LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review
He’s the Caped Crusader, the World’s Greatest Detective, and a Lego minifigure. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham obviously stars Batman and a wonderful cast of minifigures as they soar beyond the stars to stop the evil Brainiac. With over 150 minifigs from across the DC universe like Atrocitus to Zatanna. The biggest draw for me was not the story but minifigures. Like all my other reviews, I will break this up into two sections: Story and Gameplay.
If you played the last game Lego Batman 2, you seen at the end that Brainiac set his sights on Earth. Well in this game, Brainiac arrives and captures/collects all the leaders of Lantern corps. With the Lantern corps in his cluches, Brainiac uses their powers to shrink Earth. Meanwhile, the Legion of Doom breaks into the Justice League’s Watchtower. It is up to Batman and friends to save the day. The story doesn’t not have much to offer but it is satisfying. At the end of the game, you do have a small storyline that relates to the 1966 Batman TV show, with Adam West reprising his role as Batman. This is a fun mini level that summed up the whole game. This level could have been easily sold as a DLC.
At first while I was playing this game, I thought this game did not change much. I was expecting some type new mechanic. There were only two things I seen that were new. First, the costume wheel for various characters. This costume wheel is something I like. For instance, Batman can change into his flight suit to his Arctic suit with tap of a trigger or by holding the character selection button you can select the suit you want. This is a game for kids. So, I was not expecting much. These Lego games are known for their hub worlds, which are in a open world. For the longest time, I was wondering where was this. This is why I buy games like this. I love open world games. During the course of the the game, you visited the Batcave and the Watchtower. Finally after beating the game and returning to the Watchtower is where the real fun happens. YOU CAN VISIT THE MOON AND THE LANTERN WORLD!!! As you can tell by the large caps, I really like this part. Literally you can visit the Moon. You can fly or run around. As you jump, you can go higher because of less gravity on the Moon. Also, there are cows in the Moon. The Moon acts as a hub world to the other Lantern planets. Each planet has their own quests and secrets. All of this provides the game with the best Lego experience yet but this could also be one of its main problems.
The camera is a hassle at most points. At some points in my game the camera was too far back to the point I had to stand in front of the TV and play. When playing on the Moon or Lantern planets, it gives the impression of the character moving the planet under it feets. Also, the camera jumps too much when in tight spaces. One point in my game, some type of glitch happened causing a Lantern planets environment to merge with the Moon’s rocky surface. The camera was stuck in a tilted angle. As I exited this area. It did not change. My character could not make it up a simple set of stairs. Finally reaching the Hall of Justice, the whole world flipped upside down. After restarting the game this issue was fixed. I have no idea what happened.
Overall, this is a fun game. You have over 150 characters to play as, races to beat, and worlds to visit. The main story only last for 10-15 hours but the free play can last an lifetime. The one drawback could be its camera but I would think most people could overlook this. This is a game for most people to play. I highly recommend it.