Lego Batman 2 on the PS Vita, is simply put, a by the numbers Lego game. While the console versions have been praised for the strides forward the series has made, such as tighter controls, an open world and finally Voice Over acting, the handheld versions have little ambition and give off more than a little notion of been there done that syndrome.
The game begins with Bruce Wayne about to receive the prestigious Man of the Year award, much to the grievance of Lex Luthor, until Joker crashes the Party and chaos ensues. Lex and Joker join forces to finally get rid of Bruce, who in turn uses the members of the Justice League in order to rid Gotham of these infamous villains.
The story is told through cut scenes, and whilst the Voice Over’s from the console versions are included here, the cut scenes are badly compressed, giving the image a low resolution and fuzzy quality, leaving much to be desired.
Lego Batman 2 plays like all the Lego games that have come before it. Instead of utilising the open world of the console games, the Vita version has opted for 14 levels spread across different environments throughout Gotham, such as Arkham Asylum and the Batcave. Each level requires you to solve simple puzzles using the unique abilities of the different superhero costumes you can collect, fight the odd bad guy and boss, as well as collecting the studs. It’s a tried and tested mechanic, and one that remains fun throughout.
The game also includes freeplay modes, in which you can replay the levels you have already unlocked to access new areas and secrets. There is also local multiplayer through ad-hoc, unfortunately no online modes are present, and other different collectibles which can be accessed as gifts through the Vita’s ‘NEAR’ feature.
Lego Batman 2 on Vita is a fun game, despite not pushing the series forward on handhelds like the console versions have done. It uses the tried and tested mechanics of past games and implements them without fail here.
Hopefully the upcoming Lego Lord of the Rings game will show a lot more ambition, but for the full experience of Lego Batman 2 I’d suggest checking out he Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 version.
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