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Batman: Arkham Knight – Concise Review

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    Batman: Arkham Knight

    Rating: 4.0 – Great

    Batman: Arkham Knight – Concise Review

    The key ingredient to the success of the previous Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, was their ability to make the players feel like the Batman. In terms of pure immersion, Batman : Arkham Knight is the near-perfect rendition of Rocksteady’s vision. I say near because despite being the most ambitious Arkham outing yet and delivering on its promise on most counts, it has it’s fair share of missteps.

    The premise of the plot is simple and effective. Scarecrow, after surviving the assault by Killer Croc in the sewers beneath Arkham Asylum, has banded together with the mysterious Arkham Knight to exact revenge on the caped crusader. Gotham is evacuated under Scarecrow’s threat of a chemical attack; Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler and the other usual suspects take advantage of the chaos to enact their own nefarious schemes and Batman must conquer his inner demons as well as keeping Gotham safe. The Arkham Knight is presented as being Batman’s deadliest foe yet, who knows everything there is to know about the Bat. Standard comic book fare. The former of the two main plot threads, involving Scarecrow, is entertaining; the Arkham Knight however is a big let-down. He is neither the original character we were promised, nor is he particularly interesting or intimidating.

    There are meaningful additions to the stealth and combat: the multi-kill Fear take-downs and Dual-Play system are the biggest standouts. The debuting Batmobile, meant to be the final piece of the Arkham puzzle, impresses and disappoints in equal measure. The tank combat is a sluggish version of the enjoyable melee combat, and the final third of the game is full of tedious Batmobile sections. It is in the puzzle sections that the Batmobile shines, when it is treated like just another tool in Batman’s belt and not forced upon the player. A striking cinematic look, terrific voice acting and brilliant sound design make Gotham city a beautifully realized world, certainly one of the prettiest on the current-gen consoles. The PC version however is a pitiful mess and indicates where the publisher’s priorities lie in terms of the gaming market.

    In the end, Batman : Arkham Knight still has enough quality to rise above its two biggest failings. Rocksteady’s final Batman outing, though unable to raise the bar set by its predecessors, delivers an immersive experience and is a worthy conclusion to the Arkham series.

    Should you play Batman : Arkham Knight? YES, but only if you have a PS4 or Xbox One.
    Available on – PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
    Reviewed on – Xbox One.

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