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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Dimensions: The Lego Batman Movie Story Pack is a physical story expansion pack for the Lego Dimensions video game. It features content based on The Lego Batman Movie. The game's focus is generally split between puzzle-solving and fighting. Violence and destruction in the game are done in a stylized and cartoonish nature, with people and objects falling apart like toys, leaving Lego studs behind to collect. The game is easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages and skill levels, though building the physical Lego toys may require supervision for younger players. While players don't need to buy a lot of additional items, they're constantly shown Lego and Batman material. Plus, while the game can be played with only the Batman Pack and Lego Dimensions Starter Pack, additional characters will need to be bought to fully explore all the optional content.
What's it about?
LEGO DIMENSIONS: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE STORY PACK is the third full story expansion pack released for the Lego Dimensions video game. Based on the big-screen release, it puts gamers in the cape and cowl of The Lego Movie version of DC Comics' Dark Knight. When Batman's rogue's gallery decides, unexpectedly, to give themselves up to police, the World's Greatest Detective is suddenly faced with a Gotham City that doesn't need him anymore. Reluctantly taking an overenthusiastic orphan under his wing as a sidekick, Batman comes up with an idea: to take on his villains one more time. Along the way, he's forced to reevaluate his views on family and friendship, and he teams up with new allies and old friends to stop one more scheme that threatens to literally tear the building-brick version of the city apart.
Is it any good?
This new expansion in this popular franchise ramps up the comedy and brings new tweaks to a (now) well-known formula. For its latest expansion, the game takes a trip to Gotham City and let fans play around with the Caped Crusader and all his wonderful toys. As with previous Story Packs, there are a couple of additions this time around, including new character abilities such as Detective Mode, High Security Access, and Vent Access, all of which are exclusive to characters from The Lego Batman Movie. While these are pretty much only new ways to access different areas in the game, they do make the new characters feel unique and necessary, which is a good thing because they are hilariously funny in the game. It's hard to keep a straight face around Robin in particular, with his doe-eyed excitement over the smallest thing and his eagerness to please Batman. That's the thing about this expansion: While Lego Dimensions has never been a game that takes itself too seriously, Lego Dimensions: The Lego Batman Movie Story Pack (much like the movie) cranks the comedy up to eleven.
One of the first things that stands out about this pack, even before you play the game, is its lack of an actual Batman figure to use for the game, despite both Robin and Batgirl mini-figures being included. This is because players are meant to use the Batman figure that comes with the game's Starter Pack. It's a minor thing but worth mentioning since technically they are two different characters with different abilities. Players can even unlock a special red-brick "Extra" that allows players to use The Lego Batman Movie version of the character in other worlds throughout Lego Dimensions. While The Lego Batman Story Pack doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to the tried-and-true Lego game formula, as a stand-alone experience it's surprisingly meaty and feels like a complete gam. The stages are lengthy with a lot of hidden goodies to seek out with some of the other Lego Dimensions characters, and even after you beat the story, there are still the Adventure World and Battle Arena to explore.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about consumerism in media. Does playing something like Lego Dimensions: The Lego Batman Movie Story Pack encourage players to pick up more Batman-related merchandise (or vice versa)? Do players feel forced to buy more figures to have a complete experience, or can they be content with what's in the box?
Talk about creativity and imagination. How does building the vehicles and characters in Lego Dimensions add to the personal experience? Does it inspire players to build more outside the scope of the game?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive
- Release date: February 10, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
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