LEGO games have a great knack for presenting, even the most serious of franchises, in a playful light. Welcome to another entry into the series for DC with LEGO DC Super-Villains, one of the only games where villainy is celebrated.

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What is LEGO DC Super-Villains?

DC and Warner Bros. Interactive came together for another great LEGO mashup. Their first dive into the concept happened in the realm of Batman. The duo produced three such games before finally deciding to spin off with LEGO DC Super-Villains.

As the name implies, this game focuses all on the villains of the DC universe. That means you'll be committing all the crimes instead of working to stop them. In your way will be a host of DC superheroes whom you'll obviously be looking to incapacitate in order to carry out your tasks.

The game — developed by Traveller's Tales — will have many iconic locations from the DC universe, including Gotham City, Metropolis, Arkham Asylum, Stryker's Island, Smallville, and more. You'll access these locations from a central hub world. There'll be 20 story levels in all, some of which are not freely reachable by the player from said hub world.

Light-hearted fun

We'd forgive you for thinking the LEGO formula has gotten a bit stale, but the goal for LEGO DC Super-Villains remains the same. It's quirky fun, and sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered.

LEGO games trade the dark, mature fantasy worlds for something more whimsical. It's always interesting to watch the super sadistic version of The Joker in The Dark Knight and then see the cutesy LEGO version do his thing.

LEGO DC Super-Villains is set in an open world where the Justice League has somehow disappeared. In their place is the Justice Syndicate, a new group of heroes from a parallel universe who have found themselves some sort of business in DC's worlds. The Justice Syndicate members seemingly take after the more famous DC heroes both in terms of looks and abilities.

Funnily enough, the "Injustice League" — headed up by Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, and the like — thinks the group's plans are more nefarious than they let on. That's right, they've somehow tricked themselves into believing that they are the ones serving heroic justice. Serves them right, really, considering they had a foul plan in play to somehow steal the powers from any superhero they want.

You'll mostly be adventuring around (either solo or in two-player co-op) and fighting in the game, using regular attacks on the small fry and busting out your unique abilities when things get more heated. The action is broken up by periodic puzzles that you need to solve in order to progress.

Create-A-Villain

For the first time ever in a LEGO game, you will be able to create your own villain to take it to the ba— I mean, good guys. Alongside making your own look, you'll also have your own range of abilities to help you wreak havoc on those who would dare cross you.

Of course, you can always opt to play as several DC villains. There are over 170 characters in total, the largest we've ever had in this series. Factor in the nearly two-dozen DLC characters and, well, let's just say every DC fan should find something to like here. All these characters come with their own abilities based on the comics.

When can you play it?

LEGO DC Super-Villains will kick and punch its way onto the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 16th. Pre-order the game and you'll get early access to the Justice League Dark Character Pack.

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