Batman games have always been popular. They might not have been as popular as the Arkham series, but they were still popular nonetheless. One such game was Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu. No one can forget the days when playing games of Nintendo, PS2, Gameboy and even Xbox in multiplayer mode meant calling your friends over to play at the same gaming console. The is nothing wrong with using the online mod, they have contributed a lot to the advancement of gaming. But that past time when you would play games on the same console using multiple controllers is still considered the golden age of console gaming by some. That era saw the debut of some of the best games ever.
In this article, we will discuss one such game based on Batman in complete detail. The game is titled Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu and is a direct sequel to Batman: Vengeance. It is also the final game to be based on DC Animated Universe. It was released across multiple gaming platforms such as PS2, Xbox, Nintendo, and Gameboy.
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu is a beat them up style game where the player can control the four playable characters. These characters include Batman, Batgirl, Robin, and Nightwing. The story mode of the game can only be played solo. But the game also features a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode as well. In this mode, all the playable characters can be selected by different players simultaneously.
The players can unlock upgrades for their character, such as new fighting moves, by completing story levels. In addition, various upgrades are available as the players advance through the game. The game also features a challenge mode in which players fight groups of thugs without a storyline. This mode can be played by both solo or multiple players as well.
There are four difficulty levels that the players can choose to play Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu. These modes initially include the usual “Easy, Medium and Hard,” and a fourth difficulty level called the “Dark Knight” is unlocked as a bonus while playing the game.
Batman: Rise of Siz Tzu starts when Batman is visiting “Crime Alley” on the anniversary of his parents. And notices that a lot of civilians are being kidnapped. He rescues the civilians and discovers that a lot of villains have escaped Arkham Asylum and Stonegate Prison after a breakout. He goes to the courthouse to meet Gordon, only to find him poised by Scarecrow’s fear toxin. Batman defeats Scarecrow and is told by Gordon that Scarecrow is not the only one who had escaped that night.
Batman then set out to find and neutralize the rest of the villains. He is notified about Clayface taking over Gotham Chemical Factory by Gordon. And in this level, Batman goes to the factory and defeats Clayface after a tiring fight in which Clayface even grows by absorbing people like him. After the fight Batman deduces that it was Sin Tzu, an Asian Crime Lord that GCPD arrested and incarcerated at Arkham, that planned the breakouts.
After this, Batman is again informed by Gordon about a Weapon of Mass Destruction that he intercepts at the Cargo Docks and takes to the Batcave. Sin Tzu premeditated this and sent attackers to the Batcave. Batman defeats them but they are successful in arming the weapon of Mass Destruction. And when he tries to disarm the weapon, Bane attacks him.
After defeating Bane and disarming the weapon, Batman finds out that Sin Tzu is hiding at Arkham. Batman heads to the Asylum and defeats swathes of Sin Tzu’s goons and ultimately confronting and defeating the villain.
After Sin Tzu’s defeat, Gordon apologizes to Batman for not telling him about Sin Tzu because of National Security concerns. Batman understands and leaves with the camera moving on Batman as he watches over Gotham and reminisces on why he chose to become the Dark Knight.
Although the game received mediocre responses from critics it was still liked by the fans. But it failed to achieve any special status as well. Sun Tzu was specially created for the game and was supposed to be introduced as a regular villain to Batman. But due to the lackluster performance of the game, Sin Tzu never gained any massive popularity and therefore never introduced in the mainstream Batman comics or any other adaptations.
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