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Batman Forever (Mega Drive)

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Batman Forever
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Peripherals supported: Six button pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 T-81223
Sega Mega Drive
US
$74.95[1] T-81336
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? T-81336-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81336-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81336-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81336-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ #80019/MD81336
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 047150



Batman Forever (バットマン フォーエヴァー) is a Batman game developed by Probe and published by Acclaim for the Sega Mega Drive. It is based on the 1995 movie of the same name. It should not be confused with the Game Gear version, which is entirely different, nor Batman Forever: The Arcade Game which is also based on this movie.

Unlike previous entries in the series, Batman Forever uses digitised 3D graphics, similar to Mortal Kombat.

History

Development

The video game adaption of Batman Forever was created simultaneously with the movie, likely as the film was going through its post-production phase. Acclaim's development team in the US were given access to the movie's 70 sets, and would both record footage and take notes of the design before sending it off to the UK-based Probe Entertainment to be implemented in-game[4].

Probe would then attempt to convert what assets they were given into backdrops, initially by scanning the footage into an SGI workstation and then by drawing rough guidelines, placing computer generated light sources and attempting to turn the results into 2D backdrops[5].

The characters in-game were motion captured using the film's stuntmen against green screen, which again would be sent to Probe in video form[6]. No members of the film's main cast reprise their roles for the video game, though their likenesses are used in promotional material.

Magazine articles

Main article: Batman Forever (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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VideoGames (US) #78: "July 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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VideoGames (US) #80: "September 1995" (1995-08-22)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #15: "September 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[7]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
VideoGames (US) #81: "October 1995" (1995-09-19)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[8]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Top Consoles (FR) #5: "Septembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
</div>
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GamePro (DE) "November 1995" (1995-10-04)
</div>

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №167, p80/81[3]
77
92 №33, p41
90 №36, p70-73[9]
70 №57, p129
83 №22, p86/87
91 №71, p50/51
80 №51, p52/53
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Batman Forever MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
BatmanForever MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
BatmanForever MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
BatmanForever MD JP cover.jpg
Cover
BatmanForever MD JP CartTop.jpg
BatmanForever MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Batmanforever md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
BatmanForever MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU (bundle)

Mega Drive, BR
BatmanForever MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
BatmanForever MD BR cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8b723d01
MD5 b04c06df1009c60182df902a4ec7c959
SHA-1 6e6776b2c9d0f74e8497287b946ead7f630a35ce
3MB 1995-07 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)

References

  1. File:GamePro US 077.pdf, page 92
  2. File:BatmanForever MD-GG US PrintAdvert.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 167.pdf, page 80
  4. File:MeanMachinesSega35UK.pdf, page 19
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega35UK.pdf, page 18
  6. File:MeanMachinesSega35UK.pdf, page 35
  7. File:EGM2 US 15.pdf, page 132
  8. File:EGM US 075.pdf, page 67
  9. File:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf, page 70


Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Pinball
Batman Forever (1995)
Arcade
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)