On June 23, 2015 the next installment of the Batman: Arkham series of video games will be released. The highly anticipated game, Batman: Arkham Knight, is set one year following the events of Batman: Arkham City. Batman, at the top of his game, is on the hunt for the Scarecrow, who is rounding up Gotham’s villains in an attempt to kill the caped crusader. The game received a “Mature” rating, rather than the typical “Teen” one they receive. This is due to the existence of scenes where players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage, and torture scenes taking place on a bloody operating table. Despite the more stringent rating, the developers did not want to make any changes to bring it to “Teen” status. They felt that would detract from their vision and story.
If you are unfamiliar with the premise, here is the game synopsis, courtesy of GameStop.com…
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady‘s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. Be The Batman.
GameStop actually has a pretty sweet deal if you pre-order through their website. You will have the ability to play as the Red Hood, Harley Quinn, and receive 4 exclusive challenge maps. This offer is only available through GameStop but seems well worth it. WB Games has also announced you can purchase a Season Pass which will include a DLC to play as Batgirl. This is just some of what that looks like:
Batgirl: A Matter of Family – An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series – check out the first render of Batgirl.
The Season of Infamy – Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.
Gotham City Stories – Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks – Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.
Crimefighter Challenge Maps – Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.
Character Skins – A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.
The game has already received numerous accolades. Here are the notable praises for this game:
- Game Informer declared it “Best Action Game” @ E3 (June 2014)
- IGN awarded it the “Best Xbox One Game” @ E3 (2014) and was runner-up for “Best PS4 Game“
- The Game Critics Awards in 2014 gave the game the “Best Action/Adventure Game” award
- Batman: Arkham Knight has been on a number of sources as the “Most Highly Anticipated Game” of 2015
And for your viewing pleasure, check out these trailers. These are some mind-blowing videos…
Batman: Arkham Knight – “All Who Follow You” Trailer…
Batman: Arkham Knight – “Officer Down” video…
Batman: Arkham Knight – ACE Chemicals Trailer…