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Reader Discussion: What's The Best Batman Arkham Game?

by Kyle Hilliard on Jun 28, 2015 at 07:29 AM

There have been five Batman games set in the Arkham universe. Which one is the best?

In order of release, there has been Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and Batman: Arkham Knight. They're all good, but which one is your favorite?

For me, the original Asylum is still my favorite. I'm a big Batman fan and was riding the high of The Dark Knight, which had released a year prior to Asylum. To get another fantastic entry in the Batman universe after the excellent film was spectacular.

It's also worth noting that expectations for Asylum were very low. Batman had a bad track record in video games, and everyone was unsure about a new Batman game, even if it looked pretty good in trailers and demos. I also prefer the smaller, more condensed setting and Metroid-like gameplay. I've really enjoyed exploring the open sections of Gotham in follow-up games, but I do miss having my progress be a little more directed and focused as it was in Asylum. Also, as is the case with any entertainment media franchise in any medium, it's hard to beat the initial surprise of the first time you experience something, especially when you don't have much in terms of expectations.

What about you? Which one is your favorite? Is Knight already the best? Or do you prefer one of the other entries in the series?