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Batman: Dark Tomorrow

Preview By:  Siou Choy

Developer:   Kemco
Publisher:   Kemco
Genre:   Action/Adventure
Est. Release:   March 2002
Posted:   9-04-01

From the 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. Ahem.

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.

Although the 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.

Little 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.

Throughout the 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.

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