“Batman™: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for New-Gen platforms, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.”
Tired of Batman games? Well, stop, because Batman: Arkham Knight is here! Picking up in Gotham city, where the ever tumultuous relationship with The Joker has ended, Arkham Knight begins a new descent into madness with the Scarecrow. Formerly known as Dr. Crane, the Scarecrow has threatened an all out attack on Gotham city, forcing the ever-on-the-run citizens to – once again – evacuate; leaving the city open to all manner of thug.
Arkham Knight, with the evacuation of all of Gotham, has expanded the territory quite a bit. As Batman you have room to play through the entire city – not just the smaller map of Arkham City or the even smaller zone of Arkham Asylum. Although most of the gameplay remains similar: looking for clues, piecing together puzzles, hording nifty gadgets, all to the end of catching the big bad; it’s never truly a grind. Plus, there’s always the plethora of opportunities to beat the living… life out of all of the Scarecrow’s lackeys. So that’s fun.
Not that the mechanics of the Batman battle needed much upgrading, but there are a few that are going to give a +1 to fights. For instance: you can now interact with your environment by smashing your foes into buildings or taking their weapon and using it against them. Batman can now also be joined by secondary playable characters to team up for a beat down, oh, hello Catwoman.
The real star of the new show, though, is the Batmobile, Batman’s ultimate companion and helpful butt-kicker. The Batmobile is an essential aspect in the Arkham Knight gameplay. Not only will it help you get from point A to point B quickly – but you can call it to attention with the press of a button. And, should you be in midair, you’ll land squarely in the driver’s seat. Where you belong. Just like Batman, the Batmobile has a ton of tricks up it’s sleeve. It’s not just any car, you see, with certain triggers the Batmobile easily transforms into a rolling tank, or even propels you into the air as though fired from a circus cannon. Robin would be proud.
Batman: Arkham Knight doesn’t get lazy with the story or gameplay either. As with the previous games there is dialogue to help contextualize your missions and goals, and you’re still only given just enough information to get you part of the way to your achievement. The rest is entirely up to you. You are Batman, after all. And, being Batman, you know it can only get darker from here.
Batman: Arkham Knight was developed by Rocksteady Studios and is available on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.