I’m not usually a big fan of the Lego games. The lack of voiceovers, the closed gameplay, and the general childishness usually turn me off to the whole experience. Well I’m happy to report that not only have all of those issues been fixed, it is one of the best Justice League games of all time.
Our adventure begins with Luthor and Wayne both in the running for the ‘Man of the Year’ award in Gotham City. Each story mission is bookended by tounge-in-cheek news reports given by Gotham’s own Vicky Vale. Through the news report we learn that Luthor is also running for the President of the United States. The night gets interesting when Joker decides to spoil the party for everyone.
The voiceovers in Lego Batman 2 are absolutely top notch. Justice League cartoon fans will immediately recognize Clancy Brown reprising his role as Lex Luthor. Other notable voice actors include: Nolan North, Claudia Black, Phil Lamarr and Steve Blum. Needless to say, this game has no lack of voice talent and it carries it to a whole new level. The interplay between Batman and everyone else is as always entertaining as well as the cheesy goodness of good ole Superman.
Instead of the traditional style menu portal system in all the other Lego games, Lego Batman 2 let’s you free ride Gotham City. From Ace Chemicals to Wayne Manor, a ton of iconic Gotham landmarks are available to view. Trust me when I tell you that there is something simply amazing that happens when you take Superman out for his first tour of Gotham.
The Justice League elements do not come into the play until about halfway through. At one point during the final battles you’ll have somewhere around 6 different characters available to foil the devious plans of Joker and Luthor. Granted this game is not all League all the time but it’s still good. There are a whole lot of unlockables and secrets to be had as with any Lego game and the different characters give you a whole new way to explore.
This is the best Lego game to date as well as one of the best Justice League games of all time. I long for more League time and thankfully it seems as it may be in the cards. The final scenes show a potential villain and story for what I’m going to go ahead and name Lego Justice League.
Lego Batman 2 is not perfect but the pros far outweigh the cons. Granted it’s not the game we want, but apparently its the one we need.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes gets 4 out of 5 Death Rays