LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review

Bat-tastic LEGO sequel builds hours of enjoyment across the entire DC Universe

The most expansive adventure yet for the brick-built caped crusader and his trusty companion see them venture out of Gotham and into deep space for a romp that utilises 150 characters from the DC Universe, each with their own quirks and powers. Indeed, it’s this inspired choice of Justice League and related cast members (including Adam West!) that makes this kidult title such fun.

If the game has a flaw, it’s that it’s slow to start. The opening level is a familiar chase through the sewers of Gotham, no different to what we’ve seen before. But once you blast off in the Bat Rocket, things pick up dramatically. Brainiac is shrinking cities across the universe, and only Batman and the JLA can stop him, provided they collect enough Lantern Rings from different Lantern Worlds. Settle back and enjoy the barrage of gags and DC-related nonsense that ensues.

The game world itself feels huge, and visually it’s an absolute blast. The level of detail and animation is monumental, and those ever-changing character theme tunes always raise a smile. Bat-tastic!

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Xbox One/Xbox 360/PS4/PS3/PC/Wii U, £40 Approx