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Batman Begins

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 4 3.7
PlayStation 2 7 3.3
Xbox 6 3.0
Combined MobyScore 17 3.3


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90
XboxChrist Centered Game Reviews
This is one of the best games of 2005. The voice acting by, Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine is all great. If you loved the movie, and like a good stealth game, buy this, you won't regret it.
90
PlayStation 2Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is one of the best games of 2005. The voice acting by, Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine is all great. If you loved the movie, and like a good stealth game, buy this, you won't regret it.
90
GameCubeChrist Centered Game Reviews
This is one of the best games of 2005. The voice acting by, Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine is all great. If you loved the movie, and like a good stealth game, buy this, you won't regret it.
83
PlayStation 2Gamers.at
Nach einigen nicht sehr erfolgreichen Versuchen verschiedenster Hersteller den Mythos Batman in angemessener Weise in ein Videospiel zu verwandeln, erscheint nun einer der ambitioniertesten Anläufe dem düsteren Flattermann gerecht zu werden. Pünktlich zum Kinostart des neuen Batman Filmes "Batmen Begins" werden die Konsolenjünger hierzulande von Electronic Arts auf allen Plattformen losgeschickt die Unterwelt von Gotham City aufzumischen.
82
XboxXBox Solution (XBS)
Batman Begins is not perfect and does in some ways limit your options during the game. Despite this it is well-made, looks great and is fun to play. EA has something going here and the game showed enough impressive features that if they do a sequel, I am almost sure they will make the game a bit more open-ended and give players a bit more freedom, well, at least we can hope for that. It is certainly a must for any fan of Batman!
81
XboxGamigo
Endlich mal wieder eine Filmumsetzung, bei der man bedenkenlos zugreifen kann. Wer im Kino viel Spaß mit Batman hatte, der hat jetzt die perfekte Ersatzdroge fürs Wohnzimmer. Schade nur, dass der Spielspaß nicht sonderlich lange andauert.
80
XboxGameDaily
Holy rusted metal, Batman! I say that because it's been awhile since we've seen a good licensed game based on a Batman film, but we finally have one in EA's faithful and enjoyable Batman Begins. The gameplay goes deeper than expected with stealth elements and the ability to build a fearful reputation and then kicks it into high gear with some thrilling racing sequences. It's not for everyone, but Bat-freaks and those seeking a game with meat on its bones should definitely check it out.
80
XboxGameCell UK
This is one of those games that seems to be greater than the sum of its parts, and I really enjoyed playing it through and went straight back and played it again (wearing one of the 4 different unlockable Batsuits of course). It seemed to be just the right length for me, good fun throughout and highly cinematic, this is a rare movie tie in that does both the movie and the hero in question justice.
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GameCubeGamePro (US)
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.
80
XboxGamePro (US)
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.
80
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
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.
80
XboxXBox Front
Entwickler haben es schon nicht leicht. Neben ihrem täglichen Kampf um immer wieder neue Ideen, um besondere Locations und eindrucksvolle Kreaturen, die sie in die virtuelle Welt platzieren möchten, erwarten ihre Geldgeber auch noch das permanente Umsetzen diverser Filmvorlagen in möglichst gelungene Versoftungen. Leider bleiben dabei meist die Vorlage und das Flair des Films mehr oder weniger komplett auf der Strecke. Damit dies beim aktuellen Batman-Teil, dem Prequel Batman Begins, nicht passieren kann, hat Entwickler Electronic Arts höchstpersönlich Hand an das Fledermauskostüm gelegt und dem Flattermann virtuell neues Leben eingehaucht.
79
GameCubeGamesmania
Schade, aus Batman Begins hätte dank schöner Ideen mehr werden können. Trotzdem ist es nur ein klassisches Lizenzspiel geworden. Wahrscheinlich hätte etwas mehr Entwicklungszeit dem Spiel gut getan. Trotz eintönigem Spielverlauf kann der Flattermann aber Batman-Freunde und Gelegenheitsspieler mit schönem Leveldesign, guter Atmosphäre und einsteigerfreundlicher Steuerung gut unterhalten.
79
XboxGamesmania
Schade, aus Batman Begins hätte dank schöner Ideen mehr werden können. Trotzdem ist es nur ein klassisches Lizenzspiel geworden. Wahrscheinlich hätte etwas mehr Entwicklungszeit dem Spiel gut getan. Trotz eintönigem Spielverlauf kann der Flattermann aber Batman-Freunde und Gelegenheitsspieler mit schönem Leveldesign, guter Atmosphäre und einsteigerfreundlicher Steuerung gut unterhalten.
79
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Schade, aus Batman Begins hätte dank schöner Ideen mehr werden können. Trotzdem ist es nur ein klassisches Lizenzspiel geworden. Wahrscheinlich hätte etwas mehr Entwicklungszeit dem Spiel gut getan. Trotz eintönigem Spielverlauf kann der Flattermann aber Batman-Freunde und Gelegenheitsspieler mit schönem Leveldesign, guter Atmosphäre und einsteigerfreundlicher Steuerung gut unterhalten.
