Matt reviews the latest release in the Lego Franchise, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the latest release from TT Games and sees the Lego caped crusader return following 2012s largely disappointing DC Super Heroes. In Beyond Gotham the combined forces of the Justice League and Legion of Doom go to space to battle Brainiac, who is intent on shrinking the Earth to add to his diabolical collection of shrunken cities.
I’ve been a fan of the Lego games since Lego Star Wars was first released, whilst not always the best games, I have always played them for the pure enjoyment of seeing your favourite characters in Lego form. With this in mind I was slightly sceptical going into Beyond Gotham, especially as DC Super Heroes got very boring, very quickly. It seemed as though smashing everything in sight with little Lego Minifigures had a limited especially when the story you’re playing doesn’t grip you. So how does Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham compare?
First off let’s talk about the graphics, now I am playing the Xbox 360 version so I obviously don’t get the full New Gen experience but I was lucky enough to try the game out on the PS4 at the Press Event in London and it looked impressive. There is certainly a huge leap from DC Super Heroes. The animation is considerably smoother and the actions of your characters have a subtlety about their movement which adds a greater sense of realism. Not that Lego ever looks real but you know what I mean. The cinematic segments are first rate and really help to build the story in a way that was lost in the previous title. Even on the 360 the graphics are great, although I have noticed the odd very minor glitch now and again but that is more likely to be the game pushing the system to its limits than in game issues.
Speaking of the storyline this is where the game really steps up. I’m genuinely addicted and can’t wait to see what will happen next, I won’t give away too much but the Super Heroes and Super Villains joining forces is a stroke of genius and makes the gaming experience that much more fun, allowing you to take control of Villains such as The Joker, Killer Croc and even Giganta. As I said the story is incredibly well written and really pulls you in which, let’s face it, is key to any games success. Add to this the often hilarious voice acting, including some great cameos from the likes of Adam West, Kevin Smith and Conan O’Brien, and you are on to a winner.
As always with Lego games there is a strong emphasis on two player play and Beyond Gotham is no different. Well, that’s not entirely true, it’s actually very different, TT Games have introduced an intelligent split screen that uses one screen if you are both in the same place and then intelligently splits to whatever area you move too, creating a cinematic quality that, whilst a bit odd at first, is actually the best split screen I have ever used.
Overall this is a really accomplished release full of the classic Lego humour, a gripping story and all the depth you would want from a game. In fact depth doesn’t quite cover it, TT Games have researched the DC Universe to an almost Fanboy level, bringing in over 150 characters who, believe it or not, are all genuine characters from DC’s history. This includes such little known characters as Black Adam or Condiment King as well as Cult favourites such as Lobo or Swamp Thing.
I’ve enjoyed playing this game so much that it has become my first ever Season Pass purchase too, with six DLC packs to be released featuring some amazing extras, it seems like real value for money.
This is, in my opinion, the most accomplished release from the Lego Games franchise to date and will appeal to players of all ages, in other words if you haven’t played it yet, why not?
Until next time Bat Fans.
HITC’s Rating 9/10
An accomplished game that's tons of fun
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is out now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and Wii U with future releases for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS coming soon.
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