Batman: Arkham (Series) Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Batman Arkham series takes the fisticuffs in a vigilante-superhero direction. As you would expect, this is set in the modern-era Gotham City but the questing and branching missions, along with open-world spaces, give this a similar sense of progression to Horizon Zero Dawn.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) is on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac, PC
  • Batman: Arkham City (2011) is on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac, PC
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) is on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (2013) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) is on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
There are also portable and VR versions of the game.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/08/2009, updated in 2019

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting.

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete. The length of these games varies from year to year. But to find every item in the game and complete all challenges will take many more hours than the 11-15 required to get to the end.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

This series of games offer paid additional content to unlock characters, new stories and missions. You could purchase these items separately or sign up to a Season Pass to access everything released during a certain period.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins rated PEGI 16+ with frequent moderate violence. The examiner expanded on the rating: The game contains realistic looking violence throughout with characters responding as you would expect in real life to being kicked punched and attacked with weapons. Game also contains mild swearing: ‘dammit’ ‘*!@?*’.

Arkham Knight rated PEGI 18+ with infrequent violence towards defenceless persons. The examiner expanded on the rating: There are infrequent scenes of violence towards defenceless persons. In one, a man is tied up and beaten across the face by an armed thug. This will continue as long as the player takes to intervene. In another, the player is able to shoot a hostage. Batman also holds down and interrogates a man as he threatens to roll over the man's head with his Batmobile. The majority of the game features milder, though still mature, violence with Batman’s reasonably realistic take downs of whole crowds of enemies with powerful hands-on combat. There are also some realistic shootings.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @uncannyvivek


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