Enter the battle between good and evil, between light and dark. While the winner is never completely clear, it’s an adrenaline rush finding out. Batman: Arkham Knight gives us exactly what we have been asking for.
Throughout the series there has been one feature most fans of the series have been dying for – to drive the Batmobile. Well ladies and gentlemen, we don’t just get to drive it, we get to tear up the streets and cause mass destruction with it.
The Batmobile plays a vey important role in the game and is needed to complete most of the big challenges. One thing I loved about the addition of the Batmobile is the ability to winch your self around and drive remotely. You basically either drive the Batmobile normally or drive it like an RC car. Outfitted with a rail gun and cannon, you get to take on tanks one-on-one and see who’s got the faster and more accurate trigger.
As far as story line goes, without giving too much away, all I can say is “Oh MY GOD”. Straight from the start you’re hit with a revelation, and x definitely marks the spot (that’s what she said). The writers did a good job of mixing in the old and new into the story while keeping it relevant. This is not a game of recycled old garbage content.
Having played it on the PS4, they have really upped their games as far as graphics goes. I really have to hand it to them for their use of shadow and black. Most games that have a dark color pallete tend to lose detail. However, in the shadows and darkness, the Dark Knight comes to life.
Gameplay is relatively seamless. With the addition of the silent multi-takedown, the fights sequences require more tactics then ever. One thing that sets this series apart from the rest of the genre has been its stealth element, and how true it stays to Batmans tactics in the comics and shows. It honestly feels that they have it down to a science now how they will create the mechanics for the next Batman game through the implementations from the previous games.
The one thing I do need to warn you though is that some of the challenge missions are extremely difficult – especially the linked combo challenge. What makes it so challenging is that the A.I. doesn’t always register every hit you make and if you miss a punch the combo ends.
The combo linking system is too sensitive for my taste and I many might feel the same. However, many of the other challenges are very attainable, but will be a real time grinder, something I hate when it comes to games.
You definitely need to wear your big boy pants to play this game. The casual gamer will love just tearing the hell out of everything he sees with the Batmobile, while the hardcore gamer will not only love the storyline, but also the game mechanics.
If you haven’t played the Arkham series, or if you’ve never liked the Caped Crusader, Batman: Arkham Knight might just make a fan out of you.