I recently watched a “Before You Buy” video by GamingBolt for Gotham Knights (embedded). I’ve shared other videos of this series, so it’s definitely a channel I strongly recommend. The video is great, because it goes into some non-spoilery details about the plot and game play. If you enjoyed the Batman Arkham games, you’ll probably enjoy this, too (as I expect to).

I’ve known about Goth Knights for a while now. It’s coming to consoles and PC on 10/21/22. There’s also a Suicide Squad game coming out that looks quite similar. I’m looking forward to both of these games and will probably write something later for the Suicide Squad one.

The premise is that Batman and Commissioner Gordon are dead (or presumed dead). Gotham still needs it’s protector, since The Court of Owls has taken over. So, the Batman family fills in the void. Batgirl, Night Wing, Red Hood, and Robin are the four playable characters.

My familiarity with each character is different. Robin’s the most familiar. It took a long time before I realized there was more than one “Robin.” The Arkham games gave me a great introduction to the other characters, even if only by their real names or other identities. I’m really looking forward to getting to know these characters better. It looks like Batgirl will be the one most like the Batman we’ve been used to playing as since she uses a lot of the same abilities.

According to WB, this is the biggest playable Gotham City yet. All characters have some kind of ability for traversing distance such is gliding, but you’ll need a vehicle to traverse more quickly. Arkham Knight gave us the Batmobile, but Gotham Knights will use the Batcycle.

While traversing the city as Bat Girl, Night Wing, Red Hood, or Robin, the city will only be experiencing night time. It will change to day when you meet with the other characters in the Belfry (the Batcave is not used apparently). It looks like we’ll be seeing the characters as their regular identities when they meet in the Belfry.

This is an ARPG, but you don’t have to play each character to gain experience, since they all do collectively. Each character has their own play styles. They use different weapons and technologies. They traverse differently. They’re very interesting and the video does a great job of showing off each.

Ray-tracing is making it’s way to PC. The video points out that there’s no word yet on when or if this will make it to the consoles (PC superiority!). I’m excited about this since I now have an EVGA 12G RTX 2060 XC. While my EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming can do ray-tracing, I wasn’t able to get a true and smooth experience until I recently upgraded (and I still want an RTX 3070!). (Random note: EVGA is breaking up with NVIDIA and it's sad, but sometimes you just have to get out of a toxic relationship. Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/evga-terminates-relationship-with-nvidia-leaves-gpu-business/1100-6507619/)

I’m also seeing HDR as a feature on many of these new games and this is a technology I’ve only begun to have access to with the new monitor I got in December. However, apparently Windows 10 has a horrible application of this, so I’ve never really seen HDR for what it’s truly supposed to be. For that reason, I’ve decided it’s time to upgrade to Windows 11, since my i7-8700 isn’t compatible. It’s going to take me some time, so this is probably one of the games on my already created list of games to wait for until I have my new Windows 11 PC (my new build after 3 years).

Let me know what you think about this. Is it something you’re excited about, too? Are you going to be getting it when it comes out?

Official site: https://www.gothamknightsgame.com/en-us

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