|Release Date:||November 18, 2001|
|Platforms:||Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows|
|Based on:||The New Batman Adventures|
Batman: Vengeance is a video game that was released over a period of time on all major platforms of the sixth generation of console games. It was developed and published by Ubisoft. It is based on DC Comics' character Batman and the television series The New Batman Adventures.
In Batman Vengeance, crime escalates in Gotham City as Batman finds himself the target of a conspiracy. After the Joker plummets to his death in an attempt to kill Batman, Gotham's criminals quickly escalate their schemes to gain power. Batman discovers subtle links in these seemingly unrelated crimes, but is forced undercover after being framed for an attack on Commissioner Gordon. Hunted by the police, the Dark Knight must discover who is behind these mysteries before Gotham City is destroyed.
Presented in a more stylized golden age comic book appearance that communicates attitude and personality through spartan artwork, Batman engages in a variety of different gameplay modes (e.g. traditional third-person platforming and vehicle-based gameplay) in his pursuit to rid Gotham City of its most notorious criminals.
Designs and Voice Cast Edit
Vengeance took environmental and character designs from The New Batman Adventures, and starred most of the main voice cast from the series and it's predecessor Batman: The Animated Series. The cast includes Kevin Conroy returning as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, Michael Ansara as Mr. Freeze, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth, Tara Strong as Batgirl, Billy West as Mo, Lar, and Cur, Lloyd Bochner as Mayor Hamilton Hill and Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon.
Batman Vengeance was very well-received on the consoles by reviewers, praising it for its complex story and graphics, which looked almost exactly like the animated series. Much praise also went toward the music and the voice acting, which was done with the same voice actors as in the animated series. The game-play was also well received, but much criticism went toward the first person view, the complaint being that the player's abilities are limited in a more exciting perspective. While the console versions of the game were praised, the PC version drew a lot of negative reviews due to the odd controls, tinted graphics, and camera. Much criticism was also directed at the fact that all the problems found in the console versions were worse and more apparent in the PC version of the game.