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Ubi Soft Brings Batman Vengeance To The Box

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2001 @ 5:33 p.m. PST

Based on the Emmy-award winning Warner Bros. animated series The New Batman™ Adventures and featuring the DC Comics legendary hero, Ubi Soft® Entertainment is developing the first 3D Batman™ title for Microsoft's Xbox computer entertainment system, Batman: Vengeance. Developed internally in Ubi Soft's Montreal studios, with a story scripted specifically for the game, the title is slated to release in 2002.

From the opening cinematics, players find themselves engulfed in Batman™'s world; the beginning of an episodic nightmare of darkness, danger and deception. Rescuing a woman named Mary from one of the Joker™'s twisted schemes, during the struggle, the Joker falls from a bridge to his death, cackling hysterically to his watery grave. Crime sweeps Gotham City™ as the likes of Poison Ivy™, Mr. Freeze™, Harley Quinn™, and other notorious villains step up to fill the Joker's sadistic shoes. As players investigate the 22 maps (19 playable) they soon come to realize that nothing is as it seems, and the fate of Gotham, and of Batman, lies in the balance.

Following a linear gameplay, players are immediately and deeply entrenched in an intricate, action-filled mystery. To uncover the plot against Batman, players must exploit every skill, device and technology in the Batman-arsenal. Gamers utilize masterful martial arts moves to keep the Jokers' henchmen at bay, grappling hooks to explore the hidden nooks of Mr. Freeze's chemical plant. Race the streets and airways of Gotham in the Batmobile™ and Batjet™, or free fall from buildings with the aid of an armor enhanced cape. Collecting clues to unravel the plot at hand, players piece together intricate mysteries, always on the alert of thugs, traps and treachery.

Within the larger story, the game is divided into 5 episodes, which set up the goals for the next installment, often beginning with a 3D rendered AVI. Containing more than 30 minutes of Real-Time Cinematics, Batman alone boasts nearly 500 unique animations. Players explore expertly rendered 3D environments that perfectly depict the dark world of Gotham. The beautifully hand drawn characters reflect the individual's unique personalities; Poison Ivy's seductive insanity, Mr. Freeze's chilling brand of evil, even
Batman's cape was created as an independent character, reacting to movements via it's own AI. Featuring Dolby surround sound and specially recorded voice-talent, with Mark Hamill as the Joker, Batman: Vengeance immerses fans of the Dark Knight in a darkly beautiful, interactive expansion of the animated series.


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