First Impressions - Batman Arkham Knight

Available on PS4, XBONE, & PC; version played PS4

The Game
This is the third entry in RockSteady's Arkham games and picks up where Arkham City left off. I won't get into story specifics in this impression as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I am about three hours into the game and I have to say I am impressed. Rocksteady has done a great job visually with this game. I am personally glad that this game was built for the current gen platforms. This allows the game to take full advantage of what these platforms have to offer. The game plays a lot like the previous entries in the series, so there is some familiarity with the controls making it easy to jump into the game.

Graphically speaking the game is beautiful. Gotham looks like it does in the comics. The character models are also well done. The gameplay is the same as it was in the previous entries. With stealth takedowns being the order of the day for most combat situations. The new addition to the gameplay is the Batmobile. The Batmobile sections are a lot of fun, but I will say that the driving portions will take a little getting used to before you get the hang of it. It actually reminds me a lot of Burnout, in how the car handles in those sections. There are also some pretty cool cinematics that involve the Batmobile. You may have seen them in trailers but nothing beats it in game.

The voice acting is great. I know I can't be the only one who believes that Kevin Conroy is the best Batman period. All of the voice acting so far is great and add to the atmosphere of the game. The score is good as well. With some of the tones making it feel like a movie at some points.

Wrap Up
I am enjoying this game. I am looking forward to finishing this one up soon. I have read reports that the game is 12 hours long which is just about the length of the previous entries. I plan on doing a review for this game once I am finished with it, hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

Gameplay Vid

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