“Lego DC Super-Villains” was released in 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (same year Red Dead Redemption 2 came out) It received positive reviews from critics, fans and gamers alike. The game also sold enough copies worldwide. It’s also available on the Nintendo Switch.
Rocksteady Games are working on “The Suicide Squad” Kill The Justice League.” A spin-off of the “Batman: Arkham” series. Robert Pattinson’s Batman will be released in Spring 2022. Traveler’s Tales is working on their biggest project, “Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.” As a fan of the Lego games, I wanna share my thoughts on Lego DC Super-Villains before the aforementioned content comes out.
This review contains no SPOILERS. I’ll give some of you gamers a chance to play this game.
Happy & Sad Qualities
Happy: Kevin Conroy & Mark Hamill reprise their roles from the animated series as Batman & Joker. They both did an excellent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Familiar voice actors from the DC Animated Universe including Clancy Brown & Michael Ironside reprise their roles and they all did a decent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Two of my favorite voice actors Nolan North & Steve Blum provide the voices of Ultraman (not the Japanese superhero) & Captain Cold.
Tara Strong voices both Harley Quinn & Raven. The latter is my favorite member of “Teen Titans.” Speaking of Raven, Greg Cipes voices Beast Boy. Thank goodness they voiced the actual characters, not the god awful versions from “Teen Titans Go.” By the way, I used to have a crush on Raven from the original 2003 series back when I was a kid.
Gameplay retains the previous two Batman games as an open world third-person platformer. Co-Op is optional if you wanna tag along with a friend. Use your brain to solve puzzles. Beating any level unlocks Free Play using any character to collect all minikits, achieve 100% meter obtaining money and get a red brick activates a power up you can toggle on or off. Complete certain tasks to obtain gold bricks. Cheat Codes are optional to use. I prefer beating a game without codes the old fashion way.
Graphics are not bad at all.
Humor is lighthearted with some good jokes.
If you’re a huge DC buff, many in-jokes are referenced. For example, Joker brings up a magic trick. A callback to “The Dark Knight.”
Combat is solid. You press one button to hit in close quarters, range attacks can be used by holding or tapping.
New features are spray painting a picture, commanding henchmen and Selfie Mode let’s you take a snapshot.
Unlike the previous Batman games, the antagonists come face to face with an evil version of the Justice League from another universe. They’re known as the “Justice Syndicate” led by Ultraman, an alternate version of Superman.
DLC features levels and characters from “Arrowverse,” “DC Extended Universe,” “Young Justice,” Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Zachary Levi’s Shazam & “Mask Of The Phantasm.”
In addition to nearly every single character in the game, you can create your own customized characters. I made Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, Christopher Nolan, Michael Keaton’s Batman, Neo from “The Matrix” & Aelita from “Code Lyoko.”
Main Story has 15 levels. After beating all levels, you unlock additional ones involving the Justice League.
Every character has special abilities. Don’t forget to customize your personal characters.
My favorite DC characters besides Batman are Desthstroke, Joker, Raven, Harley Quinn & John Stewart.
You can explore Gotham City, Metropolis, Smallville & Apokolips.
Inside The Legion Of Doom’s HQ, Wolfmother’s “Joker & The Thief” is played in the background. The song is also in the main menu. Whenever I hear that tune, I think of “The Hangover.”
A Post-Credits scene sets up the next installment of the Lego DC Universe.
Sad: I wanted both heroes and villains explore the multiverse. Lego Batman 3 let’s you visit planets. What about universes like the Justice Syndicate’s world, the original 2003 Teen Titans show and Bizzaro world? If you’re gonna make a game involving the multiverse, there’s a golden opportunity to go all out.
The Final Verdict: A-
Despite one flaw, Lego DC Super-Villains is a decent installment of the Lego Batman series. If the game included a multiverse, I would’ve given it my highest grade an A, For Apex. An A- is fine by me. I hope the next chapter might give us gamers a golden opportunity to explore the multiverse. If you’re prepping up for any DC related content like The Suicide Squad Kill Justice League or Robert Pattinson’s Batman, I highly recommend Lego DC Super-Villains.