The Mouse House: Batman Arkham Knight Review
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With the massive Game of the Year level success and the open ended nature of Batman Arkham City, fans couldn’t wait to see where the series would go after the shocking events of Arkham City’s conclusion. Unfortunately, fans would have to wait quite a while before seeing that conclusion. In 2013 Warner Brothers Montreal utilizing the same general assets of Arkham City made a prequel game of the Caped Crusader’s second year of crimefighting called Batman Arkham Origins which was met with mixed reactions with massive technical and performance issues as well as a less refined version of Arkham City’s gameplay. The story showcased Batman forming the foundations of his relationships with his villains, but this ground was already tread almost as much as Batman’s origin and in the eyes of many wasn’t built up in any unique way by focusing too much on Joker instead of other villains. Shortly after the release of Origins, primary series developer Rocksteady Studios released a teaser cinematic cg trailer for the true follow up to Arkham City. The trailer featured an updated Batsuit, updated general graphics engine and the implementation of the Batmobile! Originally set for release in the Fall of 2014 Batman Arkham Knight was massively hyped up, but was delayed for more polish and tweaking and was released in the Summer of 2015. Unfortunately, Arkham Knight fell victim to many unfortunate circumstances and controversial creative and business decisions. One was the controversial season pass, as opposed to the standard 20 dollars one would pay for a season pass of DLC, WB was asking for 40 dollars on top of the 60 dollars for the game itself. It was seen as excessive and greedy. Another source of controversy was the terrible PC version of the game. It was so bad that WB actually pulled it off the market and is still unable to be played on PC to this day and that made the gaming community absolutely enraged. Arkham Knight also had many major complaints and flaws from the game content itself. What is my take on this rather controversial game? Is it as bad as other people say? My answer is yes and no. Arkham Knight does a lot of wonderful things, but makes many serious mistakes. Mistakes that really hold back an otherwise excellent experience. Naturally there will be spoilers for Arkham City’s ending.