76
GameCubeN-Zone
Das Angst-Feature ist eine coole Sache, kommt aber etwas zu kurz. Außerdem hätte man dem Spieler etwas mehr spielerische Freiheit lassen können. Fairerweise muss man aber auch sagen, dass die Entwickler die Levels recht abwechslungsreich und überlegt gestaltet haben.
76
GameCubeIGN
The origins of Batman have fascinated comic book fans and moviegoers alike for decades and for good reason: Bruce Wayne's metamorphosis from misguided billionaire to menacing crime fighter makes for an interesting and ultimately entertaining story. In 1989, director Tim Burton teamed with actors Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson and hooked audiences with a blockbuster re-imagining of the tale complete with a stylized look and some engaging action. But as compelling as the movie was, it skipped a major portion of Bruce Wayne's eventful life and as a result failed to paint the full picture of Batman's humble beginning. Three sequels, the latter two so bubble-gum shallow and disturbingly flamboyant that they made even the Adam West-helmed television show seem tame by comparison, didn't add to the lure of the comic- turn-movie series.
75
GameCubeGamesCollection
Batman Begins sembra davvero un'occasione sprecata, nonostante il gioco in sè diverta - perlomeno diverte gli appassionati di Batman o comunque della pellicola "reboot" Batman Begins, da cui è tratto il titolo EA. Pur riuscendo a rievocare l'atmosfera del film infatti, il gioco non riesce a reggersi sulle sue gambe, e le occasioni di divertimento sono comunque echi di qualcos'altro, sia che si tratti di piccoli atti di spionaggio alla Sam Fisher o di scene simili a quanto visto nel film: è il difetto classico dei tie-in, siamo d'accordo, ma con tanta carne al fuoco è impossibile pensare che non si sarebbe potuto fare nulla di più, anche perchè esistono tie-in di ben altra fattura, come la trilogia di Rogue Squadron ispirata a Guerre Stellari. In sostanza, un gioco consigliato solo agli appassionati dell'uomo pipistrello, ai quali dico tranquillamente di alzare il punteggio a un 8 pieno. Per tutti gli altri, invece, meglio provarlo prima...
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GameCubeJeuxpo.com
Batman Begins est un bon titre qui satisfera sans problème les fans du super héros de DC Comics. Bien réalisé et plutôt amusant, il ne souffre que d'un certain dirigisme dans l'action, et par conséquent d'une durée de vie un peu courte. Hormis cela, l'ambiance du film est respectée et son univers bien reproduit.
75
XboxThe Video Game Critic
There are ample checkpoints, so you won't need to repeat the same areas too often. The storyline differs somewhat from the film but the cut scenes feature a generous helping of movie footage. An ominous orchestrated musical score adds dramatic flair, and it's reminiscent of Psycho at times. Despite being a bit shallow, Batman Begins has all the necessary ingredients of a good superhero game. Numerous unlockables include cast interviews, movie footage, alternate batman costumes, and mini-games. Fans of the Caped Crusader are in for a treat.
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PlayStation 2Play Magazine
By de-Burtonizing the film we finally met the Dark Knight (and may he rule the box office forever) and here, by ditching the overly gadget-dependant action and fighting dung heap, EA breathe new life into the game space as well (gadgets figure into the mix but don’t weigh down the action). As a movie game Batman Begins excels, and should you strip away the Hollywood veneer you’ve still got a worthwhile adventure on your hands.
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PlayStation 2DreamStation.cc
Batman Begins maybe doesn’t have the most original gameplay aspects and you have probably seen everything you do in the game in some other game in the past, but that still doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to play. If you are a Batman comic book collector, like me, or a fan of the movie then you will probably enjoy this game a lot while it lasts and even if you aren’t in one of these categories you should still enjoy it. Batman Begins is a fun game to play but it’s most disappointing factor is that it is kind of short and doesn’t have a lot of replay value once you beat it. With this in mind, you may want to rent Batman Begins before you buy it just to be safe.
75
GameCubeDeeko
This review may seem like I didn't enjoy the game, but that is far from the truth. As a fan of the characters and the film itself I enjoyed the game for what it was. Batman in one of his best games to date. Batman Begins isn't the worst movie tie-in game that's ever been made, but it isn‘t the game I wanted. Like all comic book games I was hoping for something a little more non-linear and a little something else.
74
XboxGame Freaks 365
Batman Begins is a must-play for all Batman fans, including the fans of the new, just-released film. It's short, lasting all of about 7-9 hours, and beatable in about two to three sittings. I'd recommend a rental for pretty much anyone interested in the Batman franchise, and possibly a purchase for die-hards. Batman Begins is the beginning of the transformation of the Batman franchise. I like what I see, and I like even better what I play.
74
GameCubeGame Freaks 365
Batman Begins is a must-play for all Batman fans, including the fans of the new, just-released film. It's short, lasting all of about 7-9 hours, and beatable in about two to three sittings. I'd recommend a rental for pretty much anyone interested in the Batman franchise, and possibly a purchase for die-hards. Batman Begins is the beginning of the transformation of the Batman franchise. I like what I see, and I like even better what I play.
