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Platform

Wii

 

Genre

Action

 

Publisher

Warner Brothers

 

Developer

Traveller's Tales

 

ESRB

E +10 (Everyone)

 

Released

September 23, 2008

 

 

- If you've played a Lego game in the last couple of years, you'll be right at home here

- Easy to get into and kids will "get it" right away

 

 

- Slapstick seems out of place in the darker Batman universe

- Save system still needs some improvement

 

 

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Lego Batman

Score: 8.0 / 10

 

lego batman          lego batman

 

Not being the target audience for Lego Batman: The Video Game and being overrun with games at the moment, I handed the reviewing duties to my 9-year old son. His review is straightforward: I'd give this game a "10" if they had more places to save my game.

So, now I have to pad the rest of the review.

He pretty much loved everything else about it. The slapstick comedy, the co-op

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play, the graphics, being able to play as the villains, and the challenge of some of the puzzles. He had the same opinion of Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy but he didn't mind the save system, which didn't allow players to pick-up where they left off if they were, say, called to dinner or it was time for bed. If you turn off the game midway through a level, you're left with having to play that level from the start.

There are plenty of nooks and crannies to

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explore, Lego pieces to collect, and characters to unlock for use in Freeplay. It's all very kid-friendly and familiar if you've played any Lego game.

 

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While Batman has always had a darker vibe that many comic book characters, it's hard to view this as somehow darker in mood and tone than other Lego games since they share so many similarities. The storyline follows the exploits of the pantheon of Batman villains after their escape from Arkham Asylum and the subsequent mayhem that ensues, but you don't need to be familiar with any of that to sit down and play along with your kids.

 

- Aaron Simmer

(November 3, 2008)

 

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