Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review

If you're a fan of superhero comics, there are many moments that could make you fall in love with Lego Batman 2. It might be the fleeting mention of Ace the Bat-Hound. It might be the discovery that both Hawkman and Hawkgirl are playable characters. It could even be the moment when you realise that somebody really has made a game where Captain Boomerang is a boss character.

All suggest that TT Games has gone above and beyond in its quest to squeeze as much fun out of the DC Comics roster as possible, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the moment that will make most players fall for Lego Batman 2's charms is also the most obvious. It's when you finally get control of a little, smiling Lego Superman, with an open-world Lego Gotham to explore.

You take to the sky, rays of sunlight gleaming off skyscrapers, and Danny Elfman's ominous Batman theme gives way to the soaring melody of the classic John Williams Superman theme. If you don't spend the next five minutes just swooping around with a big stupid grin on your face, you are a soulless monster.

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Peter Molyneux's Boot Cycle confirmed for GameCity festival

Peter Molyneux's Boot Cycle confirmed for GameCity festival

Will talk past and future projects, discuss inspirations.

Freshly liberated indie developer Peter Molyneux has signed up to do a Boot Cycle at this year's GameCity festival in Nottingham.

GameCity7, which runs from 20th to 27th October, will see the former Lionhead Studios boss take over proceedings for an entire day, scheduling events to "celebrate and explore" his time in the industry. He'll discuss past and future projects and his inspirations.

Elsewhere, there's an event to celebrate 30 years of the Commodore 64. The original team behind much-loved UK mag Zzap!64 will create a one-off commemorative issue.

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Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes Preview: Men of Steel

FeatureLego Batman 2: DC Superheroes Preview: Men of Steel

Investigating Traveller's Tales latest block party.

Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes' best feature is also its most divisive; it gives Superman most of the best powers. He can fly, melt objects with his heat vision, freeze objects with frost breath, and has super strength. Historically fans of Batman haven't been particularly fond of his Kryptonian rival, so giving this much freedom to Superman threatens to tip the scales in his favour, rendering Bats a secondary character. Thankfully, this is not the case at all, and through a series of clever choices, Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes promises to capture what makes each of its enormous catalogue of heroes and villains so special.

Last time out, Batman was a bit of a dullard compared to his more colourful villains. To make up for that this time around he can switch between various suits, each granting a different set of powers. Batman's green-goggled sensor suit allows him to appear invisible to sensors, see through certain surfaces with x-ray vision, and activate switches from afar. His electricity suit causes him to absorb charges and later deploy them to power machinery, and his power suit launches rockets that can crumble specific parts of the scenery to reveal grapple points underneath.

Robin can gain different suits as well. A blue acrobat costume allows him to carry off slicker combos or form a glass sphere around him, which can be used to knock enemies over or activate switches than require steadily rolling over them in place. Elsewhere, his hazard suit grants him the ability to walk underwater and comes attached with a Super Mario Sunshine-esque hose for cleaning up.

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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes announced

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes announced

For Nintendo 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Vita, Wii and Xbox 360.

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has announced the heavily-rumoured Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

It features superheroes Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, and launches in summer 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, DS, 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

Lego Batman 2 is the sequel to Lego Batman, the best-selling Lego game of all time. It's sold more than 11 million copies to date.

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Lego Batman 2, Hobbit tie-in incoming

Warner Bros. talks 2012 plans.

Lego Batman 2 and a videogame based on Peter Jackson's impending The Hobbit movie are among Warner Bros Interactive's plans for 2012, the publisher has revealed.