The first to mind with “Beyond Gotham” added to the 3rd Lego Batman game, my immediate thought was the inclusion of more content from the DC Universe. While cautious at first seeing how DC has always played catch up with Marvel in terms of showcasing its “Universe”, I am happy to report that Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham comes out tops this time.
As the name implies, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is full of characters and content from the DC Universe as the caped crusader, together with the boy wonder Robin, takes on the villain Braniac (which first appeared in Action Comics #242). Taking a spin on the idea of Lego, our villain decides that he wants to shrink planet Earth into the size of a collectible for display.
It is up to the dynamic duo to ensure that good will truimph over evil with the help of not only the justice league but also the seven Lantern Corps. Of course this is not an easy task seeing how the Joker, Catwoman and other DC villians also make an appearance for old times sake.
If a wide cast of characters are not enough to whet your appetite, Adam West makes a voice appearance as well in the game together with the likes of Conan O’Brien. Sounds fantastic? Well unfortunately someone forgot to add more lines to the script and I find myself reaching for the mute button after a while.
Gameplay wise, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes a step back from other Lego games and offers a somewhat linear progression through the story. Not too straight forward like a certain lightning fantasy game but just enough so that players do not get stuck wondering what to do.
The heart of the game is still the tried and tested, it if isn’t broken don’t fix it style of puzzle solving. This means that you will need to use every skill that these DC Heroes have to solve the puzzles for each stage. Thankfully it doesn’t get too hard that you would want to throw your controller at the wall… which is a good thing.
Another thing that worked well with this game is the uncovering of all the characters that the roster has. At over a 100 and counting, this is a huge list and the best part is uncovering them feels natural as you progress through the game.
Graphics wise, the theme follows the dark gothic colour pallet that is Batman. Maybe not as dark as the recent trilogy but dark enough to make the recent Marvel Lego game feel like a kids storybook. The PS4 handles the graphics well and while not your triple A level graphics, I enjoyed my time travelling from the Batcave to the city and beyond earth.
Overall Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an enjoyable game for fans of both Lego and also the Caped Crusader. Nothing fantastic to be very fair in light of other triple A titles being released, but still an enjoyable title from Traveller’s Tales.
Ratings: 3.75 out of 5 stars (0.25 more stars because Adam West is in it)
by Kenneth Wong
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