Review: LEGO Dimensions: LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack (PS4)
The LEGO Batman Movie has taken movie theatres by storm over the past few weeks, and if you want to relive the adventures of the film, the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack is the game for you.
You’ll need the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack to play, as well as a download of about 3-4GB. The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack offers great value for money: it includes 6 story levels, covering the full LEGO Batman Movie story. There’s also a new LEGO Batman Movie adventure world to explore, and a battle arena. The pack comes with two minifigures – Batgirl and Robin – and the Batwing vehicle, as well as a new Batcomputer gateway design.
The story levels are pretty much what you’d expect from a LEGO game: key scenes converted and expanded into playable levels, which are roughly 30 minutes each. There are the typical LEGO cutscenes in between, which won’t make a great deal of sense unless you’ve seen the film. The story pack suffers a bit here, as the cutscenes come across as poor imitations of the film’s key scenes, failing to get across both the heart of the film’s story and the humour. Perhaps this is because the source material already has the quirky LEGO humour we’ve come to expect from LEGO games. In fact, the most entertaining moments in the story pack come from jokes that aren’t taken directly from the film. This story pack doesn’t make use of any of the songs that helped make the LEGO Batman Movie memorable, which I feel is a pity.
The levels themselves are good fun, with a variety of puzzles incorporating the new abilities of the stars, Batman, Robin and Batgirl. Although the story pack doesn’t include a new Batman minifigure, if you place the starter pack Batman onto the portal, he gets transformed into the black-suited, utility belt-wearing Batman from the film. He’s got a few new tricks up his sleeve, as does Batgirl, though there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two of them, as you might expect. The Batwing is a cute flying vehicle, a nice counterpart to the Batmobile from the starter pack.
The real star of this pack, for me at least, is Robin. Much like in the film, he’s annoying and cute and rather silly too. He’s got two unique abilities: vent access, which lets him climb into special Robin-coloured vents, and ‘suit rip’, which allows him to swap between his normal Robin suit, and Nightwing, giving him access to a few more abilities. All of Robin’s animations are true to his character, from his ridiculous flopping about as he climbs through vents, to his back flip double jump, to his attacks, which includes a butt attack. Even his chirps are super cute, none more so than asking Harry Potter to do an ‘orphan fist bump’.
The LEGO Batman Movie world is similar to the many other adventure worlds now in the LEGO Dimensions game. It’s located on the Shard, where all the other year 2 worlds can be found. There’s plenty to discover and build in the world, including the Batcave, Arkham Asylum, and other locations from the film. I was disappointed that I couldn’t explore the interior of Wayne Manor, and by the small scale of the explorable area of the Batcave. Still, one could easily sink a few hours into this adventure world and still not complete it.
Honestly, this pack has been a difficult one for me to review. I enjoyed the film, and playing with those characters in LEGO Dimensions is great fun. Somehow, however, I just wasn’t as impressed by this film’s conversion to a LEGO game as I have been with previous LEGO games. As I’ve said above, there were a few missing elements, like the music from the film, the interior of Wayne Manor, and a few flat jokes that left me wanting more from this story pack. Heck, I was even disappointed that Joker and Harley Quinn don’t transform into their movie counterparts while in the LEGO Batman Movie adventure world.
All that being said, this is still an enjoyable LEGO game, and fans of the film and LEGO Dimensions are sure to find hours of fun with this story pack. The pack is great value for money, and well worth picking up. For me, though, it doesn’t quite live up to my admittedly very high expectations for LEGO video games.
Check out the trailer here:
Excalibur Batman Fun Pack
Also available for LEGO Dimensions is the Excalibur Batman Fun Pack, which includes Batman in silver armour, armed with a sword instead of his usual batarangs. Excalibur Batman shares some of Batman’s abilities, but also has the new sword switch ability, an ability that is currently unique to this character and Finn the Human from the Adventure Time Level Pack.
Excalibur Batman comes with a bionic steed, which can be transformed into a raptor and a bat. The steed is pretty cute, and quite fast, and has a super jump and attack ability, but beyond that, isn’t particularly interesting. Excalibur Batman is also voiced by Will Arnett, making him an entertaining character to have around. This particular minifigure is, as far as I know, exclusive to this fun pack, so collectors will probably want to get their hands on this one.
Have a look at the Excalibur Batman Fun Pack trailer: