Batman Forever Proves Digitized Graphics Aren’t Always Best – Today in Retro Gaming – September 4th 1995

With the popularity of titles like Mortal Kombat it was only a matter of time before we got a fully digitized brawler.  Acclaim was fine with doing just that for fans of the movie Batman Forever (there were some, right?) on the Sega Genesis and the Game Gear- both of which were released today in 1995.  This is what happens when companies jump on the bandwagon- it is not always pretty.

You can control either Batman or Robin in this side scrolling action adventure title.  Enemies run the gamut of weird to even weirder as you punch and kick your way through the levels.  This is where things start going downhill for players.  See, those fancy digitized graphics work for a one on one fighting game where things are slower paced but when you have several thugs coming at you at once those extra frames of animation are killer on your chances of survival.

Batman Forever tries to follow the storyline, very loosely, of the movie of the same name.  The story is doled out in these weird looking “we forced the Batman emblem into everything” scenes between levels that help set up where and what you are supposed to do next.  Every time it is beat up many of the same looking thugs- over and over- then scroll a bit and repeat.  Not exactly stellar game design but it works.  This is a 2D side scrolling action game so what do you expect from the story?

Batman Forever is far from perfect but for some fans it may be just what they wanted.  If you are still amazed at the quality of the digitized actors in the Mortal Kombat games then you will definitely be interested in Batman Forever.  Head over to Ebay and grab a copy on your favorite hand held or console.