developer: Traveller’s Tales
publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: split screen
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for PC, X360 and etc. is another installment of the popular series of arcade adventure games that sold over 100 million copies all over the world. The production of Traveller’s Tales is the third one in the cycle that allows us to assume the role of Batman and dozens of other superheroes and villains known from the DC universe. The previous parts of LEGO Batman came out in 2008 and 2012.
The story of Beyond Gotham, as the title suggest, will take us from the streets of Gotham City to the space and other, previously not visited regions of the DC universe. We shall travel through space to visit many fantastic and alien worlds. The plot focuses on the efforts of the Justice League—headed by Batman and other comic superheroes—to stop the crisis that threatens the Earth. Brainiac, the Superman’s nemesis, using the rings he stole from the Green Lantern, had shrunken our planet and put into his bizarre trophy collection. The heroic team, consisting of over 150 playable characters, has to embark on an interstellar journey to recover the rings and defeat Brainiac. The developers recreated numerous iconic locations known from the comic books. We will visit the headquarters of the Justice League as well as many alien worlds of the DC universe. Similarly to the other LEGO games, all character dialogues are voiced-over, some even by the voice actors of the animated TV series.
The gameplay mechanics do not differ significantly from the solutions known from LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The fans of the series will quickly find their feet in the 3D game world presented from the third-person perspective. In the game, we still use a simple combat system and erect brick structures in some places. Various kinds of hidden bonuses and surprises, which allow us to unlock new character, also make a reappearance.
However, it does not mean that the developers did not introduce any novelties. The equipment and gadgets arsenal was significantly expanded. Depending on the selected character, we will use, for example, many different suits or skills. Batman makes use of, for instance, his special costumes, while Cyborg changes size or use gadgets to stay out of his enemies’ sight. The game also introduces hacking mini-games that offer various tasks involving mazes, races, or fighting on arenas, among other things. Since we will visit the space in the course of the story, there is no lack of open space levels and those taking place in the state of no gravity. We will also have a chance to sit at the helm of a space fighter.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for PC, X360 and etc. offers a split-screen cooperation mode for two players, which is one of the most characteristic and appreciated element of the series.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core i5 2.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB (GeForce GTX 480 or better), 10 GB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista(SP1)/7(SP1)/8