Everything is wonderful and games are fantastic. We are in a video game golden age.
Bethesda makes its first release since Skyrim this week: Quake 4. This is no remaster or Game of the Year edition, it's a straight reissue - and although it does have a budget price tag it doesn't say 'essentials' or 'classics' on the box. That's because it's not essential, or a classic. It's a dependable, rather boring first-person shooter from seven years ago that has passed into dim memory for a reason.
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.