The Dynamic Duo are back, and this time they’ve brought their friends to play.
Traveller’s Tales is releasing a much-anticipated sequel to Lego Batman: The Videogame next month, and we got hands-on with the demo at MCM Expo. While the story of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes remains mostly under wraps, the game will see the Dynamic Duo teaming up with the Justice League to combat the unprecedented threat of the Joker and his new ally, Lex Luthor. The start of the demo sees Bruce Wayne beating Lex to win the coveted Man of the Year Award, then all hell breaks loose when Joker and his cronies decide to crash the ceremony. After a quick costume change, Batman and Robin must battle groups of goons, solve puzzles and assemble Lego objects to progress through the campaign.
The big change for Lego Batman 2 is that it's set in an open world, so you can expect to find vast numbers of collectables and secrets hidden throughout Gotham City. Due to its vast size, co-op is now split screen. You and your partner can can choose to explore opposite ends of the city if you so choose, or you can stick together. You’ll team up with plenty of familiar faces such as Wonderwoman, Flash, Green Lantern and the Man of Steel himself, Superman. While we didn’t get to play as Superman, we did get to see him in action, flying around Gotham City and using his breath to freeze enemies. Due to the different powers of the assorted DC heroes (and villains), collectables are much more widespread, and require you to use a variety of characters to uncover them all. With over fifty characters to unlock for the Free Play mode, DC Super Heroes will offer a lot of replay value, in addition to its 15 hour campaign.
For the first time in a Lego game, DC Super Heroes will feature a fully-voiced cast of characters, including veterans Kevin Conway and Tara Strong, who play Batman and Harley Quinn, respectively. During the demo we got to play as Batman and Robin, switching between the two characters to utilise their different skill sets to complete puzzles and progress through levels. Using alternative costumes, Batman and Robin gain extra powers such as acrobatics and x-ray vision. We got to try out Robin’s acrobat suit which totally switches up his fighting style by giving him a staff that he can use to hit multiple enemies at once. It can also be used to climb up to previously unreachable areas. He can also turn into a ball at the touch of a button to activate switches and roll over enemies. Batman’s stealth suit allows you to pass through laser security systems undetected and you can manipulate items through walls using x-ray vision.
While the demo we played was only fifteen or so minutes long, it was fun to play. DC Super Heroes retains the fun of previous Lego games, and we’re looking forward to seeing more at this year’s E3. The game is set for release on a whole host of platforms in June. And if you want to watch the Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes demo from the GameSpot UK games stage at MCM, head over to our channel on Twitch.TV.
Lucy, you need a proof reader. You put the word can next to each other two times. " You and your partner can can choose to explore opposite ends of the city if you so choose, or you can stick together." Just a heads up, other than that nice job
I end up playing a Lego *something* game every year or so and they're always sooo similar. Don't get me wrong, they're always well done, with a good sense of humour, but nothing new. I hope the "open world" adds a little something extra to a very tired formula :)
@mattcake I know they're trying to build it up to be slightly similar to arkham city (open world , voice acting , etc.) but I would prefer for the open-world setup to go for the (practically announced) Lego LOTR , the fantasy theme would work much more towards an open-world design , it would add a sort of rpg feel to the game.
I never really cared for Lego Batman , is just lacked the character the other games had , the made-for-game story line didn't hold up and the game just felt run down , especially in comparison to the fairly large amount of content in LSW complete saga or the amount of references in games like lego indiana jones , of all the lego movie games lego batman was definitely my least favorite of the games. The major changes seem to be nice though , I hope the portable (namely 3ds) versions don't get watered down ports (ie. lego star wars 3 clone wars for 3ds) , lego pirates actually near equaled the console versions in quality.
Super excited as well, but I am also skeptical, I hear "open world", but i've played the other Lego games, I see that cut-scenes are gonna have to have both guys together, ("co-op is now split screen. You and your partner can can choose to explore opposite ends of the city if you so choose"), so i think these promises might be bigger than they will actually be in game. I'd love a proper DC open world game (DC Universe didn't do it), I just doubt it will be found in a Lego game first. But I hope Im wrong!
Kevin CONWAY?! really?! I'd think Kevin Conroy has made enough of a name for himself in Voice acting up to this point, to have it confused by a "Journalist", but then again, I may be overreacting...
Can't work out whether I am happy about them talking or not! Kinda liked the little noises they made before :( Still waaaay excited though!
I don't normally point these things out, but you guys listed "Kevin Conway" as the voice actor for Batman. I think you're thinking of Kevin Conroy.
@ThePowerOfHAT Thanks dude, I'll get it changed in the morning. -10 nerd points for me (+10 for you)
Question is does this manage to add anything to the same old gameplay formula we've seen for like 10 games. Really starts to feel like I'm playing the same game with different skin.
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