Quite honestly, there are a wealth of games to choose from for most anticipated title of 2015. We’ve got the likes of the Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, Star Wars Battlefront 3, The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne to look forward to, but as a hardcore fan of both the Arkham series and DC Comics in general, my excitement for Batman: Arkham Knight is on another level.
The Arkham series has really helped to give a voice to popular superheroes in games like no other, and I’m extremely happy with what Rocksteady has been able to accomplish so far. The studio has nailed the gritty atmosphere we’ve come to expect from Batman, especially after the fantastic Christopher Nolan trilogy, and in every game they’ve managed to put in enough Easter eggs and lore to satisfy even the most hardcore DC fans. Even the one Arkham game which was outsourced to Warner Brothers Montreal studio, which some consider to be inferior, was still a solid game, with Arkham Origins still being able to pull of a great Joker story.
But Batman: Arkham Knight is the finale to the epic trilogy from Rocksteady, and you know the studio is going to pull out all the stops when it comes to delivering an explosive climax. What we know so far is this: Scarecrow has manipulated the authorities in Gotham into evacuating the city under threat of releasing his infamous fear toxin, and as usual, it’s up to Batman to stop him. There’s also a brand new villain running around known only as the Arkham Knight. Details on this character are scarce at the moment, with speculation rife as to who his identity could truly be, but one way or another, he’s out for blood against Batman.
We know Kevin Conroy will be returning to voice the Dark Knight for one last time, and the enigmatic Troy Baker will be returning to lend his voice to that of Harvey Dent, whom we last saw getting beaten senseless by Selina Kyle. There’s still no word on whether Catwoman will be returning for the finale, but you have to expect she will, given the success of her side missions in Arkham City.
From what we’ve seen of the gameplay it looks fundamentally the same as what came before, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With one small exception: the Batmobile. Batman’s iconic ride will finally be making it’s debut in the series, but this is mainly because the whole of Gotham has now opened up as your playground, as before when it was only Arkham. Now you’ve got streets to race around in, but slightly more important, other enemy vehicles to fight, which come in the form of drone tanks employed by the Arkham Knight himself. The Batmobile will undoubtedly change how you get from A to B, and I’m really looking forward to it bringing an exciting new element of gameplay to the Arkham series.
There you have it, Batman: Arkham Knight is my most anticipated title for 2015. If you have any other views, or if there’s anything I’ve left out, feel free to let me know in the comments below.