Batman: Arkham Knight is the game on the tip of everyone’s lips at the moment, having had three brilliant games run up to it a lot of hype too, it was a game with quite a high reputation to live up to. Early reviews are majoritively positive, suggesting it takes what made the original games so great and makes them more beautiful, adds more combat moves, toys, a Batmobile and a longer storyline and that can never be a bad way to upgrade a game.
However, we’ll get this out of the way straight away, we understand there has been hugely negatives reviews of Batman Arkham Knight on Steam due to a poor port hitting the store and due to some awful glitches and crashes making the game less than desirable to play. However, these are the early reviews of the reviewers who played the game on the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One and therefore didn’t experience these bugs and got to explore the game at it’s rawest form.
Anyway, let’s have a look at what the early reviews of Batman: Arkham Knight are saying and what the general consensus is towards the game at launch.
Gamespot – 7/10
“What Batman: Arkham Knight does well, it does really well. Gotham is a dazzling playground where neon lights pierce through the rain and mist; all it takes is a single glimpse to tell you that this is a city in need. Moreover, many individual elements are so carefully constructed, and presented with such flair, that appreciation is the only reasonable reaction. Yet most of these elements–excellent acting, wonderful animations, moody soundtrack–are ones that Batman: Arkham City also excelled in, making Arkham Knight’s missteps all the more noticeable. Rather than escape the pull of the games that spawned it, The Bat’s newest adventure refines the fundamentals; it is a safe but satisfying return to the world’s most tormented megalopolis.”
Eurogamer – 4/5
“A confident mixture of familiar gameplay and bold storytelling brings Rocksteady’s superhero trilogy to a satisfying, memorable close.”
“As a Batman story, this is something else. It dares to tackle not just the surface details of the character, but explores his psyche. It portrays him as, frankly, kind of a dick and also as a man of unflinching honour. The Batman of Arkham Knight is a complex, contradictory figure, a hero with real depth and dimension, and we get to wear the iconic cowl for one last mind-boggling night of mayhem. Miss out on that? You must be joking.”
“If the game has a weak point, it’s unfortunately the villain of the title. The Arkham Knight, as a character, is a washout. By turns gruff and petulant, his one-note militaristic antagonism is bland and forgettable when stacked up against Batman’s usual rogue’s gallery, and the mystery of his identity is such an anti-climax that you’ll feel stupid for ever investing any thought in it.”
GameRadar – 4/5
“An ambitious and successful end to Rocksteady’s trilogy, with a standard-setting open world you must experience. A superior main story and less Batmobile combat would’ve made a huge difference.”
“On that level, Arkham Knight offers an unparalleled interactive superhero experience that’s as rich as any fan could hope for – this is one of the best open worlds I have ever had the pleasure of exploring, and one of the nicest-looking games on PS4. Without overcomplicating the Batmobile’s purpose in Arkham Knight and a slightly less disappointing campaign, this would’ve been close to a perfect sign-off for Rocksteady’s Caped Crusader.”
IGN – 9.2/10
“If this is in fact the last Rocksteady-developed Batman game, the series will end on a high note. Arkham Knight is the biggest Batman game yet, not just in map size, but in the wide range of different types of gameplay, and its collection of characters. The addition of tank combat thematically clashes with everything Batman stands for, but it is fun, and having access to the Batmobile for the first time gives us a new world of possibilities for interacting with Gotham City. Arkham Knight is an outstanding game on almost every level.”
Polygon – 10/10
“Rocksteady has said this is its last Batman game, and I’m praying to the New Gods that they’re on the level. After Arkham Knight, trying to find more meat on the Batman bone would define futility. After Arkham Knight, Batman has been perfected — and the end result is the best game of this console generation.”
on the story…
“I’m purposely avoiding talking about the story, which is packed with so many stellar, memorable moments and reaches an unbelievably dark conclusion that fits Batman like a titanium-dipped tri-weave glove. This decision to avoid the narrative is keeping me from talking about some of the best parts of the game, but it’s worth it to preserve every bit of fist-pumping joy and mouth-gaping terror for your first playthrough. I don’t want to ruin a second of it.”
So, it looks like Batman: Arkham Knight is a massive hit with Polygon going as far as to say that it “is the best game of this console generation.” Batman: Arkham Knight had a lot to live up to with the first game in the series being the first superhero, possibly ever, that was actually a really really good game too. The sequels only went on to improve on everything about the game. It now looks like Batman: Arkham Knight appears to be the perfect Batman game and by far the best Superhero/Comic book hero game we’ve ever seen. It would be nice to see another in the Arkham series, but with almost perfection hit in this one, we’d be scared it just wouldn’t live up to the hype. End on a high!