With two previous Lego Batman titles under their belt, Traveller’s Tales has brought forth the best of both of Lego Batman 3’s predecessors. Passing on the fully open world of Lego Batman 2, we now have the Lantern Planets full of side quests, hidden characters, and entertaining commentary from the great Green Loontern, aka DUCK DODGERS OF THE 24½ CENTURY! With a returning cast of Superheroes and Villains, you get to defend the Justice League’s Watchtower, have spaceship battles, deceive the likes of Sinestro and Atrocitus, and defend Earth from the impending imprisonment of Brainiac (who seems a bit whiny in my opinion).
Even with a younger demographic, Lego Batman 3 can be enjoyed by all ages. Full of mature references (especially with the inclusion of Kevin Smith), and plenty of fan pandering in the best way possible, any fan of either DC Comics or Lego could enjoy this addition to the trilogy. The game begins with a normal Batman chase, but quickly picks up speed to match the intensity of a major comic event. As you progress through the story you unlock different ability suits which you can easily switch between at the click of a button or, in the case of Martian Manhunter, become a true martian (think Bruce Banner to Hulk transformation). When you complete the story missions you unlock it’s freeplay counterpart, which unlocks the ability to use any unlocked characters and find collectibles unavailable in you first run-through, adding hours of replayability. Once you reach the tail end of the Story, in which you visit the Lantern’s home planets, you also unlock individual Hub Lantern Planets mentioned previously.
With all this fantastic story and gameplay at your fingertips I must warn you, the game is not without it’s problems. I ran into a handful of situations that were rather infuriating from characters falling through levels, to having hub levels merge into a scene from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, to the most infuriating situation that cause my game save to be forever stuck at 99.9% completion with no way to correct it without restarting from the beginning…but I digress. I don’t need the 1000 gamerscore, I’m happy sitting at my 900 overall…which brings me to the Achievement Seekers out there.
Lego Batman 3 has the usual 1000 Gamerscore / 56 Trophies (These are the Pre-DLC Amounts), and not a single one of difficult to get (unless you have that debilitating glitch (I’m not bitter at all)). There are 15 story level + 1 Secret level based achievements, and the rest are tied to either playing as certain characters or just located/doing certain action in-game, my favorite Achievement being Hey Diddle Diddle – Find a Gang of Jumping Cows on the Moon. So get out there and play!