It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that my all-time favourite video game series is the Arkham trilogy. I’ve played those games so many times I’ve lost count, but that won’t stop me from playing them yet again.
As far as comic book video games go, Arkham Asylum rebranded the genre. The trilogy itself still remains the most popular comic book video game series.
Rocksteady combined everything I love about Assassins Creed gameplay, with everything I love about Batman the Animated Series’ characters.
The games themselves are timeless, and to prove it, I compiled a list of why they’re the best comic book video games of all time!
The Extended Arkham-Verse
Once I had become fully invested in Arkham Asylum, City and Knight, I wanted more. So, when I discovered that there had been comics and even novels released alongside both City and Knight I couldn’t get enough.
The stories filled gaps in the plot – especially for Arkham City. I finally knew why Catwoman was stealing from Two-Face, and why she had fallen out with Ivy.
Arkham Knight sold over 5 million copies, so it’s unsurprising that a lot of us bought into the accompanying merchandise.
Not only was there a novelisation of the game, there was a prequel novel, prequel comics, and a whole host of clothing and collectables.
I’d never say no to anything Arkham-related, and that definitely includes the merchandise.
Nobody can deny that what really makes the Arkham series amazing is that you truly can ‘be the Batman.’ The games perfectly bring the action from the comics to life – it’s a very immersive experience.
I always wanted to have a degree of control of Batman’s interactions. But, the ability to pick and choose side missions alongside the main plot does compensate for this.
Arkham City and Knight also offered us the opportunity to play as other characters – such as Catwoman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn. However, a lot of the female characters came under fire for being poor representations of their comic counterparts.
In Arkham Knight every key female character needs to be saved by Batman. Whereas, in the comics, they are standalone characters who are presented as a lot more independent.
It’s so self-explanatory. Every plot is a masterpiece.
The stories are quintessentially ‘Batman,’ and you get to see every villain you would hope.
Not to mention all the hidden easter eggs that point to other characters and other story arcs that fans recognise.
The way the plots connect makes it so hard to stop playing each game.
Ironically enough, I played Arkham City before Asylum. Although I may have seen the plot in reverse, I still appreciated the small hints towards what was coming next.
The way each objective flows from one to another is so smooth. In Arkham City I spent the whole time thinking that the main villains were Hugo Strange and the Joker. When the Ra’s al Ghul curveball came in? I was genuinely shocked!
Considering how long I’ve been reading Batman Comics, I should have learned by now to expect the unexpected. Somehow these games always surprise me.
Arkham Asylum was released in 2009. Just let that sink in… I was 10!
A decade of Arkham, and the games still compare to what’s being released today. So much so, that in 2016, Rocksteady remastered the original two games in glorious high definition.
Ten years later and people are still playing the much loved games. The only comic book game to top it has been Spiderman for PS4 – selling over 9 million copies.
So perhaps sales-wise Arkham has been knocked off its pedestal. However, as far as audience ratings go, it remains unbeatable after ten years.
It’s like I said… timeless. These games age incredibly – considering I’ve gone from child to adult since their release and still play them.
If you’re a comic book fan who’s new to gaming, the Arkham trilogy is the perfect place to start. Even with the inclusion of Arkham Origins, which is VERY underrated in my opinion… but that’s a discussion for another day, and another post.
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