LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2013-06-03


What do you get when you combine Batman, Superman and LEGOs? A game that kids are sure to love. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a follow-up to the popular kids action game LEGO Batman except this time it's packed with characters from the entire DC universe of heroes and villains.

Basically LEGO Batman 2 packs all of the action from the first game with the addition of DC characters. The same forgiving gameplay that can be found in all of the LEGO games is found here. There is no dying - just constant respawns when your character runs out of hearts. This kind of simplicity may turn off an older crowd but it's a positive thing for young gamers still riding bikes with training wheels.

The point of the game is to collect as many LEGO pieces as possible, defeat the bad guys and unlock new characters. You "kill" enemies (more like break their blocks) and collect the studs as a sort of currency. It's all harmless fun and a great way to keep kids away from the more violent games currently saturating the market.

While the fighting is mindless, there are a few puzzles that players will need to solve in order to advance through the story. It may throw kids through a loop so be prepared to give some advice. The game is pretty good at giving direction, though, so even young gamers with only moderate experience will be able to beat this game without much difficulty.

As far as character selection goes, LEGO Batman 2 has a significant number of playable characters. Aside from Batman, there is also Batgirl, Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman and others. A slew of villains also make appearances, such as Lex Luthor, The Joker, Two-Face, Penguin and more. It's honestly quite an impressive roster.

The Wii U version is a straight-up port without any real alterations. They have tacked on GamePad-only support so that kids can play on the Wii U controller even while someone else is watching television, a definite bonus for parents. The GamePad can also be utilized as its own independent screen during the game's two-player cooperative play.

Unfortunately the positives mostly end there. It's a short affair that can be beaten in one sitting if you have the patience to get through the repetitive fighting. Kids of course will take much longer, especially because of the puzzles and boss fights that require a degree of thinking. The co-op also noticeably cuts the frame rate.

If you are a parent looking for a game to buy a pre-teen kid, LEGO Batman 2 is a good bet. It's a non-violent romp that is sure to keep them entertained for extended periods of time. Parents that grew up with DC comic books may even find it tempting to join in on the co-op fun. That being said, it's another LEGO game with the same fundamental mechanics that haven't changed in years. Don't expect anything else.

Reviewed by Kyle Bell