LEGO Batman 2 review round-up: Old dog charms with the same tricks

All the review scores in one place...

In our Lego Batman 2 review we said it's the "Lego game as you've come to expect - not deep, demanding or particularly complex, but applying charm with Kryptonite effectiveness through dozens of fully playable, fully voiced superheroes and a puzzle-packed open world."

Other reviewers have also been posting their two cents online and most seem to agree that while Traveller's Tales has barely changed the seven-year-old Lego adaptation formula, the core gameplay is still fun and the increased production values make for a more enjoyable experience.

We've gathered all the Lego Batman 2 reviews we could find and put them into a list below. Take a look.

  • CVG: 7.0 - It doesn't take The Riddler to deduce this isn't for adults. A class act, if simple, trading complexity for good-natured charm
  • OXM: 9 - The new scale and scope bring some teething problems, but LEGO Batman 2 is still fantastic stuff. The combo-multiplier gives you a reason not to get yourself killed, and the level design is interesting and varied. New ways to interact with the environment ensure that you don't feel like you're just repeatedly smashing everything to pieces, and puzzles are great fun despite their simplicity. It's all far less whimsical this time, too: You'll solve puzzles because you understand the problem, not because you gave a monkey a banana. Trimming off dead-weight as often as it adds something new, this is the strongest LEGO game yet. We've had seven years' worth of iterations, but these cheeky blocks of plastic are still fantastic.
  • IGN: 8.5 - LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a collector's paradise. You have to play through the game to get studs to unlock characters to go back to old levels and access different areas to collect more secrets. I polished off the story in about nine hours, but I spent the next 11 chasing down bricks and characters -- and I'm still not done. The open world stuff could use some tweaks, but the little stumbles don't stop LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes from being a great game.
  • VideoGamer: 8 - LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a great LEGO game - my favourite to date. The risky addition of dialogue pays off, allowing Traveller's Tales to run wild in a way previously impossible with the series. Exploration and discovery have never been as good in a LEGO game, and the slew of famous faces will make any comic nut weep happy tears into their first edition copy of Batman Returns. If there was a series entry to prove that LEGO games aren't just for kids, it's this.
  • Guardian: 4/5 - Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes isn't groundbreaking but it is consistently fun, and while it might not take top honours for best Batman game of all time (that belt is still held by Batman: Arkham City), it's easily the best Lego game we've seen in years.
  • Metro: 7/10 - It's still not a full reinvention of the Lego template but it is one of the most enjoyable uses of it so far, with an open world Gotham and a cast of characters to rival Arkham City.
  • OXM US: 6.0 - If Lego Batman 2 is a test run for a Lego DC Super Heroes game in the future, it'll hopefully serve as a guide for what needs improvement (the flying controls for characters like Superman are unintuitive and touchy) and what should be avoided (it's okay to tease, but not insult, your heroes). If so, that should be the Lego game you buy - and not rent like this one.