Without a doubt, even with its myriad PC port problems right after the day one launch, Batman: Arkham Knight is a solid frontrunner for game of the year. With a bevy of content, such as Riddler Trophy quests, numerous Most Wanted Missions, and the recent Batgirl DLC, it’s obvious Rocksteady Studios wanted to give fans as much bang for their buck as possible, especially with it being the studio’s last Batman title. As a matter of fact, the developer’s “ultimate Batman simulator” has already gone on to massive success, with the game’s sales topping June’s software charts.
However, thanks to coding modifications, those players who have exhausted practically everything Batman: Arkham Knight has to offer thus far will be able to enjoy the game in completely new capacities. For instance, those fans wishing to taste some of the title’s bone-breaking action without having to don the cowl are in luck, because a fresh video has made its way to YouTube showing off a mod allowing gamers the chance to assume the role of Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. But those of us who haven’t been able to play through the game should tread lightly before watching, as the video does contain some spoilers.
While a mixture of Batman canon teaches us that Alfred is a capable and formidable opponent to those who face him – he’s versed in archery, medicine, and combat training thanks to his service in the Royal Marines – it’s strange to see the man known for being Bruce Wayne’s servant dish out such lethal justice. Even so, the above footage is equal parts magnificent and ridiculous.
For starters, it is beyond bizarre seeing Alfred standing atop a skyscraper at night while scouring the city below for signs of trouble. Additionally, bearing witness to Pennyworth’s skills as a powerful and speedy martial artist is a wondrous sight to behold. Although, should fans believe they could get used to having Batman’s butler clean up the streets, hearing Kevin Conroy’s voice acting come through the character is way too jarring to make the experience seem natural.
At any rate, Batman: Arkham Knight‘s reviews have been very positive, so even with this lark of a mod, fans ought to be able to revisit Gotham City countless times and find something fun to do. Plus, with the game’s upcoming 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack DLC being released this August, gamers would do well to give it a go as Michael Keaton’s version of the Dark Knight, and see if Tim Burton’s vision of the World’s Greatest Detective syncs up with Rocksteady Studios’ story.
Batman: Arkham Knight is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.