74
PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
Batman Begins is a must-play for all Batman fans, including the fans of the new, just-released film. It's short, lasting all of about 7-9 hours, and beatable in about two to three sittings. I'd recommend a rental for pretty much anyone interested in the Batman franchise, and possibly a purchase for die-hards. Batman Begins is the beginning of the transformation of the Batman franchise. I like what I see, and I like even better what I play.
72
XboxGame Informer Magazine
This certainly isn't the smart, wry Batman game that fans have always wanted, but it is a pretty decent base to build off of. I, for one, hope that EA takes the intelligence and skill of its audience to heart and really delivers a Batman classic the next time around.
72
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
This certainly isn't the smart, wry Batman game that fans have always wanted, but it is a pretty decent base to build off of. I, for one, hope that EA takes the intelligence and skill of its audience to heart and really delivers a Batman classic the next time around.
72
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
This is the modern, moody Dark Knight’s greatest game – fast paced, stylish, not very brainy, and often an easy, good time. Is it great? Heck no. Does it offer little substance, but an enjoyable handful of thrills? It does, more often than not. Batman Beings takes just a few parts of the great comic hero’s identity and really drives them home. He’s only a man, so don’t bolt into a room full of armed goons and hope to get out safely. Scared enemies are weak enemies, so freak them out like a bad brown acid trip before they even see you.
72
XboxGame Captain
Technisch überzeugende und atmosphärisch einwandfreie, aber spielerisch etwas simple, zu kurz geratene Filmumsetzung für Genre-Neulinge und Batman-Fans.
72
PlayStation 2Game Captain
Technisch überzeugende und atmosphärisch einwandfreie, aber spielerisch etwas simple, zu kurz geratene Filmumsetzung für Genre-Neulinge und Batman-Fans.
72
GameCubeGameZone
No doubt about it, Batman Begins is the best GameCube game based on the Caped Crusader thus far but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect either. It’s rough around the edges in terms of the stealth portion of the game and the fighting becomes a bit repetitive despite the cool gadgets Batman has at his disposal. Yet with dazzling visuals, extremely fun Batmobile levels and talented voice work, this is a game you shouldn’t miss if you loved the movie or all things Batman.
71
XboxGame Chronicles
As a movie companion piece, Batman Begins does a fine job. It perfectly captures the look and feel of the film and the stellar performances by the original film cast give this game a real big-budget Hollywood flavor we seldom see in licensed games. But when you get past the shiny presentation the gameplay beneath is nothing we haven’t seen or done before. The use of the fear aspect is slightly innovative but it can’t help boost this game out of its heavily scripted and repetitive rut. Even the driving missions seemed out of place for this game, and I was really looking forward to taking the Batmobile for a cruise.
70
XboxXboxFrance
Finalement, après de piètres performances, Batman profite de sa dernière apparition sur grand écran pour enfin s’offrir une adaptation en jeu vidéo digne de ce nom. Certes, l’on pourra longtemps disserter sur la durée de vie ridicule du titre ou sur la grande linéarité de la progression, mais l’ensemble reste suffisant plaisant à jouer pour que l’on pardonne aisément ces quelques désagréments. Beau, maniable, varié, Batman Begins est assurément à conseiller aux inconditionnels du super héros ou du long-métrage !
70
PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Malgré quelques défauts liés essentiellement au fait que le jeu demeure très court et trop scripté pour proposer une replay value digne de ce nom, Batman Begins a la mérite de proposer un jeu fidèle à la fois à l'ambiance originelle du comics ainsi qu'à la trame narrative du film ! Electronic Arts signe ici un titre intense et captivant du début à la fin, doté d'une réalisation technique et esthétique surprenante, le tout agrémenté d'un gameplay très varié mêlant judicieusement action, infiltration et courses en Batmobile. Batman Begins est un des meilleurs jeux à licence sortis sur PS2 à ce jour, que tous les fans de l'homme chauve-souris se doivent de posséder !
70
XboxKombo.com
Overall, Batman Begins is a good movie based video game and one of the best games based on the Dark Knight, but that isn’t saying a whole lot considering the track record for movie-based games and Batman games in general. If companies continue to put out games like Chronicles of Riddick, Spider-Man 2 and Batman Begins, then movie games will at last be enjoyable. If you like Batman or just simply enjoyed the film then you should definitely give this game a rental, but it isn’t quite good enough to warrant a purchase at the current price unless you’re a Batman fanatic.
70
XboxHonestGamers
The thing is though, Batman Begins feels like it should have been more. Electronic Arts have played so many cards right with this release, but at the end of the day, they've left themselves exposed and vulnerable to a series of blatant shortcuts. Variety in combat would have been nice, a less linear approach to each stage however would have been bloody amazing. Alas, such things were not meant to be, and judged on its final merits, Batman Begins feels exactly as one would expect: purely above average. Luckily enough though, above average is where EA live, and it's this single fact that has guaranteed us a Batman game of unparalleled quality. The fans will yum it up, and so long as someone, somewhere has been paying attention, hopefully our next visit to Gotham City will be a real winner. So thank you EA, thank you a million times over. And just this once at least, I'm glad it was you...
