Batman: Arkham Knight seems like it is attempting to break the record for most trailers and commercials in the lead up to a game release. If consumers weren’t so excited for the final installment in the Arkham series, then they might actually be sick of seeing the game. Luckily, all of the Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay footage and cinematic trailers that have arrived in the last two months have been awesome enough to make the over-saturation a forgivable sin.
The latest promo to drop for Arkham Knight doesn’t spoil any of the game’s plot and instead offers one of the first humorous promotions of the dark superhero action game. Unlike the newest TV spot, which hints at a grim ending for the caped crusader, the Classified First Look trailer shows fans the game through the eyes of a series of celebrity gamers.
The cast of (mostly) A-list play testers includes gamers who are famous in and out of the video game scene. The moments of fan-service for hardcore Batman fans arrive when both Kevin Conroy and Troy Baker appear in the hot seat. The two voice actors both have very impressive resumes, but are known in the geek world for their work in Gotham over the years. Watch the video to see their reactions to the upcoming game…
In addition to Conroy and Baker the promo also puts the game in the hands of Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Wiz Khalifa, Blake Anderson (Workaholics), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken), Joe Manganiello (also How I Met Your Mother), and iJustine.
The video doesn’t show much that we haven’t seen, but we do get to see celebrity reactions to the Batmobile, Batman’s flight, the scale of the city, and the tag-team fight mechanic. It’s hard to tell how much of the play sessions were staged, but if Breckin Meyer’s reaction to the dual play feature was legit, then it seems to be as fun as it looks.
Some fans are worried about the new mechanic because combat has always been the franchise’s bread and butter. Any major change to that crucial gameplay component could change the feel of the game, but hands-on reports have suggested that the new feature doesn’t destroy the rhythmic combat system that has made the Arkham games so great over the years.
The game launches in just a few weeks, so we can expect to see the marketing campaign continue to bombard TV viewers, Twitch users, and blog readers with as many ads as possible before June 23. We look forward to getting our hands on the game and finding out if all of those delays have made the wait worth it.
What do you think of the light-hearted ad? Who was your favorite cameo? Let us know in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on June 23, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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