Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu GameCube

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. This is definitely an experience that is best shared, but even if you are forced to play alone, you won’t find a more challenging or visually stunning Batman experience than Rise of Sin Tzu.
  2. It's ultimately a pretty basic beat-'em-up, but the strong production values and a solid combat system make for a gratifying experience.
  3. Certain aspects such as the graphics and the virtual simulated store have merit, but the gameplay itself doesn't push this game ahead of the pack.
  4. Surprisingly good, but also painfully unreplayable.
  5. Nintendo Power
    68
    Gameplay is not deep, but it's fast and exciting. [Jan 2004, p.158]
  6. It’s just a derivative brawler game with a Batman-sugar coating.
  7. 65
    Lacking that magic spark, Batman is frustrating in its simplicity. Delve into this one if you're a Batman fan, but be prepared for the story to be the most (if not only) motivating play mechanic.
  8. While a lot of good ideas went into Batman: ROTS, the execution turned Batman goodness into controller-throwing-near-DVD-in-the-microwave frustration.
  9. Ironically, Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu has more extras than many superior games. This title is absolutely stacked; it’s just a shame you won’t want to play for as long as the game could theoretically last.
  10. If you look on the bright side, the game is better than "Dark Tomorrow." However, it’s worse than the old Batman the Movie coin-op.
  11. I’ve never seen better vocal acting and cut-scenes in a videogame. It’s just like the cartoon show, only more mature.
  12. No, it’s not nearly as bad as Kemco’s travesty, but there’s nothing compelling about it. Having all of the unlockable moves and techniques means nothing if there’s no real need to have them there...Simply mashing the B button will get you from start to finish with little trouble.
  13. Play Magazine
    58
    Though the action is on the repetitive side, unique aspects help the game rise a notch above average. [Nov 2003, p.73]
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    55
    An unforgiving difficulty level and harsh time limits severely undercut the fun... [and b]am-powing hordes of goons becomes achingly repetitive over time. [Nov 2003, p.172]
  15. On any system the combat stinks, but on the 'Cube, it's absolutely horrid. [Dec 2003, p.159]
  16. A flawed, tiresome combat system and bland level design should be reason enough to stay out of Gotham.
  17. Not only is the gameplay not fun, it is downright boring. The button mashing beat ‘em up is a genre that needs to be done away with and this game is a perfect example why.

Awards & Rankings

#83 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 2, 2016
    8
    The xbox one is okay but the Playstation 2 one is kinda of mediocre. But the gamecube one is enjoyable but flawed. But one of the best batmanThe xbox one is okay but the Playstation 2 one is kinda of mediocre. But the gamecube one is enjoyable but flawed. But one of the best batman games there is. Full Review »
  2. MattS.
    Nov 4, 2003
    5
    For Hardcore Batman Fans only! This game is fun, but only for the first day or two. After awhile the repetitive enemies, graphics, and For Hardcore Batman Fans only! This game is fun, but only for the first day or two. After awhile the repetitive enemies, graphics, and animations get rather boring. The combos do the same damage as the regular punches and the enemies don't have that great of an AI. The only thing that spiced this game up for me was the co-op mode, so that i could play with my dad. This game is so simple, that this is the only game my dad can play. The unlockable features suck. You unlock cover art,sketches and the worst unlockable ever is a gallery with pictures of Batman toys from mattel. You can also unlock a different costume for the 4 heros, batman,robin,batgirl, and nightwing. but they make you remember the old campy horrible tv show from the 70s that completely ruined the batman name. ( shivers). Adam West is as much as Batman as I am. So if you are a young fan, a old man who can't play games,a rookie gamer, or just collect batman stuff then by all means get the game, but for hardcore players like myself, spend your money elsewhere. Full Review »