My JJ (age 8) was sent the DS game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes to review and he was totally made up. He has a number of the other Lego DS games including Lego Batman 1 and thus he is a great candidate to give us his opinion on the game.
I did a video interview with JJ but for some reason the sound was missing when I uploaded it so I have transcribed what he had to say.
So JJ, tell me what you liked about Lego Batman 2
It is really cool, I love the bombs that you can use to blow up things. Also, Batman has some really cool outfits which allow you to do all sorts of things (like increase his gadgets and abilities). Justice mode (freeplay) is also really good and the game gets much more interesting once you have unlocked that. I love Lego games as you get to smash things up and collect all the studs (which are like points). You can also discover hints and hidden areas. It is great fun.
What was not so good?
It is quite like Lego Batman 1. He tells me there are new areas to explore and I have read there are more characters that you can access and play once you unlock them later in the game but fundamentally from an 8 year olds perspective, it is more of the same.
So what is the game storyline?
There is this baddie, Lex Luthor who wants to be the president and he works with the Joker to put kryptonite in the ballot box. Then Batman, Robin, Superman and loads of other super heroes all try to stop the baddies.
I hear there is a full voice cast on this game JJ, do you like that?
Yes it is good to have the sound on this game but it does mean I have to wear my headphones as no-one else wants to listen to it. (I understand this is the first game in the Lego franchise to have a voice over with it and opinion seems to be that it has worked well.)
What do you think of the graphics for the game?
They are great, the lego characters are excellent and fun to play.
Here are some samples of the graphics -
Out of 10, how would you rate the game JJ?
He says it is a 6 but once he has played more of the justice mode it might go up as that is when it gets really interesting,
I have to confess that I know nothing about computer games and have no real desire to know more, it is not my bag but I did sit and watch JJ playing for about half an hour and he talked me through what was happening and how to do different things and it was interesting and a real learning experience for me.
I think for JJ these Lego games are like a dream come true as they combine his 2 favourite things - computer games and Lego.
This game is PEGI 7 and available to buy from Game.
I'll leave you with a short video trailer -
Disclaimer: I received this game free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.