The much awaited fourth installment of storied Batman gaming franchise is here – Batman: Arkham Knight. We saw a lot of marketing stuff going on before the release of this and a success on day one release but despite all of these, the title is still shrouded with leaderboards errors, online bugs and dismal PC version that causes Warner Bros. Games to suspend the PC sales. Warner Bros. already sent an apology to PC gamers through their forum for not able to deliver the expectations on PC version of the game and the delay of latest DLC – Batgirl: A Matter of Family.
Batman: Arkham Knight may not enjoy its stay in PC but the console release is somewhat a great success so lets take a look on what we think about this game. Our “love-hate” thoughts on this game.
I really have nothing to say when it comes to graphics here. Using Unreal Engine version 12791, you expect this game to have a good graphics. The attention to details is just a work of art wherein you can clearly see the every tiny little detail of Batmobile, buildings of Gotham City and even the on the faces of every single character of the game.
Batman: Arkham Knight runs on 1080p and 60fps but they are reports of users experiencing some frame rate drop but I am not quite sure if it’s true but luckily for me, having played it on my PS4 for at least 50 hours, I haven’t experienced any single frame rate drop or problems when it comes to graphics as it works perfectly fine with me.
When you say Batman, expect a dark storyline attached into it and Batman: Arkham Knight is not exemption to the rule. Imagine playing a Christopher Nolan movie but much heavier. Heavier in a sense that you can really feel the angst, despair and tragic moments of the game, kudos to the well-written script and good voice acting performance. Speaking of voice acting, Mark Hamill did a wonderful job giving a life to Joker character. Yes, Joker will still play a major role in the game although the cut scene shows that he is already dead. I don’t want to spoil anything but with Hamill’s performance, you can feel that Joker is main antagonist of the game and not Arkham Knight or Scarecrow.
As for the storyline itself, there are so many surprises in store in Batman: Arkham Knight like the true identity of one of the antagonists, Arkham Knight, real motif of Scarecrow and much more. There is also a good blending between Batman and the rest of the supporting casts as all of the characters played a major role in the game, including the characters from the side-missions.
When I first heard of the fourth installment of Batman game is coming, I said to myself that I am going to skip this one as I already played the first three Batman games and I got tired with the repetitive gameplay and combat but don’t get me wrong. I love the first three Batman games, or maybe just Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City but nonetheless, I played all three at least twice because the replay value of the game is good so that’s why I got tired with the Batman games but when the news came that Batmobile will play a big role in this game, I got all hyped up. It is like that the Batman game has stepped up to a higher level but when the game was released and Batmobile, the powerful, tank-like vehicle of Batman appeared in the first 1 hour on the game, the love-hate feeling started to sink in.
At first, you’ll enjoy using the Batmobile and why not? Imagine controlling a vehicle that works as a tank. A vehicle that can run over anything it gets its way..I mean anything! You can literally destroy Gotham City using the Batmobile, but I think that the use of Batmobile is just too much. I mean you want to explore Gotham City and finish the main mission and side missions controlling Batman itself but the game is forcing you to use Batmobile where most of the gadgets of Batman became useless because of Batmobile. You can compare Batmobile to a married life. At first, you’ll enjoy each other’s company but as your relationship progress you will start to hate anything about your significant other. That is Batmobile for you. You’ll start to enjoy its power and continue the missions using the vehicle but as the story progress, Riddler’s mission becomes harder because of Batmobile’s handling and when this behemoth tank become powerful, you will feel that you don’t need this anymore.
The combat in Batman: Arkham Knight is not something new. If you have played any of the previous Batman games, you can easily beat any thugs a Batman villain will throw to you. Even if you smash every buttons in your controller and imagine yourself being awesome for doing the combo, you can easily beat the thugs roaming across the three islands of Gotham City.
As for the side-missions, I can say that this is one of the my favorite parts of the game. Beating the militia tanks, saving Catwoman from Riddler, doing some tag team work with Nightwing, investigating dead bodies while the creepy opera music is playing on the background, beating up Two-Face and Penguin and their thugs, gliding and chasing Man-Bat and so many more. I can say that the side missions is one of the highlights of the game.
So to describe Batman: Arkham Knight’s gameplay as a whole, it is like the first three Batman games with Batmobile.
Overall, Batman: Arkham Knight is a great game. Even if you’re not a Batman fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. The graphics is just amazing and it maximizes the full potential of PS4, but, as mentioned above, don’t expect too much in terms of gameplay as this is same Batman game you know since 2009 with just a Batmobile.
I can say that this is a fitting end to the great Batman gaming franchise as the story will surprise you in many different ways.
- Played this game on PS4 console.
- Bought this for 2,395 PHP and of course, 100 PHP discount if you pay in cash so basically I paid SRP for this game, from my own pocket so expect the review to be unbiased.
- Day 1 patch – 3.6 GB plus a less than 100 MB patch to fix the leaderboards error.
- As of this writing, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is still suspended and will miss release of the latest DLC – Batgirl: A Matter of Family.
- Batman: Arkham Knight has a free Harley Quinn DLC and a PS4 timed-exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Missions Pack and various Batman and Batmobile skins.