Reviews have been flooding in for Rocksteady Games’ “Batman: Arkham Knight,” their apparent final outing in the ‘Arkham’ series. Unsurprisingly reviews have been gushing with GameSpot’s 7/10 being the only non-excellent review the game seems to have scored so far.
‘Arkham Knight’ is currently scoring a 91/100 on Metacritic. Only two games have scored higher this year – “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” which scored between 91-94 depending upon format, and the PS4’s “Bloodborne” with 92/100. In the greater scheme of things, 91/100 is on par with the score the original “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” behind the 96/100 earned by its sequel “Batman: Arkham City,” and way above the 74/100 that the non-Rocksteady “Batman: Arkham Origins” nabbed.
Reviews have not been entirely ecstatic with the Batmobile missions and some of the side quests scoring criticism for being repetitive or monotonous, whilst the storytelling has been criticised for its predictability and blandness at times.
Yet even the most critical of the reviews have simply gushed about the gameplay and controls, graphics, world building, attention to detail, and so forth. Here’s a few choice quotes:
“It’s the best-looking game across all three platforms (yes, even over The Witcher 3), but more importantly it just delivers in every aspect you could hope for. It’s challenging and engaging, expansive and enticing. Its game-world is wholly realised and gorgeous to look at, but above all else, it tells such an incredible story in so many new and unique ways, it’s impossible to ignore.” – AusGamers
“Rocksteady built a special experience that dazzles with its cleverness, intelligence, and ability to shift from kick-ass Batman moments to emotional gut punches to scenes stripped straight from some of Batman’s greatest comic book stories. Lock yourself away, avoid social media and friends, and finish this game. You won’t want this one spoiled for you.” – Game Informer
“Arkham Knight offers an unparalleled interactive superhero experience that’s as rich as any fan could hope for – this is one of the best open worlds I have ever had the pleasure of exploring, and one of the nicest-looking games on PS4. Without overcomplicating the Batmobile’s purpose in Arkham Knight and a slightly less disappointing campaign, this would’ve been close to a perfect sign-off for Rocksteady’s Caped Crusader.” – Games Radar
“If this is in fact the last Rocksteady-developed Batman game, the series will end on a high note. Arkham Knight is the biggest Batman game yet, not just in map size, but in the wide range of different types of gameplay, and its collection of characters. The addition of tank combat thematically clashes with everything Batman stands for, but it is fun, and having access to the Batmobile for the first time gives us a new world of possibilities for interacting with Gotham City. Arkham Knight is an outstanding game on almost every level.” – IGN
“Before Batman: Arkham Knight, I didn’t think I needed to play another Batman game. Blame the sour taste left by Arkham Origins, blame plain old Batman fatigue, but I didn’t have a burning desire to don the cowl again. I was an idiot. Rocksteady has said this is its last Batman game, and I’m praying to the New Gods that they’re on the level. After Arkham Knight, Batman has been perfected – and the end result is the best game of this console generation.” – Polygon
“What Batman: Arkham Knight does well, however, it does really well. Gotham is a dazzling playground where neon lights pierce through the rain and mist; all it takes is a single glimpse to tell you that this is a city in need. Moreover, many individual elements are so carefully constructed, and presented with such flair, that appreciation is the only reasonable reaction. Yet most of these elements–excellent acting, wonderful animations, moody soundtrack–are ones that Batman: Arkham City also excelled in, making Arkham Knight’s missteps all the more noticeable. Rather than escape the pull of the games that spawned it, The Bat’s newest adventure refines the fundamentals; it is a safe but satisfying return to the world’s most tormented megalopolis.” – Gamespot
“Batman: Arkham Knight” hits stores this Tuesday, June 23rd. Sadly UK fans of the game have been hit by some bad news with the ‘Exclusive Limited Edition’ Xbox One version being delayed several weeks at the last minute by Amazon UK. To compensate for the delay, Amazon will send out download codes will allow those who pre-ordered the game to have access to it and play it the day of release. The Limited Edition physical copies will then ship mid-July.