70
XboxGame Over Online
As far as movie tie-ins, Batman Begins isn’t the worst game that’s ever been produced, but it’s definitely one that would appeal to the diehard fan only. With extremely linear gameplay, a relatively flawed fear mechanic and basic combat system, Batman really isn’t breaking a sweat in this title. Neither will gamers looking for a challenging adventure game.
70
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
As far as movie tie-ins, Batman Begins isn’t the worst game that’s ever been produced, but it’s definitely one that would appeal to the diehard fan only. With extremely linear gameplay, a relatively flawed fear mechanic and basic combat system, Batman really isn’t breaking a sweat in this title. Neither will gamers looking for a challenging adventure game.
70
GameCubeGame Over Online
As far as movie tie-ins, Batman Begins isn’t the worst game that’s ever been produced, but it’s definitely one that would appeal to the diehard fan only. With extremely linear gameplay, a relatively flawed fear mechanic and basic combat system, Batman really isn’t breaking a sweat in this title. Neither will gamers looking for a challenging adventure game.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
Layered with actual footage from the movie the cutscenes give you something to look forward to especially if you haven't seen the movie. The sound effects and music are excellent as is the animation. The production values raise the bar for an interactive movie. If you're just looking for some mindless entertainment with occasional bursts of brilliance to keep you awake then look no further than Batman Begins.
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GameCubeCheat Code Central
Layered with actual footage from the movie the cutscenes give you something to look forward to especially if you haven't seen the movie. The sound effects and music are excellent as is the animation. The production values raise the bar for an interactive movie. If you're just looking for some mindless entertainment with occasional bursts of brilliance to keep you awake then look no further than Batman Begins.
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GameCubeNintendoWorldReport
Overall, Batman Begins is a game that has a great set of concepts, but inevitably falls short once you realize there’s not much to it, and that you’re essentially traveling along a linear path and repeating the same process over and over again until you reach the end, with your only occasional relief being the driving sessions. And thank goodness for them, because if it wasn’t for those Batmobile levels, I’d deem the whole package as being overwhelmingly average. In the end, this may be the best Batman game released, but that really isn’t saying much.
70
XboxGameSpy
In the annals of video game history, there have been only a handful of successful, well-crafted titles based on comic book licenses. For every gem like X-Men Legends that comes along, there are dozens of stinkers, including Wolverine's Revenge and Superman 64, lurking in the shadows. One of the superheroes that has seen some success in the virtual realm, however, is the Dark Knight. Although he's had his fair share of flops, the games based on his movies have been suprisingly enjoyable, beginning with the release of Batman: The Video Game for the NES in 1990. With a new movie, "Batman Begins", in theaters now, our hopes were high that the video game version would be another hit. Alas, while it does succeed on some counts, it falls far short in others.
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XboxTeamXbox
While Batman Begins tries to introduce the concept of fear into the stealth/action genre, it needs a bit more fleshing out. The linearity of the gameplay prevents you from creating your own “fear events” and keeps things limited to scripted cinematic events. It’s a shame that most decisions are spelled out so clearly as it really takes away from the overall challenge of the game. There is still plenty of fun to be had and Batman fans will certainly enjoy this romp through Gotham City. If you want to experience the Dark Knight beyond the movie, this is a great place to start. Just don’t expect a Splinter Cell with batwings.
69
XboxXGP Gaming
Most games released to coincide with a films release seem rushed and overall a crappy product. While Batman Begins doesn’t seem rushed at all, it still isn’t quite the experience most gamers would have liked. Sure, the stealth and fighting elements are cool, but they are extremely basic and don’t give you anything you haven’t seen before. Then the game is extremely linear, which really puts a damper on everything. While Batman Begins isn’t a bad game, it isn’t a good game either. The developers had some excellent ideas which they didn’t execute as well as they could have. With that said, if you enjoyed the movie then you will love the game. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
69
PlayStation 2XGP Gaming
Most games released to coincide with a films release seem rushed and overall a crappy product. While Batman Begins doesn’t seem rushed at all, it still isn’t quite the experience most gamers would have liked. Sure, the stealth and fighting elements are cool, but they are extremely basic and don’t give you anything you haven’t seen before. Then the game is extremely linear, which really puts a damper on everything. While Batman Begins isn’t a bad game, it isn’t a good game either. The developers had some excellent ideas which they didn’t execute as well as they could have. With that said, if you enjoyed the movie then you will love the game. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
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PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
I have mixed feelings about Batman Begins. On one hand it's too linear and too simplistic but on the other hand it does a good job of being true to the movie (something you can't say about games based on movies). It's disappointing that the combat and stealth aspects are too simplistic. The game is also rather short and it shouldn't take much more that 5 or 6 hours to complete. Even with these complaints taken into account though, it's a game that you'll probably appreciate if you've enjoyed the movie and if you don't play usually play games of this nature, there won't be much here that will cause any difficulties.
