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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game based on a great film
Now, for those of you searching for a game that makes you feel like you truly are the caped crusader then this is it.

This game is great most of the time because you have all the cast (except Gary Oldman) providing the voiceovers for their characters in the film. The plot sticks to the films one most of the time except for making some of the shorter but big...
Published on 10 May 2007 by D. Climo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Batman for Beginners.
When you think about it, Batman Begins is a film that lends itself to video games. Bruce Wayne slowly trains and practices fighting crime, until eventually he becomes Batman. And of course, Batman depends on stealth and gadgets: two things you'll find tons of in games. It should be brilliant.

And, well, it isn't. It's very good in many ways, but fundamentally...
Published on 17 Aug. 2008 by O. Derwood


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game based on a great film, 10 May 2007
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
Now, for those of you searching for a game that makes you feel like you truly are the caped crusader then this is it.

This game is great most of the time because you have all the cast (except Gary Oldman) providing the voiceovers for their characters in the film. The plot sticks to the films one most of the time except for making some of the shorter but big plot points into whole levels. An example of this is when Batman (in the film) rescues Rachel Dawes from Arkham and arranges to meet Luitenant Gordon with her at the batmobile. In the film it's all over in 20 seconds but in the game it's one big level.

Also the controls are surprisingly good and the combat is fluid apart from small glitches that cause the game to freeze for about three seconds but that can be ignored. The batmobile levels are okay as well but very liniar in a Need-For-Speed way.

Some people may be dissappointed that the bosses (of which there are a few) are only as difficult as the henchmen but I think that makes a nice change in that they don't seem too super-human.

Batman has truly begun.*****
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman for Beginners., 17 Aug. 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
When you think about it, Batman Begins is a film that lends itself to video games. Bruce Wayne slowly trains and practices fighting crime, until eventually he becomes Batman. And of course, Batman depends on stealth and gadgets: two things you'll find tons of in games. It should be brilliant.

And, well, it isn't. It's very good in many ways, but fundamentally it's not what it could have been.

Firstly, while it's great to have gadgets like Batarangs and flash-bang grenades, it's downright frustrating only being able to use them at specific points. Context sensitivity means you don't need to use any ingenuity: a little icon will flash when you can use something, and that's it. You don't even aim. Patronising gameplay like that inadvertantly makes this all feel like an epic training level. When do we get to make our own decisions about what gadgets to use? Also, some gadgets - the Electro-Hack, the lock pick - are great in theory, but are basically too childishly simple to make sense for someone like Batman.

Secondly, there's the stealth. Metal Gear Solid it ain't. Crouching, stalking around and picking people off one by one is a great deal of fun, but there's not enough variation. Also, even if you master it, you'll still end up in endless fistfights, which are difficult to handle and laborious to keep doing. It takes far too long to beat up an enemy, and uber-frustrating tics like defence breaks can leave you fatally vulnerable to attack. Then there's the lock-on camera, which means the second you start fighting someone you're only capable of waddling backwards and forwards facing them. This means you can get stuck or lost very easily. (The game's horribly tricky camera is another issue here.)

Then there's the whole fear concept, which is a great idea, but again, not well realised. You have to frighten enemies to make them drop their guns, because Batman is so vulnerable to bullets that he might as well be walking around in his pyjamas. Fair enough: he doesn't attack people head-on, so it makes sense. (Although he could've been a BIT more bulletproof.) Except, all you're doing is knocking down boxes and vases, or switching on gas hobs. Is that really all it takes? Couldn't they have developed this further? How stupid are these thugs?

Also worth a mention are the interrogation scenes. You grab a guy, press square until he's spilled his guts, then drop him. That's it. It's yet another aspect that gives the illusion of the player using his wits to advance the story, but is actually just the game babystepping you along once again.

Then there's the Batmobile. Now, it's sort of awesome. Blurry-fast and monstrously noisy, driving it can be exhilarating. But it's difficult to control (particularly when the slow-mo camera points at other cars crashing, which is a nice perk, but means you're not watching your own) and easy to damage. You never get to do the rooftop jumping from the film, and there's also no Stealth Mode. So another great idea, not what it could have been.

Finally, on a more general note, there's the whole linear aspect of it. Now, I didn't want a free-roaming, Grand Theft Auto III experience. But like the context sensitive gadgets, your next objective (doors / cracked windows / sewer entrances) will appear on the camera, and that's all there is to do. If you've already dealt with the pipe / grapple point / hatch in question, then tough: it'll keep appearing on the camera, and the camera will keep centering on it. It's annoying and patronising.

Oh, and you can only save once you finish a level. Small detail, very annoying.

