Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Arkham Knight' Delivers a Superb Batman Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Arkham Knight' Delivers a Superb Batman Game

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Batman has crafted his life around the idea that the crime- ridden streets of Gotham are not beyond saving, but the events of "Batman: Arkham Knight" push him to question this core belief. He will be challenged both mentally and physically by Scarecrow, Gotham newcomer Arkham Knight and other super villains in ways that have never been portrayed in a video game.

Rocksteady's work on the "Arkham" series has carefully crafted its progression to this moment in the franchise. Exploring the haunting halls of Arkham Asylum evolved into gliding over sprawling city streets in "Arkham City." "Arkham Knight" is the culmination of this process. Gotham City is reportedly five times the size of the playable area of "Arkham City," and now Batman has the long- awaited Batmobile at his disposal.

The Batmobile isn't shoehorned into this world. This vision of Gotham has been artfully realized to facilitate the use of Batman's greatest weapon, and using it is like a dream. Like all of Batman's gadgets, the Batmobile is a piece of otherworldly tech. It can speed faster and handle tighter corners than any car that has ever been made. It incapacitates criminals who get in its way with electrical charges rather than making them roadkill. It has 60 mm cannons and faster machine gun rounds. But this laundry list of abilities isn't its best. The Batmobile is able to instantly transform into a tank when necessary.

Batman's devastator on wheels is useful when Batman isn't in it. It can be summoned by remote control when Batman is nearby and be used to aid him in hand-to-hand combat scenarios by shooting nonlethal rounds at targets. It's practically augments all of Batman's powers, which makes total sense by design.That's how the World's Greatest Detective would want his car to work.

The Batmobile is quite necessary this time around. Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight have Gotham under siege. The city has been evacuated due to Scarecrow's fear toxin bombs all around the city, and Arkham Knight's specially trained militia have overtaken almost every city block. Batman has to use every gadget he has to even the odds. …

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