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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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>The Best Video Game Pirate, Jack Sparrow – A LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Report

June 23, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was released on May 10, 2011 for the Wii, as well as every other current console/handheld video game device.
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was developed by Traveller’s Tales, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.  The Wii version, along with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, has a MSRP of $49.99, and the game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported pirating with Captain Jack Sparrow in the Caribbean, since the game released?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel.  The hours
shown are not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean has had about 4,241 Wii owners report play-time data, with 42 days of game-play reported since it released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean has 65,183 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 15 Hours 23 Minutes “Per person”(or console) that has reported data for the game.
     The game has an average play-time per session right about 2 Hour 53 Minutes.

Sales Information:
     According to the NPD data for May 2011, the Wii version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sold the best out of all the versions.

     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’s Amazon.com sale rank is #61, and it is currently selling for $45.99.
     Sale rank and advertised price were recorded on June 23, 2011 around 2:00AM.

Review Score Averages:
     LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean’s “professional” review score average is 72.93%, based on 14 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 24 customer reviews.
     Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’s customer review score average is 82.50% when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     Review score averages recorded on June 23, 2011 around 2:15AM.

Our son!  He would be a fine scallywag
in the crew of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Filtered Thoughts:
     While I have not played any version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, I do think the game looks like good, typical, LEGO video game fun.  If you are not familiar with any of the LEGO video games and the humor they use, the video below is a compilation of three trailers for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and it should give you a good idea of the humor you can expect from this game.

     As for the reported game-play data, seeing the game debut in just over a month is pretty good for game I believe.  While it’s not as fast of a game-play hours debut as some other games, it is a solid and quick start compared to most third party games on the Wii.
     With the average play session being almost 3 hours, I think that shows gamers are sitting down and really enjoying this game each time they are playing it.

     One thing I’m really surprised by is that it took nearly 6 years for Disney and Traveller’s Tales to get a “LEGO” Pirates game released, considering the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie released back in 2003, and the first LEGO Star Wars game was released in 2005.  While Traveller’s Tales was probably busy with developing the many other “LEGO” games between 2005 and the release of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean last month, I just figured a “LEGO” Pirates game would have happened sooner knowing the success the LEGO Star Wars games, and the box office success of each Pirates movie.
     Anyway, I’m glad to know that Captain Jack Sparrow’s latest video game pirate adventure seems to be a success, because in my opinion, he’s the best type of pirate there is and he’s a video game pirate I don’t mind talking about.

Questions:
     Have any of you played any version of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, and if so, what do you think about the game?  Do you think the game follows the “LEGO” video game formula well enough, and follows the Pirates movies, as fans of the movies may expect?
     Would you recommend LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean to other gamers at it’s current MSRP of $49.99, or would you suggest waiting on a price drop for it?

If any of you are interested in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, you can see prices on Amazon.com linked below for a few of the different versions, as well a LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow!
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0GEBO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0EG32&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6E7O2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr    http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0EL1Y&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

>The Force Is Strong – LEGO Star Wars III Report

April 26, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars was released on March 22, 2011 on the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.

     The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales, and published by LucasArts.  LEGO Star Wars III received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor” listed as content for parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported trying to keep the galaxy free of tyranny, with 35 days of battle reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars has 4,090 Wii owners that have reported play-time data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     LEGO Star Wars III has 76,566 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average of 18 Hours 44 Minutes “Per person”.
     LEGO Star Wars III has an average play-time per session of just over 2 Hours 54 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars’ Amazon.com sale rank is #74, and it’s currently selling for $49.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 8:50PM, on April 25, 2011)

Review Score Averages:
     LEGO Star Wars III’s “professional” review score average is 77.88%, based on 8 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 22 customer reviews.
     LEGO Star Wars III’s customer review score average is 80%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% scale.  You can see the customer review scores range in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 8:50PM, on April 25, 2011)

Filtered Thoughts:
     While I haven’t played LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know I’m a huge Star Wars fan; but you also probably know I’m extremely cheap!

Can you spot our son?  This was his first trip out of the house!

     While Mrs. Coffee and I greatly enjoyed the first two LEGO Star Wars games, we never purchased them when they released as the Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga edition a few years back; though that may change.  We will probably purchase The Complete Saga first, then pick up LEGO Star Wars III sometime after that.

     I think seeing the average hours “Per person”(or Wii console) being so close to 3 hours per session, shows that gamers are playing LEGO Star Wars III, and they are playing for long sessions, not just quick, short, sessions.
     It only took 35 days until I spotted the data was reported for the game, which is pretty good for LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars; and with its solid averages, it will probably continue to have good word-of-mouth and that will help further sales of the game.

Questions:
     Have any of you played LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on the Wii(or other systems), and if so, how do you think it compares to the original LEGO Star Wars games?
     Do you think the Force is stronger, or weaker with LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars?

     If anybody is interested in the game, you can see prices for the main console versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCT0O&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCTCW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0037UCT7C&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr