Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is a struggle. Almost every aspect of the game from the players prospective is a struggle. Using the different players is a struggle. The lack of Batman in the game comes off as a struggle. The only aspect of the game that didn’t struggle ended up being the graphics which didn’t shatter any records going above or beyond the perious Lego games. That statement is what is wrong with the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, nothing impresses above the normal Lego game model and pulling the bigger issues to the forefront of the gamers mind.
I would love to say that I am over reacting to Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham but I’m not. The game feels off. Nothing feels ligitmate about it besides that it is a Lego game.It doesn’t even feel like a Batman game it feels like they needed a title and went with Batman.
The controls of the game are the same as the majority of other Lego games. The ability for characters in the game to swith costumes has returned and you this time it is not just Batman but also several other characters including Joker, Lex Luther and Cyborg. The changing of costomes slows the pass of the game down and often kills you because of your need to be someone specific during the changing process. The feature to change to a specific suit on the fly works sometimes but often it preforms the button action instead of changing.
For a Lego game as well the story is really bad. The game looks like they saw the success of Lego Marvel and said, “Giant planet eating monster invades, WE CAN DO THAT!” In reality they couldn’t. The villain, Brainiac, and made him try to destroy the Earth with a shrink ray. For a complete level you find you playing as Batman, Wonder Woman (who is just over the top agressive for some reason) and Superman (who loves to take selfies) battling endless supplies of robots in Paris, London and Italy. See I told you the game didn’t make sense.
When Lego is involved I always have to messure the game against if it is good for my kids. My son and daughter love playing video games and my four year-old has gotten really good at playing past Lego games. He loves Lego Marvel and can log into the Xbox and play on his own for his full attention span. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham isn’t that type of game. He ends up getting stuck and asking for help more then he gets to play and many of the levels leave him completely at a loss. I know the game is designed for ages 10+, but that doesn’t answer the question on why there are so many levels that appear unbeatable unless you destory every little single thing on the map.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham failed at gaining my attention and sadly the poor game I played put a sour taste into my mouth for the upcoming Lego titles that I hope I can get rid of before Lego Marvel Avengers or Lego Dimisons arrives.