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Batman Forever (Mega Drive)

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Batman Forever
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
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Developer:
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action































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




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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.

Gameplay

Levels

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Second Bank of Gotham City
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The Circus
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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-gameMore...[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 backdropsMore...[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 formMore...[6]. 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, with second-hand copies reportedly selling as high as £10,000 online. 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
81 More...[7]
77
53 №359, p32
92 №33, p41
90 More...[8]
70 More...[9]
83 №22, p86/87
91 №71, p50/51
80 №51, p52/53
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
9 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Batman Forever MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, UK (Woolworths)

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Batmanforever md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (bundle)

Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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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


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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)