LEGO Batman: The Videogame
Normally, publishers pay more attention to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of video games and feed us portable fans the scraps, except when it comes to LEGO. Developer Traveller's Tales delivered solid editions of its LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, and it looks to do the same with LEGO Batman, the upcoming adventure game starring everyone's favorite Caped Crusader. While not as good looking as its counterparts, this fun looking beat-em-up should not only please DC fans, but also gamers hoping to play a feature packed action adventure game on the road.
LEGO Batman stars numerous characters from the series and movies, including Batman, his sidekick Robin, Catwoman, the Joker, Commissioner Gordon, Scarecrow, Penguin and the Ridler, among others. You'll probably start out as the dynamic duo, punching and kicking your way through bad LEGO guys and busting them to pieces, and eventually square off against bosses. You'll unlock characters as you progress and get to experience the game from their perspectives, so feel free to ditch Batman in favor of the Joker. This should give the game tons of replay value, as it'll be sweet experimenting with villains and good guys and testing their signature abilities.
In addition to beating up enemies, you'll also make use of Batman's utility belt, nailing your foes with the batarang, and donning various suits that'll enable you to glide through the air or blow things up. As for Robin, he's got a magnetic ability that lets him scale walls, which should come in handy for making quick exits and accessing secret areas unreachable by other characters.
Despite the Batman skin, the game will play similar to previous LEGO games, so expect to see your health represented as giant hearts and watching as your precious characters go to pieces upon death; they always come back to life, of course. Furthermore, you'll build numerous items in order to complete your missions, including a helicopter and other vehicles. Just stand in front of a pile of blocks, press and hold a button and watch as your character transforms a pile of junk into something cool.
You can also expect a good presentation, with music pulled from some of the films and possibly the TV shows. LEGO Batman's graphics won't look nearly as good as the other versions, but the screens look promising, with faithful recreations of Batman and his cohorts in LEGO form, and plain but solid looking environments that take place on the streets, on the rooftops and possibly inside of a sewer.
That said, it remains to be seen how Traveller's Tales intends to use the DS' features, or whether the game has just as much content as the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions. However, if LEGO Batman plays just as well as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, it'll be a DS adventure worth taking. The sooner we have the Dark Knight in our pockets, the better. Actually, that sounds dirty.