There is no getting away from the fact that Rocksteady’s two Batman games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were absolutely fantastic. I know that many people will praise Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies as the be all and end all of anything Batman, but for me as a guy who has been a Batman fan since my dad got me a Batman and Riddler action figure set back in 1987 nothing comes close to capturing Batman like these two games did.
Both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were great games, and I think that even a person who was just a casual Batman fan or even someone who was not really a Batman fan at all could get into those games. They were so well developed from both a game play point of view and a presentational one. Both these games for me are a perfect example of how to tell a great story in a video game.
Now if you do not already know it has been said that the next Batman game from Rocksteady will be set in the “silver age” and it will show how Batman first encountered The Joker. It has also been reported that other members of the Justice League will make an appearance. So far it has not been said if you will actually play as these character or who they are, but for my money Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern. These are the original Justice League members, and given the attention to detail that Rocksteady have I am sure they will all feature in some way. Now if I were a betting man my money would be on that this game will appear on this current Xbox 360, but that leads me to my question what can we expect from old Bats on the Xbox One or whatever the console will be called?
Now hopefully it will still be Rocksteady at the helm, and given the tremendous critical and financial success of there games I would be very surprised if they were not. First and foremost it has to be story driven. Given there track record this really is not a issue. Batman is a character who can be interpreted in many different ways so they have a ton of source materiel to pick from. I also think that one of the things that makes Batman so great is the fantastic assortment of villains he has, and Rocksteady have done a great job at making some cool little changes to the characters. Doing a great job at making them instantly recognizable, but also making them fit into there game world perfectly.
We know that making a great and interesting story is not a issue for these guys. For me the most interesting thing is what will they do with the game play. Batman Arkham Asylum really made me feel like I was Batman, and Arkham City just tightened everything that was already great in Arkham Asylum. So the big question is what can they do to change things up?
I think that Kinect would be a huge mistake in one way, but good in another. I would love to see some voice commands incorporated. Perhaps you can actually ask Alfred to send you things or call the Batmobile. I would not want to do this all the time maybe just once in the whole game would be enough, and I am sure it would be a memorable experience. I certainly would not want any kind of motion control to be used, but I think the voice commands do have some potential.
Microsoft’s new tablet the “Smart Glass” looks phenomenal, and we all know that there is going to be some kind of connectivity between it and the next generation Xbox. Batman Arkham City is getting a re-release on the Nintendo Wii U, and I think that the way they are using the Wii U’s tablet control to access certain parts of the game is a fantastic idea. This is certainly something that I feel has a place in a next generation Batman game. It does look like a lot of fun using the table to do things such as check out a crime scene.
For me the key is to not overuse these I guess you could call them gimmicks. Above all else for the majority of the game I would like to just use my standard controller, but every once in a while I would love to use some of the “gadgets” like Kinect or Smart Glass. Lets face it Batman does like to pull out all of his cool gadgets, and I think that would be really fun in small doses in a next generation Batman game. Perhaps they can develop a utility belt that can hold our controller and the smart glass tablet. OK, so maybe that idea is going a little to far.
I think in terms of super heroes The Dark Knight is a character who has been treated better than most in terms of video games. Even before the two games from Rocksteady as far as I am concerned there were far more good Batman games than bad. I think he is a character that transcends into the world of video games very well, and I know that while I am very excited for this new “silver age” game I am always thinking a step ahead of how Batman will grapple hook his way onto the Xbox One.
Article by - Jason Delacey
Insert Date: 08/28/2012
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