The fun never ends here at Push Square Towers. Yes, the lights may have been turned off at the LA Convention Centre, but Batman: Arkham Knight is right around the corner – and reviews for the hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 title are already starting to appear. You'll have to wait a little while longer for us to formulate our opinion, but here are some samples from around the web.
Polygon - 10/10
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, trying to find more meat on the Batman bone would define futility. After Arkham Knight, Batman has been perfected — and the end result is the best game of this console generation.
Video Gamer - 10/10
It's epic; it's grand; it's addictive; it's ridiculously good-looking and it's going to be remembered for a long time to come. A masterpiece.
Game Informer - 9.5/10
At the end of it all, Batman: Arkham Knight delivers a great sense of closure for this series. Rocksteady leaves a few plot threads dangling to tease and taunt us, but the grim tale that started all the way back in Arkham Asylum is done. I walked away from Arkham Knight shocked, satisfied, and in dire need of someone to discuss the story with. 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.
IGN - 9.2/10
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.
GameSpot - 7/10
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.
Will you be indulging in Rocksteady's latest release next week, or are you planning to counter the big PS4 title like a thug? Throw a batarang with your thoughts into the comments section below.
I can't wait for my copy to arrive on Tuesday!! I have the previous Rocksteady Batman games on both last gen consoles and had this pre-ordered for over a year so if that doesn't tell you how much I have been wanting this, I don't know what will.
Pretty impressive reviews.
Waiting for preload to start on Saturday.
Gamespot gives another less positive review for a much anticipated game, sounds like it's criticizing the game for been too much like Arkham City, how that's a bad thing I don't know but then again it's gamespot.
Digital Foundry say that there debug PS4 copy ran very smoothly. Sounds like Rocksteady did a good job.
IGN never gives anything a 10. "Too much rain!"
I haven't played the game so I guess I can't criticize Gamespot too much... But as the saying goes "Why fix what isn't broken?"
@zeldagaymer93 I agree. I always find it funny when a site will criticize one game for not changing enough from the previous but then praise another sticking to a tried and true formula.
All the same from the moment this game was announced I knew I was going buy it.
@Riririn they gave skyward sword a 10 lol
But yeah great news! Looking forward to playing on tuesday
Can't wait for this, shame the batmobile combat sounds as dull as I feared but there's plenty more to be getting on with.
Roll on next week
I'm in looks like a blast.
Sounds good. Too much to play right now but I'll eventually want to play it.
Rental, I thought city was boring. I'll make my own mind up you guys put up a review and play it myself.
I like some change from game to game or it's like your playing the same one, seems like ALL THESE games are the same, played last two, will skip the SAME here
Haha what a reviews and game deserves just 7/10
Very close to just buying the PS4 Batman bundle really want to play this plus summer so I have free time.
Mine is paid off & waiting for me at my local gamestop for Tuesday. Will dive right in after I play Tales from the Borderlands ep 3.
Wow, hope this is as good as asylum...
Exactly, Asylum was the best so far, gonna wait till it drops in price. The full editions of this game are daylight robbery.
@Neolit I'm still waiting for GOTY version too. Hopefully all DLC will be included, well the story missions anyways.
Didn't expect reviews this early. Good to see it turned out well though.
After reading the reviews I liked Gamespots the most. Not because of the score but because things are explained well. Sounds like the series still suffers from middling boss battles and now the forced batmobile missions are enough for me to lose interest. He says an entire third of the game is relegated to fighting boring automated tanks over and over. No thanks, will wait.
Gamespot are just looking to generate clickbait, as always. I wouldn't even pay them any mind.
I've never understood why some people think Asylum is better than City. I mean, it's fine if someone likes it more but to say it's better is kind of a stretch. Especially given that Asylum is more limited, shorter, worse animations, less smooth combat, etc.. The only thing it has over City are the Scarecrow scenes and maybe the Asylum itself.
As for City, the only thing I didn't like about it was that the Gotham City element didn't really feel that, it just felt like an Asylum moved into a city. Which it kinda was but still. I wanted to be able to experience Gotham City, not a deformed, sectioned off ghetto version of it.
Thankfully Arkham Knight not only has that going for it, but the addition of the Batmobile as well, so this will be day 1 for me. I don't really see why anyone would see the initial as "daylight robbery" when most of the DLC is more or less just a mild distraction from the main game. Seems kinda pointless to wait like 6 monthes or so for DLC that will likely only be entertaining for 2 hours.
Umm... Have you seen a single video for this game? It has plenty different about it. What do you think, that they spent nearly 4 years just copying and pasting things from the past 3 games into a new one? You make it sound like this is one of the annual Assassin's Creed releases when it couldn't be further from it.
This does look very good. I was going to pick it up day one but I have so many games that I need to finish first.
I've got to try and finish The Witcher, Dying Light, GTA V, Far Cry 4 before September as thats when all the big triple A's start rolling out. I have a lot more games on PS4 and XB1 I haven't finished or played for some time due to me being inpatient and getting games day one. I have decided that from now on im going to finish games before buying more.
Besides, by the time I have finished the games in my backlog these new games will have not only dropped in price but will also have been patched several times so im going to get a better more polished experience.
It only took me 30 years to figure that out lol.
@WARDIE I try to do the same thing. But I can't wait for Batman although I just picked up FF type 0 this morning for $22. Low enough price now for me to play a little and then sit on it when Batman comes out.
@vegeta11 What? Seriously? Where?! That's a great deal.
@Riririn not strictly true, ign will give out a ten providing your games called halo, gta 4 zelda and yawn yawn blah blah
@Superstick I'm a pro member at Gamestop & it was used so I automatically got 10% off & then had a 20% off a used game coupon about to expire that I paired it with. Thrifty shopping! About 2 hours in and really enjoying Type - 0.
If your concern is that the setting is empty, then that isn't the case here at all. With 15 "Cases" that you can pursue at any time, ranging from chasing down a certain flying arsonist to eliminating the militia watchtowers, there's plenty to do in the city besides riddles. The end-game has 243 riddles to solve and they're surprisingly diverse, ranging from hacking riddlers robots to literally bring you the trophy (something I find hilarious), to disabling a bomb the riddler set in someone's noggin.
So no, that isn't a problem with this game. The only serious flaw is that the boss battles are as bad as they have ever been. As far as the city itself, it has more than enough to offer.
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