To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Batman (#Batman80, #LongLiveTheBat), AFJ has decided to join in the fun with columns, lists, and reviews from now until Batman Day (Sept. 15th, 2019). The incredible thing about 80 years of Batman, in pop culture, is that we can literally feature anything from comics to movies to water pistols. Yes, water pistols (Google it Millenials). Today, we turn our attention to a Batman mobile video game from 2012. Enjoy Junkies! #AFJ4LIFE
By Rick Alaia
This game was originally released at midnight on July 20th, 2012. Now mobile games at the time, were pretty lackluster, to say the least. At the same time, my Bat fever was at an all-time high since a new movie was coming out. I remember driving to a spot I knew had wifi to download the game on my lunch.
I booted it up (old school lingo for starting the game lol) and was blown away. This wasn't a lowly linear game. This was a full-on FREE ROAM game! The Gotham map is huge. From the skyscrapers of downtown Gotham to the slums of the Narrows.
The gadgets are all here. Grapple gun, smoke bombs, batarangs, EMP Batarangs, flashbang grenades, and Bat-binoculars.
Also, as the story progresses, you get access to two of Batman's vehicles. The Bat-Pod and The Bat. Yes, you read that right. You can fly around a free roam Gotham City in The Bat!
The game is loosely based on the Dark Knight Rises movie. Most of the key elements are there. Bruce Wayne assumes the mantle of the Batman after 8 years of retirement. Much to Alfred's protests, Batman has to find out why Selina Kyle was dusting for prints while stealing his mother's jewels. You learn the basic gameplay, from using your grappling gun to silent takedowns. Then your off to relive the story.
Batman is still wanted at the start of the game. If you're on the street and cops see you, they will engage you and if too many show up, they will kill you. Lol, I died a few times like this.
The game is FUN. It has the feel of a role-playing game mixed in with Arkham City. You upgrade your suit and weapons as you progress. Being able to glide all over Gotham is an amazing feeling. It was a paid game that also had options to purchase stuff to make you stronger faster. To me, there was no need. You could play for free and enjoy it. Once you beat the main story, you unlock both maps of free roam. Perfect for a replay of the game without having story objectives and just enjoying being Batman.
Some people complained about the fighting style. It's basically a button masher. You can block when there are multiple assailants but for the most part, it's just pressing that punch button lol. To me, it was a fun game. I enjoyed being able to be Bale Batman in a free roam environment that was vast. Yes, I can see how the casual gamer might get bored, but for any Bat-fan, I bet you'll have just as much fun as I did replaying it. There's one problem for those of you who didn't purchase the game though. It's unavailable and I doubt Gameloft will ever re-release it. But if you bought it seven years ago, re-download it and relive that Bale Batman experience. It's worth it. #LongLIveTheBat