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3.0 out of 5 stars Will consistently crash on you - Edited Review, August 20, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
********* Edited Review *********

UPDATE: Since I posted my original review, the game has been patched! All glitches to the game seem to have been addressed, especially the consistent crashing issue I was experiencing. It still happens *sometimes*, but definitely well within the "okay" range. You shouldn't worry about playing this on the PS3 and messing up your console anymore.

My review of the gameplay, design, and observations still stand.

CURRENTLY: I would recommend this game as long as the price is below $30.

************* ORIGINAL REVIEW *********************

This was played on the PS3. For the main reason for the low rating, skip to #4.

The first Lego Batman game was, in my humble opinion, the best lego game. I was so excited about this sequel that I pre-ordered it.

This is going to be a short review.

The game itself if fun, in general. Better than Part I? Hardly.

1.) In free play mode, they threw out the switching between the characters that you only need. Instead of just cycling through characters that you need with a press of a button, you now have to hold triangle until a character selection screen pops up (disrupting both players gameplay), and you select the character that you think you need. THIS CAUSES A LOADING TIME. Meaning, you and your friend will be stuck in limbo for around 5-7 seconds while the new character loads. Try doing this between the two of you, more than ten times each. It just completely halts the action.

2.) They threw in the split screen from the other lego games. It's mildly annoying, at the best of times - and just completely disruptive of the game most of the time. Part of the fun of the first Lego Batman was that you and another player would have to make decisions on where to go TOGETHER. This caused funny moments, a lot of arguing, and the type of decision making needed in a two-player game. This is what made the two-player game interactive. Now, you and your partner can wander off in different directions most of the time, which begs the question, why even put in a two-player mode?

3. The game is confusing. Let me save you the trouble: They will introduce a new villain via a cutscene. On your map, navigate to the villains Icon. This is the area that you need to be in. However, you can't just travel there. Select a white dot (a travel spot) closest to the villain, and then travel to where the villain is. You will need to spot him, and engage in a fight. That works through your first play around. In Free play, select the level (which is now numbered for some reason) and hit free play. Like I said before, they won't give you the characters you need now to cycle through. When in free play, just hold down triangle (PS3), and select the character that you need. YOU MUST UNLOCK THE CHARACTER THAT YOU NEED BEFOREHAND BY FINDING THEM ON THE MAP AND BUYING THEM.

4. The game will freeze on you once you unlock freeplay. CONSTANTLY. I doubt Traveller's Tales will ever release a patch for this game. So, be advised that you will have to do manual shutdowns of your PS3 consistently (I mean once every half hour), at the risk of damaging your system. It got so bad that my wife and I had to shelf the game, which made her really upset. My wife was sad, and so now I'm upset.

In conclusion, this game was fun. Until you start hitting all of those points I just mentioned above. This would have gotten a much higher rating, though, if the game at least properly worked. The constant freezing and hard-restarts for my PS3 system are uncalled for. The developers should know by now how to produce working games before they push them into their target audience, instead of using them as unpaid beta testers.
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Initial post: Sep 25, 2012 5:30:18 PM PDT
Washuai says:
Thanks for this information. This is why I need to get rid of or shelf Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Games with this issue aren't even worth playing free, because a new PS3 isn't free.

That said if this isn't the only game, you should try a database rebuild, dust cleaning and possibly replace the cpu/heatsink thermal paste.
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