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GameCubeXGP Gaming
Most games released to coincide with a films release seem rushed and overall a crappy product. While Batman Begins doesn’t seem rushed at all, it still isn’t quite the experience most gamers would have liked. Sure, the stealth and fighting elements are cool, but they are extremely basic and don’t give you anything you haven’t seen before. Then the game is extremely linear, which really puts a damper on everything. While Batman Begins isn’t a bad game, it isn’t a good game either. The developers had some excellent ideas which they didn’t execute as well as they could have. With that said, if you enjoyed the movie then you will love the game. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
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PlayStation 2Fragland.net
It's always the same. Every time a new Hollywood blockbuster is released, it comes with a licenced videogame that always lacks a proper finish. There are exceptions to the rule (Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King...), but they are rather rare. EA tried earlier to end this long-lasting mayhem with Catwoman and failed miserably. Now they're rolling out Batman Begins. Is it a nice attempt or will history repeat itself?
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PlayStation 2Imperium Gier
Batman Begins jest całkiem dobrą produkcją, na tyle, na ile to możliwe. Ma co prawda trochę niedoróbek, nie jest ściśle związana z fabułą firmy w każdym jej calu, jest też trochę liniowa, ale można ją uznać za wartą zakupu. Pewną wadą może być natomiast to, że jest dość krótka, a więc za długo się nią nie nacieszymy.
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GameCubeGameSpot
Batman Begins makes for a decent companion to the film. After you spend about seven or eight hours to beat the game, you unlock numerous bonus items, such as interviews with the movie cast, galleries, and more. But as a game it doesn't quite measure up. Though it borrows numerous conventions from other great action adventure franchises, the elements don't end up coming together very well, resulting in a game that feels less than the sum of its parts.
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XboxGameSpot
Batman Begins makes for a decent companion to the film. After you spend about seven or eight hours to beat the game, you unlock numerous bonus items, such as interviews with the movie cast, galleries, and more. But as a game it doesn't quite measure up. Though it borrows numerous conventions from other great action adventure franchises, the elements don't end up coming together very well, resulting in a game that feels less than the sum of its parts.
68
XboxIGN
IGN's two greatest and most outspoken editorial miscreants, Ed Lewis and Ivan Sulic, both completed Electronic Arts' Batman Begins. Because of their unending love for you, the loyal reader, they have opted to forsake our traditionally one-sided formulaic reviews in favor of a rather fantastic collaboration. The fantastic part is just below.
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PlayStation 2IGN
IGN's two greatest and most outspoken editorial miscreants, Ed Lewis and Ivan Sulic, both completed Electronic Arts' Batman Begins. Because of their unending love for you, the loyal reader, they have opted to forsake our traditionally one-sided formulaic reviews in favor of a rather fantastic collaboration. The fantastic part is just below.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Pouring salt into the wound, the combat engine is just as shallow, monotonous, and nauseating as the fighting in the Catwoman game. Spectacular crashes light up the screen in the Batmobile segments, but the horribly designed objectives make this fast ride run out of gas quickly. As enjoyable as is it to lurk in the shadows, this bat is best left locked in the belfry away from your systems.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Pouring salt into the wound, the combat engine is just as shallow, monotonous, and nauseating as the fighting in the Catwoman game. Spectacular crashes light up the screen in the Batmobile segments, but the horribly designed objectives make this fast ride run out of gas quickly. As enjoyable as is it to lurk in the shadows, this bat is best left locked in the belfry away from your systems.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Pouring salt into the wound, the combat engine is just as shallow, monotonous, and nauseating as the fighting in the Catwoman game. Spectacular crashes light up the screen in the Batmobile segments, but the horribly designed objectives make this fast ride run out of gas quickly. As enjoyable as is it to lurk in the shadows, this bat is best left locked in the belfry away from your systems.
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XboxTalkXbox
Simply put, there are better ways to spend your hard-earned cash. The verdict? A rental at most. Keep in mind, this game can be completed in four to six hours, so even if it had better gameplay, it still really wouldn't be worth buying. Too little, too late.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
While reviews of the film Batman Begins indicate that the caped crusader has made a turnaround of sorts on the silver screen, we can't say the same about him as a video game superhero. Yes, the new Batman Begins game from Electronic Arts and Eurocom certainly captures the fearsome new look of Batman as portrayed in the movie. And the inclusion of high-quality voice work from Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, and the other stars from the film also contributes a lot to the overall package. Unfortunately, the gameplay feels too much like a mishmash of several other well-known gaming franchises and ends up overly simplistic. While the game is still worth a look for Batman fans, you can't help but feel that an opportunity was missed to make something more special.
