- Batman Begins (video game)
title = Batman Begins
EA Games/ Warner Bros I.E
released = vgrelease|US|
14 June2005 [cite web|title=Batman Begins for Xbox|url=http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/batmanbegins/index.html|accessdate=2008-08-27]
genre = Action-adventure, Stealth| modes =
ESRB: Teen 13+ PEGI: 16+
Xbox, GameCube, PS2, GBA
"Batman Begins" is a 2005
video gamebased on the film of the same name.cite web|title=Batman Begins: The Video Game|url=http://www.ea.com/official/batman/batmanbegins/us/home.jsp|accessdate=2005-06-14] It was released June 14, 2005, a day before the 2005 American superhero film was released. It was developed by Eurocomand published by Electronic Artsin conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentand DC Comics. It was released on Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and GBA.
The game has a unique system involving intimidation. Whereas most
superherogames require straightforward fighting, "Batman Begins" features the utilization of the environment to frighten opponents. Certain gadgets designed to frighten enemies during combat are provided, such as smoke grenades, flash bang grenades, and an 'HF Transponder', which summons bats to gather around and incapacitate enemies with fear. On top of this is traditional stealth gameplay reminiscient of the " Splinter Cell" series, such as sneaking and taking out enemies from behind. There are many ways to incapacitate enemies with stealth, using various combat and martial arts techniques.
The game adheres to the movie's plot very closely, with minor modifications. Throughout the game there are over 20 clips from the film that give context to the story. Though it follows the movie, the game goes deeper into each scene. For example, at the docks, the player learns specifically how Falcone was hoisted on a crane and how Batman infiltrated
Arkham Asylum. It also presents a slightly alternate ending; Batman is forced to detonate the Batmobilein order to destroy the monorail tracks and stop Ra's Al Ghul from reaching Wayne Tower with the Microwave Emitter, whereas in the film, Detective Gordon uses the Batmobile's missiles to destroy the tracks. Two members of the film's crew make cameo appearnces in the game; Wally Pfister, the film's director of photography, appears as a mob informant Batman interrogates, and Emma Thomas, producer of the film and wife of director Christopher Nolan, appears as an Arkham psychologist
Reviews of the game found it generally average. Many criticized the linear gameplay and the unrealistic
artificial intelligence. "Nintendo Power Magazine" gave the game a 6.5 out of 10. Gamespot mentioned that it felt like a combination of several other popular games. It did receive G4's award 'Best Graphics on PS2 and Xbox'.
*Bruce Wayne/Batman (voiced by
Christian Bale): A multi-billionaire industrialist, , and philanthropist. When he was younger, he witnessed the murder of his parents in front of him, which gave him the resolve to train his body and mind. This gave him the skill to become the Batman.
Alfred Pennyworth(voiced by Michael Caine): Batman's tireless butler, assistant, confidante, and surrogate father figure. In the game, he is Batman's link to extraneous information and aids him whenever he can.
*Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul (voiced by
Liam Neeson): The man that trained Bruce in the art of invisibility, Ra's returns to Gotham at the game's climax to seek revenge on Bruce and his city.
Rachel Dawes(voiced by Katie Holmes) : Bruce's childhood friend, Rachel helps reveal Jonathan Crane as a demented psychopath.
Carmine Falcone(voiced by Tom Wilkinson): Gotham City's "untouchable" crime lord is the Batman's first target in his war on crime.
*Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (voiced by
Cillian Murphy): Moonlighting as a psychiatric specialist, Crane is in fact testing his unique fear toxin on the inmates of Arkham Asylum.
Lucius Fox(voiced by Morgan Freeman): A Wayne Enterprises worker in the Applied Sciences division, Fox helps Bruce gather the equipment and weapons he will need to wage his war on crime.
Ra's Al Ghul(Impersonator) (voiced by Ken Watanabe): Ra's al Ghul's phantom decoy.
*Victor Zsasz (voiced by
Tim Booth): A sadistic serial killer loose in the Asylum, Batman must stop him before he carves another kill into his skin.
*Det. Arnold Flass (voiced by
Mark Boone Junior): A corrupt Gotham cop, Flass is on the take and in the sights of the Dark Knight.
* [http://www.eurocom.co.uk/index.php/video-games/batman-begins/ Batman Begins] at
* [http://www.ea.com/official/batman/batmanbegins/us/home.jsp EA - Batman Begins]
* [http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/batmanbegins/review.html GameSpot Review 6.8/10]
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