16 Games Like Batman: Arkham

We have been living forever under the light of poorly made comic book based games, and now there is a benchmark to scale the genre that is surely gonna follow. In simple words Arkham Asylum is everything you ever wanted in a Batman game, I might include movie too. Well except for Batmobile, not saying it’s not there in the game, it is there and is an awesome one, but no option to pilot the beast.

So Arkham Asylum welcomes us to an action-adventure run where you get to play the Dark Knight in all his might. Thanks to Rocksteady studios, Eidos and Warner Bros Interactive studios for making this title available over all platforms. Game setting is in third person mode with a much interactive half open world and side quests on par with the main game story line. Game starts with Batman returning Joker to Arkham, the famous asylum for the criminally insane. If you are not a Batman fan, Arkham is pretty much what Ravencroft is for Spiderman or even Bellereve for Superman. Well, with Joker in hell breaks loose with all maniacs free and Batman is forced to hunt Mr.J down fighting all thugs and main villains forming the bose fight. You can play stealth with silent take downs, staying on shadows swinging through the top, sliding through Batman sized ventilators and manholes, or go straight to the thugs and fight old school. Controls are pretty much easy and you will be kicking some serious ass once you get the block figured. Arkham map is pretty intertwined and a little bit confusing, but you will get the hang of it. Another thing is the gadgets you could have your hands on, from smoke grenades, cryptographic analysers to controllable Battarangs and a cool Xray vision.

I must be honest here, the side quests are annoying, especially the collection of riddler trophies. Also smashing the thugs go a little to the irritating side towards the end. Among the boss fights, Scarecrow gameplay is pretty good, gives you the Batman Begins climax effect with backstory running. Also the collectables and side quests unlock various interview tapes which give in depth insight to various characters. Characters are well designed, especially Poison Ivy, If you know what I mean. And if you read comics, you are in for a treat of pretty accurate reproductions of all stuff you love.

And the voice acting cannot go any better than this - Kevin Conroy for Batman and Mark Hamill for Joker with Paul Dini holding the pen giving all you loved about Batman: The Animated Series. And till today this one stands Guinness record for the most critically acclaimed superhero game ever. If you are pumped up for Arkham Knight and haven’t played this one, you must. Undoubtedly best comic book game adaptation so far, pretty detailed with origin and development storylines as well.

So once you are done with the game, you can relive the insanity with successors - Arkham City and Arkham Origins. Trust me, this will be the most you will ever get to feel like Batman. This is both the game we deserve and we need. I would have gladly given a 10 if not for some adjustments in the climax. Not spoiling it. Would settle for 9. Game on.
The Game!
Some of the most dangerous criminals of Gotham City have escaped into the city itself and now it is up to the Gotham City Police Department to earn their salary!
Psyche! No they ain’t doing nothing, its of course, the Batman who is doing the capturing. Fight with joker, Two Face, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Mr. Hammer, Hugo Strange, Solomon Grundy and even Deathstroke and bring them into the very doubtful custody premises of Gotham Prison, for the 8000th time!
The Gameplay!
The gameplay of Batman: Arkham City Lockdown is very linear, voice overs are done to show the context of the game progression and the main story and then it cuts immediately down to a scene where a henchmen stops abruptly as Batman makes his Superhero entry and then boom-pow, they fight, wherein you must use all your touch screen gaming experience to master the fluid battle system of this title and defeat them one by one till you finish the whole deal. Its kind of like Def Jam Fight without the motion cutscenes, PG 13 rated.
The Company!
Developed by THE NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat) and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the iOS and Android, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown was released on 7th December 2011 for iOS and on 26th June 2013 for the Android.
The Appeal!
Batman!
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Though it won’t affect any gaming experience or even might enhance the same, I would strongly recommend you play the Arkham Asylum beforehand. Story Follows the mad happenings of previous installment keeping the Third person view, Enhanced Open world, Side quest and a more twisted story. And one more perk, you can play as Catwoman this time. And they have made it almost as cool as the Dark Knight himself.

The gameplay can be divided into the same pattern as predecessors. All dark retro styled Arkham City to explore, which is almost the northern part of Gotham in a cold time. The grapnel gun is more fun this time as you have a whole City to traverse over the buildings, under the sewers and I must say it looks magnificent. It gives ample opportunities of sneak attacks, silent take down, glide kicks or you can barge in and break bones, stun the thugs or play ghost inside smoke bombs. And as you advance, the combat skills can be upgraded along with Gadgets just like in Asylum. You will soon find yourself flying over the Bridge, Glide kicking and collecting riddler trophies. To be honest I Ignored the side quests almost completely as I was excited much to find out what Protocol 10 is, plus we got a dying Joker with effects from Titan venom. Hugo declaring Batmans idendity along with some Protocol 10 which leads Batman on to the trail. It would be heresy if I spill out the story here, still it goes on something like this. Batman saves Catwoman from Two Face and then from Joker which leads him to Mr. Freeze and then to Ras Al Gul himself with Solomon Grundy on the way. To add spice to the story line you will encounter Talia, Harley Quinn and even get to play as Catwoman for a while. Plot covers major characters and elements in Batman universe and Its pretty gripping without any annoyance or repetitions. In fact after the dramatic ending scene you will try to extend it all with Harley Quinns Revenge, where Robin is a playable character.

