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Hammers of Justice!,
This review is from: Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
I will review this as a gamer, before I review it as a fan of Batman.
Batman: the Brave and the Bold is a side-scrolling beat'em-up like the countless others that proliferated during the NES/SNES era. Like any gamer, I've learned to be cynical with games that are based off of movies or TV series, but happily that is not the case with Batman:tBatB. This is a good game.
The combat system is simple, but fun. Mashing the A button creates a punch combo, but there are also grabs, throws, jumps, dodges, and heavy attacks, as well as the Dark Knight's arsenal of weapons, that keep fighting bad guys fresh. The game is divided into four large episodes, each with a specific partner (with his own trademark gadgets) that tags along. Each Episode is then broken down into parts. At the beginning of each of these stages, you can choose to play as Batman or his partner. The game was clearly designed with cooperative play in mind. While two players can't hurt each other directly, there are plenty of floating bombs on every level that you can bat towards your partner. If you don't have two players, the computer controls your partner, and while it's not smart enough to dodge traps, it'll never slow you down and is smart enough to know how to fight. At the end of each part of an episode, the stats are tallied, and whoever achieved the most is crowned winner and receives bragging rights.
Along the way, you'll pick up coins that will let you unlock or upgrade gadgets. Certain gadgets can unlock a few different areas inside the episodes. And playing as the Dark Knight or his partner give the game some degree of replay value.
The unfortunate part is that the game is short. You should be able to beat the game in 12-15 hours. Also, this game is only compatible with the "Wii Remote + Nunchuck" Combo. I doesn't allow the Gamecube, Classic Controller, or sideways Wii Remote play. Why? Because some moves need you to move the Wii Remote, and some of the gadgets need you to point at the screen. But, like I said, the gameplay is simple, but fun. Finally, the game only supports local multi-player action, not online multi-player.
As a fan of Batman/DC, this is a really great game. They succeeded in replicating the experience of watching the series. The graphics and story look like they've been lifted straight from the cartoon. They even play the theme song at the start of every episode. Plus getting to play as Guy Gardner, Blue Beetle and Hawkman is awesome. Each episode includes short animation done for the video game. And the witty banter that plays through Blue Beetle and Hawkman's episodes are great fun. And the Alan Scott statue in the Gotham City Park, that's awesomesauce.
This is a good video game. This is a great Batman game. Too bad it's kinda short. But the co-op play, I think really saves it. Definitely rent. Maybe even buy. I own it, and I'm not getting rid of it. Expand your Wii Library today. And remember, "Crime doesn't pay."
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Initial post: May 18, 2012 6:59:37 AM PDT
You said that the game is too short because it is 12 to 15 hours long. In my opinion, any game that is over 8 hours long, is just the right length.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 6:42:03 PM PDT
Well, everything's relative. I would have been happier if the game contained six "episodes" instead of four. If it had six, I would have given it a perfect score.
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