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Xbox4Players.de
Eines muss man EA lassen: Besser als Catwoman ist Batman Begins auf jeden Fall. Doch um sich als der ganz große Wurf zu präsentieren, lässt der Flattermann doch zu viele Wünsche offen. Zwar sprüht die Action vor einigen (wenn auch nicht neuen) Ideen, doch im Detail haben die Entwickler überall wertvolle Prozentpunkte verschenkt, die die Filmumsetzung in gute Bereiche hätten katapultieren können. Der Ansatz, Kämpfe mit Stealth, einem Furchtprinzip sowie der obligatorischen Batmobil-Fahreinlage zu kombinieren, ist zwar lobenswert, aber die Ausführung lässt zu wünschen übrig: montone Kämpfe ohne Anspruch, wenig fordernde Stealth-Einlagen, ein sinnloses Furcht-System sowie schlechte Batmobil-Rasereien. Lediglich im Bereich der Atmosphäre rettet sich Bruce Wayne, denn die bietet ein gelungenes Zusammenspiel aus ansehnlicher Optik sowie feiner Akustik.
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GameCube4Players.de
Eines muss man EA lassen: Besser als Catwoman ist Batman Begins auf jeden Fall. Doch um sich als der ganz große Wurf zu präsentieren, lässt der Flattermann doch zu viele Wünsche offen. Zwar sprüht die Action vor einigen (wenn auch nicht neuen) Ideen, doch im Detail haben die Entwickler überall wertvolle Prozentpunkte verschenkt, die die Filmumsetzung in gute Bereiche hätten katapultieren können. Der Ansatz, Kämpfe mit Stealth, einem Furchtprinzip sowie der obligatorischen Batmobil-Fahreinlage zu kombinieren, ist zwar lobenswert, aber die Ausführung lässt zu wünschen übrig: montone Kämpfe ohne Anspruch, wenig fordernde Stealth-Einlagen, ein sinnloses Furcht-System sowie schlechte Batmobil-Rasereien. Lediglich im Bereich der Atmosphäre rettet sich Bruce Wayne, denn die bietet ein gelungenes Zusammenspiel aus ansehnlicher Optik sowie feiner Akustik.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Eines muss man EA lassen: Besser als Catwoman ist Batman Begins auf jeden Fall. Doch um sich als der ganz große Wurf zu präsentieren, lässt der Flattermann doch zu viele Wünsche offen. Zwar sprüht die Action vor einigen (wenn auch nicht neuen) Ideen, doch im Detail haben die Entwickler überall wertvolle Prozentpunkte verschenkt, die die Filmumsetzung in gute Bereiche hätten katapultieren können. Der Ansatz, Kämpfe mit Stealth, einem Furchtprinzip sowie der obligatorischen Batmobil-Fahreinlage zu kombinieren, ist zwar lobenswert, aber die Ausführung lässt zu wünschen übrig: montone Kämpfe ohne Anspruch, wenig fordernde Stealth-Einlagen, ein sinnloses Furcht-System sowie schlechte Batmobil-Rasereien. Lediglich im Bereich der Atmosphäre rettet sich Bruce Wayne, denn die bietet ein gelungenes Zusammenspiel aus ansehnlicher Optik sowie feiner Akustik.
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PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Batman Begins is strictly, and unsurprisingly, a game for fans of the movie - and that probably includes pretty much anyone that has seen it. The game includes many of the movies set pieces, but the games short legth and linear levels make it better as a rental. Just make sure you've seen the movie before you play the game.
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PlayStation 2Gamer Within
Batman Begins is one of the more enjoyable movie games to come out in recent memory. With a combination of nice visuals, great sound, and the epic way the story unfolds all come together in a nice package, though it’s got its shortcomings along with it. Some great gameplay elements are here, but there’s just not enough freedom to go along with them to warrant anything revolutionary. If you enjoyed the movie (and really, who didn’t?) you’ll have a good time unlocking the bonus interviews with the cast and writers for some extra behind the scenes action. Judged on gameplay alone, the game falls on the short side and ends so suddenly that it can only be recommended as a rental if you’re not a die hard Batman aficionado
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Bon c'est sûr, Batman Begins ne révolutionnera pas le petit monde des jeux vidéo : très classique dans son gameplay, pas novateur pour un sou, le jeu s'avère même être linéaire et dirigiste. On doit cependant admettre que la réalisation est à la hauteur et que l'on passe un bon moment à jouer à ce soft tiré du film éponyme. Bref, c'est le type même de jeu que l'on termine une fois avec plaisir mais qui ne laisse pas un souvenir impérissable. Sympathique sans plus.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Bon c'est sûr, Batman Begins ne révolutionnera pas le petit monde des jeux vidéo : très classique dans son gameplay, pas novateur pour un sou, le jeu s'avère même être linéaire et dirigiste. On doit cependant admettre que la réalisation est à la hauteur et que l'on passe un bon moment à jouer à ce soft tiré du film éponyme. Bref, c'est le type même de jeu que l'on termine une fois avec plaisir mais qui ne laisse pas un souvenir impérissable. Sympathique sans plus.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Bon c'est sûr, Batman Begins ne révolutionnera pas le petit monde des jeux vidéo : très classique dans son gameplay, pas novateur pour un sou, le jeu s'avère même être linéaire et dirigiste. On doit cependant admettre que la réalisation est à la hauteur et que l'on passe un bon moment à jouer à ce soft tiré du film éponyme. Bref, c'est le type même de jeu que l'on termine une fois avec plaisir mais qui ne laisse pas un souvenir impérissable. Sympathique sans plus.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
EA certainly goes to great lengths to show you that this is not just another way to cash-in on a movie license by including several interviews and making-of features. It's obvious that more resources were put into this game than the normal game based on a movie, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an unsatisfying experience overall. If you were a fan of the movie and want to re-live the experience, this isn't a bad way to do it, but if you're looking for a game that expands upon the movie, or one that stands on its own, it doesn't get the job done.
