Justice League Heroes
Snowblind, the group behind the amazing
Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance is bringing it home with this knockout game
features the awesome heroes of the DC Universe. If you have not played
Baldur's Gate before, just on a side note, make sure you do, it is
This is a game that will drive fans crazy
with the teaming up of the League, taking us to a series of locales that
are instantly recognisable to fans of the comics and impressive
nonetheless for the uninitiated. There are so many things that are
likeable about this title that spring immediately to mind but one of
them is that despite how easy it is to get in and play, the game takes
itself fairly seriously which is a healthy way to go.
Working your way through the game which is essentially a hack and slash
with super powers, the title takes you on an adventure to foil the plans
of Brainiac, an old enemy of Superman's, however as you progress through
the storyline, you will find twists and turns that will involve many
more of the fantastic enemies in the DC Universe. As a DC fan from
waaaaayyy back, I also responded well to the banter that took place
between the heroes as the game played out.
Despite the seriousness of the missions that you undertake, there are
some funny moments through the game and the story has been well scripted
by writer Dwayne McDuffie who has extensive experience writing about the
DCU. Even the voice work on the title has had a great degree of
attention to detail placed upon it and my favourite superhero, The
Flash, has got some awesome one liners and other witticisms throughout.
In the game, you play as one of the
characters, with other heroes being controlled by the artificial
intelligence, which actually does an impressive job of acting
independently and fighting the assorted bad guys that the game throws
your way. Later in the game you can choose your hero that you wish to
fight the next level with and with no knowledge of what lies ahead you
can expect some pretty intense fights along the way.
Switching characters as you fight in pairs is pretty easy with a tap on
the DPad to guide you on your way. AI aggression and other basic
commands can be given through the DPad also. Sometimes your AI character
may clip or get stuck on objects however this has been overcome by
teleporting a hero to you if they lag too far behind. A neat feature to
In terms of combat, there are a number of basic moves that carry across
the whole gamut of characters, but when you do combo attacks, you
unleash a whole heap of really cool moves exclusive to the character you
are controlling. Some can fly by repeatedly tapping the jump button and
others will perform other mid air antics before coming back to earth.
The game features a save system that activates when you hit checkpoints
and if you happen to die during gameplay then you will start again from
the nearest checkpoint. Playing in two player mode (the game's really
strong point), the title moves along really quickly and is something to
be experienced with you and your buddy fighting the good fight.
Graphically, Justice League Heroes is a feast for the eyes with
brilliant rendering of both the characters and the environments that
they are fighting in. Power ups are left by fallen foe and even though
the fights are pretty challenging you should find that you can make your
way through with few deaths, though it does come close on more than one
This is a game that just begs to be played, it's easy to get into and
stacks of fun in both single and two player mode. The title stays
faithful to the comics and I think that comic fans will be delighted to
play it, I sure as heck was. So do yourself a favour and grab a copy of
Justice League Heroes for PS2, it's a blast!