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The (Lego) Dark Knight
LEGO Batman: The Videogame (Xbox 360)
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LEGO Batman: The Videogame (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Fun, Good use of the batman license, Faithful to fans.
Disadvantages: Lots of time needs to be put in, Substandard graphics and music.
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.
Summary: Give it a go, but only if you can get it cheap.
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