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Is Gotham City falling to pieces? LEGO Batman: The Videogame Hours Report

July 19, 2012
Somebody blinked during the photo!

Coffee Beans
     LEGO Batman: The Videogame was released for the Wii in the U.S. on September 23, 2008. The was a multi-console release, and the Wii version released with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in conjunction with DC Comics. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent running around Gotham City in LEGO Batman: The Videogame, trying to put the pieces back together? How does the average play-time per session played compare to The Dark Knight Rises’ runtime? Brew yourself some dark coffee, and let’s take a look!

Data shown is for U.S. Wii players only, not world-wide.

The Brew
     LEGO Batman: The Videogame has approximately 383,496 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play hours from Gotham City, with 1,392 days possibly reported.
     The game has an average play-time per day/session of just over 2 hours 10 minutes. How does that compare to the movie if you are planning to go see it? Well, The Dark Knight Rises has a runtime of 2 hours 45 minutes, which means if you have been a fan of LEGO Batman and averaged about the same play-time, the movie will be more than half-an-hour longer than your average time with the game. So, buy some popcorn before entering!

     What about the reviews for the game?
     LEGO Batman: The Videogame’s Wii version has a “professional” critic review score average of 73.58% based on 19 reviews on GameRankings.com, while the game has a customer review score average of 85.50% based on 138 customer reviews on Amazon.com.
     Customers, once again, have rated the game higher than the critics.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have not played LEGO Batman: The Videogame, but might end up with it on my video game “Wish List” once I complete two other LEGO video games currently in our collection. If you have never seen any footage from LEGO Batman, here is a trailer that should give you an idea of what you can expect:

     Seeing another LEGO video game with a high hour average “Per person” should be encouraging to customers, perhaps looking at buying game. It means you can get a new copy of the game for under $20 now, and expect to get a solid number of hours and apparently some good replay value from it.
     With the number of hours reported and averaged for the game, I would say LEGO Gotham City is probably one of the cleanest and well kept cities around now; but bad guys are always looking to make a mess, so keeping the pieces in place is a continuous job I guess.
     I think this is definitely a situation where the video game provides you more for your money than the new The Dark Knight Rises movie, just based on cost-per-hour of entertainment.

Questions
     Have any of you played any version of LEGO Batman: The Videogame, and if so, what did you think about the game? Is it a LEGO game you would recommend to other Wii, PS3, or even Xbox 360 owners looking for a new game for under $20?
     Also, do any of you plan on seeing The Dark Knight Rising this weekend?

If you are interested in LEGO Batman: The Videogame you can see links for the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions below:

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