Azurephile gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Azurephile gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
A few years ago, a friend let me borrow Batman: Arkham City for the PS3. I really enjoyed it, so I bought it along with the other games in the series (Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins). Although there were moments of frustration, I enjoyed them all. That’s why I was looking forward to Arkham Knight. It was one of the few reasons I had for getting a PS4, but it came out on Steam and I picked it up on sale.

These games are essentially “open world.” That world has grown since the first game came out. The typical usual characters are in them, perhaps with some surprises. There is a lot to do, like collecting Riddler trophies. Each installment in the series seems to have improved upon the original by expanding the world, giving you more to do, or just more story. The game play doesn’t really change too much or too drastically, but it does evolve. Some battles can be tough and it can take some practice to land some perfect combos. The death penalty isn’t really harsh, you basically just get to try again. Arkham Knight automatically saves your game and often you won’t be too far from where you died.

I seem to recall the release of Arkham Knight on Steam and that it got bad reviews or many people were having problems with it. It’s clear to me that those issues have either been resolved, or non-existent in my case. This game looks great and performed quite near perfectly on my PC. It’s definitely a game that makes me happy with my PC. I love games that make it shine.

I think this is something I would recommend to fans of Batman. I think this game series is great and I believe it’s also quite popular. Since you get to drive the Bat-mobile around Gotham in Arkham Knight, I’ve often felt like I was playing GTAV again.

I also like the voice acting in these games. Most notably, Mark Hamill is the voice of Joker.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/19/2017 at 03:08am

It's one of the best series I've played. The fact that they got back the voice talent from the animated series (Conroy and Hamil, who you mentioned, especially) adds so much to the experience and kinda takes you back to those cartoons. But this ain't a cartoon. It deals with some pretty heavy stuff.

You're right, they've fixed nearly all the issues that plagued the game at launch. It still has some performance issues but with a godly or demi-godly rig, you will barely notice them.

I didn't like the reliance on the Batmobile for so much of the game, and the Riddler trophies are fun but I thought there were too many of them, and I never did the Riddler's final fight because it requires collecting all of them. But those are really the only complaints I have. It's one of the first games I retried on my new(ish) PC to see how much more performance I could squeeze out. Quite a bit, as it turns out. And I enjoyed playing a few hours again with a new coat of paint.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 11/19/2017 at 04:44pm

I agree about Riddler collectibles. I'm still collecting them, I have less than 40 left I believe. Some are frustrating, but some are fun. It's kind of tedious.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 11/19/2017 at 05:48pm

Oh, did you play w/ a controller or keyboard & mouse? I can't imagine playing it with the latter. As I talked to a friend about it, I mentioned how it reminds me of GTAV, but he said it also sounds like Assassin's Creed. That seems about right, although I've really only played the first one.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 11/19/2017 at 06:39pm

I love Batman and need to put time into these games. I hear so many good things about them.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/19/2017 at 10:26pm

I'd say there's some obvious inspiration from GTA for the drive-to-the-mission sections, but anything with cars is taking inspiration from them these days. Asscreed is also a big influence, especially with the stealth focus. But then so is Devil May Cry, maybe God of War... it pulls a lot of good stuff from a lot of good things, as does most everything, but really it's very original in the way it approaches things.

I played with a controller, but quickly swapped to a KB/M whenever the Batmobile combat mode was needed, since that plays mostly like an FPS (surprisingly). I agree though, I couldn't imagine KB/M for a third-person action game.

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