Amidst all the Batmobiles and fancy gadgets, I think a lot of people have forgotten that Batman is more than just a collection of wonderful toys wrapped up in a broken and deranged individual with a massive trust fund. The Arkham games established three core styles of gameplay that would be present at any time as players busted heads as the caped crusader. Predator, detective and combat modes all combined to form one glorious trinity of ass-kicking in Arkham Asylum, City and Oranges. But the Batman will have a new trick or two up his sleeve in Arkham Knight.
We have a statement from Warner Bros:
"Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC. In the UK, PC will be available as a digital release only."Take this with a great big grain of salt for now, but according to some people on the internet, the heavily anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight won’t be getting a physical release on PC – at least in the UK. That’s the word from prolific, and prolifically cheap UK e-tailer ShopTo, who’s said that they’ve been told by their suppliers that the game will only be sold digitally.
I love me some Batman. No wait, I know this is shocking news to you, but I am a fan. But to be precise, I’m a fan of the Arkham universe. To be even more precise, I’m a fan of Harley Quinn. There’s a lot of love out there for the Joker’s number one gal, and she’s been a consistent part of the Batman Arkham games since day one. And she’ll be getting her chance to shine in the upcoming story DLC for Arkham Knight, which won;t star that meddling B-Man at all.
Are your Dark Knight undies filled with as much anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight as mine are? If you said yes, then you’re my kind of messed up individual. Bad news however: You’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the game to release, as June 2 is no longer B-day for the B-man.
The Batman: Arkham games have been about more than just dressing up in spandex and spanking thugs and leaving them crippled for life by a lunatic with too much money and lingering mental issues. It’s been about applying that train of thought to their bosses as well. Batman may be a tad bit unhinged in the Arkham games, but his foes are even nastier. And that’s all a part of their initial design, which shows off the darker side of this rogues gallery.
Last year, I realised that Batman may not be a family-friendly character. This revelation came to me during rAge, as a parent asked me to pose with her kid while I was dressed up as the infamous caped crusader. For some reason, the toddler began bawling at the idea of standing next to a sweaty man in head-to-toe rubber who was screaming due to the make-up around his eyes having liquefied and turned his peepers into a red mess of blazing ocular pain. While my Batman is certainly not suitable for anyone under the age of six, it looks like Arkham Knight’s Batman will be even more brutal.
They say a hero is defined by his foes. Spider-Man has the Green Goblin, Superman has Lex Luthor and I have that f***ing ice-cream man who appears on days when I’m trying to not think about sugary treats. But out of every hero in comics these days, Batman may just have the most recognisable rogues gallery. Each villain encountered has been a dark reflection of what he could have been. The Joker represents pure chaos, Deathstroke is a dark reflection of determination on the wrong side of the law and the Scarecrow is an element of fear left unchecked. There’ll be plenty of rogues to attack in Arkham Knight. And each one will push Batman to his breaking point once again.
There’s a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer out in case you missed it, and it looks like this particular piece of cinema may have a few clues hidden away inside of it. Some folks, who presumably have the eyes of the hawk (HAWK! Hawk hawk hawk…) have spotted codes within the trailer that point towards revealing more of the game and the characters that inhabit it. Pretty neat, right?
No, it really is mine. You see, I’ve spent many hours building a painstakingly detailed Gotham City out of Lego, and it’s almost complete. And you can’t have it. Nuh-uh. What you can have instead, is this brand new trailer for the game. It’s got Harley Quinn! Bat-gadgets! The Batmobile! What more can you ask for in life? Two Batmobiles and Harley Quinn next to you? Ok, fair enough…
He may have started out as a comic book character for kids over seven decades ago, but the Batman of today ain’t exactly child-friendly. The world’s greatest detective is also equally fluent in the language of broken bones, a Brakpan dialect wherein asking for a cup of coffee involves using a tombstone piledriver to slam you through a table. Naturally, the next Batman game isn’t going to suitable for all ages. In fact, it’s going to be a lot more mature than the man-child in Batman underwear who is busy writing this story.
There’s a lot that I’m digging about Arkham Knight. Conspiracy theories, new visuals, the Batmobile and all that. But tell me about the gadgets dammit. Half the fun in the previous games was figuring out which combination of gadgets would work in which situation, and just how much explosive gel a thug could swallow before the Bat-stomach pump and Bat-waiver forms were needed. It’s a part of Arkham Knight that hasn’t been revealed exactly, and while it looks like you won’t be getting any new toys in the game, you will be getting new ways to play with them.
Who’s afraid of the big bad bat? Well, besides the dozen or so goons who are spending an evening in an ICU and adjusting to the fact that they’re going to be crippled for life. There aren’t too many villains who can match Batman in a physical and mental showdown, but the Arkham Knight might be the closest threat in many a year. There’s been a lot of speculation as to who’s the man is underneath that fancy high-tech helmet. And right now, the odds are definitely leaning in favour of former Robin Jason Todd. Thanks to some toys that is.
Remasters are dope. Yo. You get to pay a second time for the same game, but with some extra cosmetic content and some of that DLC that you couldn’t be arsed about buying in the first place when the game was out originally. Only suckas buy remastered and definitive editions of games apparently. The thing is, people often underestimate my stupidity, because I would buy the hell out of a trilogy of Batman games.
Guys, it’s a brand new year. A new year, where games hopefully won’t be as disappointing as microwave pizza when it comes to gaming. Everyone has their one game that they’re looking forward to this year. That one game that will shut all the haters up. If you guessed that Batman: Arkham Knight was my game that I’m keen on, then you’re dead right. And not just because I’m wearing my Arkham Knight jammies right now.
You’ve already read a Batcave full of new Batman Arkham Knight details. Now prepare to sit down, relax and watch a brutal vigilante dole out justice on various criminal faces as if morality were going out of style. It’s the latest Batman Arkham Knight trailer, as the caped crusader shifts away from the Ace Chemicals mission of last week and gets ready for an all new challenge. At Ace Chemicals again. Well ok then.