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XboxXbox World Australia (XWA)
Unlike the film, the Batman Begins game is a pure blockbuster, pop-corn experience, one that is best enjoyed with your brain switched to the OFF position. Like cinema coke, the gameplay has been watered down to the point where it almost feels like an occasionally-interactive movie, where you only need to pay attention during fight sequences. The stealth elements have been hit the hardest, so that all you need to do is move behind a box to stay hidden. Splinter Cell it ain't, folks. But if you go into it expecting a mildly enjoyable movie tie-in or a quick fix overnight rental, you'll probably enjoy Batman Begins. Just don't detach your wallet from your bat-belt and buy it unless you know what you're getting into.
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GameCube1UP
Batman Begins works from at least one novel idea: the idea of fear. Fear is the game's high concept. The dialogue often comes around to fear: Batman as a symbol of fear, fear as a means to transcend human limitations... fear, in a sense, as Batman's superpower. This is admirably well-grounded in the source material -- the movie likes to talk about fear too -- and it's always pleasing when play mechanics follow from narrative. But in practice, Batman tends to inspire fear by dropping crates near his enemies, which for some unexplored reason scares them witless and softens them up for subsequent beatings.
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Xbox1UP
Batman Begins, the game, borrows the distinguished cast of Batman Begins, the film. EA Games brought in Christian Bale and Michael Caine to voice their digital approximations. They brought in Liam Neeson too. Here's a representative sample of the stuff they had Neeson read: "If you run you will be discovered easily; stealth is your greatest ally." Or profundities such as: "Ninjitsu will make you invisible and immortal in the minds of your enemies." It's typical videogame tutorial-speak: portentous, crudely expository, and occasionally illiterate.
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PlayStation 21UP
Stealth, as Mr. Neeson was kind enough to inform us, is Batman's greatest ally (one wonders how Robin would take this news). Batman Begins is at root a stealth game, cloning dutifully, during its best moments, the exploits of Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell. The game uses a similar third-person camera -- accompanied here by an anti-personnel radar straight out of Metal Gear Solid -- and there's a basic pleasure in skulking just outside enemy sightlines. As with Splinter Cell, much of the game is spent scaling drainpipes, shimmying across overhangs, and generally finding ways to pass unseen through problematic vertical situations; Batman's ability to leap and glide lends these segments the feel of a platform game.
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XboxGameZone
If there is a superhero movie being released into theaters, you can be sure that within a few days before or after its release, there will be a game tie-in. Throughout the years there have been many Batman videogames released to the gaming public, some have been good while others have been down right putrid. The developers at Eurocom hope to make the movie tie-in, Batman Begins, a successful game that people will be talking about for while. Read on to find out more about this game.
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XboxFactornews
Batman Begins est un produit bien formaté, qui ravira sans nul doute les fans du film. L'action proposée est bien cadrée, sans prise de tête, à la progression régulière et aisée. Le joueur occasionnel fan de la chauve-souris tient là un bon divertissement et, qui plus est, sera ravi des nombreux bonus déblocables typés DVD (interview des acteurs, réalisateur, etc...). Les autres resteront sur des titres plus consistants.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
Se a equipe tivesse elaborado um sistema que desse mais liberdades de escolhas para o jogador, poderia ter sido um título mais recomendável. Fica para uma próxima oportunidade a tentativa de superar as duas versões de "Batman Returns", clássicos para Super Nes e Mega Drive.
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XboxMS Xbox World
Batman Begins will no doubt be more appealing to play if you have seen the movie first as you will recognise key scenes in the game and be able to play them out. However to me the game felt a little like a cheaper more linear version of splinter cell with none of the style and with some hand to hand combat and plat forming moments thrown in for good measure. The driving, forget it as this was as dull and mindless as anything I‘ve played in a long time. Whilst being Batman will be pleasurable to fans of the character for anyone else then there really isn’t a lot of appeal going on here as the game is far too linear and scripted. It’s the old adage that Movies into games generally turn out not so good and in this case I would have to agree with that as Batman Begins is ultimately average.
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XboxCheat Code Central
Batman Begins is definitely a step in the right direction and it's one of the better Batman games released, but when you look at the past track record, that's more of a backhanded compliment. A 3 day rental would certainly satiate those looking for a temporary Bat-Fix as you should be able to plow through the game within 6-8 hours depending on your skill level and the difficulty mode you select, which resulted in the game losing a half point.