Now then. I said it was good, so what's good about it? Simple: the presentation. This game often looks brilliant. (Keep an eye out for the background of Gotham - it's gorgeous.) The dingy buildings are perfectly in keeping with the film. And then there's the sound. From the moody music to the shockingly high profile cast (basically, everyone except Gary Oldman is back. That means they got Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman *on a computer game*!) it's all impressive. And these aren't phoned-in performances, either; Christian Bale's Batman is as monstrously angry as ever. (Michael Caine is mostly restricted to offering patronising advice that's in keeping with the game's A, B, C approach - but he's still great.) Going strictly by appearances, Batman Begins is downright sumptuous.

And heck, it can be fun. While there's not enough variation and it's all quite patronising, it's still quite satisfying. You'll enjoy jumping through the hoops; you'll just get sick of being told where the damned hoops are.

It's frustrating, because this has the fundamental good ideas of a great game. If they cut away all the hand-holding, gave the player more free rein and made some sense out of the fighting, we'd be looking at the superhero equivalent of Metal Gear Solid. Sadly, with all these niggles, it remains an occasionally annoying imitation.

It's a sometimes exciting training exercise, beautifully polished, but not what it should have been.

NB: The unlockable stuff is pretty good. Extra Batmobile stuff, different (although not *very* different) Batman costumes, and interview clips with the cast and crew. Not amazing, but definitely rewarding.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman Game Yet!, 3 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
Based on the film 'Batman Begins', this game has breathed new life into the stealth genre. Indeed, on first play you could be mistaken for thinking you're playing Splinter Cell or Metal gear (dark locations, stealthy sneaking, figure hugging rubber, it's all here!). Rather than taking an all out action approach like previous Batman games, this follows the film's tack of Batman using fear to fight his enemies. Charge in and you'll be shot to ribbons, frighten your enemies into dropping their guns and they'll be easy pickings. The developers have littered each level with objects which can be manipulated to scare your enemies which i won't spoil for you here, suffice to say that they've been quite imaginative, and each is like a small puzzle as you work out how to get past your enemies and into a position to scare them. The actual action itself is also superb and when you leap in to fight its incredibly gratifying as you send thugs flying and chase them as they cower in terror. On top of this you can use further measures to scare and impede your enemies such as smoke grenades and flash bangs, plus, the more scared they are of you, the easier the fight is. Great! Then there's the Batmobile! There are 2 fast and furious driving levels in which you get behind the wheel of this monster and tear up the streets of Gotham. Its very linear and simple but looks fantastic and i defy anyone to say that they didn't enjoy flying about in a huge tank at 120mph knocking every other car off the road.
On top of the fun gameplay the whole thing also looks stunning. All the characters and locations have been recreated immaculately and the look of the film is beautifully retained. Add to this all of the original voice talent from the film and you really have got the full genuine article. its all very impressive.
What's less impressive is the game's lifespan. Give it a good hammering and you can finish it very quickly. Even if you take your time to absorb it's full brilliance (and there is a lot), the whole thing seems to go at a breakneck pace and as a result you can finish it a little too quickly. There are also no alternative routes to aid replayability. That said there are time attack modes for the Batmobile levels to provide a little longevity and the whole thing is such good fun that you'll want to keep coming back.
Overall this is a superb film to game port and captures everything great about the film. The experience is a little short-lived but you'll be guaranteed to have a great time while it lasts and it should keep us avid fans happy. The best game yet, lets just hope that the next ones a bit longer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game, if only there was a game for the Dark Knight, 4 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
I played this game I liked it, I liked the film too.(in my opinion) Its definitely one of the best superhero games ever created, next to spider-man 2, Batman vegeance, and Batman: Arkham Asylum(maybe Arkham Asylum is a bit better than this). Its actuly the voice actors from the film which is good, also the graphics are great especially the faces of the characters. Its not a long game, exactly, and when you complete it theres not much more to do with it. Also about the graphics, Batmans cape is liquid HA but that dos'nt matter its an excellant game, an excellant movie an excellant cast, why miss the game. watch the film first though it helped me during the game

note:dont try to fight men with guns, you'll see when you play it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 6 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
This is indeed an awesome game!
most of the games I have come across
based on the films
have been, lets say, rubbish!

this game however is great!

I keep coming back to it again and again!

the batmobile levels are great!
it is nice to have a change from running around smacking people in the head!
the graphics are cool too!

it may be that I love this game to bits because I actually love the film to bits. But I recommend this to gamers who have not watched the film and who have watched the film! :D

batman is cool ^__^ woop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch the film first, 16 July 2007
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
Many people sat that Batman doesnt have any super powers, but in a way he does!! His power is to create fear in those who pray on the fearful, and essentially this is what this game is all about. Stalking the 'baddies' and grabbing them from the shadows!!

