Just before New York Comic Con I got a chance to sit down with TT Games’ executive producer Phil Ring to chat about LEGO DC Super-Villains which is releasing in just a couple of days. While the gameplay is pretty familiar for fans of the TT Games’ LEGO series, there have been some improvements. Additionally, there are two different difficulty levels to allow you toggle just how much active help you want in the game, so fans of the series can cut down on the amount of hints they see pop up on the screen.
Perhaps the most important take-away I had from my time spent with TT Games was the actual size of the game map. Super-Villains is an open-world game, but unlike other LEGO open-world titles like LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, in LEGO DC Super-Villains, we get several distinct areas to explore. There are four different areas for players to wander around, including the cities of Gotham and Metropolis. And the quests in those areas have been revamped, so they’re more meaningful. You’ll meet new characters around the map and recruiting them to your roster will have you complete their related quests. Between the new recruitment system and the fact that you’ll encounter many DC heroes and villains on the streets of Gotham, Metropolis, and even Smallville, LEGO DC Super-Villains feels like a more complete world than some older TT titles.
And that, if nothing else, is great news.
However, you’ve also got an incredibly lengthy cast of characters, with over 160 confirmed characters for the base game, with additional characters being added with the Aquaman, Shazam!, Batman: The Animated Series, and Young Justice DLC packs. So chances are, if you have a favorite DC hero or villain, they’ll make it into this game eventually. And that is fantastic news for DC fans.
So far, the confirmed characters roster for the game includes:
- John Stewart’s Green Lantern
- Clock King
- The Joker
- Harley Quinn
- Lex Luthor
- Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern
- Condiment King
- King Shark
- Captain Cold
- Count Vertigo
- Gorilla Grodd
- The Riddler
- Mercy Graves
- Silver Banshee
- Solomon Grundy
- Granny Goodness
- Commissioner Gordon
- Killer Frost
- The Ventriloquist
As well as a slew of others. Characters in the game will have their most iconic costumes, including those from Rebirth, the New 52, and even the pre-Flashpoint continuity. Film versions of the characters are also fair game for TT Games to use, so we might see a few of those pop into the roster as well.
Along with having access to various versions of each character, TT Games has also been able to work a ton of DC-themed easter eggs into the game with references to the films, tv series’, and comics. What exactly those will be, Ring couldn’t tell me, but he assured that DC super fans would be pleased.
Essentially, the more we look at the game and think about it, the more promising it gets.
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