Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Brick-building superheroes take to the streets of an open-world Gotham City

Traveller’s Tales has been churning out Lego games based on licensed characters for years now and we keep eating them up. Yet very little has changed about the basic template of the series. You (and maybe a friend) take control of a couple of cute Lego characters and set about playing through a series of levels, based around the principles of solving puzzles by building things out of Lego and collecting studs that can be spent on extra characters. And Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes does nothing to break the mould.

But is this necessarily a bad thing? For most fans, the answer will be no.

While it may not be the best Batman game around (take a bow Arkham City), it is the most polished Lego game to date. The tweaks are small, but do make a difference. Gotham City provides a rich open world environment for your characters to play around in and makes for a spectacular visual experience on a big screen. It’s also the first game in the series to feature actual dialogue, leading to a rich vein of tongue-in-cheek humour. Add to this a wealth of bonus puzzles and a cornucopia of unlockable characters and there’s plenty to get stuck into. But let’s hope for something a little more innovative next time around.

Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/PC, £50 Approx, On sale now