By: Siou Choy
earliest days of home console gaming to today, one dictum has
remained constant. The marketability of every kid's fantasy: to
actually "become" their favorite comic book character has
been a dependably consistent staple of nearly every system produced
since the halcyon days of Superman on the Atari 2600. And as
we enter the post-modern age of videogaming, with the advent of 128
bit systems as a standard, this trend shows no signs of abatement.
In point of fact, superhero games seem to be appearing on every
system of late, with the Gamecube being no exception. Batman:
Dark Tomorrow will be one of the first releases for the Gamecube
in 2002. Kemco will be the first company that brings the Dark Knight
to Nintendo's next-generation console.
In Batman: Dark
Tomorrow, your mission is to find Police Commissioner James Gordon,
who has suddenly disappeared. During his absence, crime has risen
and it's up to Batman to set things right. Throughout the course of
the game, you'll have to face the Joker (no word yet as to whether
he'll come with the irrepressible Harley Quinn in tow), Poison Ivy,
Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, and the ever popular "Black Mask"
and "the Ratcatcher". Gee, I bet those two will be cool.
In a unique
twist, DC Comics will actually be responsible for scripting the
storyline to Batman's latest adventure. Instead of the usual
licensing tactic, with unfamiliar game developers bashing out some
tangentially related tie-in nonsense, the people who know Batman
best will be at the reins, providing us with a story that should
have the dark and gritty feel commonly associated with Batman.
game can best be described as action/adventure, since we're dealing
with the World's Greatest Detective, you can expect puzzles aplenty
in the game. Of course, you'll be fully equipped with the famous
Utility Belt and several other hi-tech gadgets (such as a crime
scene kit and computer) to aid you in your quest. Hopefully, we'll
get the chance to cruise around in the Batmobile (Kemco did bring us
Top Gear after all) and the Batplane as well.
information has been released concerning Batman: Dark Tomorrow at
this point, but if the trailer shown at E3 is any indication, the
game should look great. The trailer shows Batman coming to the aid
of the Gotham City Police, already in pursuit of a stolen armored
truck. As the thieves concentrate their fire on the boys in blue,
Batman stops the truck by ramming into it head-on with the Batmobile.
In a later sequence, helicopters and what we can assume is the
Batplane soar past as Batman gets in a little hand to hand combat
with a few faceless thugs. The trailer looks as if it were pulled
from Tim Burton's Batman. One can only hope the rest of the
game will look as good as this.
course of Batman: Dark Tomorrow, you will traverse the
furthest reaches of Gotham City: from its sewers and back alleys to
the Batcave and Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, the game will be one
player, so there won't be any opportunities to play as the
"Dynamic Duo" with a friend. Hopefully, B:DT should
also feature a few guest appearances by Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl,
and Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred; but at this point, it's
just idle speculation.