LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is no exception as it captures the same feel as found in its predecessor LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The story begins with the heroes of DC Comics facing off once again against the DC villains until a larger threat – Brainiac – threatens the planet, at which point the two sides work together to defeat the extraterrestrial android. (His appearance as the primary antagonist was teased in LEGO Batman 2.) This storyline has some coincidences with the rumored plot for the DC Comics cinematic universe which begins in 2016.
For fans of DC Comics, the game features 150+ playable characters which should see most readers favorite personas in the game. However, for those who only follow the mainstream franchises (Batman, Superman, et al.), prepare to spend some time on Google learning more about the more obscure characters.
Playing through the game, it is evident that the developers and design team did their homework and are passionate fans of DC Comics. It is not always evident (sometimes to the contrary) if a studio is truly interested in the subject matter at hand, however that is not the case with the LEGO Batman team.
The game wisely includes characters and a level devoted to the 1960s Batman series. With actors from that show getting older in age, this was a great nod to give them a proverbial tip of the cap. Without that series, who knows if Batman or even comics in general would have been given the television and theatrical treatment they have today. This is not to mention the pop culture influence Adam West and company still have even today. LEGO Batman 3 does such a great job with the 1960s series, I could not help but feel perhaps it deserved its own game or additional DLC at some point.
Speaking of DLC, the Season Pass is relatively inexpensive at just $14.99 for six packs. The packs include: Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman 75th Anniversary, Man of Steel, Arrow, Bizarro World, and the [Suicide] Squad. The DLC levels are rather short, but do include a bevy of additional characters.
While the game builds on the fun factor found in other LEGO franchises, there are some frustrating technical issues within Beyond Gotham. The fixed camera angle in local co-op sometimes will let you move your character off-screen or find it difficult to see to the edge of certain areas in a world. There are also instances where it is extremely difficult to change your playable character, so much so that I have found myself avoiding playing as Superman or Martian Manhunter whenever possible, for example.
Overall, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond is very enjoyable with high replayability as users work to find items using the bevy of characters while earning trophies/achievements. Despite some issues, the game is fun and I would especially recommend it to those who desire for their video games to be accommodating for the entire family.
– Bevy of characters
– ‘Details’ that show dev team are fans of DC Comics.
– Issues with Local Co-op Fixed camera angle
– Issues changing characters in some areas when using Superman, Martian Manhunter, etc.
– Short DLC levels