Hey everyone! Since I did my last post on Batman, I figured I’d continue that but delve into the games that have come out. More specifically the Arkham series. Since the new game is set to come out in a few months, I think that is even more reason to write on it, don’t you?
I began the Arkham series by playing a demo of Arkham Asylum at a local gamestop. I didn’t really care for it to be honest, I thought it was only going to be a beat-em-up game and so I lost interest. But some time after that I decided to rent it while gamefly (a company I really don’t care for anymore, therefor my reason not to capitalise it’s name). I rented it, ordered a pizza from Dominos and sat in front of my tv. From the opening scene, I’ll admit I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. I played it really late at night into the morning when I’d have to wake up for school. By the end of it, I felt like that was one of the best Batman games I’d ever played. I was let down a bit though by the final boss battle but still I was fulfilled by the game. The story had been a good length and the horrors in Arkham still haunt today.
Some time later, Arkham City was announced and I followed the news on it religiously. Oh yes, my girlfriend knows that very well. I watched all the trailers and gameplay videos. I couldn’t get enough of it. So when it came out I jumped on it and played that for endless hours. The darker story and new open environment helped out a lot and made it a far superior game than the previously meantioned. The additon of side missions and downloadable content helped out too. Meeting characters I’d only read about or vaguely seen in the cartoons or comics was an added bonus. I especially loved meeting Azrael and finding all of the Riddler Trophies. I’ve probably played through Arkham City at least 20 times, and recently finished it in one sitting. And by the end, that story sticks with you for a long time after. The twists and turns and finally figuring everything out is one hell of a ride.
Finally, when they announced Arkham Origins I was thrilled for it. A prequel to the series, how could it go bad? I became almost obsessed, oh yes Nikki knows this very well. I frequented the website and followed all of the news all over again. I didn’t care that it was being developed by another studio, as long as it would have that same feel to it the other games did. It finally came out and that same day I rode a bus out to get the game I’d waited for for months. Now, unlike a lot of people, I really enjoyed the game. I thought the story was a good length, could’ve been longer but I thought it was fine. The characters were great, I loved seeing a younger Gordon, untrusting of the Batman. I loved seeing a younger, unprofessional Bruce Wayne. I really loved seeing a different Joker. Don’t get me wrong, Mark Hamill has always been THE Joker. But bringing in a different voice actor was sort of refreshing. Troy Baker brought out more to the character than I could’ve thought. His glee and laughter, it was all haunting but charming in a way. People complained about replacing the original Batman and Joker voice actors but I don’t see why. I think the new guys did a great job and brought new life to the characters. By the ending, I was completely satisfied and listening to the credits while Troy Baker as The Joker singing Hank Williams was amazing! I really recommend this game and unlike a lot of people, I never faced any game-breaking glitches.
As for the Arkham Knight game coming out. I’m not that excited for it to be honest. I, for one thing, don’t like that it won’t be on the Xbox 360. They claimed it’s because of the Batmobile taking up too much space and being too well designed but I wouldn’t have cared if they downgraded the graphics just enough to put in on the 360. Also some of the characters don’t look quite right to me. Scarecrow looks like a behemouth, Gordon looks younger, and the Batsuit looks too armored. It looks too heavy and metal. I think realistically and that suit bothered me, stealth-wise. I have read the prequel comic that was just released and I do recommend that, but as far as Arkham Knight is, I don’t think I’ll pick it up.
Anyway, thanks for reading my blog today. I might just hop on Arkham Origins again. So again, thanks for reading and hope you comment and tell me what you think. Thank you.