#2. LEGO Batman: The Video Game
The Lego games have become a rather tired series and LEGO Batman is pretty much a franchise unto itself. But in 2008, that wasn’t yet the case and after the success of games based off the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, we got Traveler’s Tales’ take on the Caped Crusader with LEGO Batman: The Video Game. It arguably remains one of the best entries in the entire LEGO series of video games.
There are several reasons for this, one being that the long-running formula for LEGO games still felt fairly fresh. You played various characters with different abilities (some of which were needed to access certain areas) and smashed things to get LEGO bricks to build things that assist you in puzzle-solving.
Another major factor was the acting or really lack thereof. It’s common nowadays, but in the early LEGO video games, the characters didn’t talk. They expressed themselves through gestures and miming, and it was really funny. That has been lost in later games with voice acting being added in frankly.
Thirdly, rather than follow the exact events of a movie or TV shows, LEGO Batman: The Video Game has it’s own story. It’s not a particularly unique story, but it’s nice to not just be a rehash of something I saw in a movie or TV show. If you aren’t completely sick of the LEGO video game formula or missed out on the first LEGO game starring the Guardian of Gotham, maybe give this a try. It’s still fairly readily available.