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: It should be made known that this DS version of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is definitely not some stripped down version of its Wii counterpart in any shape or form. While the game's increased emphasis on platforming does set it apart from the full scale beat 'em up gameplay of the Wii release, it's every bit as much fun to play and, in some ways, even more smoothly playable.
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!
Pros: Retro aesthetic with gorgeous art style and character animations, Recognisable voice acting (hello, PeeWee Herman as Bat-Mite!), A bit of mindless fun, in a world of heavy, thinky games
Cons: The missed opportunity to truly camp-up the one-liners, Some slowdown when a lot of action happened on screen all at once, Repetitive gameplay. Repetitive gameplay. Repetitive gameplay.