By Matt Williams
Since the release of “Batman: Arkham Asylum” in 2009, the Arkham series has been considered the ultimate comic book-based video game series of all time. In 2011, “Batman: Arkham City” became a Guinness World Record holder as being the “Most critically acclaimed superhero game of all time.”
On June 23, 2015, Warner Bros. and Rocksteady released the latest and final chapter of the series titled “Batman: Arkham Knight.” Unlike its predecessors which were released on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, “Arkham Knight” was released on the next-generation consoles such as Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. This change allowed many new enhancements to be made to the game series, such as a new and improved graphics engine. Rocksteady, “Arkham Knight’s” developer stated that the polygons used to create one character in “Arkham Knight” was more detailed than the entire environment of “Arkham Asylum.”
A new addition to the Arkham series is the fully functional and driveable Batmobile, which has only been seen as a static piece of decoration in previous releases. The player can drive the batmobile around Gotham City to get from point A to point B in much less time than before, as well as using its very handy “Battle Mode.” This addition really turned “Arkham Knight” into a completely different kind of game than any of the previous Arkham entries.
“Batman: Arkham Knight” is the first game of the Arkham series to receive a Mature rating, rather than the Teen rating. This is not because of gratuitous violence or language, but rather a darker turn than the previous game with some scenes considered too gory for teens, such as deliberately killing innocent civilians and torturing enemies.
In conclusion, “Arkham Knight” is a brilliant game in terms of graphics and a must-have for gamers and geeks alike. It is by far the best game of 2015 to date.