|a game by||Vicarious Visions|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2, GBA|
|User Rating:||7.6/10 - 11 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Batman Games|
Movie tie-in games can be a real hit or miss type of title. Combine that with a superhero franchise and you are asking for trouble. Though Batman games have managed to find solid ground within the industry, almost paving the way for the rest of the heroes through the Arkham series. Though just before that run of titles came Batman Begins.
For those that really enjoy the caped crusader, this game has a lot to offer you. The brilliant voice acting from Christian Bale and Liam Neeson is a standout addition to the game. Plus, the game is able to convey a lot of the dark and gritty tones that the Batman series is synonymous with which works in it’s favour.
Not gameplay focused
The gameplay is really what lets this game down. It’s far from a train wreck though it’s lack of clarity on what it wants to be as a title leads to a disjointed experience. The game tries to borrow assets from other popular games of the time in its movement, combat style and progression systems and through doing so, offers very little unique moments. This combined with a completely accurate rendition of the plot and events of the movie meant that there was little surprise or intrigue to be had.
A trial run
If we think of this movie tie-in as a sounding board for better games to come then this somewhat average title can be forgiven. This is a decent portrayal of the movie in question, follows the plot to the letter and delivers snippets of gold that Batman fans who have not played this one won’t want to miss out on. Though for casual players not enthralled by the series, it may not be worth the slog.
This game tries a plethora of different things. Throwing a tonne of mechanics at the wall to see what sticks and because of this, the whole experience is diluted in the process and somewhat overwhelming at times. The Arkham series probably benefitted from this outing, showcasing a bunch of ideas and mechanics to refine and work on. Though as a standalone title, this one lacks the polish of the titles that would follow.