Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller’s Tales
The story portion that drives these levels weaves a pleasant, though too often safe, narrative. Leaning heavily on the concept that Batman/Lex are grumpy loners and Superman/Robin/Joker are free-spirited and friendly. Which, admittedly, leads to some snicker worthy moments, but too often, the jokes feel forced and obvious, or worse, uninspired and flat. Vicki Vale’s news reports are a prime example of this. It also initially seems to be a great lead-in to each level that is undone by ho-hum writing. Robin has some of the best lines, but he seems less on-screen time than Vicki! And where are the DC Heroes the subtitle makes me assume will play a large part of this game? Minus Superman, the main Justice League characters here (The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman), are only in the last couple of levels. This game should be titled Lego Batman & Superman, exactly how the box art displays it. Labeling it anything else is decisively misleading.
Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes includes many of the staples that the previous iterations have laid down as a foundation. This is level-based story progress, countless item collecting, breaking everything in sight, goofy after a goofy moment. It can happen before tossing out the rest of the proven blueprints in favor of a risky new design involving adding vocal cords to mimes, open-world exploration, and crossover antics. What stands here is good, often great even, but an improvement over the original design?
What is still delightful and, most importantly, fun about the original Lego Batman is ever-present from the get-go with the sequel. Visually, this is the best looking Lego game to date. And finally feeling as if this is a Lego game not dragging one foot behind to keep the door cracked open for aging consoles. Nearly all the textures are sharp and distinct, nice lightning and environmental effects are scattered throughout and the color, gloss. And the sheen of the world only further enhances the story the perfectly imagined characters are telling.