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GameCube | Action | Batman Begins | Review

Boxart for Batman Begins
Batman Begins 9 screen shots
  • GRAPHICS: 4.0
  • SOUND: 4.0
  • CONTROL: 3.5
  • FUN FACTOR 4.0
  • AVG USER SCORE n/a
  • AVG CRITIC SCORE 3.35

Review: Batman Begins

A solid action gamer for the Game Cube (at last), but the Cube's eccentric controller and button configuration makes gameplay more wieldy than its PS2 and Xbox counterparts.

Batman Begins re-energized the franchise in the theaters, and the game goes beyond just another run-of-the-mill movie tie-in to re-energize Batman after too long of an absence on the video game screen. Batman Begins delivers a pleasing mix of action, sharp graphics, and variety of gameplay, all the while conveying a faithful recreation of the film experience, reflecting a creative effort that doesn't just rush to cash in on a license.

Rule by Fear
The developers stayed extremely close to the source, and creatively wove an interactive experience that tells the story of the film without following the actual cinematic sequence. You play as both Batman and his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. It's not all about mindless fisticuffs, as you have to achieve goals through brawn as well as manipulation and mental intimidation. In addition to the ubiquituous life meter, there's a reputation meter which increases, thereby making him even more powerful when he does strike.

You'll encounter all the key villains and players from the movie, made all the more believable by the voices and likenesses of the all-star cast, and Batman himself looks and moves with authority throughout each scene. Available throughout the game are all of Batman's new arsenal of weapons including the Batgrapple, Batarang, and Optic Cables. In addition to roaming the streets of Gotham on foot, you also get to kickass in the new Batmobile, making those levels almost worth the price of admission alone.

Bat's Entertainment
Batman's appeal has always been that he could be any man behind that mask, for he doesn't have super powers. The training levels are a little tedious, but serves it purpose to have you naturally thinking and reacting as if you're Batman by the heart of the game. And that's what a good movie-based game should be all about - to bring the cinematic experience home. Fortunately, there's also enough gaming here for a solid action game on its own merits which bodes well for sequels, just like its cinematic cousin. Welcome back, Bats.