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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
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Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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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.
XBox Solution (XBS) (Jul 07, 2005)
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!
Gamigo (Jun 29, 2005)
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.
GameDaily (Dec 14, 2006)
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.
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.
GamePro (US) (Dec 02, 2005)
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.
XBox Front (Jun 17, 2005)
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 (Jun 21, 2005)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 01, 2005)
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.
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.
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.
Game Captain (Jun 26, 2005)
Technisch überzeugende und atmosphärisch einwandfreie, aber spielerisch etwas simple, zu kurz geratene Filmumsetzung für Genre-Neulinge und Batman-Fans.
Game Chronicles (Jul 09, 2005)
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.
XboxFrance (Aug 31, 2006)
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 (Jun 30, 2005)
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.
HonestGamers (Jun 19, 2005)
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...
Game Over Online (Jul 08, 2005)
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.
GameSpy (Jun 20, 2005)
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.
TeamXbox (Jun 16, 2005)
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.
XGP Gaming (Jul 10, 2005)
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.
GameSpot (Jun 17, 2005)
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.
IGN (Jun 15, 2005)
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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.
TalkXbox (Jun 23, 2005)
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.
66 (Jun 19, 2005)
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.
65 (Jun 16, 2005)
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.
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.
1UP (Jun 20, 2005)
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.
GameZone (Jun 27, 2005)
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.
Diehard GameFan (Jun 22, 2005)
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of this game is the feeling that you are really playing through a movie, and not in the way that you are watching most of the proceedings. The graphics and voiceovers are so well done that you can’t help but get absorbed into the action, and the few cut scenes or snippets of film are short but effectively move the story along and quickly let you get back to sneaking around and beating up bad guys. And getting to drive the Batmobile around, even if it’s on a specific path, is a real blast. If anything is going to turn you off from this game, it’s once again going to be its linear nature. But if you don’t mind being led around, you’ll easily get hooked and stick around for the games ending. Especially if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Factornews (Jul 19, 2005)
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.
MS Xbox World (Jun 17, 2005)
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.
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.
Pro-G (Jul 05, 2005)
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.
60 (UK) (Jun 17, 2005)
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.
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.
X-Power (Jul 04, 2005)
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 ...
Game Revolution (Jul 01, 2005)
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.
Gamestyle (2005)
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.
Bordersdown (Jun, 2005)
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.
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.