The lights are on
By Ashraf Mohammad, QA supervisor at Rocksteady Studios
Action Camera: The action camera shows Batman executing
certain moves in a cool view. For example, if you hold the RT button while
glide kicking a thug from a vantage point, the camera changes to show Batman
swooping down from the thug’s perspective. You can also use the action camera
with certain gadgets, for example, pressing RB instead of RT to fire the
Batarang makes the camera follow it, which is great for Batarang-to-face close
The Riddler Map: The Riddler has left maps around Arkham
that give you the location of all the secrets. If you fancy some treasure
hunting, keep an eye out for the maps. These are useful when trying to unlock
all the challenge maps, as most of them are unlocked after you have collected
certain Riddler secrets.
The Riddler Secrets: Collecting The Riddler secrets
replenishes some health and gives you tons of experience for upgrades. When
playing the game on hard difficulty, it is best advised to spend some extra
time getting upgrades, as these will help you out immensely.
Gadgets: Batman obtains a variety of gadgets during the
game, but some can only be obtained via the upgrade system. To fully appreciate
the depth of the game and the character, players should make good use of all
the gadgets and not get into a habit of using certain ones, especially if you
really want to have fun in the Invisible Predator rooms.
Upgrade System: The upgrade system can be categorized into
three different areas of focus: combat, armor, and gadgets. Naturally players
that like combat would go for the combat upgrades, however the upgrades don’t
just enhance your gameplay and give you cool new skills, they really help you
out. For instance, if you are playing on hard difficulty, enemies do more
damage, so the armor upgrades are a natural choice. Sometimes you have to fight
hordes of enemies, and if you find them too much to handle, the Combat Takedown
upgrade lets you take out thugs in one move once you’ve built up the required
Invisible Predator Rooms
It is possible to complete every Invisible Predator room
without being seen, but you must learn a few essential tips.
Enemy Patterns: First, when you enter an Invisible Predator
room, find yourself a vantage point and observe the enemies. Study their
patterns, patrol routes, etc. This helps you find weaknesses in their initial
patterns so you can plan an attack.
Invisible Predator Level: The second important thing to know
is the layout of the room. As you progress through the game, enemies become
more aware when one of them is missing. When this happens they will detach from
their initial patterns and start looking for Batman, making it harder to take
them out as their movements become random. It’s also useful to plan escape
Traps: Making good use of Batman’s gadgets and the
environment to set up traps can help you complete a room in a short amount of
time. Keep an eye out for things like weak walls that you can blow up onto
thugs using your explosive gel.
Find A Rhythm: Try to keep your combo going. The higher you
build your combo the more powerful your moves get. This will help you take out
thugs in a shorter amount of time. You can also make use of combo upgrades,
like combat throws, when you build up your combo.
Timing: It is important to have good timing in combat.
Knowing the right time to counter, stun, and evade can save you from getting
hurt badly, especially when there are a lot of bad guys. In hard mode enemies
are faster and stronger, and you won’t be notified when one of them is going to
hit you, so you must rely on skill and timing to survive.
Gadgets: Batman can use some of his gadgets as part of the
combo and they can be very useful. For example, once you have unlocked the
Combo Batarang upgrade, you can use the Batarang to knock an enemy down, giving
you more time to take out other guys. This is really useful if an enemy in the
distance is prepping a gun to shoot you.
Batclaw: You can pull the unsuspecting enemy over railings
with the Batclaw. This is a very effective way to take people out and can lead
to hours of fun. You can even drag them off ladders.
Steerable Batarang: Once unlocked, you can use the Steerable
Batarang to take out multiple enemies.
Ladder Bomb: Spray explosive gel on the landing at the top
of a ladder, wait for a thug to climb up, detonate the gel and watch him fly.
Once you have unlocked the Auto Proximity Detonation upgrade, you won’t even
have to detonate the explosive, which is very useful.
Lure Traps: Take out a thug in front of a weak wall. Set
some explosive gel on the wall, and make sure it blows over the downed thug.
Some thugs should come to investigate their downed ally, and when they do,
detonate the gel. The debris from the wall will take them all out.
Combat Throw: Once unlocked, you can throw one thug onto
another and knock them down, or throw the thug onto tables or over railings.
Strung Up Thugs: With the Inverted Takedown attack unlocked,
you can string up thugs onto vantage points. If other thugs come to
investigate, you can cut the thug down onto them and knock them out.