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Batman: Vengeance
Preview By: Joe Rolfe
Developer:  Ubisoft
Publisher:  Ubisoft
Genre:  Action
# of Players:  1
Est. Release:  Fall 2001
Posted:  5-22-01
Updated:   9-6-01

We've got 10 new screenshots of the Dark Knight in action.  These new screenshots show off a lot of progress over our earlier screens, and show a lot of promise for the final product.

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Becoming "grown up" and "mature" can be quite an odd process. Mysteriously, in the matter or years (or even months for some), humans by nature tend to drop their old hobbies in place for the more "adult" facets of life. My childhood interests were basically surrounded in dinosaurs, Legos, and the ever-cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all of which (thankfully) I suddenly dropped many years ago. However, if thereís one subject that I will never consider too "kiddy" for myself, it will be Marvel super heroes. As most people that know me can tell you, Iím a huge Spider-Man nut. Somewhere in my heart, though, is the beloved Dark Knight himself, Batman. Quite possibly the most famous super hero ever (next to Superman that is), Batmanís an incredibly cool premise to insert to a game. The cartoon favorite has never shied away from games Ė heís been in a host of fun (albeit, brainless) beat-em-up side scrollers ala Final Fight. And, to be honest, he was never really given the true next-generation console treatment among the handful of poor late-90ís Batman movies that came out. Thankfully, it appears as if this is all about to chance with Ubi-softís upcoming action title, Batman: Vengeance.

As of press-time, there isnít a whole lot of info out there concerning Batman: Vengeance, although Ubi-soft has present just enough information to give us a basic outline of the game. Generously, the developers have decided to not go the way of the movie-cash in by trying to replicate one of the lame films that have come out in the past few years. Instead, Vengeanceís focus lies on the new animated series. The license carries a killer look for Batman (which has obviously translated over to the gameís sharp graphics) and definitely provides hope for a good script and story line instead of regurgitating a recent flick.

Batman: Vengeance looks to center around fighting and puzzle solving, which is what The Man is all about, anyway. A host of Bat gadgets should be readily available for the caped crusader, not to mention that we may see a few of Batmanís trademark vehicles to make an appearance. (Next-generation Batmobile, anyone?)

Finally, Vengeanceís looks to make quite the knockout punch with itís visuals. The game equips crisp, solid character and environment graphics surrounded by a plethora of lush, vibrant colors that give the game a near cell-shaded look to match the animated show. Expect a refined frame rate in order to allow smooth animations and movements to look dead on with the televised program as well.

With its outstanding graphics plus tried-and-true gameplay formula, Batman: Vengeance looks to take the fun of the older, simpler titles and translate it onto the PlayStation 2ís powerful architecture without all the movie-license garbage weíve been treated to lately. Those who are fans of Batman or just plain super heroes in general should start salivating now.


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