Three months ago, we that Warner Bros. had two games in development based on DC Comics characters: Suicide Squad and a Batman game with Damian Wayne as the main character.
This game came out around the same time of the movie, and it used clips from it as well. The game centered around fear, like the movie, and it even had alternate costumes. The combat wasn't perfect, but you actually fought like a ninja. The controls were kick strike, counter and evade. (Evade was a biggie back then) You used the environment to your advantage, not gadgets. The game was a little repetitive at times, but it had many elements that the Arkham games have, such as takedowns, stealth, and Batman constantly talking to Alfred(instead of Oracle). Also, the graphics aged pretty well. It is still playable despite being a 2005 game. The game was a game. No extra villains or characters. Everyone was from the movie. There were even two Batmobile chases! The game did have its negatives, such as little control over your gadgets, however. But that's all i can think of. Most reviews are average, but I give it a 8.5. While Arkham is faaar better that this, I feel that this game was a great Batman game for its time. it's a primitive Arkham Asylum, if you will.
There are certain characters and settings than transcend the medium in which they are portrayed. Batman is one such hero. It’s almost impossible to talk about a Batman game without discussing the state of the character in modern popular culture. Batman can be easy to romanticize, difficult to empathize with (unless you plan to spend your billion dollar fortune on fighting local crime), and ever-changing depending who he is squaring off against. But the biggest thorn in the side of the Caped Crusader is that Batman is actually kind of a blank slate, a blank canvas upon which young boys are supposed to project their fantasies upon. If Batman has any defining trait it is that he is the embodiment of the male power fantasy - he is a billionaire playboy who sheds his One Percent facade each night to become a super-detective ninja superhero. Show me anyone who is going to turn that down?
What About Batman Begins for the original XBOX!? That still remains one of my favorite Batman Games! The stealth aspect was awesome and I loved being able to instill FEAR into my enemies… Batman Begins The Video Game was definitely a building block for the Arkham Games and it often gets forgotten about…