AVGN: Batman Part 1

Mike Matei / July 22nd, 2008

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  • -RT

    April 19, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Heey, where’s the Sega Genesis Batman?

  • frstefan

    April 20, 2010 at 2:44 am

    the fighting end was just like the joker,s game good act mike!

  • lored96

    April 21, 2010 at 6:11 am

    mike was joker?

  • April 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    OH look at that, chainsaw to the dick!!!

    hahaha best comment ever

  • Galaga Master

    April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I’m with -RT, where the Genesis version of Batman. It had some decent level variations and was fairly faithful to Tim Burton’s film. It was certainly better than most of the games in this review.

    That said, avgn’s shock at the button scheme of Batman Forever is one of my favorite nerd moments.

  • Lodmot

    May 12, 2010 at 7:07 am

    He does do Revenge of the Joker for the Sega Genesis in the 2nd part of the review. If there’s another Sega Genesis Batman game, it probably isn’t shitty enough for the review. After all, part of the lyrics in the AVGN them song is “to play the shitty games that suck ass”. xD

  • Adde95

    June 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    My favorite batman game is easily Arkham Asylum
    Man, is that good

  • June 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    jump button is “UP”, because it’s a full clone of mortal combat and in mortal combat, as in all combats UP is always a jump. this game is pathetic. fucking piece of bat’s shit.

  • kamakazi geek

    July 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    i love the batman costume
    i’m batmaaaann!!!

  • MissxGraves

    July 15, 2010 at 3:41 am

    that game had such potential but no

  • July 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Batman forever sound like mortal kombat, and now we have Mortal kombat vs DC universe 🙂

  • moustachex

    August 2, 2010 at 1:43 am



  • Ferrobbra

    August 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm


    you again? son of a bitch. why hasnt somebody set you on fire yet.
    you and this game should take a bath together. and while your at it. throw a toaster in the water.

  • Eifho

    August 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm


    if u dont like james rolfe then why would u make an account on cinemassacre you stupid idiot and are u really that mad about a stupid game then u must be a real freaking low life nerd

  • Ramuzik

    August 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    but first I got to tell it i’m ‘Bat Man!”….I’M Bat Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan lol

  • gamerdude122

    August 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Ugh, you fuck nugget. You need that toaster in that bath with you as Ferrobbra said. While we’re at it, make it the Nintoaster. The game is shit, and you eat it up. We might say it is a mixed bag (though few would say that). But, as James said best, “It’s a trash bag that’s had a bad day. Like, your mom empties the cat litter box in it. Fresh doodie pebbles right into the bad. Then, your sister throws away her used tampons in the same bag. Then, your brother comes home, piss-ass drunk, and he upchucks, just pukes, right into the bag!” And that’s the bag you’d fit into.

  • MonkeyZBox720

    October 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I’m batmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!

  • phoenix252005

    October 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Im so glad I never played Batman Forever! The only Batman game that rocks is Batman: Arkam Asylum! That game kicks ass!!! Long live the Nerd!!!

  • supermuffin

    October 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

    you know what, there is at least1 batman game that you left out, Its batman for the gameboy. I will be looking at this game at my youtube channel TheNintendoMaserXD, in the near future. But still, AWESOME!!!!

  • phoenix252005

    October 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Mike is fuckin hillarious! Your lucky to have great friends James

  • phoenix252005

    October 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Im Batmaaaaann! lol

  • SpeedyEric

    October 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Batman is my all-time favorite superhero, and the film series are one of my all-time favorites, and it’s thanks to the Christopher Nolan films.

    I love your new location, James, especially since this 2-parter episode. It’s like the Nerd Cave.

    I’ve played some of the NES game, but I’ve only made it to the middle of the 2nd level. It I was gonna finish this game, I gotta be hard-core.

    I wonder if Joel Schumacher help design the Batman Forever game. Also, what’s with the stock enemies? Doesn’t this game have Riddler and Two-Face? At least you saved yourself the insanity that is “Batman & Robin” for the PlayStation.

    The good Batman games I’ve played from start to finish are Batman Begins, Justice League Heroes, and (shocker) Batman: Arkham Asylum.

  • mcnerven

    October 29, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Did anyone else play Shatterhand? Great game that reminded me a ton of the excellent original Batman on the NES, though both games are harder than porn star’s cock.

