'LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham' Is A Block Party For The Dark Knight's 75th

November 18, 2014

The LEGO video game series has been built brick-by-brick, from the ground up as one of the most dependable franchises in the industry. TT Games have taken their version of LEGOs to some of the most amazing worlds, and featured some of the most famous characters ever created: from Luke and Yoda in LEGO Star Wars, to Harry and Harmione in LEGO Harry Potter, and most recently Iron Man and Spider-Man in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The reach of LEGO knows no bounds. Even the world's greatest detective hasn't been able to escape being brickified, embodying the spirit of the LEGO series in two of his own LEGO Batman games. The third game in the series, LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham, adds another awesome gaming notch to Batman's utility belt by going bigger and blockier than any LEGO game that came before it.

Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

If you've fired up in any of the LEGO games over the the past few years, then you're already familiar with TT Games' outstanding work. They have been making exceptional LEGO video game experiences since they first adapted the original Star Wars movies back in 2005. LEGO Batman 3 builds on their work from the first two games in the LEGO Batman series, as well as incorporating some of the things they learned from last year's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

In a bit of a departure from the earlier games in the series, LEGO Batman 3 goes Beyond Gotham and opens up this particular LEGO universe to all of the other characters from DC Comics. Realistically, this is less of a LEGO Batman game, and more of a LEGO Justice League game, as all of your favorite DC superheroes and villains join forces to stop one of the universe's most formidable foes, Brainiac, from assuming total domination of Earth. With over 150 different characters to choose from that range from almost every iteration of Batman, to real world characters like Kevin Smith, Conan O'Brien, and even TV's Adam West. At it's core, the gameplay doesn't change much at all, but Beyond Gotham does offer some new experiences, including large scale space battles, which are a first for the LEGO games. Smashing, collecting, and building, are all just as fun this time around as they were with the first LEGO games, it's just that here they go Beyond Gotham.

In true LEGO fashion, you can play LEGO Batman 3 on just about any and every console on the market today. So, whether you have an Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, or a good ol' fashioned PC, you can take Batman and all of his new LEGO friends out to fight some evil, and save the world. Note: the handheld versions of the game are a bit scaled back from the console games, offering only 100+ characters and 45 missions.

Batman had a horrible run of video games for a very long time. While the first LEGO Batman games arrived after things turned around for the Dark Knight, they've definitely helped keep him on the right track, with Beyond Gotham keeps pace with its predecessors. This game mixes just enough humor into the game to keep the experience light and lively, and balances that with simple and easy gameplay to keep the barrier of entry super low. Batman's huge fanbase covers a range of ages, and virtually any of them could pick up a controller, and start enjoying LEGO Batman 3 only seconds later. Beyond Gotham is what DC fans have been pining for since the first LEGO Batman game: a huge scale conflict that incorporates even the most obscure characters in unique and crazy ways that only a LEGO game can. Whether you're a fan of Batman, LEGOs, or just plain fun, LEGO Batman 3 is well worth your time.