LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
June 19, 2012
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The multisystem release of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes offers more third-person platforming action for young (and young-at-heart) comics, building-block, and video game fans. Carrying on from the first adventure, Batman and Robin are joined by the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern in virtual LEGO-constructed settings stocked with gadgets and special-use power suits. Players will also pilot the Batmobile and Batwing in some sequences. As in Traveller's Tales' earlier LEGO adventures, a second gamer can drop in and out of the action at almost any time.
A Button = jump
Double Tap A Button = fly, double jump or combat roll
B Button = build/use/activate/special ability or weapon
X Button = attack/shoot
Hold X Button = aim
Y Button = change character
Hold Y Button = choose any character in free play
Left Thumbstick = move character
Right Thumbstick = move camera
Left Bumper/Right Bumper = toggle character
Start Button = pause/in-game options
For more than 70 years, Batman has borne internal conflicts that have made him the most intriguing superhero character in all of comics. How can a law enforcer work outside the law? How can a "good guy" be so cynical all the time? There is a conflict in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, as well. When it works, it is so much fun that when it doesn't work your feelings of resentment are all the more unpleasant by comparison.
A sequel's six-word title can tell you a lot about what to expect, even before you boot up for the first time. Foremost, this is a LEGO game, well within the style of earlier adventures from Traveller's Tales. Clever platform puzzles focus on teamwork between different characters with different abilities, and the accessible, forgiving, no-death play is made challenging by an abundance of collectables and unlockables.
The game is also worthy of the "Batman 2" in its title, as it builds upon the setting of the original with an expansive, open-world Gotham City. Looking beyond the Dynamic Duo, the well-written story revolves around the relationship between Batman and Superman, with the universe of "DC Super Heroes" sufficiently represented by a roster that embraces classic characters as well as rising stars of the "New 52."
Perhaps not surprisingly, considering the new features and expanded scope, LEGO Batman 2 is a glitchy, buggy game. In Free Play mode, it is sometimes possible to complete puzzle elements out of order, making it unintuitive and difficult to finish the level. Worse, rarely but with far too much regularity, characters become unresponsive, or the game completely freezes up.
The dynamic split-screen feature causes much more trouble than it is worth. At first, the functionality looks fancy and feels liberating, but in practice, it induces nausea and creates strife. Situations that demand precise directional control require a fixed viewpoint, but split-screen perspectives spin and shift constantly, according to the characters' relative positions as they move about the level. It is impossible to aim steadily.
In such a situation, the easiest solution is to ask your partner to stop moving until you complete your direction-dependant task. This will make him feel conspicuously un-heroic, but it's a temporary imposition. Unfortunately, the freeze-up bug calls for a more villainous workaround: you'll probably have to reboot the game. Yet even then, because of the forgiving play style, all you'll really lose is the time it takes to make your way back to your previous location.
Let's be clear: it is unfair for any game to ask players to use workarounds such as these. With this game, however, many players will choose to use them anyway. The bugs are not forgivable, but they can be forgettable. This may be the highest praise, for such a conflicted game; that in spite of the severe frustrations it imposes, you'll still want to keep on playing it. In all, LEGO Batman 2 is far more fun than it is broken. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide