Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu E3 2003 Preshow Report

Ubi Soft's next console game starring the caped crusader will be on hand at E3 2003.

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Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu will be Ubi Soft's next game based on the Batman comic book and cartoon license. The game, which will be a 3D brawler in the vein of Final Fight and Streets of Rage, will be on display at this year's E3.

Unlike most of the recent Batman games released for modern consoles, Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu won't be an objective-based action adventure game. Instead, the game will focus mainly on fighting waves of thugs in various areas of Gotham City, followed by climactic battles with powerful boss characters. Rise of Sin Tzu will let you play as one of four characters: Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the character formerly known as Robin), and the new Robin (a spunky child who relies more on speed than on brute strength). The game's fighting system will let you unleash a series of simple combination attacks using kicks, punches, and grapples, though you'll also have access to a few miscellaneous items, such as the batgrapple, which will let you swing from lampposts to launch attacks on your enemies.

If you defeat enough thugs, you'll be able to fill up a special attack meter that will let you perform an exceptionally powerful attack. Over the course of the game, you'll also be able to unlock various new attacks for each of your characters. According to Ubi Soft, the game's attack animations are completely distinctive for each character.

The game's story will revolve around a new villain named Sin Tzu, a creation of veteran comic artist Jim Lee (who will also be on hand at this year's E3). However, the game will also feature the video game debut of several popular villains from the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon, such as Clayface, the Scarecrow, and Bane. Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu will be released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance this fall.

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