On July 26th, return to Arkham and experience two of the most critically acclaimed titles of the last generation- Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, fully remastered capable for new-gen consoles. Not only will Return to Arkham feature both Batman: Arkham Asylum & Batman: Arkham City, it will also feature every associated DLC content and Game of the Year edition bonuses! So if you’re new to the franchise and want to kick some butt as Batman, I suggest you get the fizzy drinks and vast amount of junk food ready, as this instalment is going to keep you entertained for hours. Arkham Asylum/City are arguably the best games in the tetralogy and personally if I were to pick, Batman: Arkham City is probably still one of the most enjoyable games I’ve EVER played. Anyway, let me give you a quick synopsis of what the two games are about:
Batman: Arkham Asylum exposes players to a dark and atmospheric journey that submerges Batman into the depths of Arkham Asylum- Gotham City’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane.
Batman: Arkham City sends players soaring into Arkham City – a fortified sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City infested with villains and psychos ready to end The Dark Knight. Batman Arkham City introduces a story that draws together an all-star roster containing classic characters such as Robin & Catwoman and murderous villains such as Mr Freeze and Victor Zsasz.
In addition to this, here is the official Batman: Return to Arkham Trailer comparison:
With both titles explained, there is a huge amount of optimism and excitement for this game and like everything promising, there is also an equal amount of negativity as well. However, regardless of negativity, the reason why this game deserves a remake is simply because it was a genre-defining title; there has never been a comic-related game that reached the heights of this Batman series. With the game running off Unreal 4 rather than the previous games which ran on Unreal 3, gives us the knowledge that the graphics will be remastered as well as adjusting some game play mechanics. However, with this being said, this is where the priority of the games criticism is being aimed at. A number of reviewers and gaming experts have said that the game is looking rough, that it’s a pointless remake or it’s simply just a mess. Which yes, this could be true, but nonetheless, I doubt that’s the reason why the public will be buying this game; why I will be buying this game. What makes the Rocksteady production so engaging is the amount of characters, stories and every other aspect being associated to Batman and in addition to this, the Unreal playing mechanics made the game flow perfectly whilst creating a very engrossing platform regardless if its 3 or 4.
Moreover, the game can look a mess or seem slightly out of date, but like I’ve said, people won’t be buying the game for to its new next-gen ‘perks’, people will be buying it because they are simply fans; may it be comic-fans or just fans of the Batman films or Batman himself. As soon as the game drops, gamers will be feeling a sense of nostalgia when playing with their favourite Bat, drawing themselves in a sense of fantasy, where they take control of The Dark Knight creating justice for those who ever tried to stop the infamous protagonist. If you can’t think of anything else better than that I suggest you sell your console.
Oh sorry, one more aspect why you should be buying this game….