SEGA CD Month – My Life With SEGA returns with Batman Returns

Well, SEGA CD Month – Hell, this year – has come to an end. Before we call it a night, the bat, the cat and the penguin have something to show us; Batman Returns. While the movie split both critics and audiences, this game has been met with praise due to it’s impressive pseudo-3D graphics, exciting gameplay and kick-ass soundtrack….

But is there more hiding beneath that cowl? Let’s take a peek.

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14 responses to “SEGA CD Month – My Life With SEGA returns with Batman Returns

  1. Kevin-N says:

    Yet another great review 😉

  2. mylifewithsega says:

    Thanks, Kevin-N. I appreciate it.

  3. Shigs says:

    Well done! I remember having this game back in the day. It made me excited for Sega CD ports cuz I could see how they could be greatly improved. Too bad lazy developers didn’t do more with it.

    • mylifewithsega says:

      I agree. The SEGA CD was a reasonably powerful machine. It’s a real shame more developers didn’t take advantage of the hardware and storage space.

      At least we got some great games though.

  4. Eli says:

    Cool review, and great month of SEGA CD!

  5. Team Andromeda says:

    Another spot on review – in my eyes this is the best racer of the 16 bit generation and just showed what the Mega CD could really do . Such a same SEGA never used the Mega CD to port its classic scalers with this engine :(.
    BTW imo Terminator is quite crap on the Mega CD

    • mylifewithsega says:

      I appreciate the kind words, but I wouldn’t classify these driving stages under “racer”. Fails to meet the criteria slightly.

      The Terminator is a basic side-scroller, though its control is solid, beautiful visuals and great fuckin’ music. Like Batman Returns, it’s a marked improvement over the Genesis game, or any one of those horrid Nintendo titles.

  6. badamn says:

    I beat the genesis version back in the day……arent those driving levels on par with the n64s cruisin’ usa?or am i wearin’ my sunny memory goggles?

    • mylifewithsega says:

      I haven’t played Cruisin’ USA in so long, I can’t say. Kudos to you for beating the Genesis version. I lack patience. LOL!

  7. Team Andromeda says:

    I don’t see why you can’t class Batman as an racer, people do it for Sonic all star racing and wipeout even though you shoot stuff . Batman Returns is still a timed check point racer at its heart and to me one of the best ever made and tbh I just found Terminator on the Mega CD a massive yet down . Just being better than the Cart version isn’t saying much

    • mylifewithsega says:

      I can’t because it doesn’t really meet the criteria for me. Yeah, you can blast your opponents in Sonic All-Stars Racing and Wipeout (love Wipeout, by the way), but that’s not why I wouldn’t classify Batman Returns as a racer. With Batman Returns, you have to destroy a set amount of enemies within a certain amount of time in order to progress to the next stage. If you fail, the game is over. Action is what pushes the game forward; not whether or not you complete so many laps in 1st or 2nd place. With All-Stars and Wipeout, shooting your fellow racers is optional. You can win the race without firing a shot, because racing is the primary focus. Action is the primary focus in Batman Returns. You can’t win a stage or the level itself without blowing the fuck outta’ everything. That’s me though.

      As for The Terminator on SEGA CD, that’s enough for me. It’s side-scrolling action with fairly large environments that are full detail and movement, the action’s fun and well animated, music is awesome….that’s all I really wanted. Admittedly, the boss battles are very easy and I would’ve liked a driving stage or two where Reese has to throw pipe-bombs at the T-100, but those are my only complaints. I wanted a good action side-scroller; nothing more. That’s what I got. Yes, they could’ve done more, but I enjoy what I have very much. As long as I’m enjoying myself I’m happy. Hehe.

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