Batman Begins

 
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Get ready to wing it in the role of Batman.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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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Teen, 14 years old Written bymad gamer July 16, 2014
 

its good puzzle solving

This game has very mild violence and mild swearing such as c**p D**m and H**l its really fun and will keep kids and teens happy for hours
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old July 10, 2013
 

batman begins on game cube

this game is (how do i put this nicely) that was the best game experience ever the fun the kicking punching the control my game cube was actually shaking after playing this masterpiece oh god this game is SO DANG GOOD I CAN'T TAKE i'm done i have to go to my basement to play it but first the game is awesome but you might hear a d word or h word in the back round during game play but other than that no flaws did i mention the graphics how awesome they look well see you later but for now i have to play some batman begins on my game cube
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 14 year old Written byTheGman447 January 10, 2011
 

Great for teens!

I got this game for my son about 2 years ago and he still loves it now, I play it with him. Mostly violence is the issue and some brief cussing here and there but this is a great teen game, Voice and graphics are incredible for a PS2. This is a great game for teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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