posted by Mayflower96 (LEACHVILLE, AR) Jun 25, 2012
Member since Aug 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I received my PlayStation Vita as a gift from my brother the day after it hit shelves. Since I have GameFly, I've stopped buying console games but I still spend $40 on Vita titles since it's a portable device. I simply want some games to take on the go, so before I get into any details, you must first know that I had not seen any gameplay footage or heard any news on this game before buying. All I was going on was how the first game was, which was fun. Now, on with the review. The first thing I noticed was that the graphics didn't seem quite as good, which is fine considering it's a Vita title. What really shocked me was that this was the first Lego game to feature voices, which is an excellent touch. The voices fit the characters quite well, and the dialogue is really true to the characters. Gameplay is as solid as ever, the new superheros are an absolute blast to play as, and collecting studs is even more addicting this time. Once I had completed the main story, which seemed shorter than it should have been, I got about 90% of the collectibles and was satisfied. Later I looked up footage on Xbox 360, and was stunned. Much like past games that were ported onto the PlayStation Portable, Lego Batman 2 has it's own portable console version with the same name. You can't explore the massive Lego Gotham City like in the console versions, which takes away a lot of the playability for me. After doing a bit more digging, I saw that most of the story mode and plot points were exactly the same, and I calmed down. Even before I knew what I was missing, I was praising this game for being a nice experience. Although I'm a little disappointed that the Vita hardware isn't as powerful as I thought, this is still a very fun game to take on the go. Everything is still as fun as a Lego game can be, and it's a great addition to any Vita owner's collection. If you're looking for the full experience, though, definitely get one of the console versions.
posted by AlphaBovine (MOUNT DORA, FL) Aug 27, 2012
Member since May 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The PS Vita has horsepower, but none of it is put to use on this version of the game. The Movie sequences are horribly grainy and blurry on the OLED screen, the SFX in game are highly compressed and lacky any depth. The game is nearly identical to the 3DS version and it shows. The VITA could have easily handled better sound and movies at the very least or more of the open world exploring found in the home console cousins. I would pass on this version unless the Vita is your only gaming option.
This game is not as bad as it looks, I mean, it is a straight port of the 3DS version, but it still a Lego game so it is really easy and entertaining game.
Gameplay: not an open world game, it is just as every other lego game you have played before, if you have played the harry potter lego version for the vita, well it is pretty much the same, but with batman's universe. took me maybe about 10 hours to platinum, great game.
Graphics: Not mind blowing, but well, doesn't look that bad either. Looks the exactly the same as the 3ds version, but textures look sharper. Cgi rendered cinematics look good, but they are really compressed, the look worse than a VHS movie.
Sound: Compressed sound, it has voice actors this time around, and music is a little repetitive, but never forced me to turn down the volume, it was just right.
Replay value: well, it has many collectibles, such as unlockable characters and a few cheats such as big head mode and other things just for fun. After finishing story mode, it will open a challenge mode called the justice league mode which features some of the most iconic DC heroes, and of course as any other ps vita game, it features trophies, but once you get your platinum, you will have completed your game 100% and there will be no reason to replay everything again. In conclusion, it is a great game for rent, about 10- 15 hours to get platinum, pretty easy, and not recommended for buying, just renting.
Oh yeah and also keep in mind that there are NO GUIDES ONLINE FOR PS VITA OR 3DS VERSIONS, so you will be on your own (at least until someone makes one), just don't give up looking for collectibles, keep your eyes peeled and you will find them ;)
if you need any help just add me, my PSN user name is SHATGAN