If gamers were lucky, Batman: Arkham Knight would be out already. Originally scheduled for October 14, 2014, Rocksteady Studio's latest - and supposedly last - entry in the Arkham franchise was delayed shortly before release, with Rocksteady citing a number of performance issues.
Sure, that's probably for the best. After buggy launches for big games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Unity it's hard to complain about a publisher taking extra time to make sure their title works right. Still, Batman: Arkham Knight looks fantastic, and it's going to be hard to wait until the game's June 2nd release date.
To their credit, Rocksteady's doing everything they can to make time pass a little faster. Last month, they released a three-part series of gameplay trailers showing off some of Batman's new and improved weaponry, especially the new, in-game Batmobile.
Yes, the videos have some problems - the controversial decision to put guns on the Batmobile is one, while the fairly uninspired plotline is another - but they're better than nothing. Anyone who hasn't seen the videos (or just wants to watch them again) is welcome to check them out here; the first part is at the top of the post, with the other two included below.
That's not all, though. At last weekend's PlayStation Experience, Rocksteady shared some footage of the PS4-exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack, which looks like it takes the gameplay from Arkham Asylum's original stealth-platforming Scarecrow missions and kicks it up a few notches, enhancing things with new gameplay options and next-gen visuals. And if that's still not enough Batman, well, you're in luck; for the next two days, the previous Arkham games are available on Steam through Bundle Stars for the low price of $9.99. Click here for the deal!
That's not just per game, by the way. For roughly $10, gamers can pick up all three titles Batman: Arkham titles (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Origins), as well as their associated DLC content. That's insanely great value. The first two games are easily worth twice that price on their own. Arkham Origins, on the other hand, may or may not be canon - Rocksteady continues to refer to the Arkham series as a "trilogy," and Origins is the only title developed by a different studio - but it’s a fun enough diversion, and Troy Baker's performance as the Joker is worth the price of admission all on its own.
The biggest criticism of the Batman: Arkham games is that they all play very similarly, and anyone who plays all three titles back-to-back risks burning out before Arkham Knight hits this summer. Still, June's a long ways away. Gamers who need to catch up on the series before Rocksteady's finale hits this summer - or anyone who simply can't pass up a good deal - should definitely check this one out.
Source: Bundle Stars