Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes preview

TT Games returns this year with a sequel to the popular Lego Batman game, and it’s bigger and better than ever before.

Lego games have always been fun, successful titles to pick up and play, but Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes takes things up a notch with the addition of other major DC characters. This latest title takes the series in a slightly new direction, incorporating a large, living, breathing city complete with free-roaming gameplay. True to the free-roam style, vehicles around Gotham city can even be entered and driven in the event of your hero tiring out.

Several different DC heroes are available to play as, including The Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman, and each come with their trademark abilities such as flight and super speed, but in the preview demo that we got our hands on, we experienced the first level of the game as the Dark Knight himself and his sidekick Robin.

Combat-wise, Lego Batman 2 is essentially the same as all previous Lego titles. Simple hits will be used to make your enemies brick it as you progress through the level, and mini puzzles and objectives will need to be completed by using your character’s unique abilities – which in the case of Batman is his Batarangs and grappling hook.

A huge new feature added to the Lego series in LB2 is that the game features fully voiced cut scenes – something that has never been put into a Lego game before but still works very well, and rest assured that the mute humour of the Lego game series hasn’t been forgotten. Behind all of this, we’re told that a serious story takes place with all of the characters too.

TT has worked closely with the likes of DC and Warner Brothers to ensure that the characters, story and world created are exactly as they should be, and it shows.

Another really cool thing about Lego Batman 2 is that character customisation options in the game allow you to create your own completely unique character from various Lego pieces, choose their powers and then roam around the city to your heart’s content.

In the short time that we had with Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, it was clear that the game is a step above its predecessors. The size of the game has been increased dramatically, but it still manages to contain the fun and humour that the series is known for.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in June.

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