In Review: Batman Arkham Knight (PS4)

As the united forces of Gotham's supervillians take control of the city, the Dark Knight unleashes the all new transformable Batmobile in this explosive finale to the Arkham trilogy.

Synopsis: As the united forces of Gotham’s supervillians take control of the city, the Dark Knight unleashes the all new transformable Batmobile in this explosive finale to the Arkham trilogy.

Review: Fans of the Arkham gaming series have been waiting a long time for this one. So the question is has it been worth the wait?

I’d say yes to the above, but also add that if will be great once Rocksteady are able to release the whole trilogy on the next gen consoles. So fans can have the complete Arkham experience.

The Story: The story to this new game starts shortly after the incineration of the Joker. Things have been quiet in Arkham. Perhaps to quiet, but after months of a relatively crime free Gotham City the remaining super-villains launch a merciless attack, which starts in a dinar where a beat cop is killed in the line of duty. The attack is thanks to the machinations of the Scarecrow, who is threatening to unleash his latest neuro toxin, which will strike fear into the very heart of the citizens of the great city.

Okay. It’s not the most original story, but I think going up against the scarecrow for the first bit of the game makes for some fun to be had. I also enjoy the horror aspects of Scarecrows character and this story plays with those aspects just as effectively as they were used in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman: Begins’.

What is also particularly fun about this story is that Batman is now working a lot more with Barbara Gordon AKA Oracle and she comes in very useful during key times in the game. Also the introduction of the Batmobile is something that elevates this game above both of its predecessors.

Graphics: As you’d expect the graphics in this our outstanding. During the few hours that I played there was very little evidence of the graphics flickering or anything that you’d expect from a game that boasts such frenetic action. In fact many hours could be spent just gliding around the city and looking at every landmark. Its eerily beautiful and very Gothic as you’d expect from a Gotham city backdrop. Of particular note is how the batmobile can be used to interact with the graphic landscape at specific moments in the game. I especially liked how you could use a grapple hook and have the glorified tank climb up walls.

Gameplay: There’s something for everyone here. As with the two previous games we have the detective mode, which allows Batman to survey the scene and figure out ways of getting the best advantage over the villains. It is also useful for helping find key clues to help you progress through the game.

If your an action fan and just like to beat up on some bad guys. Then you have a fabulous opportunity for fun with ‘Arkham Knight’ and the new Bat-suit that you get a little further into the game really packs a punch and speeds up the action somewhat.

But stealth is where this game and indeed the whole series comes into its own. It borrows the best parts from the ‘Metal Gear’ games and gives them the batman make-over. I particularly enjoy hanging from rooftops and using stealth attacks when I am able to get away with it. You can also use various items and techniques throughout the game to distract guards and crooks in order to isolate them into small groups.

The newest aspect though is the batmobile, which is great, but also kind of disappointing. In standard mode its easy enough to drive and even fun. But when you go into battle mode driving becomes more difficult because the controls used to maneuver the car change over. It takes some getting used to. Thankfully there are plenty of side missions in the game that will teach you how best to use the attack mode on the car, which is great.

Voice Acting: Voice acting throughout the game is fantastic. We have Kevin Conroy once again voicing Batman and and Martin Jarvis does fantastic work as Alfred. For most people though it will be the fact that Conroy is voicing Batman that will make this whole game series pretty much the definitive Batman gaming series. Conroy is the favorite animated Batman of all as was Mark Hamill’s interpretation of the Joker, who was featured in the earlier games.

Pretty all the voice actors do great work. Even those who voiced the more generic characters that we hear via radio transmissions throughout the game.

Overall: This is a must have for the hardcore. Especially if you have played every game. But its also a wonderful introduction for newer gamers as well. As to whether or not it is better than its earlier incarnations is tough to call because in all of the series you have pretty much felt like the Batman and had total control. As far as Superhero games go though. This series has been the most immersive for players and can still rightfully keep its place at the top of the pile.

9.4
Batman Arkham Knight (PS4)
  • Fun story and fantastic visuals
  • Using the Batmobile in combat takes a little getting used to
  • Story
    8.5
  • Graphics
    10
  • Gameplay
    9.0
  • Voice Acting
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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