Just when you thought the Lego-craze is about to end, the Danish brickmerchant finds a new franchise to blockify. Batman’s universe has been bricked multiple times before, but in Lego DC Super-Villains the spotlight is now turned on to the many enemies of Batman and his allies.
When Commissioner Gordon arrests a peculiar new supervillain, he realizes he’s lacking the expertise to deal with this. He turns to Lex Luthor, now safely locked away in Metropolis prison, but he fails to see all was planned by Luthor. The villain manages to break out (releasing a bunch of other crooks in the process) but an alternate Justice League appears, setting in motion a whole multiverse of events…
Naysayers insist this is yet another Lego-game, made with the same mold already used to make the previous games, only in a different setting. On some level, I can understand that criticism. There are indeed once more lengthy levels to brawl through. Most puzzles are solved easily by breaking own something and building it up again in a different form. The familiar lego-puns are back in abundance and yes, there are tons of playable figures to use in (yet another) version of freeplay… But what’s often forgotten or overlooked, is the starring role of the new super-villain. One players can build and customize entirely to their liking!
At the start of the game I’m tasked with building this character. I could opt to pick a randomly generated one, but where’s the fun in that? I start with a blank figure and change it to my heart’s content. Torso’s, prints, colors, legs, arms, heads, hair, hoods, powers, weapons, voice,… There are millions of things to customize, some of them only unlocked through playing! Just building a character already makes me giggle uncontrollably, and I haven’t even started playing yet. Once I do start playing, the ‘more of the same’ thing does indeed kick in.
But I ask you, dear reader: does that really bother you? The Lego formula has proven its effectiveness time and again. The story is solid, the voice-acting great. I find myself playing the freeplay mode just to find that elusive extra brick or character and try for that 100 percent rating.