With the second major Lego movie now on the silver screen, TT Games has unleashed a new Story Pack to go alongside it. There's something here for everyone with a surprising amount of franchises represented so let's head to Arkham and check it out.
The Lego Batman Movie Story Pack has the most amount of included figures so far in a Story Pack with Batgirl, Robin, the Batwing vehicle, and a portal backdrop designed after Batman's Bat Computer included. Seeing as previous Story Packs only had one character, it's great to see another one in this latest pack and I hope that it's a sign of what to expect in future Story Packs (if we're lucky enough to see more down the line).
Robin is an adorable little guy with huge green goggles and matching undies really bringing the character to life. Batgirl looks classy in her purple and yellow outfit complete with a boomerang and her red hair in a ponytail. The batwing is one of the more unique-looking flying vehicles with four jets on the back and some interesting detail on the front. Lastly, the portal gate is definitely the simplest of the gates available so far. It's essentially a very simplified version of the Bat Computer found in the Batcave. It's quite disappointing as it would have been cool to see some extra pieces added to the base to simulate the surrounding area in the cave. However, I can't complain too much because I'd rather have a new character than a more interesting gate any day. Plus, I'm very happy with the available unique abilities that each character provides.
The following abilities become available for you to use throughout the Lego Dimensions universe when you purchase this Story Pack:
- Robin: Do acrobatic moves, fix broken objects, access vents specific to Robin, illuminate dark areas, rip suit to become a half-Batman half-Robin hybrid, dive underwater, throw poles and pole vault (when dressed as Batman), deflect lasers
- Batgirl: Throw a boomerang, use a grapple hook, trigger detective mode to uncover hidden objects in various ways, use stealth abilities, high security access
- Batwing transformations: Batwing (use tow bar, flight docks and cargo hooks), The Black Thunder (use accelerator switches and tow bar), Bat-Tank (use accelerator switches and tow bar, destroy silver blocks)
The two included characters have some very unique abilities that I feel are worth elaborating upon. First, Robin can climb into vents. Other Lego Dimensions characters can climb into small doors but Robin has the unique ability to navigate through vents hidden in walls after jumping up to reach them. When he enters the vent, you're in for a comical treat as you watch him meander through ducts while pulling silly faces and acrobatic moves. It really is quite adorable and silly. Robin also has the ability to rip his suit and show a Batman suit hidden beneath. His cute version of Batman doesn't just make him look like his hero but it also gives him an ability to throw glowing sticks that allow him to activate certain switches specifically made for that ability.
Batgirl has the unique ability to trigger detective mode. When triggered, there are three different ways that she interacts with her surroundings in order to uncover clues. First off, she'll display a sound meter that you must use to find the source of a sound. Next, she'll use her nose to follow a scent (similar to certain four-legged Lego Dimensions characters). Finally, she'll track footprints on the floor (just like some detective characters). When these abilities are active, the colour of the screen changes and all attention is paid to Batgirl so that she can have the focus she needs in order to uncover the next clue. It's quite fun to use and a welcome addition to the arsenal of abilities available in the Lego Dimensions universe. Batgirl also has the distinct ability to solve maze clues that unlock doors. These mazes are very simple to solve so they're not really much of a challenge.
As the box promises, the Story Pack follows the events of The Lego Batman Movie. You're dropped off right in the middle of the action from the get-go, fighting The Joker and Clayface. After the battle, you're given a sneak peek of the Batcave in Wayne Manor before heading off to meet up with Superman at The Fortress of Solitude and look into obtaining The Projector in order to send The Joker into the Phantom Zone and stop his dastardly plans at the power plant. Superman is just one of many friends and enemies that you'll meet while playing through the levels and exploring the world. He happens to be throwing a party with a bunch of superheroes so you can decide to get to the next part of the level quickly or destroy everything in sight to get back at him for not inviting you.
The next level has you hunting The Joker in Arkham Asylum in order to use the device on him. Things don't exactly go according to plan as The Joker is eventually sent to the Phantom Zone where he promptly decides to free all of the other villains who were trapped there and starts a reign of chaos over Arkham City as a result. Sauron's eye makes a big (and humorous) appearance here and there's an even more unexpected addition to the mix of villains: Agents from The Matrix. I loved watching a particularly delightful scene that re-enacts a moment in the first Matrix movie where Morpheus is freed from the Agents' grasp and jumps to a helicopter from a skyscraper. This scene is complete with camera angles matching the live action film. I sincerely hope that this is TT Games giving us a sneak peek of a new pack for Lego Dimensions or possibly a full Lego Matrix game.
To wrap things up, you'll wander around the Phantom Zone where you'll jump from block to block in a void of nothingness, eventually walking on walls and upside-down to reach your goal of escaping it. This level is quite short but it was neat to see a totally different setting from the other levels. The final area has you fighting The Joker as well as Lord Voldemort in a couple of boss fights. The last fight is especially interesting as it makes you use the new Phase portal ability. When triggered, you place a character on any of the three portal areas to make a small section display with a few items that can be interacted with in order to complete a goal. Doing so in the right succession and with the correct timing to take out the boss can be challenging but it's also a lot of fun.
The Lego Batman Movie adventure world is a miniature and simplified version of Arkham City. As far as its visuals go, it generally looks like your stereotypical Lego city but it does enough to set itself apart from other Lego packs in that there are many interesting-looking monuments and familiar locations scattered about. The more well-known locations of Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum (as well as a funfair area) play a big part in keeping the map interesting. There are no new mechanics introduced, however, and all of the gold brick collecting you do will be accomplished through very familiar tasks.
Overall, this latest Story Pack is on par with the experience introduced in the base Lego Dimensions game as it brings so many franchises into a new set of levels and has them interact in hilarious ways. Including the extra character was a great move, too. Although the levels are a bit short and the adventure world lacks new features, there's still a ton of fun to be had in Lego Arkham.
- + Having both Robin and Batgirl is a treat
- + Multitude of cameos from other franchises keeps the Lego Dimensions world fresh
- + Many funny moments (especially from Robin)
- - Overall, the levels feel shorter than others
- - The adventure world doesn't offer anything new in its interactivity