theres no gore or bad language (to be honest, theres NO language used) and the gameplay encourages pattern finding, exploration and problem solving.

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                30.03.2009 16:07
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                The lego batman game offers everything you'd expect to find with minimal draw backs. The basic story is that your batman or robin (or whichever character you unlock for that matter) and you play through many many different storylines. You can play as both good and evil and there are 15 levels in each excluding a secret, unlockable bonus level. The storyline follows no paticular order but is very vast and is good value for money. Consitering that the game is meant for mainy children the gameplay is quite good although there tends to be a lot of button mashing as there is only one button for attack. Some parts are quite intreging as you have to don special suits to get past certain parts (for example, ice suit, magnetic suit). The ease with thich the characters switch is easy and very useful taking only one tap of Y whilst standing near your desired character. The free play mode is great and provides a challenge for the more experienced gamers trying to find the 10 'minikits' hidden away on each level. You can even get creative and create your own hero or villain using him to scoure for those well hidden minikits. This game is excellent value for money as although the gameplay could be better it delivers on every expectation (considering it's a lego game) and provides a great variety of things to do (aswell as delivering some cheap laughs within the cut scenes.

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                  20.03.2009 17:13
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                  fantastic game, fun for anyone, any age, give it a go :)

                  Who'd have ever thought they'd make video games with lego?! I certainly didn't, but im so glad they did! Lego Batman is by far my favourite out of the lego series on the Xbox 360. I ended up playing the entire game with my boyfriend, it's so easy on the brain, and fun to play, you can spend hours running around Gotham City, defeating the Villains, or why not play as the Villains? The choice is yours! There are 30 levels in total, 15 of them you play as The Heroes, and 15 You play as the Villains, however. You can only play the Villain levels once you have completed the corresponding one in the Heroes part of the game. When playing as Batman and Robin, you unlock a variety of different "tech suits", that you can change into, that give you special abilitys., such as ; Batman : Glider suit (which makes him able to glide across long distances) A Sonic Suit (which enables him to break glass) Detonator Suit (which enables Batman to put down bombs) Heat Protection Suit (which enables you to walk across hot things, or walk through flames). Robin : Technology suit (which enables him to work the tech panels in the games, to drive remote control cars, robots etc). A Scuba Suit (which lets Robin dive under water). A Magnetic suit (which enables you to walk up metal walls). An Attract suit (which gives Robin a sort of hoover, that can suck up coloured lego blocks, to put into a machine to build various obects). The levels are pretty simple, infact the whole game is, but its so much fun. Your mission is to catch all of Gothams Villains, such as The Joker, Penguin, Ice Man, and Clayman etc, all of which have their own levels in which you have to defeat them on. Once you have completed each of the levels as Batman and Robin, you unlock the Villains side of that story, in which you can then play as any of the Villains. Such as The Joker, Penguin and Clayman. Once you've done all the levels you unlock "free play" which means once you've completed the game, you can go back and play levels as any character you want. Good or Bad. This for me, makes the games longevity, pretty damn good. The only tricky thing of the game, is sometimes the driving levels, or the levels in which you have to fly, the controls can be a bit annoying, especially when your playing co-op, trying to keep both vehicles on the screen at the same time, without it making one of the players drop out, is quite tricky. But Teamwork is all that's needed to persevere. As you bash, and fight your way through the levels, you collect "studs" which are small circular bits of lego, in which you can use to buy new characters, new vehicles and data from the main computer in the Batcave, or in the Villains case, the Arkham Asylum Computer. Theres so much to collect, and do on this game, its fun for all ages, the cutscenes are slapstick and funny, especially for kids, in general its just a fun all round game for anyone. I'd recommend this game to anyone who has enjoyed the lego series so far, and fancy playing something fun, on their own, or co-op with a friend. The only downside to the game, is there is no online multiplayer, that would have made a great addition to the game.

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                  19.03.2009 00:31
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                  Perfect for people of all ages, another Lego game classic

                  Lego Batman is in the Guiness Book of Records Gamers Edition as having the most enemies in a batman game (12) so that's a pretty good start for the game right? Call me childish but i really have got hooked on the new Lego games, indiana jones, star wars and this one, why? because they are everything a good game should be: -Fun - Interesting and most of all, HUGE, with loads to do throughout the game to make you keep coming back to try and 100% it. --- First Play --- The game on first play is great fun from the start, the comical lego videos introducing the levels are just as entertaining as the star wars ones. The game is easy to pick up and play as it's basically run around, kill people, find switches if you can't get somewhere etc. --- Story --- There's two sides to every story and this games no exception. Play as Batman and Robin to fight the Arkham Asylums freshly escaped villains Scarecrow, Joker, Penguin, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Mr Freeze, Riddler, Two Face and many more!, over 3 chapters worth of story for this one (6 episodes per chapter). Then switch it around and be evil as you fight the villains side of the story to take out Batman and Robin and reign terror over Gotham City. --- 100% It --- Many games get me finishing them and putting them away essentially, but this has kept me coming back to try and get up to 100% for many reasons. The fun add-ons, characters and extras (such as everyone wearing disguises), but above all it's the sheer vastness of this game. Like the other Lego games this one has loads to unlock, hidden areas and 3 requirements per level to complete it fully. You'll need to collect a set amount of Lego studs in the level, find all 10 Batman minikit pieces AND a hidden red Lego brick per level to complete it. These requirements may need you to come back as you may require specific characters, such as Robin with his magnetic boots to climb up metal or Mr Freeze to freeze some blocks to get to new areas. --- Achievement-heads --- Hooked on achievement points? this one has 46 different achievements to complete! should keep you busy for a fair while. --- Multiplayer --- The integration of co-op is a nice feature. Giving you the ability to play with a friend and even requiring two people for certain bits (computer does this automatically if playing alone) it can help give your friend something to do instead of watching you enjoying the game. --- Price --- At a bargain £15 or less from the Lego store online shop this is a great and entertaining game! --- Summary --- Sticking true to the original Batman style and including all the greatest villains and heroes is inspired on Travellers Tales (developers) part. Fun storylines and comical videos blend in well to the vast and varied gameplay. So much to do to complete the game fully it's perfect for those wanting a simple game or something more challenging by trying to find hidden areas etc. Despite getting a few poor reviews from various sites i cannot understand why at all, it's fun, cheap and addictive (try getting 100% and you'll see how tough it is). A full on 5 out of 5

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                    23.02.2009 14:24
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                    A good game all in all

                    I quite enjoyed this game. As far as the LEGO games on the XBox 360 console go, this is probably ranked second in my books, with LEGO Star Wars 2: The Complete Saga ranking number one. The game is a little on the confusing side, as it has 8 chapters, 3 for the Super Heros, 3 for the Super Villains, and a bonus level for each of the campaigns. Each of the campaigns is based on a movie, and is split into chapters depicting a scene. Some of the chapters represent whole movies too (as I said, a little confusing). In the super hero mode, you play as Batman and Robin, and in the super villain mode you play as 2 different super villains in each level. The game is great if you are a Batman or LEGO fan, and it is somewhat better than the LEGO Indiana Jones game. A great laugh if you have kids that need entertaining.

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                    A great 2 player game for the family to enjoy

                    Relationships succeed and fail for many reasons but an important one is spending time together and time apart. A couple that never see each other are likely to be doomed, but a couple who live in each other's pockets could end up having nothing to say to one another - a balance must be struck. I enjoy books, films, football, squash and computer games. My partner likes shopping, gossip, fashion, meals and nights out. There is little cross over in what we like, however, we compromise. I go shopping, she will watch the football. I play squash; she talks to me about someone at work for an hour while I half listen. One area that I rarely get her to join with me is computer games; however, I have found a game that she loved - perhaps more than I did! Gameplay To say that 'Lego Batman' does not reinvent the wheel is an understatement. To anyone who has played 'Lego Star Wars' of 'Lego Indiana Jones' you will know exactly what to expect. However, there are a few areas of advancement that perhaps make this the best Lego game so far. There are 15 levels in the game that you must tackle as Batman and Robin. However, after you have done this you unlock the same levels from the enemies' point of view and you play through them as Joker, Cat Woman, and Penguin etc. Overall the gameplay is still a straight forward 3D platformer with puzzle elements, but the two types of levels have subtle differences. This is because each character has a set skill base. Batman and Robin have some suits that allow them special skills such as magnetic boots, or the ability to withstand warmth. What they do not have is the bad guy skills of super strength or toxic walking! This means that to unlock all the games extras you need to play each level at least twice as both the good guys and the bad guys. For a basic game there is a lot of fun to be had here. 'Lego Batman' will not provide the thrills needed for a hardcore gamer, but for youngsters or new gamers it is simple to pick up and imaginative to play. My partner loved playing the game as its simple to use controls meant that she was the equal of me. We had to work as a team to complete the game and the inability to actually die means that this is a great casual experience. (4 out of 5) Characters/Story Although this game has the Batman IP it is not actually based on any of the films; instead it's the older comic books. This means that the fun sections from Star Wars and Indy are missing as there are no movie pastiches. However, what Traveller's Tales do have is the freedom to use every Batman character from the well known to the obscure. The three stories on offer may not be the most inspiring but they do take you into lots of different locations. Also with such a huge number of characters to play as you cannot fault it. (4 out of 5) Longevity 'Lego Batman' is probably the biggest of all the Lego games so far, at least clocking in around the same size as the complete Star Wars saga. However, despite this I was still able to 100% complete it within a week. This is mostly due to the easy nature of the gameplay. The achievements are what made the game last longer as you need to collect everything to get them. To begin with you think you will never succeed, but various bonus items that you unlock in the game do make it easier as time goes on to the point where you rush through the last few levels. (3 out of 5) Online Normally when a game does not have online I ignore this section. However, one of the biggest faults of 'Lego Batman' is that there is no online co-op mode. The first Star Wars 360 game had it, but since then Traveller's Tales have not bothered to implement it. This is not good enough for a game designed for two. (1 out of 5) Graphics Graphically this game only really has one job and that is to make it look like Lego. To this extent the game works as all the characters and environments are realised in cool Lego attire. However, this is not really enough in a HD world and 'Lego Batman' came out on nearly every console and you can tell. It is certainly the best looking in the series so far, but is nothing special. (3 out of 5) Level Design Once again 'Lego Batman' is meant to be a very accessible and simple game and the levels reflect this. However, their initial simplicity often hides hidden depth. Once each level is completed via the story you are free to re-enter it with all the characters. This means that sections which were once out of bounds are now open for your pleasure. There are loads of neat hidden Easter eggs in the game. I also thought that the simple puzzles were well thought out and that it all reflected Gotham City pretty well. (4 out of 5) Sound With no voice acting there is not that much that the sound has to offer. For some reason although there is no rights to the films in the game the music is from the big screen. Therefore, you get a feel for the environment, but the lack of character voice means that it never ventures beyond average at best. (3 out of 5) Summary Place 'Lego Batman' up against the likes of 'Bioshock' or 'Gears of War' and it may not look that pretty, sound that great, or be that complex. However, to do this would be to defeat the object as this is not a hardcore gamer's game, but a casual experience. My partner and I loved playing this together and that is enough for me to rate it highly. I would also suggest that it is a great game for kids to play with each other or with their parents and on the 360 a game that spans everyone is quite a rare thing. (4 out of 5) Maker: Traveller's Tales RRP £50 Amazon uk £29.33 Play.com £29.99

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                      Decent Game, But Not as Good as Previous Incarnations

                      Coming shortly after the release of the incredibly popular 'Lego Indiana Jones', 'Lego Batman' brings Gotham City's number one superhero to the Xbox 360. If you have played either of the previous two Lego games you will know what to expect with this one - simple puzzles, high levels of humour, and basic but effective graphics. This game does differ from the previous versions however, as Lego Batman is not based on any particular film. Whilst Lego Star Wars allowed the player to run through the plot of each of the movies, here we have a mish-mash of every Batman movie ever made. The games version of 'The Joker' is clearly taken from Jack Nicholson's portrayal, whilst the representation of 'The Penguin' is more akin to the version from the original TV series. There are also a number of lesser known villains which you will encounter throughout the game, including 'Harlequin' and 'Man-Bat'. During the game there are a variety of fairly easy puzzles to work through - most of which can be solved with a bit of co-operation from a friend - and this is where Lego Batman is most fun. Solving challenges in multiplayer mode is the best way to play through this game as interacting with another human player is better than the slightly dumb computer controlled sidekick that you get provided with. Lego games traditionally have sections where you get to control a vehicle, and this is where Lego Batman lets itself down. Whereas in Lego Star Wars where the driving / flying sections were quite good, here they are badly designed and repetitive. In these areas it is actually quite difficult to see what is happening on screen as the vehicles are quite small. The soundtrack is excellent, and is taken straight from the film. This really adds to the game and helps you immerse yourself into the Batman world. In summary, Lego Batman is a very good game, but seems perhaps a little rushed when compared to the original Lego Star Wars. However, if you haven't played a Lego game before, you won't be disappointed. Many of the levels are well designed and involve smashing up Lego structures which is quite fun. The game costs £29.98 from Amazon.

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