While Batman does appear in a number of games like Injustice and LEGO, he got the spotlight all to himself only during the Arkham games that were released by Rocksteady as a trilogy and of course, WB Games’ Arkham Origins. While this list does rank the games from worst to best, you should skip none of them if you are a Batman fan, as all of them are quite fun. While you might have to deal with wonky mechanics or imperfections in some of the older titles, they are still definitely worth getting into. Unfortunately, we have no news of any new games being in development currently, and we can only hope a new series of Batman titles are developed soon, as we can’t wait to see our favorite caped crusader back in action. You can play these top Batman Arkham games on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Andriod or even online.
4. Arkham Origins (2013)
Developed by Warner Bros Games, it is the only title on this list that was not developed by Rocksteady Studios. Arkham Origins takes us to Bruce Wayne’s early years and instead of being the calm and methodical superhero that we know, Batman is brash and aggressive. When it comes to the gameplay, Origins is no different from the trilogy by Rocksteady. However, the story and atmosphere are completely unique. While a number of critics may have been disappointed with the title, Arkham Origins is definitely one of the best superhero games ever made.
When it comes to the storyline, it’s Christmas time, and Gotham turns into a killing field with a $50,000,000 bounty being placed on Batman’s head. Eight infamous killers including Bane, Killer Croc, and Deathstroke set out to hunt down the vigilante. You find yourself in the worst possible situation as you are forced to take down one assassin after another. Gotham City is covered in snow, and it is definitely one of the most beautiful iterations of Gotham we have seen in the Arkham Games, with its beautiful color palette and stunning iterations of some of the most iconic buildings in the comics.
You get to explore iconic locations like Wonder Tower and Sionis Mill. You also get to travel to an island that is linked to Gotham via a bridge. Travel is something that did not feature Origins. With a much bigger map in place and the same old mode of travel, it just gets boring to move from one place to another. And if you have played Arkham Knight where you get to drive your Batmobile, playing Origins after the latest title will be a bore. The Batwing is available to make travel easier, but it’s far from interesting. You will have to hack all of the comms towers manually to enable fast travel in the first place and considering how less backtracking there is in the game, you will be bored with the travel mechanics. While the outdoors might not be too impressive, the indoors look just stunning, and you will love exploring all of the large-scale buildings that the game puts you in.
When it comes to the gameplay itself, it feels a lot like Assassin’s Creed with basic combos. Do not expect fancy movement mechanisms of over-the-top combat as the game is more about the Batman experience and less about top-notch combat. If you have played any of the other Arkham games, you would find yourself right at home with this one. You need to time your dodges if you do not want to end up dying over and over again. The detective mode that involves finding clues is reworked to be more fluid, and it does feel much better than what Arkham Asylum has to offer. Overall, it might be the weakest title on the list, but it definitely deserves a shot. The game is available for the Xbox One, thanks to the backward compatibility, and if you want to play it on PS4, you have to use PS Now or Xbox’s backwards compatibility to play it.