Batman Begins GameCube

Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
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  1. Game Informer
    73
    Is it great? Heck no. Does it offer little substance, but an enjoyable handful of thrills? It does, more often than not. [Aug 2005, p.97]
  2. The Batmobile levels alone will keep you well entertained and the game captures the film's dark mood well enough. This one certainly deserves a weekend rental for sure.
  3. AceGamez
    70
    In the end or in the beginning if you like, Batman Begins is a good game, just falling short of great due to the linearity.
  4. With extremely linear gameplay, a relatively flawed fear mechanic and basic combat system, Batman really isn't breaking a sweat in this title.
  5. It stays true to the movie but at the expense of repetition and a convoluted storyline that tries to tie in all the filler. It's still a good game for anyone looking for an interactive movie that doesn't require much practice or skill.
  6. A game that has a great set of concepts, but inevitably falls short once you realize there's not much to it, and that you're essentially traveling along a linear path and repeating the same process over and over again until you reach the end, with your only occasional relief being the driving sessions.
  7. 70
    Not the best game ever, but one of the better movie based games and easily one of the better Batman games in recent history.
  8. At least it's easy on the eyes and ears: Batman Begins looks remarkably good, from twilight environments that make for a spooky Gotham City to some surprisingly impressive character models.
  9. EA is only good at making games if it incorporates some type of ball, and the movies are still far better than the games.
  10. The sound is just as good as the visuals, mainly because the actors from the film lend their voices to the game.
  11. Unfortunately, the gameplay feels too much like a mishmash of several other well-known gaming franchises and ends up overly simplistic.
  12. If you are a fan of the Batman, you should play this game in some form, as it is one of the better representations of the comic hero in quite some time.
  13. The game is repetitive, easy, short, and offers nothing new to the genre besides the introduction of the fear meter. But even that is misused as you can only put fear into enemies by doing what the games tells you to do, not what you want to do.
  14. Nintendo Power
    65
    We're crossing our fingers that the next Batman title lets us play the comic book hero like we really want to. [Aug 2005, p.80]
  15. 65
    The stealth fails, however, in at least two significant ways. The first is a near-total lack of choice: there's almost always one prescribed way to navigate a given situation, and player improvisations are promptly curtailed by unsustainable gunfire.
  16. With all of the risks developers have been willing to take lately on properties like "Psychonauts" and "Killer 7," it's really painful when a product comes along and unabashedly cribs from other people's notes. Batman Begins doesn't have a genuine bone in its body.
  17. A run of the mill stealth title, borrowing gameplay elements from other titles in the genre, and it does nothing to expand or deepen them. The extra features such as fear and Batmobile action stages are automated when they should be intuitively controllable by the player.
  18. 60
    Requiring only five to seven hours to finish, and having virtually no replay value, only the most dedicated fans should own Batman Begins.
  19. Edge Magazine
    60
    Where the game really succeeds, however, beyond providing a robust and solid, if unassuming model of explorative stealth and attack, is in fulfilling that old and oft-forgotten criterion - putting the gamer inside the movie. [Aug 2005, p.95]
  20. 60
    A reasonably engaging, yet perfectly average experience--much like most summer blockbusters.
  21. 60
    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.
  22. While this rises above its predecessors, its true potential is hampered by restricted game mechanics.
  23. Pelaaja (Finland)
    60
    Despite its limitations Batman Begins is an okay-ish action/adventure game, which has excellent production values. The voice acting is excellent and helps to make the game feel and sound very authentic compared to the movie. This game certainly is no "Catwoman"! [July 2005, p.59]
  24. It's too simplistic. While the game gives the illusion of Splinter Cell-style freedom in how you want to take out your enemies, Batman only really ever has one course of action: knock something over, scare the bad guys into dropping their guns, then come in punching and kicking.
  25. Unless you are a true comic fan and know nothing about games, avoid this title like avoiding the Scarecrow's neurotoxin. Instead, save your money from the rental and see the movie, which far exceeds what this game presents.
  26. Compromised because you've pretty much seen and played the game before. Fans will see the adventure through, but many players will find their attention wandering.
  27. Although its blend of stealth and action is clever, it's also derivative and boring.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Aug 2, 2016
    8
    One of my favorite batman games of the early 2000's is this one. The game is still flawed and the game is kinda bland but besides that thisOne of my favorite batman games of the early 2000's is this one. The game is still flawed and the game is kinda bland but besides that this game is very fun. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2013
    8
    I used to play this all the time as a kid and I just recently dusted it off again. It is amazing how much higher my expectations are forI used to play this all the time as a kid and I just recently dusted it off again. It is amazing how much higher my expectations are for graphics these days. I remember playing this nearly a decade ago and being amazed by it.
    The graphics do still stand up, but there are some odd moments. This game really shines by making you feel like you are Batman. The levels are very vey linear and by that I mean you have one and only one way to play through each level there isn't even a detour you can make through a level. You have to get rid of all the enemies in the same fashion.
    I think this game doesn't get enough credit. I really firmly believe that this game was a the great starting point for the Arkham video games. There are a lot of similarities between them.
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  3. Nov 27, 2011
    7
    It's a slow progressive game that defines a mixed taste , while Batman ( in that time) didn't had a fantastic moment in the gaming industry .It's a slow progressive game that defines a mixed taste , while Batman ( in that time) didn't had a fantastic moment in the gaming industry . Batman Begins , begins a good reputation to the grim hero . Full Review »