Arkham City is undoubtedly topping up the standards set by Arkham Asylum. Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill and Paul Dini are just other reasons to get yourself into this action adventure experience. I have enjoyed this one a lot, more or less on the level of Asylum and that way I was able to forgive Rocksteady and Warner Bros for all repetitions there were. It would go around some 9 out of 10 from me. I wonder why would anyone want to live in Arkham or even Gotham, answer me DC.
The Game!
Three months after the events of Arkham Asylum, there is a huge and mysterious explosion at the Blackgate Prison, many criminals get out of their cells including the big ones, The Joker, The Penguin and The Black Mask, who gathers other inmates to form a faction in the prison. The prison is divided into three areas, The Cell Block, The Administration Offices and The Industrial Area.
Batman kicks batman levels of awesomeness in the scene now but soon finds out that its more than a mere uprising. In the game series this is where he first meets with Catwoman and connects with a young Commissioner Gordon.
The Gameplay!
For the Nintendo DS and PS Vita, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is made in 2.5 Dimension setting, meaning it looks like a 3D game but it is not actually. The moves and actions, even jumping are restricted to a level and the story mainly follows in comic style of screens something sort of as seen in Sly Cooper game series.
The actions are however not dull and the gameplay progress is quite intriguing, overall not a bad experience to tell you the truth. But if you are looking to have the same, over the limit awesome experience with full satisfaction of a Batman Arkham series game then this will hugely disappoint you.
The Company!
Developed by Armature Studio and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita and then for sale on XBox and PS shops along with Wii U and PC. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate was released in October 2013 and then later in April 2014.
The Appeal!
It all looks very promising on the surface but soon loses all its hype for a hardcore gamer or the series’ action and stealth lover. However for any casual gamer it’s a big diamond among the very short amount of the games they have for the Nintendos and Vitas.
This one is the least loved one in the Arkham series which is often criticized for being exactly like the previous versions. But not any bit less enjoyable, pretty developed characters, neat story line and fast travel option. And one spoiler, word Origins is about Joker and one get to play the The Killing Joke, not entirely though. But enough to get the reference if you know the Comics. And that’s enough to forgive everything wrong about this game, which is not much for me.

This could be the third best Batman game ever, just because of the high standards set by first two. Though not by Rocksteady but Games Montreal, still It got all that you love about the Arkham series and also quite a few bugs with a Multiplayer option no one asked for. Open world, stealth and fast travel with Batwing or you can choose old school gliding and grappling taking away all thugs on way in slow motion. Rocksteady and Warner Bros finally understood DC calling Batman, the Greatest Detective and decided to add crime scene analysis and reproduction with analysis of date from Batcave. Which is pretty cool and too futuristic at the same time. All other gadgets are intact- controllable battarang, Cryptographic sequencer, Smoke bombs and upgradable combat points. Another great excitement about this game is Deathstroke. That boss battle was one of the finest I have ever played and it almost felt like a cinematic action sequence. Kudos to the developers for that.

The game setting was actually apt which is before Joker, where Batman is actually learning about Joker from a Black Mask crime scene. Deathstroke playing the in and out main Boss, while Electrocutioner, Copperhead, Bane, Harley and Penguin adding to the story line. Game almost ends like Dark Knight movie and they were pretty much trying to brand it an Origin story to the series which might have been the bad side too.

I would strongly recommend DC original animated movie - Assault on Arkham, as an encore for this game. Game doesn’t feature our famous voice actors, but you won’t notice it much and some sloppy writing is actually forgivable. And there is an after credits scene to look out for. I would give it an 8. And not a game to miss.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The Game!
Joker is dead, for a year now and other evils are trying to unfurl their hoods as to be the next poster boy/girl for crime. On a cold mundane night a restaurant is visited by a strange customer in the corner, Scarecrow! Who lets out an emission of a lethal sanity exploding poisonous gas and threatens to drop the big one of it on the city, over Six Million people are evacuated from the city leaving only the criminals and psychos behind along with greatly outnumbered GCPD.
Batman has to stop the looming threat of these sick bastards and thus he carries out his vigil to thwart their another dangerous attempt to take over the city. But he gets knocked down flat on his batface when a short while later he meets his match, The Arkham Knight!
And the game begins…
The Gameplay!
The game plays out like previous titles in a third person, behind the guy camera view which is can be controlled anyhow in the open world, super HD Gotham City, the action in the game is like before only with more this and that by which we meant more gadgets, of course. Oh and also there is Batmobile! You know, for all the GTA-Batman-Style’s sake. You control the Batmobile from time to time, you use it to catch enemy, deflect enemy, outrace enemy, flipping the enemy a huge bird and also to rescue people and make custom paths!
All these things, the action system, the gadgets, the Batmobile, we mean everything that makes us love this series as a game so much are just properties of this great game because without any purpose those awesome stuffs are just plain boring, and that is why the threat, the danger, the tension, the villains and the losses that one experience in the game’s progression they make its all worthwhile and satisfactory, together.
And Batman AK nails it again.
The Company!
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, it was released on 23rd June 2015. Although do not buy the PC port of this title, its faulty and bugged heavily so much so that WB offered full refunds for the PC titles no matter how much time they were kept for.
The Appeal!
Batman! Batmobile!!
And the engaging story written and developed exclusively for this title by Martin Lancaster, Sefton Hill and Ian Ball.

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