Batman Begins

Common Sense Media says

Get ready to wing it in the role of Batman.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Batman works for good, but violence is necessary to advance through the game.

Violence

No blood, no death, but plenty of kicking and punching.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Characters that appear in the Batman movie, and the game is a marketing tool for the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's mild violence (punching and kicking), but there's no blood, and no one dies in the game.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Based on the movie of the same name, this action-adventure game allows players to take the role of Bruce Wayne, who begins his crime-fighting career after witnessing the murders of his parents in Gotham City. The game starts in the Himalayas, where you learn the skills of a ninja from your mentor. Once your training is finished, you return to Gotham City to continue your fight for justice.

When playing BATMAN BEGINS, you have a variety of gadgets and skills you can use, including a radar screen in the bottom corner that helps you locate enemies. Batman also has the skills of a trained acrobat, allowing you to climb fences, jump ledges, and swing from building to building with ropes. You can sneak up on your enemies and eliminate them from the game using special knockout moves.

Is it any good?

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The game is easy to pick up and play, but still offers plenty of excitement. There are multiple levels and a variety of scenes ranging from the Wayne Manor to abandoned warehouses. You unlock bonuses as you complete levels, such as interviews with the movie cast. The characters in the game look and sound like the characters in the movie, and the game includes the voices of actors including Liam Neeson.

It's worth noting that Batman is a dark character, and while there is no blood or death (Batman actually defeats many of his enemies by scaring them), the fighting system allows you to punch and kick your enemy with force, and you'll do just enough damage to temporarily disable them. This makes the game a better choice for teens, especially fans of the series who will get the most out of playing as the Caped Crusader.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of Batman. Why has the franchise lasted so long? How is Batman like -- or unlike -- other superheroes? Also, how does the video game generate interest in Batman? How does it help promote the new film?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:July 7, 2005
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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its ok but hard....

its a good game and you will hear the word hell a lot and some seans where a box blows up that has drugs in it but you don't see any one useing them and some smokeing but nothing mager and its hard i'm curently stuck on it....
Teen, 14 years old Written bylook April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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fine

this game is fine i agree with the csm except for the age should be 6+ up escpescally if your kids play starwars or the in crediblles game.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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FUUUUUUNNN!!!!!

I played this game at my uncle's house because I love batman, It was awsome!!!! there is some bad stuff though, 1. lots of guns,punching,kicking, and batman chokes people to get information, there is no killing but the way batman hurts those vilans I wouldn't be suprised if they did die. 2. a couple swear words like "what the @#*&!?! 3. scarecrow uses this spray to drug people. so I recomend this game to any kid 12+ looking for an awsome action game!

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