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Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu is a 2003 beat 'em up video game released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and GameCube consoles. It was developed and published by Ubi Soft in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. It is based on the television series The New Batman Adventures and is a sequel to the game Batman: Vengeance.

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
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Developer(s)Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher(s)Ubisoft[a]
Producer(s)Benoit Galarneau
Designer(s)Mario Maltezos
Artist(s)Daniel Marcoux
Composer(s)Mathieu Vanasse
Platform(s)Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, GameCube
ReleaseXbox[1] & PlayStation 2[2]
  • NA: October 16, 2003
  • EU: November 14, 2003 (Xbox)
  • EU: November 21, 2003 (PS2)
Game Boy Advance[3]
  • NA: October 27, 2003
GameCube[4]
  • NA: November 11, 2003
  • EU: December 5, 2003
Genre(s)Action, beat 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player, cooperative gameplay

Contents

GameplayEdit

As Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, the player has to fight groups of enemies. The story mode, which forms the bulk of the game, can be played either alone or co-operatively, and rewards players for completing levels not only by continuing the story, but also with an upgrades system. This allows players to purchase new moves for their character and other game bonuses.[5] There is also a challenge mode in which players (either cooperatively or competitively) take on groups of thugs without a storyline.

The game is played under a time limit, and features co-operative play. It has four difficulty levels: 'Easy', 'Medium', 'Hard', and 'Dark Knight', with 'Dark Knight' as an unlockable bonus.

Voice CastEdit

PlotEdit

On the anniversary of the murders of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, Batman takes a visit to Crime Alley to pay his respects to them, when he spots several civilians being kidnapped. After saving them and defeating the kidnappers, Batman learns that massive prison breakouts have occurred at both Arkham Asylum and Stonegate Prison. Commissioner Gordon contacts Batman to meet him at the courthouse, but is overwhelmed by the Scarecrow's fear gas. Rushing over to the courthouse, Batman finds Gordon affected by the toxin and confronts Scarecrow, who taunts the Dark Knight, claiming that he will soon give in to fear, but Batman manages to overcome the fear gas and defeats Scarecrow. Gordon recovers from the effects of the fear toxin and agrees to keep watch on Scarecrow, while Batman leaves to find more escaped supervillains.

Gordon notifies Batman of Clayface having taken over the Gotham Chemical Factory. After defusing several bombs that were planted across the rooftops of Gotham City, Batman confronts Clayface, who reveals his plan to turn everyone in the city into beings like himself, and then escapes. Batman follows him to the Chemical Factory, where Gordon informs him of a weapon of mass destruction that will soon arrive at the city docks. Batman then encounters Clayface again and battles him, but the villain merges with several other infected people to transform in a larger version of himself. Nevertheless, Batman weakens and defeats Clayface using electricity, leaving him unconscious in the process, and allowing the police to take him back to prison.

Shortly after, during a conversation with Gordon, Batman deduces that the person responsible for the prison breakouts is Sin Tzu, a renowned warlord from Asia that was captured and sent to Arkham Asylum for further study. Sin Tzu intercepts the transmission and declares that Gotham will become a new stronghold for his empire once Batman is defeated. Gordon then tells Batman to head to the harbor to disarm the doomsday weapon that has just arrived. At the harbor, Batman hijacks the cargo ship carrying the weapon and takes it to the Batcave, just as Sin Tzu predicted. Batman finds the doomsday weapon but is ambushed by Sin Tzu's men. After defeating them and preventing them from breaking into Wayne Manor, Batman attempts to disarm the weapon but is suddenly attacked by Bane, another escaped supervillain. Nevertheless, Batman defeats Bane and then successfully disarms the weapon.

Batman later discovers that Sin Tzu is hiding in Arkham Asylum and has Gordon and the GCPD surround the institution so that Sin Tzu would not escape. With all entries into Arkham locked, Batman decides to enters through the sewer system, during which Gordon reveals that Sin Tzu has mentally controlled Scarecrow, Clayface, and Bane all along, so he should be careful not to fall under his mind control as well. Entering Arkham, Batman sees that many of his other imprisoned villains, namely the Joker, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy (all of them appear as antagonists in the previous game), have been placed in suspended animation, before going into the lower levels of Arkham, where he finally confronts Sin Tzu in a chamber. The two engage in a lengthy battle and Batman emerges victorious, defeating Sin Tzu once and for all.

As dawn approaches, Gordon explains to Batman that he could not tell him about the imprisonment of Sin Tzu at Arkham for national security reasons, and he understands his decision. The Dark Knight then reminisces on the vows that have to be honored to the living and the dead (reminding himself of his parents' murder having a profound effect on his life), and the game ends with Batman looking over Gotham City.

PublicityEdit

One of the main draws to the game was that it introduced a new character into the Batman universe, as Batman: The Animated Series did with Harley Quinn. This new character, Sin Tzu, was created by comic artist Jim Lee.[6] However, Sin Tzu did not gain popularity as a character and was not seen in any other media, with the exception of the game's novelization, for almost fifteen years before finally appearing in Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Killer Croc #3 (October 2016). The game shipped in regular versions with just the game, and boxed special editions that came with action figures for the Xbox and PS2 versions, and a lithograph with the GameCube version. Despite the special editions, Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu did not earn Greatest Hits, Player's Choice or Platinum Hits on the PlayStation 2, GameCube or Xbox respectively.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings61.68% (GC)[7]
61.62% (Xbox)[8]
59.44% (PS2)[9]
58.80% (GBA)[10]
Metacritic67/100 (Xbox)[11]
63/100 (GC)[12]
63/100 (PS2)[13]
63/100 (GBA)[14]
Review scores
PublicationScore
1UP.com7/10[15]
EGM5.5/10[16]
Game Informer7/10 (GBA)[17]
5/10[18][19][20]
GamePro     [21]
GameSpot7.5/10[22][23]
GameSpy     [24][25][26]
GameZone7.2/10 (PS2)[27]
7/10 (GC)[28]
6.9/10 (GBA)[29]
6.5/10 (Xbox)[30]
IGN6.5/10[31]
5.5/10 (GBA)[32]
Nintendo Power3.4/5[33][34]
OPM (US)     [35]
OXM (US)6.1/10[36]

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu received generally positive to mixed reviews from critics. It was given a score of 59.44% for the PS2 version, 61.62% for the Xbox version, 58.80% for the Game Boy Advance version, and 61.68% for the GameCube version on GameRankings.[7][8][9][10] On Metacritic, it has a score of 67 out of 100 for the Xbox version,[11] and 63 out of 100 for the other console versions.[12][13][14]

Game Informer gave the game a score of 5 out of 10 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube, while the same magazine gave the Game Boy Advance port a better score of 7 out of 10.

Other mediaEdit

A novel based on the game with the same name was released around the same time of the games release date. The novel, written by Devin Grayson and Flint Dille (who wrote the game's script) was told in the first person, with Clayface, the Scarecrow, a Stonegate inmate named Freddie Galan, Bane, a Hispanic thug named Ramon Domingo, Sin Tzu, Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Alfred each providing the narrative at different points.

Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu was a year-long webcomic released bi-weekly on the DC Comics website, serving as a sequel to events depicted in Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu.

ReferencesEdit

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  1. ^ Released under the Ubi Soft brand

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