Published on July 28th, 2012 | by octaneblue0
Review: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
System(s): Wii, DS
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Note: The Wii and DS versions have similar gameplay but different content.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an animated series that features Batman teaming up with a fellow superhero or group of superheroes in each episode to fight against evildoers. The show is much different from its predecessors, Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman, in that it is much less dark and more lighthearted and comedic in its overall tone. With the success of the TV show, a video game adaptation was inevitable. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teamed up with veteran developer WayForward Technologies to release Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame on the Wii. And the result is a good one!
The Brave and the Bold is a 2D side-scrolling beat-’em-up that plays much like ones one would see on SNES/Genesis; you beat up bad guys and move on – rinse and repeat. You’ll be traveling to different areas in the DC universe, which will range from Earth to Oa. And each level has a boss fight encounter that shakes things up a bit; these villains include Catman, Gorilla Grodd, Gentleman Ghost, and Mongul. While the game can be a bit repetitive, there are several elements in it that keeps it from being just flat-out boring.
The graphics in the game look great, with the animations of each character in particular being very impressive. The game just looks like the animated series, and WayForward did a great job with that. You’ll see animated cutscenes in the game too, including ones that explain the various team-ups, as well as dialogue between Batman and his partner(s). Some of the cutscenes and conversations are hilarious, and WayForward really captured the humor of the show in this game. The background music is very jazzy, just like in the show. The only complaint with the game’s audio is that some of the voice clips are repetitive. For instance, for the summoned heroes, they always say the same voice clip with each appearance, and it can get grating.
The game is very easy to learn how to play, with the game providing a tutorial at the beginning of it. But the controls are pretty basic; the A button controls most of your attacks, and the B button makes your character jump. Some characters, like Hawkman, can fly with repeated B button presses. The A+B buttons acts as a grab, where you can grab enemies and toss them aside, preferably right into other enemies for added damage. The C button blocks, and the Z button uses gadgets. The game does make use of some motion controls, with Wii Remote shakes causing heavy attacks to be done. Shaking both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck will do your character’s Power Attack, which varies between each one.
In each level, you’ll get a choice of two characters to play as, with one of them always being Batman. And just like in the TV show, he’ll team up with a fellow superhero; his partners include Robin, Blue Beetle, Hawkman, and Guy Gardner. Each character is unique and plays completely different, which is great. As previously mentioned, you can also summon other superheroes, such as Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and The Flash, for screen-clearing attacks, albeit in a limited manner in each level.
After defeating enemies, they’ll drop coins. The coins are used to upgrade the powers and abilities of each character. For instance, you can upgrade Batman’s Batarangs to be more potent, and you can equip Batman with a lightsaber-like blade. These upgrades can be rather costly, so it will take time to get all of them, adding some replay value if that’s something you’d want to do.
The game features drop-in/drop-out co-op gameplay, so you can play through the game with a partner. The game is actually more fun this way. You can play through the game alone, with a CPU partner accompanying you, but they’ll mostly be useless. This is somewhat similar to the LEGO series titles, where your CPU partners would basically just follow you around, and mostly stand idle when action is going on. It’s the same case here. The game is very low in difficulty overall; it’s one meant to be picked up and played by anyone. So there’s very little consequence when your character is defeated; they’ll drop 100 coins, and get back up again. But since you have to defeat enemies and pick up coins after doing so anyway, you should have plenty of them. The game lasts a little over 6 hours, but unfortunately doesn’t include much in the vein of post-game content, such as unlockables.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame is recommended to fans of the show. It really plays out like episodes of the animated series. It’s easy for anyone to get into, but those looking for some challenge may want to look elsewhere.
+ Graphics similar to the show
+ Fantastic voice acting and music
+ Plenty of humor
– Too easy
– Repetitive voice clips
– Lacks replay value
Score: 3.5 out of 5