So if anyone read my Batman Arkham Origins review and have seen the new Batman Arkham Knight trailer, you’ll know why i’ve got such a hard-on. No? Fine, let me show you:
Yes! Rocksteady has taken back the wheel that only they can handle and are the primary developers of Batman’s next adventure.
Now, this game is being considered the concluding chapter to the Arkham series. Personally, I hope this is bullshit and nothing more than speculation. The great thing about comics is that the stories can keep going. Batman’s first comic appearance was in 1939 in Detective Comics 27 and Bruce Wayne is still kicking all kinds of ass today. Why they would feel the series is in need of a final chapter is beyond me. I genuinely think its because they’re running out of things to call the game. Asylum, City and Origins was good. Knight is a bit of a stretch but i’ll let that go because…well…he’s Batman.
The game is also introducing a completely new villain called Arkham Knight (ahhhh, ok). The character is being developed by Geoff Johns, the genius behind Blackest Night so I am fully expecting something awesome.
Kevin Conroy is scheduled to make his return. Am I happy about this? I don’t know. As much as I love Conroy’s ability to play the Dark Knight, Roger Craig Smith did a fantastic job in the last game (the best thing about the last game, by the way), and to hear he won’t make the last game is a shame, but at least we know we have someone who knows what he’s doing.
The villains we know of are Scarecrow, Harley Wuinn, Two-Face and Penguin as well as the new dude. I was under the impression that Scarcrow was Croc chow so I’m looking forward to seeing how he makes his return. The game is set in a new and bigger Gotham with Batmobile sized roads and the story is centered around a new strain of Crane’s fear toxin. He’s also united a selection of Batman’s rogue’s gallery to kill him and so far, the story doesn;t sound all too original and I expect better from rocksteady, but they are more than deserving of the benefit of the doubt
By my count, there are over 400 gargoyles that patrol the Gotham skyline. Thats about 100 rooftops in total. I’ve perched on top of most of them at some point. Most of them are in the Diamond District. I’ve spent so much time up there I even have a favorite gargoyle. Alfred said that I spend too much time in the cowl. Its hard to argue when you have a favourite gargoyle. I call him Jason. Tonight is one of the many nights i’ll be spending with Jason in the next few weeks. Why? Because and old friend of mine has been active after too short a time in Blackgate. I’ll give it too him, Cobblepot’s got some friends in
Beyond does soemthing remarkable at its climax. It asks a very simple question. This question, had you been asked by a friend or family member on almost any other day, would be simple. But somehow, at the end of this journey, you find yourself pausing to really think on an otherwise easy question. Thats what this game does. It shows you things you may never have experienced, and asks you questions you’re not prepared for. Does it work? Absolutely. Another 9/10!
What I Expect of Tomb Raider
I expect the new Lara to add something other versions (including Angelina’s…) lacked; character. I know this is an origin story, so I don’t expect much in the area of actual tomb raiding. I am hoping to see the journey of a young and perhaps even naive adventurer turn her into something great. And rape noises…apparently???
Perhaps on par with AC2 as my favourite of the franchise, AC4 took me by suprise. What I expected was a game that was going to throw away all we loved about the previous games but what I got was a game that added so much more to it. It will almsot be weird to play future games that don’t have naval combat. The Jackdaw becomes a home away from home and I’ll miss it if I don ‘t get to sail it again. 9/10!
What I Expect of Beyond Two Souls
Perhaps its too much, but I expect it to give Heavy Rain a run for its money. I’ve heard nothing but great things of it so far so I expect it to live up to that potential. Ellen Page. Willem Defoe. Quantic Dream. I expect nothing less from three great sources.