Batman

Trick or Treat: Halloween comes early for Gotham

Tensions are high.The streets are littered with thugs. Batman’s days are numbered. We are thrust into Gotham City, in the final chapter of the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight. With this review, I’ll try to leave the spoilers out. Many people (including me) want to play the game with the story intact.

Story

Batman: Arkham Knight takes place one year after the events of Arkham City. With the death of a major starting this game, you knew this story was going to be extremely difficult for Batman. The main story-line goes as follows: Scarecrow threatens Gotham City with his all new “fear toxin” and the city evacuates. A new villain shows up calling himself Arkham Knight. For one night, Scarecrow and Arkham Knight team up to take down the bat. As always with the arkham series, Rocksteady takes their time to craft the a very well written story. Each element is extremely detailed.

The Maestro of Villainy!

The Maestro of Villainy!

From the conversations that each enemy has on the street to the side stories. The amazing thing is that they make sense. Each one is grounded in Batman lore and also makes complete sense in this lone story. The side stories in are not fully fleshed out like in the main story but still take on a light of their own. Azrael story has him trying to prove himself to Batman. Penguin has a gun running operation that you have to stop with Nightwing. Even Man-Bat shows up with a creepy story-line yet satisfying story. The first ending is completes the story but after completing 100% of the Gotham’s Most Wanted, you receive the ending for the series finale. The end all be all.

Gameplay

You are Batman. You have his skills, talents and his utility belt. You start in this game with all other upgrades from the previous games. Visually and physically, each of Batman’s gadgets are updated. Plus, is new Disruptor weapon is a nice addition. Just like in all previous games, you can upgrade Batman and his tech. One upgrade you should invest in right away is the grapnel gun boost. That will help you from the beginning to glide wherever you want.
Introduced in this game is the Batmobile.  This monstrosity of a machine is virtually unstoppable. With a simple trigger pull, the Batmobile changes into a tank. Outfitted with a 60mm Vulcan gun, you can destroy anything in your path. As cool as it is, you wonder why would Batman have a tank… Well because tanks are involved.

Lock N' Load!

Lock N’ Load!

The Arkham Knight did not come alone. He has an army. Much like the plot of Arkham City, his army will stop at nothing to destroy the bat. To back up this army, drone tanks are provided. This is where the battle mode of the Batmobile comes in handy. If I have only one problem with this game it is the battle mode. (This is the same problem every other reviewer had too.) Transformation into the tank is a simple trigger pull but you have to hold down that trigger. This Bat-tank can and maneuver circles around anything but let go of that trigger and you lose your mobility. While on Twitter, I found that you can toggle the battle mode of the Batmobile. Once I did this, this changes the whole game. Toggling the battle mode locks the transformation. Having your hands free for higher priorities, such as tank elimination.
Like I said the story part of the review, the side stories are important. Not just story wise but gameplay too. Each of these stories hone your skills as the Dark Knight. Two-Face’s mission teaches you how to stalk and eliminate enemies silently. Man-Bat’s teaches the fundamentals for gliding. Also introduced in this game are AR Challenges. These teach the basic skills of The Dark Knight and the Batmobile.

Overall, Batman: Arkham Knight is one amazing game, yet it is not with out its flaws. The tagline on the box art is true: “Be The Batman”. You are Batman, you embody all of his fears and strengths. As the final game in the Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight is the epitome of the Batman experience. This is one game you should play.

9.3/10

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Holy Breaking News, Batman!

You heard that right my Bat-fans, there are two Batman related stories in todaies post.

First, Rocksteady Games announced today that they have delayed the release of Batman: Arkham Knight from June 2, to June 23, 2015.

“Batman: Arkham Knight will now launch worldwide on June 23, 2015. We’re a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it’s going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy. As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video of Batman: Arkham Knight.”

Rocksteady has also released a new Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video:


The second part of this news story has to do with the report of a “Batman: Arkham Collection”.

According to Videogamer.com, a compilation of the earlier Batman: Arkham titles(Asylum and City) are going to be offered in a collection. This would be released at the end of this year, near the holiday season. All the games would run 1080p.

My Take

I am so giddy for this game! This new trailer is spectacular and all the incredible voice actors! I’m not to worried about this delay. It sounds like they want to deliver the best Batman game ever made and I applaud them. As for the collection, I might still buy it. Usually, I don’t buy games a second time, one and done for me. I would still have to see detales but I might buy it. The sticking point for me is Batman: Arkham Origins. Will that be in this collection? I did play some of the game but it was too buggy for me and so I quit. Is this conisdered in the Arkhamverse as canon? Tune in next time! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

World’s Finest

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

He’s the Caped Crusader, the World’s Greatest Detective, and a Lego minifigure. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham obviously stars Batman and a wonderful cast of minifigures as they soar beyond the stars to stop the evil Brainiac. With over 150 minifigs from across the DC universe like Atrocitus to Zatanna. The biggest draw for me was not the story but minifigures. Like all my other reviews, I will break this up into two sections: Story and Gameplay.

Story

If you played the last game Lego Batman 2, you seen at the end that Brainiac set his sights on Earth. Well in this game, Brainiac arrives and captures/collects all the leaders of Lantern corps. With the Lantern corps in his cluches, Brainiac uses their powers to shrink Earth. Meanwhile, the Legion of Doom breaks into the Justice League’s Watchtower. It is up to Batman and friends to save the day. The story doesn’t not have much to offer but it is satisfying. At the end of the game, you do have a small storyline that relates to the 1966 Batman TV show, with Adam West reprising his role as Batman. This is a fun mini level that summed up the whole game. This level could have been easily sold as a DLC.

I, Frankenstein.

I, Frankenstein.

Gameplay

At first while I was playing this game, I thought this game did not change much. I was expecting some type new mechanic. There were only two things I seen that were new. First, the costume wheel for various characters. This costume wheel is something I like. For instance, Batman can change into his flight suit to his Arctic suit with tap of a trigger or by holding the character selection button you can select the suit you want. This is a game for kids. So, I was not expecting much. These Lego games are known for their hub worlds, which are in a open world. For the longest time, I was wondering where was this. This is why I buy games like this. I love open world games. During the course of the the game, you visited the Batcave and the Watchtower. Finally after beating the game and returning to the Watchtower is where the real fun happens. YOU CAN VISIT THE MOON AND THE LANTERN WORLD!!! As you can tell by the large caps, I really like this part. Literally you can visit the Moon. You can fly or run around. As you jump, you can go higher because of less gravity on the Moon. Also, there are cows in the Moon. The Moon acts as a hub world to the other Lantern planets. Each planet has their own quests and secrets. All of this provides the game with the best Lego experience yet but this could also be one of its main problems.

I'm Batman...on the Moon.

I’m Batman…on the Moon.

The camera is a hassle at most points. At some points in my game the camera was too far back to the point I had to stand in front of the TV and play. When playing on the Moon or Lantern planets, it gives the impression of the character moving the planet under it feets. Also, the camera jumps too much when in tight spaces. One point in my game, some type of glitch happened causing a Lantern planets environment to merge with the Moon’s rocky surface. The camera was stuck in a tilted angle. As I exited this area. It did not change. My character could not make it up a simple set of stairs. Finally reaching the Hall of Justice, the whole world flipped upside down. After restarting the game this issue was fixed. I have no idea what happened.
Overall, this is a fun game. You have over 150 characters to play as, races to beat, and worlds to visit. The main story only last for 10-15 hours but the free play can last an lifetime. The one drawback could be its camera but I would think most people could overlook this. This is a game for most people to play. I highly recommend it.

9.0/10