A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a fast-paced, action-filled video game based on the animated series of the same name. Like the cartoon, it contains a good deal of fantasy violence, but nothing too graphic. This is a far more kid-friendly version of Batman than we've seen in years. Also like the cartoon, humor is a big presence. The show and the game are both based around heroes teaming up to battle evil together, so cooperative play is a big feature.
What's it about?
Just like the animated TV show that inspired it, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, the video game, chronicles the Dark Knight's team-ups with other superpowered crusaders for justice. Of course, the Dark Knight, is not all that dark here, either. While the requisite fisticuffs and gunplay are present here, the game has more of colorful, old-time comic strip feel than anything else. Heroes actually refer to one another as "chum." In the game, Batman will team up with Robin, Blue Beetle, Green Lantern, and others -- with numerous guest appearances by "jump-in heroes" that can pop in for a quick assist.
Is it any good?
Batman: The Brave and the Bold has a great retro feel to it (partly because of it's 2-D side-scrolling format) that suits the tone of the show very well. It's certainly one of the more colorful superhero games to appear in a long time. The fighting is somewhat frantic, and never needs to be that precise, which can actually be a good thing (a nice antidote to the many too-hard-for-novices action games out there). Best of all, the game is really funny. It's got fantastic, genuinely witty dialogue, and great pacing in its storytelling. It's actually possible to lose a battle while you're laughing at a joke.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in the game. Can superhero games exist without violence? How does the violence here compare to that in other games you've played? Does the cartoony nature of the violence make it more palatable?
This is a cooperative game, where two players work together to win. Do you enjoy playing with someone else as a team? Do you find it difficult or frustrating if the two players have very different skill levels?
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