Since the Dark Knight Rises has just been released, GoGamingGiant saw the need to look back at some of the best Batman video games. Now to make things even, Arkham City and Arkham Asylum have not been included since they would dominate the list. Instead, we’ll be looking back at the video games inspired by the Batman movies, from Burton to Nolan to…*shudder* Schumacher.
Batman’s first leap onto a Nintendo system was never sweeter as this game was loosely based on the 1989 Tim Burton film. It was dark and the controls were tight and Batman could even do wall jumps like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden. While there are some sections in the game where taking damage looks inevitable and cheap, most of the game has fair enemy placement as long as you plan out your attacks.
Batman Begins-The Bad
This game had a lot going for it, yet it still managed to be a subpar game. The Batman Begins game boasted clips from the movie, the voice acting of Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson and even Michael Caine, yet the game suffered in its controls. Controlling Batman felt so out of place and poor combat controls meant that just a few hits from your enemies and it was game over. It was a great movie and a noble attempt to add depth to Batman’s stealth combat but the game was less than desirable.
Batman Forever -And The Ugly
Then the darkness settled in, because Batman Forever the game was as bad as Batman Forever the movie (and almost as bad as Batman and Robin). It seems like game took the Batman video game franchise into the wrong direction by emulating the Mortal Kombat control scheme, and leaving out the daring stealth or ninja features that Batman is known for. The Mortal Kombat controls are great for a Mortal Kombat game, but in a Batman side scroller; it just ended up being too slow. The game ended up feeling stiff and poorly made. Not to the enemies looked like a bunch of morons.
Bonus Batman Game!
The Batman Returns action beat ‘em up for the SNES was a nice addition to the Batman games and it sure doesn’t hurt that this Batman game plays like Final Fight. It was simple but enjoyable and Batman was once again a hit for the home consoles. At the time the graphics were inspiring and the cartoony look to the game was very appealing. Also, it helps to have Catwoman’s ferocious fighting style as a crazy fun boss battle.