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GameCubeGameSpy
Although Batman Begins is better than most of the comic-based games out there, I'd be lying if I didn't say it was disappointing. It features some excellent graphics and audio production, as well as some of the best voiceover work to date. However, this can't make up for the frustrating gameplay, which tries to focus on stealth, combat, and platforming, yet doesn't manage to do any of these particularly well. The Dark Knight may have returned, but his latest game could have used more training.
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XboxPro-G
Batman Begins is a solid effort that should be commended for trying to become the definitive comic book video game. Unfortunately, it seems a bit confused as to what type of game it wants to be - trying lots of different ideas, but not doing any of them to a very high level. Despite this, Batman Begins is pretty much a must play (even if only a rent) for any Batman fan. The game features a whole host of interviews with the cast and crew of the game to round off a nice package, though I can't see it being of too much interest to those not impressed by the adventures of the Dark Knight.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
The thing that upset me, though, was that by the time I got through most of it there was a real sense that these ideas - however basic - could have been applied so much more exotically and with so much more freedom than they have. That's what I want; games that show you the ropes and have you directing the whole play by the end. Not games that keep you backstage and just give you the odd glimpse of the performance through the curtain now and again - by way of unlockable film clips, as it happens. Spider-Man 2's movie-game had the right idea and let itself down in other ways. Batman only begins to have the right idea.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
In the annals of video game history, there have been only a handful of successful, well-crafted titles based on comic book licenses. For every gem like X-Men Legends that comes along, there are dozens of stinkers, including Wolverine's Revenge and Superman 64, lurking in the shadows. One of the superheroes that has seen some success in the virtual realm, however, is the Dark Knight. Although he's had his fair share of flops, the games based on his movies have been suprisingly enjoyable, beginning with the release of Batman: The Video Game for the NES in 1990. With a new movie, "Batman Begins", in theaters now, our hopes were high that the video game version would be another hit. Alas, while it does succeed on some counts, it falls far short in others.
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XboxDigital Entertainment News (den)
One of the most iconic figures is the world of superheroes is riding high off a new cartoon series (one that takes a few too many liberties with the characters) appearing Saturday mornings, a new movie that does the character and story justice, as well as a number of monthly comics. The latest videogame is based on the film, and features the cast reprising their roles to further tie the two products together.
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XboxX-Power
Globaal bekeken haalt Batman Begins op geen enkel moment het niveau van de film, zonder enige twijfel een fikse teleurstelling voor de fans die uitkeken naar deze titel. De actie platformer laat het vooral afweten op het vlak van actie en verhaal. Hierdoor wordt je nooit echt meegesleurd in de gebeurtenissen zoals bij de film wél het geval is. Daarenboven is de game verschrikkelijk kort en op een vijftal uur zonder enige moeite uit te spelen. Vanwege het immense lineaire gehalte is er bovendien geen motivatie om het hele avontuur een tweede maal te beleven, en kunnen we niet anders stellen dat enkel doordrongen Batman fanaten eens kunnen overwegen om de game te huren, al was het maar voor de beperkte extra’s die je kan vrijspelen zoals een aantal interviews met acteurs en makers van de game. Batman Ends ...
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XboxGame Revolution
This is little more than a weekend rental. Although its blend of stealth and action is clever, it's also derivative and boring. Like Batman's own troubled psyche, Batman Begins doesn't know if there is anybody real under its slick-looking mask.
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XboxGamestyle
Batman Begins is another by-the-numbers film license cash-in which will entertain, but ultimately leave the player wishing they parted with their cash for something that has had more creative and industrious effort put into it. The shameless idea-plucking will only remind players that other games have done things much better. Still, Gamestyle believes that there is some enjoyment to be had with Batman, it just won't last very long and gamers will soon trade Batman Begins in for something more worthy of their attention.
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GameCubeGame Revolution
On the other end of the spectrum is Batman, whose lack of any special powers besides his daddy’s trust fund makes him the most human of the altruistic circus freaks. The keys to Batman’s success are ingenuity, cunning, and deception, the same features that characterize the most recent movie franchise videogame, Batman Begins. While inventive in its combination of other games and cunning in its stylish look, it can also feel deceptive, like you’ve been duped into buying a watered-down version of better, more super games.
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XboxBordersdown
Despite trying to combine two recent best-selling titles, ultimately Batman Begins falls flat, landing in a big puddle of movie tie-in mediocrity. What was shaping up conceptually to have been the definitive Batman game to date, simply ends up being little more than a disappointing cash-in, complete with spoiler-laden (and bafflingly unskippable) clips of the movie between levels, film trailers, and even some unlockable costumes for good measure. However none of these warrant any serious replay value, making the title one for only die-hard Batfans or those that left the cinema besotted with the film and wanting that little bit more to tide them over until the DVD release.
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XboxDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Though it doesn't look rushed, it feels like it in every movement. There was obviously a lot of time spent working to tie this game into the film as closely as possible. They forget to tie the game into something video game fans would enjoy. They're left with generic knock-offs that feel like mini-games instead of something fully fleshed out to its potential.