Decoded Previews – Batman: Arkham Knight

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This is my first preview in the decoded series and what a way to kick it off! There’s not been much information released on this brand new announcement, but after GameStop listed the new Batman: Arkham Knight game release date, I’m certain there will be some quick follow-ups from Rocksteady and other large gaming retailers. So far the only content that has been released is the game trailer, which is purely cinematic, so if you were hoping for gameplay then you’ll have to wait a little longer but just from this trailer people are screaming “TAKE MY MONEY!. Rumours have been circulating that Rocksteady had another Batman game in mind and that it was on next-gen consoles, but who knew it would be this soon?

Plot details that have been confirmed so far are that it is set a year after Arkham City with Joker’s takeover, but that’s all we really know. There have been some characters confirmed that include Harley Quinn, Penguin and Two-face, all of which can be seen in the trailer and the biggest announcement made so far is the Batmobile. Rocksteady have made it a drivable vehicle in the City of Gotham and it can be used as a faster and easier way to get around the city along with the use of your trustworthy grapple and your bat shaped cape. This also means that Gotham will be bigger in order to fit the car in the streets and this may also mean other vehicles and an expansive area of Gotham to wonder around. Sadly, it has also been announced that this is the last of the series, being called an “explosive finale” with game director Sefton Hill saying “This is the natural end for the story. We really want to go out in style.” All good things come to end though, right?

So, if you haven’t seen it, check out the trailer, it definitely looks like a next generation game, which is one of the sad things because Xbox 360 and PS3 will never get to experience it, which could be taken in some ways as the death of that generation, poor 360’s. The trailer shows pretty much everything you would need to want to buy the game, explosions, guns and of course, Batman looking awesome. The graphics are by far the best for an in game trailer that I have ever seen and from this game onwards it can only get better with future releases from other game developers. Some of your favourite Batman baddies are featured in high quality along with some epic fight combinations and to top it all off, a narration from Bruce’s dad. Personally, having played the last of the series, I am looking forward to this game without a shadow of a doubt, I imagine the fighting will be more fluent and creative, the gadgets and weapons will be ten times more innovative and Gotham will seem as though it was real with the expansive gameplay all ready for its release which has been said to be October 2014.

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