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Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Best Batman Video and Online Games!

Batman fans have long enjoyed a rich tradition of video games to accompany their favorite DC Comics hero in his exploits. The tradition of Batman games harkens back to the original Nintendo in the 1980s and has remained a staple in gameplay ever since. In today's world gamers have a number of options outside of console games, from online games to online casino games. You can find a lot of these by scowering search engines and while you're at it you can check the top offers of the internet betting operators from this link. There are no shortage of popular games that have spawned from the Batman franchise, even long before the Arkham series came along. We'll examine a few for you below.

The Batman Lego video games offer some of the funnest gameplay, while also serving up a ton of easter eggs for the fans. The first time we saw a Batman Lego video game was the 2008 release, developed by Traveller's Tales, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, OS X and Wii video gaming platforms. The game features environments and characters made completely from Lego, but far from a simple kids game, the Lego Batman games offer a detailed and engaging story, as well. There have been two sequel games released, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes in 2012 and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham in 2014.

My personal favorite game was also the most challenging (at least for me personally) and that is the original Batman: The Video Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is centered around the 1989 Tim Burton / Michael Keaton Batman film. This one was developed by Sunsoft and offers five levels of side scrolling action. The game offers animation scenes inbetween the levels and an ultimate battle with the Joker in the cathedral. The gameplay style can be likened to Ninja Gaiden (another of my favorite games...oh, wait...) and has cameos from some seriously cool DC Comics baddies, like Deadshot, KGBeast, Heat Wave, Maxie Zeus and Nightslayer. The bosses in the game include the Electrocutioner, Machine Intelligence System (which is damn hard) the Dual Container Alarm, Killer Moth and, of course, the Joker. There would be one sequel game produced, Batman: Return of the Joker, which got a lukewarm reception.

One of the more interesting Batman video games, without a doubt, was The Adventures of Batman and Robin, developed by Konami, for the Sega CD. The 1994 release game was based on the popular Batman: The Animated Series cartoon and even featured story advances throughout the gameplay that were fully animated by TMS, one of the companies that actually animated the on-air cartoon. When combined these scenes are affectionately known by fans as the "lost episode" of Batman: The Animated Series.

Recently, the Batman Akham series has made a splash with fans young and old. The games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Knight  have all been huge hits. I have yet to play the newest game, Batman: The Telltale Series, but I hear good things.

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