Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Some Of The Finer Points Of Lego Batman

There will be a full review of Lego Batman in time; the short version will be that it's better than Lego Indy without being actually good. Some of its high points:

* You can play as the Joker, you can get his costume from the cover of The Killing Joke, and you can shoot Barbara Gordon in the spine.

* You can play as Bane and break Batman's back across your knee. (There is an Achievement for this.)

* You can punch Dick Grayson in the face until his head falls off.

That's a good start, but I was disappointed to find that Jason Todd is not present to recreate his fateful encounter with the Joker, and neither Black Mask nor Spoiler are available to continue the theme. I would also have liked, for comic effect, Thomas and Martha Wayne - when Martha Wayne breaks into her lego pieces she should spill little pearl-coloured studs.

I guess some dreams are not meant to be.


Grant said...

I think that perhaps the Lego well has run a little dry.

Greg Tannahill said...

I'd love to know if Traveler's Tales changed level designers after the first Lego Star Wars - that thing was a joy to play, but everything that's come since has been a fixed-wing flight through the skies of crapulence. It's particularly noticeable in this one with jumps that are impossible to judge, horrible boss fights, and "secrets" that are often more chore than revelation.

Morgan said...

There is one last Lego game for them to make.

Lego Lord of the Rings. It makes sense - Lego has been plugging every long-lasting franchise out there, and LOTR has been plugging every game genre, hoping for a genuine hit.

And Battle for Middle Earth 2 is the closest.

Greg Tannahill said...

I had heard talk of a Lego Harry Potter but I wasn't sure if that was rumour or an official game. It makes sense, as there's an existing Lego Harry Potter toy franchise and there's further upcoming movies to tie into.