Excerpt: After the great success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, it’s nice to see the caped crusader hasn’t gotten trapped in a single mold. WayForward has now been given the reins of the franchise in order to put together a romp based on the animated series. Though it’s not quite a masterpiece, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is another respectable showing from the Dark Knight.
Summary: While I had a lot of fun with Batman: The Brave and the Bold initially, I found it got old very fast. The levels are so similar to each other and the enemies very repetitive. There really isn’t much of a challenge to this game. If it was on the Xbox 360, the achievement whores would have a heyday, but on the Wii there’s little to look forward to as you move on to the next level. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a fun ride, but the excitement doesn’t last very long.
Pros: Fun graphics, Easy Controls, Funny dialogue (although cheesy)
Conclusion: Arkham Asylum fans need this game. If this DS title doesn’t sedate you just a little bit until Arkham City comes out, I don’t know what will. If you’re expecting this to be a poor game, Batman the Brave and the Bold will surprise you just like the man himself would, if he had dropped from the shadows and tied you to a gargoyle. And you know what? You deserve to dangle if that’s the case.
Pros: Great Animation. Perfect pacing. Refreshing Boss battles.
Cons: Aquaman’s voice clips are horrendous. Will make you crave Arkham City like a crack addict.
Conclusion: This does make a refreshing change from simply watching the same old goodies fighting the same old baddies, but it also takes away some of the instantly-recognisable familiarity from the franchise. The Australian PG rating reinforces the kid-friendly nature of the game, but unless these are children with an encyclopaedic knowledge of video games, the lesser-known character references will most likely be lost on them. Perhaps that’s the intention!