The Arkham series is one of the best representations of a superhero in a video game ever. Not only has it created one of the most used combat systems in modern video games, it captured the pure brilliance and downright awesomeness of being Batman. The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader.
And whenever the subject of the series comes up, everyone sings the praises of the usual subjects. The Mr. Freeze battle is heralded as one of the best in gaming. Mark Hamill’s performance as the Joker sells many of the best one-on-one moments, and the ending of Arkham City is downright mind-blowing. And while all these are undoubtedly brilliant, spare a thought for the less spoken for moments.
There are a whole host of moments that are brilliant in their own regard, and are often underrated. Maybe they are secluded away in side content, buried in the mediocre Arkham: Origins or just overlooked by the average player, regardless, I intend to run down 10 of the best scenes in the Arkham Series that need more recognition.
10. Tag Team Fighting - Arkham Knight
There is nothing more exhilarating and satisfying than the combat mechanics of the Arkham games. The fluent and powerful combination of attacks and the satisfying feeling of cleaning up the street, breaking bone after bone in the name of justice. But you know what’s better than that? Doing it with another superhero friend.
Being able to combine your attacks alongside Nightwing or Catwoman was downright awesome, and it seemed to fall beneath many peoples' radars. The first time you and Nightwing join forces to take down the Penguin and his goons was one of the most awesome moments in the game, and gave me the drive to seek out his other Most Wanted missions, just to have that awesome fight scene again.
Something about the fluidity of switching between heroes and move-sets, pounding thug after thug before joining forces to really ruin a specific goon’s day meant you could jump right into the fray again and again. Leaping across the room as Batman before throwing a criminal up for Nightwing to pulverise mid-air is just... amazing.