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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Lego Batman Characters

Batman in space? It’s not as weird as it sounds. Comicbook creators have been placing superheroes in unusual environments since Batman and Superman began. So placing the Caped Crusader into a high-powered rocket to battle interstellar versions of Brainiac and the Joker isn’t so far fetched. But does it work in a Lego game?

Lego Batman 3: Beyond GothamLego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham cover

Gameplay: 8.6
Graphics: 8.9
Sound: 8.3
Replay Value: 8.5
Overall Score: 8.6

Pros: 150 superheroes and villains; suits have different powers; space, the final frontier.

Cons: Some control issues; no online play; needs more new stuff.

Available now for 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, OSX, iOS

Getting Started

This one takes a couple of hours to get going. Although you witness some funny space antics during the game’s beginning, you actually begin the game on Earth. I wondered, why am I here instead of in space where all the action is?

Gameplay on Earth isn’t a chore, though. You chase after Killer Croc in the sewers of Gotham. You collect cool tech you need in the Bat Cave.

There’s one point early on that’s really impressive because it showcases the power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. Batman is under the spell of a villain, and he becomes an ebony giant — made of hundreds of teeming bats. The setting is in the Batcave, and the view is as grand as the artwork in any videogame on the market today.

It’s once you’re in space, though, that Lego Batman really takes off. From your spaceship, you battle, say, pesky flying enemies the Joker conjures up. There are lots of powerups, hordes of baddies and general destruction wielded on both sides.

Lego Batman 3 - Joker

Out of Control 

Fun puzzles are the signatures of the Lego games and they’re present pretty much every few minutes. They aren’t that hard, once you get used to them. And they make you feel smart, too, when you solve them.

The thing is, some of the puzzles are presented badly. Most of the trouble comes from the tricky controls.

When you press the triangle, up comes a wheel from which you choose a suit to don while you solve a puzzle. But the triangle is also used to change characters. Sometimes, these get mixed up. It’s even trickier with the circle button because that’s used for four different functions.

And at one point, you use the controller stick to move an arrow on a computer screen to place colored circles into the right positions. But it’s not clear that you have to move the arrow with your controller. The arrow’s hard to see anyway because it’s gray. If the arrow blinked or changed color, it would’ve saved me some needless frustration.

Familiar Faces

Once you’re on the Watchtower with your pals in the Justice League of America, you pretty much know the controls and the kinds of puzzles that will be thrown at you. Over the course of the game, you’ll get to play as 150 superheroes and villains.

Getting The Flash to move in super swift mode is awesome. So is flying as Wonder Woman. Once she gets airborne, the theme song from the classic Wonder Woman TV show plays. Even the Swamp Thing makes an appearance. (But where are the Spectre and the Phantom Stranger?)

Lego Batman in Space with Superman

What kept me going was the humor in the cut scenes. Every major hero gets a good-natured ribbing and comeuppance, especially when the ego gets out of hand. Superman’s especially guilty of this kind of swagger.

Like all the Lego games, there’s a lot of wild adventure in store and an assortment of superheroes to meet and play as. But since this is the third Batman installment, more of the game should feel new. Nevertheless, it’s hard to resist Batman as a spaceman.

Game Trailer

36 Comments on Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

  1. Ok I have this game and I love the wonder women the am song.

  2. Little Johny // April 27, 2016 at 11:02 pm // Reply

    I agree with that one. I have a wii to and their very few wii games to buy.

  3. bobby bob bang // November 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    sounds AWESOME!!!

  4. Mr. Banana // June 13, 2015 at 11:46 am // Reply

    This game looks awesome. too bad that nintendo isnt making games for the original wii anymore. They want me to have to buy a new 200 dollar console.

  5. fun 🙂

  6. i only have it for 3ds and they left out the good stuff 🙁

  7. super cool i like that it has celebraties

  8. amazin

  9. never heard of it

  10. pretty nice game I say so myself

  11. lego marvel was extremely good, i can’t wait to play the next lego superhero greatness.

  12. I have almost beatin’ the entire game.

  13. meant to be funny // January 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    I don’t have this game yet but I’m really curious if Dead Pool is in it!

  14. very important critic // December 30, 2014 at 9:47 am // Reply

    it looks ok I guess

  15. very important critic // December 30, 2014 at 9:46 am // Reply

    I thick It looks ok I guess

  16. STOOKY!!!!!!!!!! looks awesome but I have a wii

  17. love that robin is in it

  18. glad deathstroke is in it. What about Deadshot? are there different costumes for different charecters like in marvel?

  19. I say its cool but they made croc 2 big

  20. It looks cool,and sounds cool.

  21. I love lego marvel

  22. I now its going to be awesome

  23. looks exiting cant wait to get it for christmas

  24. Are Starfire and Raven in it?

  25. the trailer for the game looks amazing

  26. Are Raven and Starfire in it? I know Beastboy, Cyborg, and Robin are.

  27. boy scout for life // November 25, 2014 at 1:05 am // Reply

    Wow looks cool can not wait to get it

  28. Looks cool

  29. awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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