In 2009 a seemingly unheard of company by the name of Rocksteady released Batman Arkham Asylum. The game was incredible. Not only did the game play well but, it also revolutionized how video games based on comic superheroes were created. In the past various superhero games (mostly based on movies) had been released and none of them were anything to write home about. Rocksteady proved to the world that it is possible to make a game based on a superhero that actually does the franchise justice.
The first 2 of the Arkham series games were Arkham Asylum (2009) and Arkham City (2011). The games went to great lengths to insure continuity with the franchise and had the original voice actors from the 1990’s Batman the Animated Series reprise their respective roles. The 3rd of the series Arkham Origins (2013), a prequel to the already established Arkham Universe, lets players take control of a younger Bruce Wayne and a somewhat inexperienced caped crusader. Each of the games does an excellent job of making you feel like Batman. The combat, puzzle solving, gadgets, and overall atmosphere of the game feel like something straight out of the comics or cartoon. The only thing missing from the game is being able to drive the Batmobile, something that players have been asking for since the first game.
The final chapter of the series Batman Arkham Knight brings this spectacular series to an end. The biggest feature of the Arkham Knight is that the player will finally be able to drive the Batmobile. No actual game play has been shown yet, but I’d say it is safe to expect the ‘freeflow’ style combat from the first 3. The latest cover of Game Informer shows a new look at Batman’s latest suit and the long awaited Batmobile. A teaser trailer was released earlier this morning and you can see it below.
Batman Arkham Knight has not yet been rated by the ESRB and is expected to launch later this year.