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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On July - 15 - 2010

At E3 10, I had the opportunity to play Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which is based on the TV show of the same name. Read on for my impressions.

At the Warner Bros. booth at E3, amidst violent, Mature-rated games like Mortal Kombat and F.E.A.R. 3, I found myself drawn to the kid-friendly Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The fact that it’s a Batman game is definitely a plus, and the hand-drawn, cartoon-style graphics made me want to see more. The graphical style makes sense considering that the game is adapted from the animated TV show of the same name, and Warner Bros. and WayForward Technologies appear to be on the right track to making a game that appeals to the younger core audience of the show, as well as longtime fans of the DC universe.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a 2D side-scrolling platformer/beat-em-up focused on cooperative gameplay, which goes hand-in-hand with the TV show’s “team-up” premise that often has the Dark Knight working with other familiar faces from the DCU. I played through an early level with one of the game’s producers, getting a good look at Brave and the Bold’s envisioning of Gotham City. Though it’s not as dark and gritty as what you would find in a game like Arkham Asylum, it’s still a great representation of the well-known locale, brought to life even further by the impressive art style.

Though I did think the game was a little on the easy side, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun, and there were plenty of subtle nods to the DCU that children may not catch. It’s really the perfect game for parents and kids to play together, but just because it’s not the most challenging game, that doesn’t mean that hardcore comic nerds won’t be able to get any enjoyment out of it. As big fan of The Dark Knight, I could see myself playing through it with a friend. What impressed me the most about the game, though, was the fact that it was created for younger gamers, yet not dumbed down or insulting to their intelligence. Too many times, publishers will try to shove out lower quality kid-friendly games in order to make a quick profit, assuming that their audience will be too young to know the difference. Those who have been gaming for decades know this isn’t the case, and those too young for the content of some Mature or even Teen-rated games still deserve quality products. For this, the developer must certainly be commended.

Even though Batman: The Brave and the Bold wasn’t designed with gamers my age in mind, I can still see that the game shows promise. There haven’t been a whole lot of Batman games worth playing, and this honestly seems like the ideal title for families who like to play games together. I only got to play the Wii version, but there will be some sort of Wii and DS connectivity, adding even more value to the title. As an adult, I can appreciate the effort that WayForward has made with this game, and the child inside me is thrilled about it.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold will be out this September for the Wii and DS.

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