  • nomad175

    November 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Wait a minute: there are actually good Batman games besides Arkham Asylum? Just kidding. Of course the Batman Forever game is bad: it was made by Acclaim.

  • ssjup81

    December 1, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I haven’t seen this one in a while. I forgot about the abomination that was Batman Forever. Man, when my cousins and I rented that game, we thought it was going to be as awesome as Batman Returns (SNES) was…boy were we disappointed. I don’t even know how the game ended. lol

  • Kid Icarus

    December 12, 2010 at 2:48 am

    This is one of your best videos. Every time I watch this one it gets better. Funny funny ass shit.. The nerd at his best.

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  • ZeRandomGamer

    December 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    IM BATMAN!!! Hilarious!XD


    February 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    i playied batman forever and all i can say its that : THAT GAME CAN SUCK MY BALLS !!!! I WAS YOUNG BUT WTF I COULDNT PASS THE THIRD LVL OR WHATEVER IT WAS !!!

  • headcase

    March 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Gaming enthusiasts actually made a hack for Batman for the NES that made it easier. Considering that almost every hack is designed to make the game harder, this says something about how hard (and cheap) the game is.

    I love this episode for two reasons. First is the “Restart Game? Who the fuck is talking about restarting?” Second is the sheer angriness at the comically poor control scheme of Batman Forever.

  • cinemassacrefan1980

    April 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Wow the Batman Forever Analysis on Snes brings me Back to an old debate. what is better Snes or Sega Genesis. My Cousin Had Snes I Had Genesis. Back in tho’s times it was great to have one or the other and have a close friend / relative have the other so you could see what you might be missing out on either system as Batman Forever is a key example of what People who only had access to Snes where missing out on. On genesis it was the same game but the controls weren’t all fucked up it was a Fun Game. But I remember my cousin who rented it on Snes was going through the exact same shit as AVGN In this episode So basically in conclusion Don’t base your opionion of Batman Forever only the Snes. Check it out on Genesis Of course the 6 button controller or Nomad is mandatory. It is a Fun game i remember playing it allot in my past. But on Snes The button set up dose almost ruin the entire experience.

  • Damion1981

    May 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    ROFL everytime i watch this episode, when he gets all pissed about the buttons….

  • May 30, 2011 at 1:14 am

    One thing I noticed when watching through the videos from the beginning: you moved! Why wasn’t this acknowledged in the series? The nerd lair with wood paneling in the basement is 1,000,000 times more iconic than the dingy cramped apartment living room with the old radiator and the high plaster ceilings, although the apartment has its place in nostalgia to be sure. I also believe this is the FIRST video in the series to take place in the Nerd Lair. Great way to start, love Matei’s Joker!

  • UcpTeddy

    June 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Just as -headcase- Said, This is also one of my fav’s due to those two things.. When ya go all out RAGE! on the stupid controll settings.. “THERES FOUR BUTTONS RIGHT INFRONT OF THE CONTROLLER!!.. WHA.. !.. THATS NOT ENOUGH TO WORK WITH!??111! & “Who the fuck is talkin about restarting?!” 😀

  • July 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Batman Forever it sucked back then and it sucks forever! That had me in stitches.

  • Fubar19d

    August 4, 2011 at 3:57 am

    baahaha reminds me of the episode you go “who where’s a mask playing video games”

  • Fubar19d

    August 4, 2011 at 4:01 am

    – James Rolfe

  • astrobull

    August 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    one of the best AVGN video and……..I would love to see James as Batman+mike as joker in a real batman movie…lol

  • GenesisNerd

    August 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    As a child i remember renting Batman returns for the Sega Genesis… The controls were so bad and i was so lost at that first grappling hook part I litterally thought my game was defective and had my parents take me back to return it for another copy. When i realized the game was just bad i reluctantly went back to my other games because i could at least PLAY them. No select button on the sega controller… i wonder if it was just some weird button combo to use the hook…

  • GenesisNerd

    August 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Erm Forever**

  • XxTylerTragicxX

    September 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    before my dog chewed my SNES cord this year i bought Batman Forever …. i know what it means …its fucking HORRIFYINGLY BAD

  • DrForrester

    September 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Fuckin’ Batman Forever. Definitely wasted a weekend when I rented this one. Could never figure out how to get the grappling hook to go up since Block Buster didn’t have the manual