This games follows the film plot line, so i suggest you watch the film before playing this.

The game starts off with you in the mountains as Bruce Wayne, getting trained up as he does in the film. You progress through the levels creating fear along the way in a variety of methods, from leaping down from overhead points and grabbing the 'baddies', to smashing things and breaking them to setting off smoke grenades and gliding down from above to attack.

This game has all the actors voices, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Cristian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes

The graphics are really good and the gameplay is fun. The extras that you unlock are quite good aswell, especially a video of Bale and Murphy playing the game, Bale is just ignoring the camera as he is totally engrossed in the game.

A great gamne if you love Batman or any "hero" comics. But do watch the film first. Although afterwards you would probably watch the film again and then play the game again - a lot of fun!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Begins and ends with this game............, 30 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
This is a class game. Taking into account the fact that 'cash-ins' of movies are often rubbish, this exists in its own right as valid complement to the movie. The good points are that the game is visually stunning, gameplay is straightforward and easy to master, there are plenty of bonus movie clips, interviews etc to unlock, and that the game features the real actors (Christian Bale, Michael Caine etc). Also, complete the game once, and you can play again in 3 alternate costumes (60's Batman, Tim Burton Batman etc).
A couple of negatives - the game is completely linear, so although you would love to explore Gotham City, you can't. Also, although the setup changes, sometimes the missions can seem a little 'samey' - lots of sneaking around, fighting etc. Lastly, the game felt a little short. However, these are minor quibbles, and are far outweighed by the good things about this game.
Excellent adaptation of the movie, very good game in its own right.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game!, 16 Jun. 2005
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This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
I've just finished the game and i have to say this is really great!
It really fits in well with the film, using the same actors voices and the characters look very similiar to their real-life counterparts.
As well as Batman, you get to play as Bruce Wayne in training before he becomes batman and also as Bruce in a tuxedo in a level which has the Wayne Manor in flames. Very cool.
The driving bits are great fun as well, very Burnout, with extra racing modes being unlocked after you beaten those levels.
The main gameplay consists of a mixture of combat and stealth. If Batman comes accross a group of heavily armed enemies, he will end up dyingh if he tries to tackle them directly. you need to use stealth to sneak up on them or even beter use your fear-gadgets or a batarang on your surroundings (e.g throw your batarang at a gas-pipe to burst it), to scare them a bit beforehand, making defeating the enemies easier.
The game isn't too difficult (though the combat seems to be a lot tougher in Challenging mode) and took me about 9 or 10 hours to beat in Normal mode.
The graphics are simply amazing. The levels graphics are some of the best i've seen on a PS2 game and the Batman charcater looks very cool in his bausuit and cape.
The game could have had a bit less linear with more ways of solving the situations that you come accross but at least it means you never get stuck for too long.
The controls are pretty straight forward, with 2 butons for combat (punch & kick) as well as another button for soing special finishing moves and other buttons for batarang and fear gadgets.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie tie-in, 20 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
EA games as usual give us amazing graphics but obviously graphics arent the only things needed to make a good game and thankfully EA make some cracking games. Batman Begins is not a bad effort, unlike catwoman which has put me off most movie tie-ins for a long time. Batman begins, at first makes you believe that you could be playing a bad game but as you go along you begin to realise that it is really not a bad game but instead quite intelligent and fun. The word not to be used here is original because it is far far from it, it is blatantly obvious that ideas have been taken from splinter cell and yes it makes the game good because splinter cell is so good but it also makes the game bad in some respect because of the fact it feels like someone elses work at most times.
It is far better than i had ever thought it would be though and driving the bat mobile is all kinds of fun however suspiciously reminding me of Burnout 3, yet again not a bad thing but ideas have been taken here and its obvious. Gameplay is pretty straight forward, the action looks cool but actual fighting feels a bit out of your hands, like it is being done for you which does not work so well. Batman Begins in it's own rights is not fantastic and not great, but with ideas "borrowed" it does get a ranking of good because it is fun but i am unsure of the whole stealthy approach thing which i feel has not been done too well, it keeps you going for a while, i advise renting this one instead of buying though.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Game, 6 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Batman Begins (PS2) (Video Game)
This is a really good game to buy, the graphics are good nd game play is also good. The game is a bit like Splinter cell in ways where u have to sneak around and sneak on people, but it is still original and follows the movie, the only thing i didnt like was how short it was. a good buy
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