Spoiler alert! The Dark Knight Rises is a great game if you like to kick ass and fly around. The graphics are stunning and the mechanics easy to work with. But you'll do a lot of wandering around looking for things and the game will ask for a lot of money. In addition to the steep up front cost. Four stars.
I really don't need to write a review after that spoiler, but many you probably need some convincing. And I will admit that I got bored wandering around in the first chapter and didn't have the patience to play through to see how the game developed.
But regular readers know that simulation style combat games bore me quickly, so you shouldn't be too surprised. That being said, my experience with virtual simulation combat games makes me think that fans will love this. Fans of the genre who love the Dark Knight will be ecstatic.
The game is pricey at $10. But it offers a number of missions and resources for victory. Players assume the role of Batman, of course, with his combat skills and repertoire. Missions take him across the skyscrapers of Gotham to rescue victims and kick bad guys asses.
In the first mission players meet Ann Hathaway, as well. At least she looks a lot like Ann Hathaway. Enough to convince me Catwoman will show up sooner or later. I hope they paid royalties for her likeness, because at $10 she should get a cut.
Players can access a wide range of weapons, gadgets and vehicles in the bat cave. But the cost adds up quickly, and this is in addition to the steep up front price of the game.
Players track their targets in a map in one corner and access the Bat Cave for weapons and vehicles as they need them. Of course you have to earn them first, or, ideally for the developers, buy them. The cost of accessory packs adds up fast, however. Most games with this many in-app purchases download for free, however, so this is one of the most expensive games in the app store.
The graphics and animations are first rate, especially the photo rendering of backgrounds and landscapes. The Dark Knight character has several combat moves, including jumping, kicking and punching. Players tap the appropriate button and the character selects the appropriate combination of punches and counterpunches.
Players can leap from rooftops and soar between buildings, which can be quite difficult until you learn to stay afloat on air streams.
Players can also sail between buildings with the bat cape or leap from rooftop to rooftop with a grappling gun. As their skills increase they unlock the batarang, flash bomb and other weapons. Depending on where they touch the screen, players can move or scan the horizon.
Is the game as exciting as the movies? No, but let's face it. No game can duplicate the stunts of the big screen (or even HDTV). And you will spend a lot of time exploring for files and clues between beating up on bad guys. But it is one of the best virtual simulation games I've played.
Just don't let your kids near it if they know your password to download the in-app purchases.
Jenny Manytoes rates The Dark Knight Rises
Jenny Manytoes would purr next to The Dark Knight Rises. It's like a good catfood at gourmet prices, but since we're paying and not her, she loves it.
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