Though initially penned in for a fall 2014 release date, news struck yesterday that we’ll not be getting the closing chapter of Rocksteady’s closing chapter in the “Arkham” series, Batman: Arkham Knight, until 2015.
Instead of drowning in Arkham-less sorrow, I’m here to offer some creative alternatives as to what do to while we wait further for the game. Here’s 5 activities that will help you keep your mind off the Batman: Arkham Knight Delay:
5) PLAY LEGO BATMAN 1 AND 2
With regards to Batman in video games, last generation will forever be defined by the ground breaking “Arkham” series, however gamers of all ages should not short change TT Games Lego Batman series. Both games allow you to play as the Caped Crusader, his allies, his greatest foes and pilot numerous vehicles including the Batmobile which will appear in Batman: Arkham Knight. Lego Batman 1 was the first game in the series to be based on a character as opposed to a film and told an original story, while it’s sequel introduced an open world, voices for the first time ever in a Lego game and guest stars from the DC universe. Playing both will also prepare you for…
4) LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM
We’ve lost one Batman game this fall, but TT Games has us all covered with the release of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Though Lego Batman 2 is barely two years old, TT Games has been busy refining the Lego formula with such releases as the Lego Lord of the Rings games, as well as what I recently dubbed the best Marvel game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes. If Lego Batman 3 is the DC equivalent of what TT Games produced last year, we’re in for a hell of a treat.
3) BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
If there’s one thing that you can always rely on it’s DC Animation. Whether it’s their numerous animated series or their straight to DVD/Blu-Ray features, you know you’ll be in for some quality DC Comics entertainment. On August 12th Warner Bros. animated features will release a feature length untold tale in the “Arkham” series, Batman: Assault on Arkham, set before the events of 2009’s Arkham Asylum that will have Kevin Conroy return to voice Batman who’ll not only be battling against the Joker, but the Suicide Squad as well.
2) REFRESH YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE SERIES
What started off as one game with 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum has now become a sub-series in and of itself: In the main series of games you’ve got Arkham Asylum and City from Rocksteady games, the spin-off Origins from WB Games Montreal as well as the downloadable and portable Arkham Origins: Blackgate. This is not including the DLC story chapters for City and Origins that further expand the universe, several collected comic series, and the above mentioned feature length animated film. There’s a reason why the “Arkham” series are so well regarded by fans of Batman and non fans alike, having been lavished “Game of the Year” considerations by countless publications. There’s never not a good time to indulge in this fantastic series of games and remind yourself why this is the series of Batman games you were waiting for your entire life.
1) CATCH UP ON OTHER BATMAN GAMES
Many would say that when Batman: Arkham Asylum launched in 2009, it was the first time that Batman was done right in a video game. There may be some truth behind that statement, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been good to great Batman games both before and after its release. Some examples would be the Batman film tie-in game on the NES, both Batman Returns and The Adventures of Batman and Robin on the SNES, Batman Begins for the GC/PS2/Xbox and Batman: The Brave and the Bold on both the Wii and DS to name a few. In fact, I’ll be covering some of my favorite non-Arkham Batman games here from the list above and anymore I can get my hands on that are worth talking about. Of course, feel free to share some of your favorite non-Arkham Batman games in the comments below.