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Batman Returns Reviews (SEGA CD)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Dec 29, 2005)
The platform stages look and play identically to the Genesis version, except the audio has been completely redone. The sound effects are noticeably cleaner, and the surreal background music is much better. I was surprised what a big difference it made! You also get a nifty new option menu where you can adjust the game type (full, driving, or platform), skill level, controller settings, and more. The cinematic cut-scenes employ a lot of pixelated scaling effects, but they're still a trip to watch. Batman Returns is truly a "stand out" game for the Sega CD.
Mean Machines (Aug, 1993)
Finally we're starting to see some of what the Mega-CD can do! Batman Returns is literally two games in one package and ranks as one of the best Mega-CD titles money can buy.
80 (Apr 06, 2009)
History (and PlayStation) has proven that real-time 3D environments was the future of games and while the FMV games dated, and dated badly, quality 16-bit graphics are always going to be a classic relic of the early '90s. Batman Returns for Sega-CD is still one of the best driving games of the 16-bit era, and a film tie-in that is worth checking out. Personally I consider this alongside Virgin's Terminator CD as two Mega CD items I cherish, since they are pieces of software that do justice to the films they are based upon, and combine the best of what an early 16-bit CD-ROM game could do.
Video Games (Aug, 1993)
Ganz schön schwierig, das Spiel objektiv und nachvollziehbar zu bewerten: Unsere Endnoten aus zwei Teilen zusammen. Die gelungene Rennspielvariante macht nämlich riesig Spaß. während das Plattformspiel durchschnittliche 1:1- Modulkost ist. Schnelle Grafik, realistische Steuerung, opulente Feuerbälle und ein treibender Sound verleihen dem Rennspiel Spannung, obwohl Ihr Euch bei gleichzeitigem Drücken von Gas- und Feuer- bzw. Raketenbutton ganz schön die Finger verrenken müßt. Entweder Ihr jagt Gegner oder sammelt Extras. Beim Platttormspiel kommt durch die etwas lieblose Gestaltung leider nicht unendliche Dauermotivation auf.
Mega Fun (Aug, 1993)
Faszination und Langeweile in einem Spiel, eine wirklich seltene Mischung. Der Jump‘n Run-Teil ist ja hinlänglich bekannt und wurde als Bonbon noch mit auf die CD gepackt, schmecken will er aber immer noch nicht. Zum Glück darf man die Plattform-Abschnitte im Optionsmenü ausschalten und hat dann ein Action-Rennspiel der Extraklasse. Die Fahrsequenzen sind total abgedreht und motivieren ohne Ende. Grafik, Sound und Geschwindigkeit lassen keine Wünsche offen. 3D-Perspektive, sauberes Scrolling sowie eine exzellente Steuerung sind ebenfalls absolut kritiklos, so daß bei Batman Returns wirklich ein tolles Fahrgefühl aufkommt. Bei den Endgegnern heißt es mit Taktik und Tricks arbeiten, denn sonst ist man schnell Feuer und Flamme, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Was bleibt als Fazit? Geniales Gold Game und bescheidenes Old Game auf einer CD, das ist das Wesentliche, sonst nichts.
Sega Force (Aug 10, 1994)
Värt att skaffa bara om man är en sjukligt fixerad Batman-freak eller inte har Mega-versionen.
Gameplay is where the Genesis game really falls off. The controls are frustrating and just plain not fun. You'll find yourself getting hit by the enemies and not being able to do anything about it because of the poor control. The Sega CD driving game however makes up for the poor control of the regular game. The driving game, although, not "real" driving, is a lot offun, and let's face it, who hasn't wanted to drive the Batmobile at one time or another? I know I have. If I were to pick one of these two versions to be stranded on a desert island with, I'd choose the CD version, though, honestly, neither of these games would be with me, as they certainly aren't the best Batman games made.
60 (Mar 18, 2011)
Malgré l'ajout notable des phases de conduite et de thèmes musicaux un peu meilleurs, Batman Returns sur Mega-CD reste le jeu qu'il était sur Megadrive, à savoir un jeu d'action très moyen doté d'une mauvaise maniabilité et d'une réalisation tout juste correcte. On retrouve cependant par moments l'ambiance si délicieusement gothique du long métrage, mais elle ne suffit pas à insuffler au titre le supplément d'âme dont il aurait cruellement besoin. Les fans de l'homme chauve-souris peuvent se laisser tenter, mais les autres resteront franchement sur leur faim et se tourneront plus volontiers vers le premier épisode Megadrive développé par Sunsoft, nettement meilleur et surtout beaucoup plus fun.
The Batmobile driving scenes are cool, but aren't enough to justify the rest of this poor effort.
Just Games Retro (Oct 07, 2007)
Batman Returns is two games in one, but the problem is that they are two very different games in one. The driving levels are excellent, but too short and arcade-like to make a worthy home game. The platform levels are underwhelming and frustrating, made doubly so by the lack of a password system. Or to look at it another way, when I originally purchased the game I played the driving levels exclusively and never bothered to go past the first two platform stages. This is definitely the version to check out if you haven't played the game already, and the driving game is good fun for a short time, but there's not many reasons to trudge through the rest. The best parts bring it up over the Genesis original, but the worst parts drag it right back down.
Oldies Rising (Jan 17, 2009)
Les bons films ne font pas forcément de bons jeux. Cet adage, hélas maintes et maintes fois éprouvé, s’applique parfaitement à ce Batman Returns. Sans être une bouse immonde au même titre qu’un Ultraman, le soft dégage une impression de travail bâclé et les quelques bonnes idées trouvées ça et là ne suffisent clairement pas à en faire un bon jeu. A essayer cependant, pour les fans de la chauve-souris qui apprécieront de pouvoir piloter la Batmobile dans les rues de Gotham…