It's almost feels unfair to pick on this game because the source material was so atrocious. But I'm a serious journalist, so nothing can keep me from the truth. Yes, Batman and Robin is the game based on the movie that showed us how unsexy Uma Thurman can actually be, introduced the world to bat-nipples, and drove Arnold Schwarzenegger to politics.
Batman and Robin begins in Gotham City, where players would choose between Batman, Robin, or Batgirl. Each character grabs his or her customized Bat-vehicle and starts cruising around Gotham City gathering clues to bring back to the Batcave. Once there, they would decipher the clues and attempt to predict when/where some villain was going to show up. The graphics were impressive on occasion, but the game was almost entirely unplayable.
Camera angles were extremely difficult to manage, the streets were too narrow to drive the Batmobile on, and the controls felt slow and unfinished. All in all, this game was really only meant for fans of the movie. But did that fan base actually exist?
Until Arkham Asylum was released, this was the best Batman game ever created. If this doesn't depress you, you haven't been paying attention.
Dark Tomorrow was actually delayed several times before its release in 2003, but obviously that wasn't nearly long enough. As a matter of fact, HotGen eventually canceled the PS2 release, which made me jealous of PS2 owners.
The storyline in Dark Tomorrow was drawn from the comics, which was a step in the right direction, but everything else about the game is a giant leap toward the edge of a cliff. Batman looked like he was carved out of wood. The controls were clunky and the graphics looked like someone smeared Vaseline all over the television.
Some critics consider Dark Tomorrow to be the Black Sheep of the Batman franchise, which is saying a lot—it's kind of like being a b-side track from a Nickleback album.
Justice Unbalanced & Toxic Chill were both educational games published by The Learning Company.
Listen up. Batman didn't major in elementary education at some crappy community college, so he doesn't want to teach your Ritalin-filled brats. Let the guy do his job: fighting crime. And don't shackle him with the insignificant task of educating your stupid kids.
Mike Nelson, of MST3K famously said that Batman and Robin was "not the worst movie ever, it was the worst thing ever." I wonder if he'd be willing to amend his statement after playing a few of these titles.
With Arkham City only a week away, Batman fans probably should probably start crossing their fingers and hope that history doesn't repeat itself.
By Josh Engen
CCC Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*