So as some of you should know, August is coming up soon and that means that I’ll be doing my August Theme month. However, I want to bring attention to Adamant Ditto, because they also announced that this July is going to be a theme month for them and they have probably chosen the best theme possible: they will be doing several let’s plays of Beat ‘em Up games. Beat ‘em up month sounds like the best holiday ever to me, so I knew I had to do something for it. At the same time though, I decided I wanted to fix something from my first August theme of Bat-month. At that time, I only had 3 Batman games, so I was kind of missing the last week, so why not do a Batman Beat ‘em up game for you guys? It also seems appropriate because I just hear there’s a new Batman movie coming out: something rises or something like that. Anyways, here’s Batman the Brave and the Bold The Video Game for the Nintendo Wii.
The gameplay is a single plain beat ‘em up, kind of like Power Rangers SNES. The major difference between those two games though is that Power Rangers concentrated more on platforming, while Batman the Brave and the Bold concentrates more on fighting. The size of the characters in Power Rangers were quite big, so it felt claustrophobic when there were several characters on screen. This is not the case with this game, as there are often a lot of bad guys on screen at the same time that you can dispatch with a series of awesome combos. You can do the usual beat ‘em up stuff, like both light and heavy punches, jumps and grabs and you have a few super moves to clear off most of the screen if things get too difficult.
Beyond just the fighting, there are a still few platforming moments and some of the levels have secret areas to find for some extra cash. Sadly, these are not plentiful nor something really all that amazing (often just jumping), so most of the game is just punching and walking to the right. Once you figure out your favorite combo to take out the most enemies at once, you have most of the game figured out, and the only reason you might replay it is to unlock all the gadgets. Even if you don’t figure out a good combo, you can still easily beat this game as the only penalty for dying is a 100 coin loss (even if you have less than 100 coins, you just lose them all and still keep playing). It’s rather sad when a game can get fighting down so well, but offers nothing else (not even a challenge).
I haven’t seen much of Batman the Brave and the Bold TV show, but from my understanding the concept is that, during each episode, Batman teams up with one other DC hero to fight a DC villain. This game has 4 episodes, which allows you to play as Robin, the Blue Beetle, Hawkman and Guy Gardener (in order). The episodes are entirely unrelated though; absolutely nothing holds them together other than Batman and this game. So you’d think for this reason that the stories would all be unique, different and progressively get more interesting. Well, they really aren’t. I found the first story to be the most interesting, as there is a sense of mystery for the first half, a good twist I didn’t expect (though retrospectively I should have) and a genuine sense of panic. The other 3 episodes are basically the same; a villain attacks, Batman and another hero case him, other hero loses some self-esteem, Batman helps them through it, they both kick butt, the end. Granted, the last story has the most at stake, but I never felt like there was actually something to lose.Batman the Brave and the Bold the Video game has some fun fights, but that’s about all it has. There’s really nothing else to the game; it’s pretty short, a bit repetitive, there is no depth to the story and the only replay value is in trying to buy all the upgrades. However, none of these are bad elements, they’re just the lack of good ones; it’s not like the game play broke on me or like I hated any of the characters. Really, it just feels like this is a game where the makers barely even tried, but at least where it does try, it succeeds. I will also give it that the graphics are really good and the sound quality is fine. If this were a Game Boy Advance game released 10 years ago, I would think this was pretty awesome, but it seems really weird that this is Wii game, so it just doesn’t meet my expectations. Still, if you want some short, cheap fun and like beat ‘em ups or are looking for something for a younger gamer, then you maybe could consider this. I can definitely think of a few other games that were a bigger waste of money. I give Batman the Brave and the Bold the Video game for the Wii 6 levels out of 10.