Lego Batman 2 Divides Video Game Systems

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Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes

As Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes further extends the series’ reach to almost every platform imaginable it can be hard to decide which is the best version for your family. At first glance the different versions all seem very similar, but upon closer inspection there is a two-tier experience on offer here.

The DS version of the Lego video games have been some of the most popular releases on the system. They managed to cram in an impressive action platforming experience in the DS’s diminutive memory and with its more limited CPU horsepower.

This was matched with a console version that offered a richer environment with puzzles and challenges more suited to big gaming systems. The console versions also meant that cut scenes could be longer and offer a more accurate rendition of the original story — tongue still firmly in cheek of course.

As the series has come to each new system it has been created from one of these two starting points — console or handheld. But along with this it has also taken advantage of the different ways to interact that different hardware offers.

It’s this that often has me scratching my head about which is best for my family. The biggest decision for us has been around the multi-player aspect of the games. While the console versions now include this as standard, the portable versions dropped the multi-player feature starting with Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures.

With the Lego games coming to the PS Vita recently with Harry Potter Years 5-7, and now Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes, I’m hoping that at some point it will inherit the more in-depth console style of play. After all we used to play these games on the PS2, and I understand the PS Vita to be more powerful than that.

As far as I could tell, Harry Potter Years 5-7 on Vita was the 3DS game with much better visuals. It looked really nice on the Vita screen and made good use of the touch screen, but missed the opportunity to make the console version of the Lego games portable for the first time. If that happens for Lego Batman 2 the Vita version is the one we will be going for in our family. Otherwise it will be the Wii version, for the simple controls and multi-player action.

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Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes Formats

Of course, another good option is to go back and grab a Lego videogame bargain. There are lots of great Lego video games that can be picked up for a fraction of the original price. Of those, the first Lego Batman game on DS features that now absent co-operative multi-player mode (provided you own two copies of the game).

Here’s my rundown of systems and features of the previous Lego games:

  • 2011 – Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
    3DS/DS/360/PS3/Wii/Vita
    3DS StreetPass
    Console split-screen multi-player
  • 2011 – Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
    3DS/DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Console split-screen multi-player
  • 2011 – Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
    3DS/DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Console split-screen multi-player
  • 2011 – Lego Ninjago
    DS/iPhone
  • 2010 – Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4
    DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Console split-screen multi-player
  • 2009 – Lego Rock Band
    360/PS3/Wii
    Console shared-screen multi-player
  • 2009 – Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
    DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Console split-screen multi-player
  • 2009 – Lego Battles
    DS/iPhone
  • 2008 – Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
    DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Handheld multi-cart multi-player
  • 2008 – Lego Batman
    DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Handheld multi-cart multi-player
  • 2007 – Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
    DS/360/PS3/Wii
    Handheld multi-cart multi-player
  • 2006 – Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
    DS/Xbox/PC/Mac/360/PS3/Wii/PSP/GBA
    Handheld multi-cart multi-player

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will be available June 1st on 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS, DS and PC on Amazon from $29.99.

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