  • Kagura92

    September 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    You have a Commodore64! That’s great! *_*

  • ConnorJuxtapositionMitchell

    September 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I have batman forever on the sega genesis and the controls are even worse if thats possible to believe

  • Erwinator

    September 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    @JamesAVGN Have you played Arkham Asylum? And are you going to buy Arkham City? 😀

  • KeithEllwood

    September 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    You missed Batman Returns on the Sega Genesis. Its’s different then the super nintendo one (unless it’s in the next video)., and THE GAME IS A PIECE OF FUCKING SHIT!! FUCK BATMAN FOREVER TOO!! I WOULD RATHER EAT OUT PENGUINS ASSHOLE THEN PLAY THAT PIECE OF SHIT AGAIN

  • Steven Jielburg

    September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I had Batman Forever for PC. You think it’s hard playing with 12 buttons? Try a fucking keyboard. I never made it past the grappling part and I had it for years.

  • Riddler

    October 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Riddle me this, AVGN fans!

    What normally has a pot of gold at its end, but you’ll only find shit at the end of this one?

  • JamarJones

    October 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I cant believe I made it to Two Face as a kid on Sega :/

  • Starcraft39

    November 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Omg, I just tried watching ONE TGWTG video and he’s so whiny i’d rather watch the same AVGN videos over and over! He repeats himself and thinks his jokes are funny. I don’t like his face, either.

    James Rolfe > all.

  • Hellder7

    November 21, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Dang, I never saw James so mad on any review. This deserve the “Mad Medal” achievement. (Though everything he says is true, and damnly funny on how he does it.)

  • TheXman300

    November 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Mike Matei delivers one of the best portrayals of The Joker I’ve seen.

  • speedman222

    December 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Please someone deliver an oscar to Mike Matei

  • davidsworld3

    December 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Mike’s hilarious in this one as the joker lol

    Wish we could get more awesome vids like this but seems like James has toned it down quite a bit for his movie right? Meh I rather just see lots more of these.

  • mightylink

    December 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Oh man, I used to have batman forever on the sega genesis, if you think this was bad, try doing those controls with only 3 buttons and no triggers.

    • ookami57

      January 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      @mightylink dude i know exactly what you mean

  • Tekkenfan

    December 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    James do a batman arkham asylum review for the fans man or will keep telling you and try the sequel arkham city come on everyone let’s keep telling him to do a batman arkham asylum and city review PS James you don’t need the angry nerd for this man.

    • mst3kevin

      December 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

      @Tekkenfan I thought your “.” key was broken until the end of that post.

  • Deleted

    December 22, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I love moments when Mike goes Ape Shit….

  • vanroythierry

    January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Heh, I didn’t really thing Batman Forever was bat… ehrm, bad, just frustrating. The worst part, and I still remember this, is the special moves. You don’t talk about them, but they were awesome because of the arsenal of gadgets you could use. However, the button combinations in the manual weren’t right. I checked my box, there I still have a piece of paper with the button combinations that did work. I had to find out through trial and error! And those combinations are so elaborate, I didn’t use them a whole lot. Anyway, I still think the game is pretty fun once you get used to it, even though I never got past the brutal circus stage.

  • cpend7

    January 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Im Batmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!

  • beavobeave

    January 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I think this is hands down my favorite episode. James’ rage at the controls of Batman Forever seems more genuine than any other episode, making that much funnier.

  • Piet

    January 28, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I totally know what James angers with Batman forever When I was younger I had the same exact problems within the first five mins…If I only would have known, I could have told the shop I rented from that I´m Batman….too bad the shop isnt around anymore…

    Anyway…the best Batman game ever made is the one based off TAS. Love it till today

  • Starcraft39

    February 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Ledger? Nicholson? No… Matei is the greatest Joker.

  • kingofthecloset

    February 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “I am the bat” — Hank Venture

  • Macmeister

    February 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’d hate to be batman. He must be going through alot of stress. You know with his parents getting killed and…….HAVING ALL THESE SHITTY GAMES!

  • agrevle

    February 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    AVGN is the best makes shitty games look fun ! thanks nerd and good luck with your movie we all are waiting for and will support it 100% when it comes out !

