Be The Batman

 Why did I buy a PS4? I’m certainly not a hardcore gamer. If anything, I’m a casual gamer. Now sure, I’m excited to play Uncharted 4 next year and I’m also looking forward to playing future Grand Theft Auto games. But the real reason for a PS4? Well, there really was only one real reason – to be the Batman.

This will be spoiler free…but I’m doing you a favour because the story’s the weakest part of the game!

Batman Arkham Knight is the final installment in the Batman Arkham series which started in 2009! If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know about these games, then here’s a quick summary. Superhero games have a terrible stigma, they’re known for being terrible cash grabs.

Old school superhero games: #1 cause for broken TVs from kids throwing the controllers at the screen

Here and there, we’ve had a few gems like Activision’s Spiderman in 2002. But for the most part, superhero games were just awful. But in 2009, Batman Arkham Asylum was not only the best superhero game to date, it was known for just being an incredible game, period!

The game that started it all

It was soon followed by two more titles in the series, but Arkham Knight was announced to be the end. Thus, expectations were incredibly high. How does it hold up? To put it simply, you will feel like the freakin’ Batman when you play this game as it  provides the most comprehensive Batman experience ever!

Like the other Arkham games, the combat system is still flawless and just perfect for a Batman game where you build up different combos and use different takedowns or gadgets to knock out your enemies. As always, there’s an abundance of various moves to choose from so you’ll never get bored, or if you’re like me, you’ll stick to the same few moves over and over again because they’re so bad ass! Finally, you can use also use the environment (electrical boxes, light fixtures, etc.) for more violent ways to punish the scum of Gotham City.

Arkham Knight is pretty much open concept where you get to explore and complete several side missions in Gotham City. Or you can always just stick to the main story and stop the Arkham Knight and Scarecrow. But where’s the fun in that? I love these games because you literally, feel like you’re Batman because you get to do so many Batman-ish things! Side missions range from stopping bank robberies, illegal weapon transports, investigating and solving murders, saving people, etc. I know, I know, these side-missions were also available in the other Arkham games, but each game has their own unique side missions and stories to make sure things are fresh for players.

Now what about the Batmobile? This is the first game in the Arkham series to incorporate the Batmobile. The Batmobile isn’t just a gimmicky part of the game either. You have to use it on a regular basis with car chases, solving riddles, and battles. The Arkham Knight has unleashed several drone tanks onto the streets of Gotham so you have to use the Batmobile to take them out.

I can definitively say, that the inclusion of the Batmobile is what makes this game the most comprehensive Batman experience you could ever ask for. I mean, the Batmobile is such an integral part of the Batman mythology, it just had to be included in order to provide players with a real Batman experience. Jumping across rooftops, using the afterburner to race down the streets of Gotham, and hopping in and out of the Batmobile so smoothly – just pure Batman heaven.

Now I know some people hated the Batmobile, complaining some missions were too hard or challenging and just unfair. Let’s be clear – the difficulty of modern games come no where near the same level of difficulty and frustration as old school games. So suck it up and Bat-Man-up!

A guide couldn’t even help you back then. You just had to pour in your heart, soul, and thumbs to beat these games

The graphics are gorgeous, taking down bad guys is still addictive, the Batmobile is fun to use, almost all of your favourite Batman villains are in this game, and there are a ton of Batman things to do…but…this game still isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, the story not only has several holes and impossible things occur,  there just wasn’t a good wrap-up. I mean, this game is the end of the series and although they do make an attempt to provide some “grand” sense of closure, they just fall painfully short. That’s all I can really say without going into spoiler territories.

So whether you’re a Batman fan or just someone who likes playing good video games, Batman Arkham Knight is definitely worth your time and money.

Until next time, nerd out.

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