Batman is one of the most iconic superheroes in the world. Since being born in 1940 through comic book illustrations, the Dark Knight has appeared in various other media such as cartoons, films, to video games. Since the end of The Dark Knight trilogy, directed by the genius director Christopher Nolan, Batman’s luck on the big screen has been less impressive than Marvel’s superheroes. However, in the world of video games, Batman is still unstoppable as a superhero who is most often adapted into the ranks of the best games.
Below are four Batman games that can prove the validity of this argument. And all of the following games are obligatory to be played by those of you who claim to be DC fanboys.
Injustice 2 (2017)
Injustice 2 is one of the best fighting games and DC Comics games to date. Point. It’s hard to argue with this fact when its predecessor, Injustice: Gods Among Us, has appeared so impressive that it was later matured to become much more perfect in this series.
The combat mechanics and core gameplay of Injustice 2 are still largely taken from the previous game. Of course, with additional adjustments such as new features that allow you to change armor, customize your character, to modify the abilities of your chosen hero.
Technically, Injustice 2 is not a Batman game. There are still characters from the Justice League, plus a row of other heroes and villains who accompany the batman in this game. However, still, who can refuse to see Batman in the coolest and most sophisticated costume that has never even been shown on the big screen?
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth Batman game in the Arkham franchise. The story solves the unfinished business of Batman in the Asylum series. Almost all memorable Batman villains are involved in this game (except Bane).
The developer, Rocksteady, did not forget to add the newest element of fun to this game, Batmobile. Bruce Wayne’s flagship vehicle will not only facilitate Batman’s transportation affairs, but will also be useful for solving puzzles for various combat needs. Although it sounds cool, it is precisely this point that is considered the weak point of the Knight game series.
If you are bored with the main mission, there are side missions that you can complete once in a while. Don’t forget the supporting characters of Batman who appear no less beautiful, such as Catwoman, Robin, and Nightwing who are able to present intense battle sequences.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Batman: Arkham Asylum was released at the exact time when The Dark Knight, one of the best Batman films and also the best superhero film in history, was another hit. This game was developed by Rocksteady, a British game studio which at that time was not as appreciated as it is today.
Everything that comes to mind when you hear the name Batman, is described very well in this game. Dark, brutal and intense. The story itself focuses on the Joker’s gait in the city of Gotham. After the king of clowns manages to escape, Batman must race against time to defuse the series of bombs that the Joker has planted across the city. The storyline is woven perfectly and almost flawlessly by Paul Dini, who is already famous for writing Batman stories in many other media.
Although Asylum has a superior combat system, this game focuses more on the stealth aspect. There are many doors that you have to open in different ways. For the voice-actor lineup, there are veteran names who are already full of experience, such as Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (Joker).
First released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Batman: Arkham Asylum has received a remastered product and can be played on next-gen consoles.
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Batman: Arkham Asylum has actually been very impressive to be self-sufficient as a game that pioneered the matter of ‘how to do a good and right way to make a superhero game’. However, the technology, production costs, and the ideas used in the process of making Asylum are certainly less ambitious and up-to-date than what Rocksteady had to develop a sequel to this game.
And Batman: Arkham Asylum performs its role very well as a “template” for a more perfect Batman game. All aspects that make Asylum so beloved by gamers, the backbone of the story, the ranks of voice actors, the combat system, stealth, to the level design, look more amazing and far more perfect in Batman: Arkham City which was released two years later.
Here, you can find enemies that were previously absent in Asylum. There’s Penguin, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, to Harley Quinn. Gotham’s landscape is made wider so that you can freely roam from one corner to another.
There is a high level of attention devoted to creating the most accurate detail and atmosphere possible to the city of Gotham, where the Dark Knight resides and crushes his enemies. Rocksteady succeeded in ensuring that there are no boring moments that gamers will encounter throughout the course of this game. Batman: Arkham City is the gold standard for how an action-adventure game (not only in the realm of superheroes) should be executed.