Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes is, as of writing this, my absolute favorite of the Lego games, and not just because it’s Batman. This game, which focuses on Batman teaming up with various superheroes (but mostly Superman) to fight the team-up of the Joker and Lex Luthor, is my favorite because it singlehandedly turned the Lego video game universe on its head. Lego Batman 2 was the first Lego game to feature talking minifigures, the first to offer an expansive, open-world style hub, and also ushered in a new era of graphic prowess for Lego, with smoother textures and an overall cleaner look.
Gotham truly is the star of Lego Batman 2, as the game allows players to explore the city as never before. While it may not be as detailed a take on the city as, say Arkham City or Arkham Origins has given us (and definitely not as much as Arkham Knight is slated to deliver in the fall), Lego Batman 2 gives us a look at the whole city, which is something that neither City nor Origins has done. Also, in adding Superman and other members of the Justice League into the mix, Lego ushered in what may be one of the coolest powers in Legogames so far: flight. While playing as Batman is (obviously) the coolest, there’s nothing that can top the feeling of soaring around the brilliantly-rendered Gotham as characters like Green Lantern, the Martian Manhunter, and more….
…which brings me to the final area where Lego Batman 2 notably wows– its character roster. While Lego has since impressed with bigger and bigger lineups (Lego Marvel, in particular, features over 100 playable characters) the 50+ that are available in Lego Batman 2 presented an incredible variety at the time, and still do today. Including such favorite heroes and villains as Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Hush, and Sinestro, Lego Batman 2 has perhaps the greatest assortment of DC characters in one place available in video games today! (and before you ask… yes, I include Injustice in that.)
Like its predecessor, Lego Batman 2 is excellent for Batman, Lego, and DC fans young and old alike, and it’s a great experience to share with a friend if you happen to have a co-op buddy. Beginner or expert video games-wise, Lego Batman 2 is a fun and exciting experience for everybody!
Keep up with our “Video Games Week From the Batcave“ coverage, and check back later for the last two entries in the week– Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and Gotham City Impostors!