Batman Forever (Mega Drive)
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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment (US, EU, AU)|
|Developer: Probe Entertainment, Black Team|
|Licensor: DC Comics|
|Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad|
|Genre: Fighting Action/Taisen Action (対戦アクション), Action|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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Batman Forever (バットマン フォーエヴァー) is a Sega Mega Drive beat-'em-up game developed by Probe Entertainment and Black Team. Based on the titular June 1995 film Batman Forever, it was first released in the United States in September 1995, and was later brought to Europe, Japan, Australia, and Brazil in the following months. Batman Forever is most notable for being significantly inspired by the developer's previous home ports of the Mortal Kombat series, featuring digitized character sprites and a virtually identical control scheme.
|Second Bank of Gotham City|
|Two-Face's Hideout: Warehouse|
|Abandoned Subway Station|
|Wayne Manor/Destroyed Batcave|
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.
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.
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. No members of the film's main cast reprise their roles for the video game, though their likenesses are used in promotional material.
A limited edition release of Batman Forever was sold exclusively in branches of Woolworths in the United Kingdom. In addition to a boxed version of the game, the package includes a VHS cassette documenting how the game was made, a Batman Forever-themed notepad and stickers. The package is thought to have sold poorly, and has subsequently become a rare collectors' item. Both Mega Drive and Super NES versions were available.
- Main article: Batman Forever (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Batman Forever (Mega Drive)/Promotional material.
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- File:BatmanForever MD JP cover.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
- File:BatmanForever MD-GG US PrintAdvert.jpg
- GamePro, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 92
- Computer & Video Games, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-14), page 80
- Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 19
- Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 18
- Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 35
- GamesMaster, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-03), page 41
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 27
- Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 26
- Digitiser (UK) (1995-09-13)
- Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 292
- Famitsu, "1995-11-03" (JP; 1995-10-20), page 32
- Freak, "10/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
- GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 38
- Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 78
- Mega Force, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 48
- Mega Fun, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-20), page 61
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-25), page 70
- Player One, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 129
- Sega Magazine, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-12), page 86
- Sega Power, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-17), page 50
- Sega Pro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-05), page 52
- Svet Kompjutera, "April 1996" (YU; 1996-xx-xx), page 79
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 20
|Batman Forever (Mega Drive)|
|Batman games for Sega systems|
|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)|
|Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)|
|Batman Returns (1993)|
|Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)|
|Batman Forever (1995)|
|Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)|