Arkham Knight is Rocksteady Studios’ third Batman game and serves as the finale of the critically acclaimed series. The first thing to be noticed about this game is the phenomenal combat system that previous games have been praised for. The new moves and animations coupled with the stealth system make the game fun enough to play for hours on end. The addition of the batmobile, a convertible supercar/tank, grants a whole new way to explore Gotham City and battle enemies in tanks of their own. While it definitely has a postive contribution to the game, the batmobile sometimes feels forced and at times unnecessary. Nonetheless it really helps Batman get out of sticky situations and looks very cool.
The story focuses on Batman trying to stop Scarecrow and an unknown villain named The Arkham Knight from turning Gotham into a chaotic wreck with their fear toxin. While this was already a challenging task on its own, Batman also has to find a cure to eliminate The Joker’s blood from his body before he becomes The Joker himself. The main story is extremely captivating and makes the player truly doubt whether Batman and the people he cares most about will survive the night. In addition there are various side missions that include villains already introduced in previous games and comics such as Two-Face, Penguin, Firefly and The Riddler. These are shorter than the main story but still provide extra game time while still supplying quality content.
While progressing through the game, you will be able to use a wide range of Batman’s high tech gadgets in battle and when solving puzzles especially when completing challenges designed by The Riddler himself.
When it comes to gameplay it can’t get much better than Arkham Knight. The fighting system is simple and is made of attacks, counters and dodges but is almost flawless. You can feel every punch batman delivers and combat doesn’t get repetitive due to the numerous moves at his disposal. Using the aforementioned gadgets can assist in making each fight different than the next. The only negative aspect of the combat is when hordes of enemies attack you one at a time instead of engaging in groups which makes encounters not very intense. The city of Gotham acts as a massive and incredibly detailed open world that can be traversed by gliding in the air or zooming through the streets filled with enemies. Both work very smoothly and are equally as fun to try.
Overall, the game is a must play and deserves to be in every gamer’s library. Almost every aspect of it is outstanding and it’s issues are negligible. In my opinion, it lives up to expectations and fits in well with the previous games to provide a memorable end to the series.