Rocksteady Studios made an almost perfect Batman game on its first attempt, so it must have been tough for the British developer to try and improve on that in subsequent sequels. Batman: Arkham City amplified the whole affair, tossing in more side missions than the previous instalment and building a much bigger playpen for you to patrol. Meanwhile, the forthcoming PlayStation 4 title Batman: Arkham Knight is throwing the Batmobile into the mix.
But what about the series' iconic combat? Well, regular readers will already know about the new Dual Play mechanic, which was announced earlier in the month. This essentially allows you to toggle between the Dark Knight and a few of his sidekicks, and in the video embedded below, you'll get a good look at Nightwing. The neat thing about the feature is that your combo will persist between characters, allowing you to build up to a tag-team takedown.
While there's no co-op functionality here – the computer will take control of the superhero that you don't currently have selected – this should add some variety to the property's punch-ups, as even from this short clip, it's clear that the different characters will have access to unique moves. Who are you most looking forward to fighting alongside? Throw a batarang in our general direction in the comments section below.
The traditional Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin, of course. However, I am interested to see what characters are available. I expect that 90+% of the time, I will be Batman and only switch if/when it becomes necessary - i.e Batman is stuck/trapped/unable to free himself.
As much as I am looking forward to the Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight is definitely my most anticipated game of 2015 if not this generation so far.
@BAMozzy I believe it's Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman.
What about bat girl?
I noticed those 3 in the video but wondered if there was any others. I wonder if Rocksteady have 1-2 surprises up their sleeve - like Batgirl - especially as she has her own story mission...
@johnny30 Batgirl is Barbara Gordon who in the Arkham games is crippled (using The Killing Joke as canon), hence being Oracle. The DLC with Batgirl will be set before her being shot in the spine.
Aah thought she might be able to team up with batman
Oh my gawd!!! This game is just looks better and better, with every new video Rock steady releases! I mean Batman and Nightwing team up take downs looks fricking insane fun!!! This is the one to look out for! Can't wait!!
@joseth418 I know Barbara Gordon was Batgirl but she isn't the only Batgirl - just like Robin isn't only Dick Grayson - I believe Tim Drake became Robin in Arkham City after Jason Todds - the second Robin - death....
Batgirl, in this instance, could be Cassandra Cain, daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, and was given the role of Batgirl under the guidance of Batman and Oracle. This could fit into the storyline of Arkham Knight and therefore allow her to team up with Batman.
@BAMozzy It would makes the Batgirl DLC much less interesting, if there is already a Batgirl in main campaign...
@whywai88 why would it make it less intereeting? Robin is no less interesting looking at the 4 robins. Bat girl would be fine long as Its interesting and don'e right.
@whywai88 As the Batgirl DLC is a separate story - much like Harley Quinns Revnge, it certainly wouldn't ruin that story or make it any less interesting by having Batgirl help you in this!
@BAMozzy didn't we see pictures of a red headed Batgirl though?? Wouldn't that suggest Barbara Gordon?? I mean I'm not sure on Cassandra Can't hair colour but I always always thought red head batgirl was Gordon's thing!
Cassandra Cain does have black hair - at least she is most often portrayed this way. It doesn't mean though that the Batgirl shown for the DLC is the same as the Batgirl that could be in the main game. The DLC could be Barbara Gordon and end with her becoming the Oracle and handing over Batgirl to Cassandra Cain.
I'll tell you whats gonna happen. The Joker is gonna come back after Batman finds out that after he blacked out in Arkham City that Clayface formed into The Joker and faked Joker's death while the real Joker escaped. Then, he returns to the Batcave and finds that The Joker is there holding Oracle hostage and forces Batman to watch him shoot her in the back of the head while she is sitting in her wheelchair.
@BAMozzy Yeah but the DLC is a prequel. And you can still have a batgirl/Bman team up in the DLC, only with Bgirl being the primary character. There's already enough team ups as it is in the main game imo.
@PSN_Dude I don't see them making another "surprise, it was The joker all along!" twist again. no, they aren't the ones who made origins but the tewo teams would of been in contact so either Origins wouldn't of had that twist or Knight won't It's too hacky & the Arkham games are well written.
@joseth418 Like I said, it could still be how the Batgirl became the Oracle and also explain how Cassandra Cain became the Batgirl in Arkham Knight (if she is in it) - Its still a prequel as it would have to happen before the setting of this and other Batman games as the Oracle is in all of these. It doesn't mean a Batgirl can't be in this and could lead to other 'skins' in the same way that Batman does. The PS4 timed exclusive skins has a Batman from 1966 (Adam West TV) as well as a Justice League 3000 skin - one from the past and future....
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