Review by KasketDarkfyre

Reviewed: 01/27/02 | Updated: 01/27/02

It's...Batman....again...

Being a port over game from one system to another, you always find that there is something slightly different with the game from the original release. When this game was released on the Play Station 2, you had Batman going up against all of the enemy characters from the animated series and beating up thugs. With this version found on the Game Cube, you have the same game, control, visuals and audio that was featured there, but on a smaller disc! If you like Batman, then you may find that this game really offers you a different system format, but the same game that you may have played on the Play Station 2

When it comes to Batman games, there isn’t one that I’ve found yet that doesn’t make me want to give up gaming with anything Batman related. Vengeance, while one of the better ones on the pile, still doesn’t deliver the goods in my eyes, and that only comes with the linear game play and limited fighting options that you have to work with! Considering that games like this seem to come out of the woodwork whenever a company decides that there is some money to made with a franchise, you never really have a game that has all of the features that you would to have.

In this case, my biggest beef with the game is that the different ways that you can go never seem to variate other than moving from point A to point B and do a little fighting in between. The different modes that you come across while you play are rather nice, and I’ll explain what they are, but in the end there is just too little here to put it above the rest of the games that are already out there and other titles that are done in a better fashion!

The game play is comprised of a couple of different types in which your main goal is the side scrolling stages that you battle enemies through. While the game doesn’t do too much to create an original environment to play through, you’ll find that there is just enough action involved with the game that you have a rather fun and enjoyable time playing! However, there are immediate problems with the battle system in which you’re limited in what you can do and just how hard and fast you can fight against the computer controlled enemies.

The difficulty of the game is another problem, in which the first few fights are easy, but as you roam through the numerous stages {18 or 19 in all} you’ll find that the difficulty is ramped up near the end of the game in such a way, that one on one fights take a considerable amount of time to complete. With Batman, you would expect some of the weapons that the Caped Crusader would have at his disposal, and you won’t be disappointed. However, another minor problem is that the game doesn’t offer enough opportunities to use these weapons in battle and there is a lack of action in that respect.

Controlling Batman is another problem altogether in which you have to have a good understanding of a hybrid three-dimensional world in which Batman moves. If you have any understanding of how to use the analog sticks in conjunction with the directional pad, then you should have no problem learning how to use the punch, kick and block system that the game features! With the amount of platform jumping that you may have to do and even some of the vehicle controls, you’ll have to learn how to use the controls in such a way that you don’t end up getting yourself killed in the process.

Veterans to this type of gaming shouldn’t have a problem picking up and playing through the game with just a few minutes of play, and something that I will give credit for is that the training option is available for both beginners and veterans alike. To me, that is a plus in which you can learn how to play the game with the smaller Game Cube controller, and it really does help out beginners who need a little practice with this type of control set up!

Visually, the game doesn’t suffer from too much of the jagged edges that you may find in games of this type. In later stages, you may find that the different visual inconsistencies come up at a more frequent rate, but if you’re not really looking for them, then you won’t notice them too much. Something else that bothers me a little bit is that the game lacks the amount of detail that I would expect from a Batman game. This is more or less attributed to the fact that the game is based off of the animated series, so if you’re a huge fan of that series, then you’ll find that everything here is recreated in the same dark, semi-serious animations and environments that you would find in the cartoon!

Audio wise, the game offers you some adventurous music, but only in the same fashion that the animated series on television offers. While not the most impressive or even memorable music that you’ll ever hear in a video action game, you’ll still find that it seems to fit the different moods and modes that the game has to offer. The sound effects are rather impressive though, aside from the generic thuds and smacks, but more with the less played voice-overs that are straight from the animated series! When you add all of these factors together, you have a game that isn’t too overly hard on the ears, but melds together for a rather enjoyable experience for the one time through.

This isn’t to say that the game is a complete carbon copy, because the only real change is with the control setup. Just like the X-Box version of the game, the only real challenge that you’ll find with this version is with using the control and the different buttons to kick out the small combo’s found in the game! As a Game Cube owner, I would have liked to have seen some differences with the game play and maybe some impressive visuals, but what I found in the Game Cube version is that it is nearly a replica of the original Play Station 2 release in every way!

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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