Excerpt: First it was Star Wars, then Indiana Jones. Now it's Batman, the caped crusader himself, who's been given the Traveller's Tales LEGO treatment. Great! Who doesn't like Batman these days, or the idea of running around a LEGO-fied Gotham City as a cute LEGO Batman, and LEGO Joker, and LEGO everyone else from the vast DC Universe? This can't possibly be anything other than awesomeness on an epic scale. TT's LEGO titles have always scored well here on VideoGamer.com.
Conclusion: Whilst it would be nice to see Traveller's Tales move to an upgraded engine at some point in the future, LEGO Batman confirms that we can stomach at least another couple of titles before the shift in technology. It's not quite as deep as the Star Wars variants, and offers little of the set-piece puzzling that Indy championed, but in providing a unique storyline and championing fan service above all else, it manages to carve out its own place in the LEGO stable.
Excerpt: To be perfectly honest, I am more of a Star Wars or Indiana Smith fan then I ever was a Batman fan. Don't get me wrong, I go see the movies, I just don't watch the cartoons or read the comic books any more. So I am by no means an authority on all things Batman. I was home after surgery this week and my wife had taken the day off to take care of me and we decided to play Lego Batman together to pass the time, and she had a great time and fell in love with it, and most...
Summary: In LEGO Batman gamers will have the ability to roam the streets of LEGO Gotham City as Batman or Robin, and even take control of the villains while manipulating gadgets and building/operating vehicles in co-op gameplay.
Excerpt: So, I got this hunch that this whole LEGO game thing might just catch on and sell a few games with this release. Ok, so maybe it’s more than a hunch. Star Wars and Indiana Jones have already completed the blocky transition to great effect (the latter a bit moreso than the former) and have been greeted well by the game and film fans alike.
Conclusion: What makes LEGO Batman different from other than previous LEGO games is that Traveller’s Tales have come up with an original story instead of one which was based on previous canon such as the Star Wars Trilogy. While the story is not complicated, catch the bad guys, send them back to Arkham, while smashing objects and beating bad guys senseless, the game is fun to play.
Pros: Almost every major Batman character represented, Lots or replayabilty, Plenty of unlockables, Danny Elffman soundtrack, Kid friendly
Cons: Lack of online mode, Not much innovation from previous LEGO videogames
Summary: Gotham city is being torn down brick by brick and it's up to Batman with a trusty sidekick (eww Robin) to save the day. Lego Batman on the PS3 (or any format) proves that there's life in the old Lego brick franchise yet!
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Half Val Kilmer, Half Christian Bale, the formula is looking a tad trite and jaded. Too apathetic for many but fans and kids alike will still find its cute and simplistic ways endearing enough. The series is teetering now; Traveller's Tales have a decision to make: stick to counting their monies or push it out for the inevitable next venture. Our suggestion would be to go all out and deliver the sandbox Lego 'Allo Allo' that the world is waiting for.