Introduction to Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Knight is here, and as we're sure most of you have heard, the game is no-longer for sale for the PC platform currently, due to a flood of performance issues. WB Games has pulled the title from store shelves, both physical and digital copies. Can you say “Holy botched game launch, Batman?” We usually don’t start a piece with such negativity. It's not the most engaging story setup, yet this time it’s really hard not to call a duck and duck, with regard to this release. If it walks like a duck... Well, you know the old adage, but is there more to Batman: Arkham Knight that might be redeeming in some way?
Batman Arkham Knight is the Fourth title in the series with the previous being Arkham Origins. The last title was a prequel setting up the connected universe, which began in Batman Arkham Asylum and continued through BM: Arkham City and now BM: Arkham Knight. In Arkham Knight, Batman must assist Commissioner Gordon and the remaining Gotham City Police in a final effort to take back the city from Scarecrow. The master of chemical-induced fear has forced out most of the citizens and flooded the dark dank streets of Gotham City with a super villain army. This is thanks to his mysterious alliance with a brand new nemesis not-so-coincidentally dubbed the Arkham Knight. This figure is new to the Batman mythos and also bears a striking—more tech-infused resemblance to Batman himself. To make things interesting and familiar all the same, Scarecrow has also teamed up with classic villains Harley Quinn, Penguin, Two-Face and the Riddler.
Much of the attraction to this series of Batman titles has been three-fold: great visuals, exciting action, and how it all comes together with great attention to detail on what it means to be Batman: undaunted detective, master martial artist and billionaire tech genius. Each game has captured that lightening in a bottle while ever-so slightly building and elaborating on that successful foundation. Fortunately, Batman Arkham Knight is no different. Read on...