Arkham games are very popular among the fans of Batman games. The franchise which was developed by Rocksteady Studios is very popular, thanks in part to its very strong storyline as well as its highly engaging gameplay.
The first game in the franchise was released in 2013 and since then, we have seen different other Arkham games in both the main series and the portable series. We are taking a look at the complete list of games released under the franchise with an emphasis on the games in the main series.
Batman: Arkham Games
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Batman: Arkham Asylum
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
While this is the first in the Arkham franchise, it remains as one of the best Batman games you will ever get to see, thanks to its accurate and powerful Batman comics representation.
The game has a very powerful storyline that sees Batman having to fight other Arkham Asylum inmates to make his way out and stop his archenemy, the Joker from detonating hidden bombs in Gotham City.
The singular thing that is even better than the game’s storyline is its gameplay. It came with the detective mode which complements a good combat system. Thanks to the detective vision, you can gain more insight about your environment, the number of enemies, status, smell, and even investigative prowess. Need we add that Rocksteady also scored good points with this third-person game with the voicing.
Batman: Arkham City
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
There are many who feel among other Arkham Games, Arkham City is the best. Rocksteady Studios came up with yet another third-person game that maintains a lot of things from the first game in the franchise.
The second game in the trilogy, it sees Batham navigating through the city and fighting some of his greatest enemies such as the Joker again, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, and Ra’s Al Ghul.
There is no complaint about the gameplay of this game because somehow, it delivers what is probably the best Batman simulator in any Batman game. You get to glide around and grapple easily as you navigate the city.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
Not the best of Arkham Games, it is also not the worst. From the go, you will feel something is different even without being told that it was not developed by Rocksteady. The sluggish one of the franchise, it picks a lot from the previous games, but there is something that just isn’t right with the game.
That said, if you are looking for something great in the game, you will neither find it in the voicing of the game nor its story, neither will you find it in the combat or even the general gameplay. Instead, you will find it in the detective work, which is still the best we have seen from the franchise.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Arkham Knight is one of those few games that do not leave you with an in-between; you either love them or hate them. Because of this, you will find some players that place at among the best and others that would place it in the class of the worst.
For those, however, who still want to find an in-between, the game is not entirely new because there are areas that can be very familiar but not in the nostalgic sense. Another thing is that Rocksteady Studios introduced batmobile to the game. In itself, the idea is great but the execution really sucks. On the other side of the coin, the game has excellent mini-puzzles and dual combats that are just in their own class.
How to play Arkham games chronologically
If you want to chronologically start playing the game, you may as well start with the Arkham Origins, although it is not the first in the franchise to be released. Batman: Arkham Asylum which as shown above was released in 2009 was set 5 years after the Origins which was released in 2013.
Portable device games
Batman: Arkham City Lockdown
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Platforms: iOS, Android
Designed for iOS and Android, events in this game took place before the Batman: Arkham City. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the game has a very simple story with Batman working to keep the streets of Gotham City free of criminals.
Batman: Arkham Origins (mobile)
Release Date: October 16, 2013
Platform: iOS, Android
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Platform: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Released alongside Batman: Arkham Origins, the game has received mixed reviews, but it has a good story and rather strong gameplay. It does not meet the standard of the previous games before it, but it is definitely not one for the bin either.
Batman: Arkham Underworld
Release Date: July 14, 2016
Platform: iOS, Android
The above are the major Arkham games, however, there is also the Batman: Arkham VR which was released for the PlayStation Visual Reality in 2016 as well as the different Arkham collections: Batman: Arkham Bundle and Batman: Arkham Collection both released in 2013 as well as the Batman: Return to Arkham which was released in 2016.