"Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker" is based on the animated series of the same name. In it, the player controls Terry McGinnis who is better known as the "Batman of the Future". Joker, one of Batman's sworn enemies, was brought back to life through unknown measures and has taken a development lab under his control. Joker has also kidnapped Bruce Wayne; the original Batman and mentor to current Terry. It is up to Batman to liberate this facility from the Joker's control.
"Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker" is a side-scrolling adventure game and the title clearly reflects the genre. The player controls Batman and guides him through various stages of the development lab while encountering various henchmen of Joker's. In typical Batman fashion, there is a fist fight of epic proportions to rid the world of evil and progress further into gameplay. Controls are standard for games of this type which feature the arrow keys controlling movement, "A" forcing Batman to jump and "B" using one of Batman's signature punches or kicks. There are also numerous additional weapons Batman could uncover in his adventure, and these are all items which the player can wield to further assist through the levels.
The graphics observed through gameplay were poorly detailed and did not seem to be noteworthy. It was difficult to differentiate between the various henchmen as there was next to no design work used in creating different physical features. It seems that colour is the only guide through this title but even these were not used effectively. I found the "Batman of the Future's" insignia to be slightly on the pink side over the crimson red that is commonly seen.
Audio, like graphics, is also poor and features little variation while transitioning between stages of the game. I found sound effects to be below par in that each attack movement features a long, shrieking bass tone that does not accurately depict any sort of movement or attack.
There is no challenge to me met in "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker". It all seems rather simple and can be rushed through with some ease. I wouldn't suggest that there is replay value to be had in this cartridge. For fans of the side-scrolling genre, there is minimal enjoyment to be experienced in this title.
Batman Beyond : Return of the Joker is based on the feature length animation of the same title. Basically you are Terry McGinnis, the Batman of the Future. The joker has been brought back to life some how and he has taken a whole building hostage - including Bruce Wayne, the former Batman and your mentor. Now the controls of this game are simple - the D-pad moves batman around the screen like in FInal Fight - it is a scrolling beat em up. The other buttons (a and b) are used to make Batman jump and attack. Not only are the controls simple, they are plain rubbish. Batman is knocked down by the slightest attack from any enemy - even small little robots! Also, the enemies are not very varied - they all look the same -but colored differently on each stage. The "cut sequences" are a waste of time and should have been left out - they dont add to the game at all. The poor sprite quality hurts my eyes in fact!!! The only praise that I can give this game is its story. I wont ruin it for you, but if you are a fan of batman beyond, then this story will not disappoint - the feature length animation, however, is how you should discover the story! NOT by playing this dismal game! THe sound is average, the visuals are not pushing the GBC to its full ability, although the Batman sprite sometimes does have good animations... So many batman games have been released - this is not the worst, but you could do a lot better!!! License gaming (by this i mean games featuring popular characters) has never been a huge success in history. With only a few exceptions, I think game developers should move onto other ideas - originality is something that is in dire need of nowadays. The new batman title on the Gamecube LOOKS a treat, but lets just hope it beats this poor title by miles! Dont get this - unless you are an extremely hardcore Batman fan. I returned my copy to the shop within a few days of playing this - Im sure you will too.