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Batman Returns (SEGA CD)

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Batman Returns on the SEGA CD is an enhanced version of the Genesis adaptation of the movie. It includes the entirety of the original platform game, but adds all-new driving levels.

The game can be played in three ways: either as only the platform game, only the racing game, or a combination of both. Each option features a unique ending sequence.

For every of the original version's five platform levels, there is a related driving section in which the player controls either the Batmobile or the Batskiboat. Both in perspective and gameplay, these sections are reminiscent of arcade titles like OutRun. Seen from above and behind, the player's vehicle must reach checkpoints before a timer runs out, receiving bonus points for any surplus seconds. The CD system's hardware is used for sprite scaling and other tricks, achieving a 3D effect.

The game being based on an action-filled movie, there's not only driving but also shooting: both the car and the boat are armed with machine guns and heat-seeking missiles (with limited ammunition). Besides the roads being full of enemies in general, each level also ends in a boss fight against a big (and usually heavily armed) vehicle.

The game features CD-based audio tracks, replacing those from the original.

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Batman Returns SEGA CD Later levels have you driving a jet boat through the sewers.
Batman Returns SEGA CD You can bash cars into buildings or trees on the side of the road for easy kills.
Batman Returns SEGA CD You lost the game.
Batman Returns SEGA CD Batman drives around with the same scowl and intensity of an L.A. commuter.

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Holy CD Batman! ETJB (447) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Dec 29, 2005 A- 91
Sega-16.com Apr 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Sega Force Aug 10, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 13, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 18, 2011 12 out of 20 60
Just Games Retro Oct 07, 2007 51 out of 100 51

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Terok Nor (18320) added Batman Returns (SEGA CD) on Jan 13, 2009