This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 25 October 2015.
One of the marketing lines for Batman Arkham Knight pretty much sums up the entire game: “Be The Batman”. If you’re a fan of the Dark Knight, then the latest addition to the Batman Arkham series of games will make you very, very happy. Or as happy as a surly Batman can be.
Everything you could hope for in a Batman game is present: gadgets, the Batmobile (both upgradeable), super villains, a huge expanse of city to explore (and glide over), a mature storyline and the freeflow fighting mechanic which extends the feeling of being the ultimate predator (of villains of course) to the ‘nth’ degree.
The Batmobile is the game’s biggest addition, and a necessary one to battle the militia forces deployed on the streets of Gotham who are out doing the work for the Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight – a new unknown foe to Batman. The Batmobile is similar to the ‘tank’ of the Dark Knight movies and comes equipped with weapons capable of taking down multiple enemy tanks in combat, while remaining responsive and almost graceful in movement (much like anything Batman does).
For many though, Batman is all about the shadows and as always, the element of using high vantage points, underground tunnels and other hidden spots to take out enemies quietly (and to strike fear into those discovering their unconscious partners) is present, but in a situation where there is no choice but to fight in public, Batman is more than adept to handle himself. The freeflow combat is fluent (as always) and combining gadgets like the Batarang and Batclaw with various offensive moves and counterattacks can see Batman handle a crowd of enemies with aplomb. Another new feature to the game is the addition of teammates like Robin or Nightwing in combat, which allows for ‘dual takedowns’, which prove particularly useful with the larger and stronger enemies in a group.
But Batman is generally a solo vigilante and relies on his partners feeding him information throughout another long night in Gotham, which sees his main mission to stop Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight from destroying the city, along with smaller side missions that keep the mission variety refreshingly varied.
Batman Arkham Knight is a fantastic game to play and immerse yourself in. It is one of the best looking games on console currently and features plenty of action and detection to please almost all but the most pedantic of Batman fans.
Available for: Xbox One and PlayStation 4
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