games have not fared too well on the GBA, or even
the consoles for that matter. So far no other superhero
has been able to capture the magic of the first Spider-Man
game. Not even the second Spider-Man game could stand
up to it. There are those of you that may disagree
with me - but I swear to God I will hunt you down
and make you pay for your indiscretion you mischievous
Begins is by far the best version of a Batman game
for the GBA. While that title may not hold a lot of
weight considering how lame the other ones are, this
is a decent little package although it does suffer
elements include combat, exploration, stealth and
some strategy in the form of some puzzles. In fact
the entire game is one big mystery that you must solve.
on the movie, you will learn how Bruce Wayne becomes
Batman - not so much the reason why he becomes Batman
but how he manages to accomplish this transformation.
This part of Batman's history has never been fully
addressed and while the text-based scenes do manage
to convey the gist of the story you must see the movie
to get the full effect.
learn the ropes of the mechanics you will train with
Bruce Wayne at a monastery where he learns his martial
arts skills along with his code of ethics. Here you
will learn how to punch, kick and block as well as
the ability to use stealth and psychological warfare
to your advantage. By taking the form of a bat, Bruce
Wayne learns that he can instill fear into the enemy
and use it as effectively as a weapon. By employing
some of the gadgets from your utility belt you can
grab some enemies from below and give them a good
shaking up which will in turn make the enemies on
the ground more fearful of you which will make them
less harmful to you. You can also send out bats to
further terrorize your enemy.
has the ability to climb, swing and glide his way
through each environment. You can use stealth to silence
your enemies and keep them from alerting others. The
combat system is good when you've only got a couple
of enemies to handle but when you're mobbed it's not
very efficient. Certain animations have to play out
before you can start another move. It makes linking
combos very difficult when you're surrounded.
make use of two characters: Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Each has slightly different abilities since Bruce
doesn't have access to all of the gadgets and the
bullet-proof suit. Unlike the console version there
is no Batmobile. And while we're on a bit of a downer
here anyway I might as well add that when you take
a hit there is no grace period of recovery to allow
you to get out of the way. If you take another hit
instantly it will register. If you get killed you'll
have to start the level all over again.
though the game is in 2D, it's easy to get around
the environments which have a decent amount of depth
to them. The sprites are large and Batman is easy
to control. The music could be a little more dynamic.
It doesn't always change to portray the onscreen action.
It should get a little quieter when you're using stealth
if nothing but to suit the mood.
Begins is good but it's not great. It becomes redundant
as you end up doing the same thing in almost every
level. A few Batmobile levels would help to break
up the monotony. It's not a long game and it's not
a very hard game. There isn't much for replay value
so rent it first and see how far you get and if you're
interested in going any further.