Batman Forever (Mega Drive)

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For other games with the same name, see Batman Forever.

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Batman Forever
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment (US, EU, AU)

Acclaim Japan (JP) Tec Toy (BR)

Developer:
Licensor: DC Comics
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Fighting Action/Taisen Action (対戦アクション)[1], Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,8008,800 T-81223
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Mega Drive
US
$74.9574.95[4] T-81336
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81336-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MD81336
Sega Mega Drive
UK
(Woolworths)
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FBAT23SMC
OFLC: G8
Sega Mega Drive
AU
(PAL)
FBAT23SMC
OFLC: M15
Sega Mega Drive
AU
(Limited Edition)
OFLC: M15
Sega Mega Drive
BR
047150
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

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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.

Gameplay

Levels

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Arkham Asylum

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Second Bank of Gotham City

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The Circus

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Two-Face's Hideout: Warehouse

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Ritz Gotham

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Abandoned Subway Station

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Wayne Manor/Destroyed Batcave

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Claw Island

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[6].

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[7].

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[8]. No members of the film's main cast reprise their roles for the video game, though their likenesses are used in promotional material.

Release

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.

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

Main article: Batman Forever (Mega Drive)/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 [9]
Sega Mega Drive
92
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[10]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[11]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
81
[5]
Digitiser (UK)
77
[12]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[13]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
53
[14]
Freak (IL)
90
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
50
[4]
GamePro (UK)
75
[16]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
83
[17]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
84
[18]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
80
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
90
[20]
Player One (FR)
70
[21]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
83
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
91
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[24]
Svet Kompjutera (YU)
86
[25]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
80
[26]
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
19 reviews

Batman Forever (Mega Drive)

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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BatmanForever MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Batmanforever md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
BatmanForever MD US Box.jpg
Cover
BatmanForever MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Batman Forever MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
BatmanForever MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
BatmanForever MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Batman Forever MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
BatmanForever MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Batman Forever MD UK Competition Card.jpg
Competition Card
Mega Drive, UK (Woolworths)
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Cover
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Cart
Batman Forever MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Batman Forever MD UK Woolworths Bundle Contents.JPG
Contents
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VHS tape
Batman Forever MD UK Woolworths Organiser.PDF
Organiser
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Competition Card
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, PT (alt)
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Cover
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (PAL)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (NTSC)
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Cover
BatmanForever MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Batman Forever MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU (Limited Edition)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

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:BatmanForever MD JP cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. File:BatmanForever MD-GG US PrintAdvert.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 92
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-14), page 80
  6. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 19
  7. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 18
  8. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-27), page 35
  9. GamesMaster, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-03), page 41
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 27
  11. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 26
  12. Digitiser (UK) (1995-09-13)
  13. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 292
  14. Famitsu, "1995-11-03" (JP; 1995-10-20), page 32
  15. Freak, "10/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  16. GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 38
  17. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 78
  18. Mega Force, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 48
  19. Mega Fun, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-20), page 61
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-25), page 70
  21. Player One, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 129
  22. Sega Magazine, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-12), page 86
  23. Sega Power, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-17), page 50
  24. Sega Pro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-05), page 52
  25. Svet Kompjutera, "April 1996" (YU; 1996-xx-xx), page 79
  26. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 20


Batman Forever (Mega Drive)

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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)