Date Released: June 23rd, 2015
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 4], Xbox One
Rated: M for Mature
Good things come to those who wait and all good things must come to an end. To what extent could be label Arkham Knight? It’s the most anticipated conclusion to Rocksteady’s trilogy to the legacy of Bruce Wayne, the Dark Knight himself, Batman. Everything you could ask for in an action adventure has been delivered in Arkham Knight.
Nine years after the death of the funniest criminal alive, though some may see it as no laughing matter, The Joker was incinerated. Crime has returned and flipped Gotham City upside down in less than 24 hours, causing a panic and emergency evacuation to avoid becoming Scarecrow’s newest experiment and statistic. Gotham has met its inevitable doom.
Batman Arkham Knight is easily the greatest story in the series and Rocksteady’s prize winner for the city of Gotham. Even if you never touched any of the previous Batman titles, you will with open arms embrace the vigilante’s heroic adventure from beginning. And the change in the ESRB was a great touch as this allowed Rocksteady to go above and beyond.
There’s Oswald (Penguin), Two Face, Ivy and more rampant in the streets with their thugs on every corner just waiting to destroy anyone associated with the Dark Knight. Thanks to Scarecrow, you also have unwanted guests looking to spoil the fun as well. But you’ll find yourself more than anything questioning who is the Arkham Knight.
But you’re not alone in this rodeo, in fact you have the opportunity to shortly play as some of the sidekicks. There’s Gordon, Oracle, Nightwing, Robin and plenty of others to help, as well as keep you grounded. Lucious Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprise also tweaks and perfects the Dark Knight suit and the presenter of the batmobile to Bruce.
The batmobile does absolutely everything you could look for and developers make sure you utilize the vehicle to its full potential. Remotely or physically inside you’ll have a ton of excitement as you destroy drones and such planted around Gotham.
Batman has a plethora of available upgrades as you earn XP and the story doesn’t end after solving the Arkham Knight story. Be prepared to face the riddler, solve mysteries and murders, and eve play for the first time ever as Batgirl.
Gotham, even with the streets in terror looks amazing. You truly get to appreciate the city as you take flight around Gotham listening to scarecrow and his goons underestimate who you are.
It’s been quite a while since an action-adventure has managed to draw gamers in and genuinely drive this level of excitement. Warner Bros is on top however with Shadow of Mordor, Mortal Kombat X, The Witcher 3 and now the Arkham Knight. Rocksteady’s finale will forever be the must-have game for the new-gen consoles.