Batman & Robin

Genesis/Sega CD

Review by Clint Dyer



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Overall: 8/7

Following up on the relative success of Batman Returns (isn't it funny how a movie game can completely stink, but it will still sell just because of the license?), Sega made Batman & Robin. They stuck with the same format as the previous games -- the CD version contains the Genesis game, plus a driving sequence thrown in between levels. Switched, however, is the quality of the games.

The Genesis game is graphically nothing short of spectacular. The characters are animated so incredibly well that you'd swear they were on the screen. In addition, this game uses more colors than most Genesis games, and it really shows, as this game has some of the most incredible graphics (the explosions and the amount of stuff happening on screen at one time are mind boggling) ever seen in a Genesis game. Gameplay itself is incredibly well done. Where this game falters is in the difficulty. The game is so incredibly hard that unless you're one of those people who likes throwing controllers, you'll stop playing this game after the first level, if you ever get past the first level. Had it been easier, this game would have rated a perfect 10 in my book.

The Sega CD version, unlike Batman Returns is a great let down. Gameplay wise, you do get to drive the Batmobile and fly the Batwing (same thing applies for the Batwing as does for the Batmobile), but control is jerky and frustratingly hard. Graphically, the CD version is about half as pretty as the Genesis game. The graphics for the flying scenes are just absolute blah and in my opinion, this game shouldn't have been released with the graphics in the state they are in. Overall, the Genesis game is one of the better games for the system if your controllers can stand a beating. Skip the Sega CD version and you'll be none-the-worse-off.


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