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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Arrow DLC available now

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I must admit to really enjoying the LEGO game franchise. Their quirky humour and fun but challenging gameplay seems to appeal to the child lurking somewhere in the depths of my tortured soul.

It comes as no surprise then, that I find the LEGO Batman series one of the most enjoyable from any already enjoyable set and now, it could be just that little bit more enjoyable with the release of the Arrow DLC pack.

This features yet another playboy billionaire (where do they get them from?) in the form of Green Arrow’s alter ago, Oliver Queen, who was stranded on an island with his only goal to survive. He’s not on his own though, joined by Arrow series favourites, Slade Wilson, Malcolm Merlyn and Black Canary amongst others. The good news for fans of the TV series, Green Arrow, is that Arrow himself is voiced by Stephen Amell, who also appeared in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Arrow.

The Arrow DLC is available now as a separate download or as part of the Season Pass for the title.

Check out the trailer for the DLC below.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Free DLC Revealed

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has two new DLC packs set for release in early 2015. Starting with the Bizarro World Pack, players will gain access to new LEGO DC Comics characters and locations, additional story-driven content, cool new items and more if you have a Season Pass. Additionally, a second and “FREE” Heroines & Villainesses Pack will also be available in the coming year!

Bizarro World Pack (Season Pass) or £2.50
Save Bizarro’s planet from evil and join the Bizarro League, clones of the Justice League, including characters such as Bizzaro and Bizarra!

Heroines & Villainesses Pack (Free to download)
Celebrate the fearless females of DC Comics with this collection of super heroines and villainesses, which allows players to wreak havoc as Raven and tear-up the ground as Terra. The pack also includes fan-favourites, such as alien princess Starfire and animal-mimic Vixen but they’ll need to be on the guard against the explosive Plastique and cold and calculating Killer Frost!

Arrow Pack (Season Pass) or £2.50
Become the Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell, from the hit TV show Arrow on The CW. Explore Starling City and interact with new characters, including Slade Wilson, Roy Harper, Malcolm Merlyn and more.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Scored 70% in our latest review:

LEGO Batman 3 is a fun game but it’s my least favourite LEGO game for a while, it’s packed full of content and fans of DC Comics will no doubt be pleased with the efforts, despite it being called LEGO Batman 3 it’s definitely more LEGO Justice League as they literally save the game from being a pretty average LEGO title.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review

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LEGO appears to be taking over the world, it’s everywhere at the moment, including my own home, most of it belongs to my 6-year old who is obsessed by it, we also have practically every LEGO game spanning across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. With around 100 hours of LEGO Batman 2 played it was always going to be this house that got to review the latest game in the series LEGO Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham. Another Batman game set purely in Gotham would have been pretty boring, thankfully Travellers’ Tales knew this hence the Beyond Gotham title. LEGO Batman 3 is a much more linear experience, but still boasts a whole load of content that will please comic book fans as well as those who may not have experienced the vast world of characters, such as the different coloured lanterns.

There have been some really useful improvements to the game, for example characters can now swap into a different outfit whenever they want (providing they have unlocked it) which is much better than waiting around to find a station to change outfits in. Some of the new outfits are quite cool too, Robin for example has a new illumination outfit that lights up part s of the level to reveal way to progress a level. Characters such a Cyborg start with all of his outfits unlocked straight away. If your current character is in the wrong outfit when approaching a prompt the game will automatically change to the right outfit for you, it’s only a small thing but makes life a lot easier for you.

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You can now also start at specific checkpoints during free play, most helpful when you mopping up achievements by looking for collectables. As ever there is a huge amount to collect including 160 mini kits, 250 gold bricks, 16 red bricks and 30 Adam Wests to save. All of that clearly doesn’t include over 150 characters to unlock from the DC universe, die-hard DC fans will recognise members of the Justice League as well as some less well known characters. If gives newer fans to the series the chance to check them out so that can only be a good thing. I found the inclusion of ‘celebrity’ characters an odd decision too, even more so as it turns out that Conan O’Brian is an absolute annoyance, adding nothing to the game, I’d go as far to say it detracted from it to be honest.

The game unfortunately gets off to a slow start as Batman and Robin chase Killer Croc through the sewers of Gotham, it’s all a bit smart and frankly a bit boring, but it’s not long before things become much more interesting, the dynamic duo end up in space and the Justice League characters arrive to not only save the world, but the game too. First off there are a couple of great levels, the first being a side-scrolling space shooter before making your way around the outside of the Watchtower. Batman and Robin end up being swept aside as the member is the Justice League take over the gameplay but fear not Batman fans, there is plenty of great Batman content as well as the awesome looking Batman anniversary content available as DLC.

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You’ll visit a variety of locations as you play through the game including the Batcave, the Fortress of Solitude, the Hall of Justice, and a handful of different alien worlds. It gets better though, with Brianiac’s plans to shrink various locations you’ll end up in some of the cities that have already been shrunk. These are especially fun as you are a bit like Hulk on these levels, and in turn you’ll have the ability to smash your way around with relative ease. There is a good balance between the smaller open world areas and the more linear ones, I felt slightly less overwhelmed finding things thanks to the smaller levels.

As ever the puzzles are fairly simplistic, you always have the right equipment around you to solve the puzzle, as normal I spent more time looking for the one thing that needed smashing to complete a build, for the most part you’ll have no problems though. You’ll be able to complete the story missions in about 10 hours and you’ll have great fun doing it. Other gameplay improvements in lid the ability for certain characters to be master builders, straight from the LEGO movie videogame. Graphically the game is no better or worse than any of the other LEGO games I’ve played on the Xbox One. The camera was hugely frustrating at times though. During one of the early levels, while preparing to head into space as Batman the camera would fix into a position where I couldn’t see either of the characters and had to use guesswork to get them into a place where I could see them again. It was annoying at first but then it kept happening, for an adult it’s a pain but I could see it ruining the experience for a child, here’s hoping it can be patched out.

LEGO Batman 3 is a fun game but it’s my least favourite LEGO game for a while, it’s packed full of content and fans of DC Comics will no doubt be pleased with the efforts, despite it being called LEGO Batman 3 it’s definitely more LEGO Justice League as they literally save the game from being a pretty average LEGO title.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham This Autumn on Xbox

Warner Bros’ has today announced yet another LEGO game for consoles – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available beginning of Autumn 2014 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as other platforms.

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favourite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.

Check out the trailer above for a little tease of what to expect this Autumn!