ROCKSTEADY HAS CREATED ONE OF THE BEST COMIC-BOOK GAMES EVER!
The look of the game is spectacular!! For the first time on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, Arkham Knight is enormous in scope, visually stunning, and full of incredible detail. The enjoyment of being back in Gotham was well worth the wait and delay.
This time out Batman has to protect Gotham from Scarecrow and a newly created character, the Arkham Knight.
I will be reviewing the game with as little spoilers as I can, so as you read I will warn you of potential spoilers.
The third and final installment of Rocksteady Studios take on Batman has come to an end. Batman: Arkham Knight takes place right after the events of Arkham City and starts off with James Gordon’s monologue letting us know this will be the story of how the Batman died.
As the game starts, one of the craziest things you could do to kick off a Batman game is in your control! You push the button to cremate the Joker (it’s the first thing you do so not much of a spoiler). The feel of this event is pretty crazy – to hear the hiss of gas and the flames engulfing Batman’s mortal enemy, it very much sets the tone for what’s to come.
With Scarecrow involved, I knew going in this would be a fear based game. The plot seems simple enough – stop Scarecrow from unleashing his fear inducing gas, which has already caused the evacuation of Gotham, leaving only criminals in the streets. However, I was not ready for psychological thrill ride storyline the game would produce – stay tuned for an upcoming Arkham Knight PBG’s podcast.
As well, for the first time in the series you can control the Batmobile and drive it around the streets of Gotham with no restrictions. You may find yourself just driving around exploring the sites due to the incredible detail they have put into this Gotham – billboards, posters, stores. The use of neon lights just makes you feel like a tourist in the city.
The controls to the game are the same as the other two titles, but the selection of your weapons and side missions have been put into a pinwheel style that allows you to go and select what weapon you need or mission to do, I enjoyed the Arkham City style of selection of weapons where it felt faster than this style.
The takedown maneuver has been increased and ground attacks and Batmobile assisted takedowns have been added. Another new feature is the tag team combo takedown when you fight along side Nightwing and Robin.
Some of the added game features are a seasons pass in which new content is downloaded to your game with purchase. Some of those downloads include a Batgirl playable side mission and new character skins.
As always, there is different downloadable content. The EB Games exclusive gets you the Red Hood missions, the collector’s edition (Batman statue version) comes with The New DC 52 skins, and with the PlayStation version, you will receive a Scarecrow side mission and 1960’s Batman Adam West skins and paint scheme for the Batmobile. All versions of the game come with Harley Quinn missions.
Overall, I would consider this game of the year, the game is that good!!!! If you are a Batman fan, this is a must play game. You will not be disappointed.
REVIEW: BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
THE LOOK, THE SOUNDS, AND THE STORY
THE CONTROLS ARE A LITTLE SLOWER