It can be difficult to keep a series fresh over a long period of time. Has the Lego Batman series been kept fresh? I’m afraid not. While the technical aspects are there, the level design isn’t very good. What’s worse is some questionable decisions in which mission objectives to put in the game. All this makes LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham not the great experience that part 2 was.
Plot: 4 out of 10
The first mistake is the “beyond Gotham” part of the title. Why is this a Batman game? Given that the story is about the Justice League teaming up with some villains led by Lex Luthor against a greater evil, perhaps a more appropriate title would be Justice League: Beyond Good and Evil. A lack of good interactions between characters make this the beginning of a disappointment.
Graphics: 8 out of 10
You can give credit to the look of this game. The LEGO and Batman feels are captured and everything is well-detailed. But as too few development teams have learned, graphics don’t make the game. How it plays makes it.
Sound: 6 out of 10
One major advantage DC games have over Marvel games is the fact that DC’s parent company, Warner Bros., owns the rights to the vast majority of these adaptations of the comic books. So like in the prequels, Lego Batman 3 makes good use of Danny Elfman’s score in the first two Batman movies. But this game’s original tunes are… meh. Bland, tame, and unremarkable are good descriptions as well.
Back to the easy access to Bat-stuff For just a moment. How about downloadable adaptations of past movies and shows in the next Arkham Whatever game? This would be stuff I’d really like to buy. Just think about, WB, kay? We now return to our regularly scheduled program.
Gameplay: 5 out of 10
Once again, you have control of Batman and Robin. Once again, both have a wide variety of suits with different abilities to use. What’s different this time is that this time the controls feel kind of clunky. Batman and Robin seem harder to control. This is an inconvenience that makes the game much harder to enjoy.
Challenge: 1 out of 10
All these LEGO games have the following problem: you can’t die for good. Appropriately enough, you get blown apart but come back together. The only challenge comes in collecting Coins and hidden objects to improve your completion stats. Adding to the issue this time is that level designs have gotten repetitive and boring. Some have very little action, just trying to find the exit. This becomes very tedious as the game drags on.
Overall: 4 out of 10
This is not a good game. At all. Not much work was put into it this time. Additional downloadable characters and levels (for more money, I might add) do not make up for a sub-par game.