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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:50 pm    Post subject:  REVIEW Adventures of Batman & Robin Reply with quote

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Bruce Wayne. That name by itself does not really mean much. However, when you consider who Bruce Wayne really is that meaning drastically changes. Of course most everybody knows who Bruce Wayne really is, Batman. In the world of comic books, Batman is a crime stopping force to be reckoned with. However, in the world of video games, the mere mention of the game Batman Forever is enough to bring even the most astute crime fighter to his knees. The Batman video game franchise has not had the best of reputations. Batman: Arkham Asylum gave the video game franchise a much needed shot in the arm. Although, one of the best Batman games ever made, is also the most over looked. That game is The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Super Nintendo.

The first level of Batman & Robin starts off with you fighting your way through a horde of thugs to face his greatest adversary: the Joker. Hired henchman and giant toy soldiers are the enemy of choice in this stage. The colorful backdrops set the stage for what is most assuredly a colorful game. Most people hold graphics to a high premium. The graphics in Batman & Robin, while no means great, are enough to get the job done. Batman is expertly modeled after his animated counterpart; likewise, all of his antagonists are modeled in the very same manner. The graphics only take a hit when it comes to the only driving portion of the game. However, the animations found in this stage are almost equivalent to Grand Theft Auto for the Playstation. It is up to the gamer to determine if that is a good thing or bad thing. The driving level is one of two stages that seem to break up the pacing of another wise great game.

One of the most important aspects of a good game is the game play itself. For the most part Batman & Robin does not disappoint. The game controls tightly. Every hit is registered when you hit, and every jump is as precise as the gamer allows it to be. The biggest downfall is the pacing. The first few levels start off with a lot of action. The boss fights are fun, and the enemies constant. However, as soon as the Penguin stage rolls around, the pacing starts to stutter. In this stage, you find yourself in a museum trying to find and rescue hostages. This consists of running back and forth through the museum searching each room. The next stage feels very organic in nature. It is as if the comic book pages were super imposed on the screen as you race from building to building trying to catch the Catwoman. The aforementioned driving level drags the pace back down. Unfortunately, I have yet to play the game past that particular stage. Until then, consider this review almost down with a tentative score of 7.75 out of 10 for The Adventures of Batman & Robin.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote
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Holy review Batman! I'll have to give it a play. I liked the first Genesis Batman a lot. I think it was Batman Forever that was total chode! Mike : )

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