  • MikeStavola

    March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I have returns for both the genesis and the SNES. it’s honestly WORSE for the genesis. even with the manuals, it’s impossible to play. one fo the honestly worst games I own.

  • muckspreadmadness

    March 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    that bat face is priceless when he is on the commodore 64  LOL  (2:06 & 2:30)   

  • 1CLVico

    March 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Mike deserves an award for his Joker part !!! Just love it !!!

  • djugel

    March 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Batman Forever for SNES is basically what I think of the new Ninja Gaiden games…   pointless beat em up…    

  • djugel

    March 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    btw – by 1995 SNES games got so bad I didn’t even mind playing my CD-I

  • SoTH

    April 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    BMF’s controls should go a bit more like this.

    B: Jump

    Y: Punch

    Y: Grappling hook

    A: Kick

    L: Item

    R: Weapon

    Select: select item or weapon on the fly

    Start: Menu

    The combat would be better had it been combo based. That way its actually quicker and fun to have enemies that have large amounts of health.

    Then again, they could have ported the Saturn arcade game to the SNES/GENS instead. At least they could make it like Returns, but with digitized graphics. It may not have all the graphical features side for the SNES being able to zoom and rotate objects and BGs, but it would be better than the current 16bit version.

  • SoTH

    April 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Oops, meant X: Grappling hook, not Y.

  • Senna4ever

    April 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Oooooooooooooooooooooooh, chainsaw to the dick.

  • Batmat01

    April 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I notice he doesn’t have Batman 1989 on the Sega Genesis.

  • JJLehto

    May 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Batman Forever!

    OMG as a kid this game gave me nightmares.
    I could not get past the part with the grappling hook.
    Got there, would try for 20 minutes shooting the hook around, nothing.

    In fact, I never knew how to get past it until seeing this video.

    TY for showing I was not alone in this wretched suffering

  • aducherti

    June 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    One of the best nerd episodes ever. He sounds so properly angry!

  • thatonenight

    November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Batman on NES was so awesome when I played it as a kid. Hard as fuck, but so cool.

  • Iron65

    November 10, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Well one of the angriest avgn episodes 😮 more than ljn’s!!!!

  • Poolucyfer

    November 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm


    YOOO neard, get some real BATMAN HERE XDDD

  • Alan_vento

    December 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    That was really great.I loved those reviews so much, they are funny as hell, my buddy just showed it up to me and that is trully fantastic, keep up the great work.Greetings for brazil!Alan.

  • SnesNerd1102

    February 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    This is still my favorite Nerd episode

  • Slyjay

    June 13, 2013 at 3:05 am

    looking forward to part 2! Thanks for the medal James. I did beat joker on the nes version of batman. He was a bitch!!!!!!!!

  • Brennan Martinez

    August 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    The one thing the nerd forgot to mention or at least show us when playing Batman Forever is the final boss battle, where you fight the Riddler whose the size of Bane. Does anybody remember that from the movie? I sure as hell don’t -_-

  • James Rolfe

    October 4, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Mass produce good games to the point of overproduction and nobody bats an eye. Make ONE shitty game and everyone loses their minds!

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      November 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    November 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    The C64 Batman is awesome, as is its music.

  • Air Wolf

    December 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

    “Same bat time same bat channel” was from the tv show batman

  • June 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

    This is The First Assembly of The Holy Kirk, and the mission of my new nerdy religion is to seek comfort, wisdom, and maybe something about ourselves and our future by spreading the enlightening words of the 79 stories charting the adventures of the star ship Enterprise. All who wish to join my online discussions say “Live Long And Prosper” as a comment. This may be what Trekkies might need to be complete, and be enlightened on the deeper meanings that each episode contains.
    — Caleb Culbert

  • Aaron1375

    June 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I played that Batman Forever and it is complete ass. It says a lot when you can get a brand new copy for like 8 bucks.

  • supermark64

    September 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Mike is actually really good as The Joker!

  • November 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I really don’t care what anyone says, the Batmobile from I & II were the best; creepy, stealthy and just “Gotham” as all hell! Other ‘mobile renditions are just too flashy for my taste…

  • Frank

    October 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    “I’m Bat Maaaaaaaaaan”.

    Hilarious! I cannot stop laughing at that.

  • gwood1234

    November 1, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I’m Batman!

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