LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
I’m a comic book fan and a LEGO fan, so when you combine those two interests in one product, you can pretty much take the money right out of my wallet. Somehow I missed out on the first LEGO Batman video game, but I kept hearing great things about LEGO Batman 2. I’ve enjoyed some of the other LEGO game franchises, specifically Lego Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and fun of LEGO Batman 2.
The game’s versatility is one of its main strengths as you can play this game solo, with your kids, and your adult friends. I showed my gaming group the game and they couldn’t get enough of it, in fact, they even went so far as to say that DC should use this game’s engine and update the graphics to a non-LEGO format and you’d have an amazing super hero game.
As the title indicates, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the game pulls in several other super heroes from the broader DC Comics universe. For example, you can play Aquaman, Gorilla Grodd, Huntress, and Hawkman. Each minifigure has their own unique set of powers and attacks.
As you play through the core mission, you unlock the core Justice League members, but in the free play component of the game, you can unlock dozens of superheroes, supervillains, vehicles and minikits. The Gotham City environment is also a great add-on in terms of free play. You can spend hours wandering about the city, exploring its dark alleys and defeating the hordes of super villain minions that are out to get you.
The only thing I found frustrating was the save mechanism, which forced you to completely finish a level before signing off, which can be rather annoying if you don’t have a lot of time to spend on the game in one sitting.
DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary
DK’s Batman the Visual Dictionary is an impressive visual guide that lavishly displays all the DC Universe LEGO releases, pain-stakingly breaking them down by date and theme. The book is cleverly designed for both an adult and child audience. You’ll find yourself flipping through the pages (after you pull the book from your child’s hands!) and compiling a list of those Lego sets you need to track down.
The DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary is a 96 page hardcover with an exclusive Electrical Suit Batman minfigure taken straight from the LEGO Batman 2 game. If you’re an avid collector of LEGO or just want something to flip through with your kids on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this book would be a great idea.