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  • Summary: Step into the shadows of Gotham City’s perilous criminal underworld as DC Comics’ legendary Dark Knight in the Batman Begins video game. Slated for release day and date with the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Batman Begins challenges players to use fear as their ultimate weapon. The game explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. Gamers will play as both Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman, hunting evil-doers from the shadows, using strength, intellect and an array of high tech gadgets to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city, including classic villains the Scarecrow, Ra’s Al Ghul and Carmine Falcone. Turning traditional stealth-based gameplay on its ear – by allowing gamers to play the hunter, rather than the hunted – Batman Begins delivers the Batmanuniverse as never before. Stalking criminals from the shadows, gamers will discover new ways to paralyze thugs with fear before engaging in hand-to-hand combat, or interrogating them. From the halls of Arkham Asylum and the alleys of Gotham City to an ancient monastery high in the Himalayas, Batman Begins the video game delivers a thrilling interactive companion to Christopher Nolan’s reinvention of the Dark Knight in Batman Begins. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. 100
    Longtime Bat-gamers can consider Batman Begins the cave-engineered antidote to the Bat-crap that’s been dropping on consoles in recent years.
  2. While the storytelling is poor, the game does an excellent job of evoking the film's ambience, with striking visuals even better than those in the movie. The game's use of light as it streams through broken boards into a dark room is reminiscent of the wonderful art direction of the first "Splinter Cell" game.
  3. 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. Batman Begins doesn't have a genuine bone in its body.
  5. Could anyone take less risks designing a license action-adventure? Nice graphics and sound, but super simplistic gameplay. Also super boring. [Sept. 05]
  6. 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]
  7. You've basically got a barely interactive "Splinter Cell for Dummies." [Sept 2005, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    Step into the shadows of Gotham City as you fight crime with Batman, The Dark Knight as he fights crime with super combat techniques and high technological gadgets. It is a very wonderful gaming experience and a spellbounding game from EA. The villains involved are Ra's Al Ghul, The Scarecrow and Carmine Falcone. You won't want to miss the chance of playing such an excellent do you Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    wow what a great ps2 game this is the best batman game there was on ps2 the best thing about this it stays true to the movie there are great mission were you drive the batmoblie and the voice cast is excellent to this game everyone doing the part great 10/10 Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2011
    9
    Batman hasn't been known for having good games, but this game changes that bad rep, it's just so much fun to play, the graphics, sound, and controls are great, it has fun racing areas, and fun stealth scare tactics like gameplay, the only flaw is the camera, it rarely works with you, this is one you want to pick up if your a Batman fan, or just like good games, a blast to play. Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2014
    9
    Before there was Arkham Asylum, it began on the PS2 with Batman Begins.

    Begins takes Batman into a realm he has never been before, this is
    a smart Batman this a wary Batman. He is only a man and he not going to jump into a fight with a bunch guys armed to the teeth, he will cut to shreds in seconds. And that is how you need to approach this awesome movie tie-in.

    This is the true game that uses fear over all other means. While recent batman games have used this mechanic they also didn't punish you if you got caught, you could still duke it out with little damage, Begins doesn't give you that luxury and it's a better game for it. Fear is the key and you need to get those heart-rates to the point of darkness. Whilst linear this 2005 streamlines they experience by setting you on a direct that has you cross Scarecrows thugs and having to survive the onslaught of the Gotham P.D.

    Things get tough and you have only your wits to get you through the night. With varied locations Begins really takes you on a roller coaster or survival where you are not invincible, but still deadly if you stick to the shadows.

    Also Begins gives you what you have wanted for the past 6 years and lets you cause utter mayhem in the Batmobile. Inspired by Burnout 3, you get to break up the levels by traveling between locals whilst taking down thugs and cops alike. Not as good as Burnout 3, but decent fun on the way to more stealth sections.

    Whilst it shares similar aspects with the modern Arkham series, it has a lot more stealth to keep you in the dark, it's all about survival and fear.
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  5. Jun 13, 2013
    7
    Could be a lot better if it wasn't so low-paced, but still the best Batman game on the console and it would be recommended to be played by anyone who's into adventure games and super-hero games, but only if clunky controls doesn't bother you that much he's just less responsive than what's expected, it isn't terrible. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    7
    One of the first batman games that I have played back on the playstation 2. I thought it was still a fun stealth game but I gave it a 7.1 out of 10 knowing this game needed to improve. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2011
    5
    pros: great graphics, decent batman combat, has stealth gameplay, vehicle missions are pretty fun, has extras, voice cast are all the actors from the movie. cons: not much depth, not enough levels, no level select. OVERALL: a really good game with some of the best graphics on ps2, it just doesn't have enough depth or thought to the lasting appeal. Expand

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