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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is a game developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in the November of 2014 for multiple platforms. It is the third game in the Lego Batman series and a sequel to Lego Batman: The Videogame and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
The core gameplay of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is very similar to that of the two previous Lego Batman games: Lego Batman and Lego Batman 2. You and one friend can control a wide assortment of characters including batman, wonder woman, cheetah, the flash, deathstroke and superman.
You’ll spend your time in Lego Batman 3 fighting enemies, solving puzzles, and collecting Lego ‘studs’, the game’s form of currency. Using attack combinations in combat will multiply the amount of studs gained when you have the multiplier active. There are numerous different environments in the game. All are based on classic DC comics’ locations. As in the previous games, levels are unlocked for ‘Free Play’ mode once they are completed in Story Mode. ‘Free Play’ allows the player to replay any level they have completed in story mode.
This allows access to special areas containing additional collectables, that the player was unable to get to before. This is different from Story mode, in which the player may only switch between the preset characters involved in that scene. There are mutiple level hubs for the heroes in the game such as the Batcave, the ‘Moon’, and the Hall of Justice. Here, the player can explore and complete puzzles to find, earn or unlock ‘gold bricks’ or ‘character tokens’, access the game’s main levels, and complete side quests. Players may also create their own character using parts from characters already unlocked, as well as a limited array of weapons. The six ‘Lantern Planets’ are another type of explorable world in the game; they have very similar gameplay as the main hub areas and levels, with the main difference being that the Lantern Planets are larger and more open-world focused. The open world exploration is very different when compared to Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Individual characters are able to use many distinct abilities related to their comic book powers. For example, Superman can fly, put out fires with his freeze breath, and has laser vision, the Flash is quicker than other characters on foot, the Atom can shrink his size to fit in tight spaces, and Martian Manhunter and Shazam can transform from one form to another. Many characters have the same technical abilities, such as flight, transformation, speed and the ability to shoot projectiles, although, they are all visually and aesthetically different to suit the individual characters. Players are able to interchange costumes of some of the main heroes including Batman, Robin, Cyborg, the Joker, and Lex Luthor with many differing ones, each containing unique abilities and different colour schemes. The sonic suit can break glass, the demolition suit lets the user set down and launch bombs to destroy silver Lego objects, and the hazard suit, which lets the user walk through toxic waste and suck up red and green Lego pieces which are used to progress through levels. Robin and Lex Luthor can equip the Technology suit that can activate Tech panels.
In addition to this the magnet suit that lets Robin or the Joker climb up magnetic walls and activate special objects. These suits can be changed into at any time after unlock. As a fun extra Conan O’Brien appears in a cameo role as the game’s ‘guide’.
Now let’s talk story, members of six of the seven Lantern Corps are summoned under mysterious circumstances, where they are ambushed by Brainiac. The Corps lose the battle against Brainiac’s drones and are brainwashed into boarding his ship. With this complete, Brainiac make a beeline for Earth in order to retrieve the final Lantern, Hal Jordan. While this is happening in Gotham City, Batman and Robin pursue Killer Croc through the sewers. Croc evades his pursers, and hands over a map to his accomplices, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, and the Joker. At the Hall of Justice, Cyborg completes work on a “slideways teleporter” teleporter to the Hall of Justice to the Justice League Watchtower, and sends Green Lantern through it to meet with Martian Manhunter as a trial run. The test is successful, and the teleporter is left on. Back at the Batcave, the Batcomputer picks up Brainiac’s approaching spaceship on radar. Observing the ship via telescope, Batman is hit with a mind-control ray; he quickly goes berserk, laying waste to the Batcave and trying to escape via the Batmobile. However, the car’s defence system electrocutes him, giving Robin enough time to talk Batman out of his trance with a emotional speech; Batman says it was the electricity, and not the speech, which woke him. Meanwhile at the Hall, the Joker and company break into the slideways teleporter room via the sewer using the map Killer Croc stole, and are joined by Lex Luthor disguised as Hawkman, having locked up the real Hawkman in a cage. Luthor is revealed brain of the team, planning to use the Watchtower’s binary fusion cannon to hold the Earth at ransom and force the citizens to make him President. Then group enter the teleporter. Batman and Robin alert Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern to Brainiac’s ship, but they are interrupted when the arrival of Luthor’s team which causes a Watchtower lockdown. Green Lantern goes to investigate Brainiac’s ship, leaving Martian Manhunter to send out a call to the rest of the Justice League. Batman and Robin then take a rocket into space and meet by the Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Cyborg at the Watchtower. The group break in to find the ship in disarray and the Joker in control of the main computer. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman then foil the villains, and the Justice League prepare to return to Earth, but are halted when Brainiac sends a transmission to the Watchtower, revealing his plan: to use the combined powers of the Lantern rings to charge a shrink ray which will miniaturize Earth city by city.
Through gritted teeth, Luthor suggests an alliance with the League to fight the common enemy, and Batman concedes. Superman then flies out into space and attempts to stop the shrink ray reaching Earth, the others make their way to the Watchtower’s control room in order to use the ship’s mechanical arms to grapple onto Brainiac’s spaceship. I wouldn’t want to spoil more so I’ll leave the story alone.
Lego Batman 3 is a game filled with ludo narrative dissonance like when cyborg is affected by a yellow power so he’s always afraid. In the cut scenes this is used to comic affect but when you switch to gameplay he’s as good as he was before he was turned into a wimp so it doesn’t make narrative sense. There isn’t even a hint that cyborg is afraid in the gameplay.
Lego Batman 3 is akin to the 1960’s batman show, it’s fun and dumb. There are some technical issues, I got three crashes back to menu the on the ps4 version. Beyond gotham delivers a fun outer space adventure but unfortunately it isn’t quite out of this world.