Game Room: June Roundup

LEGO Batman 2: <br> DC Super Heroes
Photo: Warner Bros.

LEGO Batman 2:
DC Super Heroes

Publisher: Warner Bros.
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3

Another Lego game?!? At first blush, Lego Batman 2 seems like the retread that you're almost certain that it is, again borrowing Danny Elfman's unforgettable soundtrack from the Tim Burton movie. It all feels like the same thing all over again until... the characters talk! Not mumbling and gesturing (though they occasionally do that as well for comic effect), but full voice acting. The decision to bring the series into, well, the '90s actually gives the entire Lego brand a new charge. The storytelling is more substantive, the blocks seem more realized and the whole experience feels freshened.

The core gameplay is the same: play through a campaign mode to unlock characters, suits and free play levels, then play them again and again as you develop the ability to get to new areas in the map and unlock yet more characters and suits and acquire endless numbers of Lego studs, which always function as the in-game currency in these games. There are vehicle levels, new DC heroes, lots of villains, awesome local multiplayer and the familiar, non-violent Lego fun that has carried this series for this long. The inevitable Lego Lord of the Rings should be awesome.

Score: 8 out of 10

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