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

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 10/22/2022 at 10:09am

I just found an awesome video by GamingBolt about Gotham Knight's performance and visual fidelity on PC: https://youtu.be/g6H4zjURQ_k

I'm really excited about this game, but I still have games to finish. This game will be best for my new PC build ("Azura Azula"), which you can see here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/V83Fxs It's a bit of a work in progress I hope to complete in a few months or so. There are details that could change, but I think that's essentially what I'm looking into building (one for me and one for Vinny).

My current build that I built 3 years ago (remember "Azure Azule?") can be seen here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/V83Fxs I started off w/ an EVGA 1660 Ti XC Gaming 6G (https://www.evga.com/products/Specs/GPU.aspx?pn=97cb4b02-fe8d-48b2-bddf-7241a213849a) Last month, I replaced it with an EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 12GB XC GAMING (https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=12G-P4-2263-KR) I'm extremely impressed with this upgrade, but I still want a 3070 (I think). It's hard to believe it runs on air and is as cool in gaming as my AIO-cooled CPU (https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Single-Radiator-Liquid-Coolers/Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-H80i-v2-High-Performance-Liquid-CPU-Cooler/p/CW-9060024-WW). This is the coolest running card I've had in probably decades.

I'm working on a new build because my i7-8700 (not-K) isn't compatible w/ Windows 11 and I want it to get some kind of understanding of how this HDR tech on my monitor and GPU is supposed to look or do. It's my understanding that it has a great auto-HDR feature, while the implementation in Windows 10 is horrible. I'm still learning about HDR and don't understand it well enough, but I suspect Windows 11 will open my eyes.

Vinny wants a gaming PC, too, so I want to use this same build for his. His budget may be bigger, so it's more likely he'll get an RTX 30-series. I can wait. What's great is that this build will only cost me about $800. Vinny needs a monitor, though. I bought a MSI OPTIX MAG274QRF (https://www.msi.com/Monitor/Optix-MAG274QRF-QD) in December, but MSI upgraded it to a QD for an RMA. Now I'm waiting on another RMA for it.

Let me know what you think about the game and PC building. Do you build your own? Why or why not? How do you get your PCs? How much is in your PC budget? Have you played PC Building Simulator? Are you aware that PC Building Simulator 2 is out now?

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