• Jake Wright

Batman Arkham Series Games Ranked

Updated: Feb 1

Comic book fans and even gaming fans alike can all agree that the Batman Arkham series is one of the best gaming series of all time. It brought us incredibly innovative gameplay, awesome storyline’s and set the tone for the combat in all superhero video games moving forward, Rocksteady Studios and WB Montreal both did an outstanding job in bringing the Batman mythos to life. They both truly captured the feeling of what it would be like to be Batman whether that’s beating up criminals, investigating mysteries or gliding over the rooftops, the Arkham games to many fans are the definitive depiction of the Dark Knight outside of the comics.

The following list will only be covering the four main console releases however there are a bunch of other Arkham releases, including VR and mobile games, but we believe the main console releases are of a much better quality.

*Our list contains MAJOR spoilers for all 4 Arkham games*

4 - Arkham Knight

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The most recent yet most controversial game in the Batman Arkham series, Arkham Knight is by no means a bad game, in fact we still absolutely love it however one of the games must come in last place. Batman Arkham Knight is an incredible gaming experience which builds massively on its predecessors in giving us the biggest open-world area to explore yet. The main attraction to the Arkham Knight game was the use of the Batmobile and how players would finally be able to drive around the streets of Gotham although ultimately, this became one of the games main criticisms as well.

During the story missions, the Batmobile came in handy when it came to traversing around areas and fighting off militia tanks, but it was the side missions where the use of the Batmobile overstayed its welcome. Many players grew tired of the constant tank-battles that you endured when in the Batmobile but still, whilst the combat in the Batmobile grew incredibly tedious, driving round in the Batmobile was such a new, fresh and exciting way of traversing around an Arkham game.

The narrative also suffered heavy criticism as well. Scarecrow has planted bombs all over Gotham City and threatened a city-wide release of his most powerful fear toxin which has led to an evacuation of the whole city. Now in a city left with only the deadliest of criminals, Batman’s greatest foes team up – aided by the mysterious Arkham Knight – to end the Batman once and for all. Sounds awesome right? Well, it is! But the main problem lies with the identity of the Arkham Knight who turns out to be the former Robin, Jason Todd.

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This was fairly obvious from the beginning of the game which doubles down on the criticism of the grand reveal, since the developers of the game, Rocksteady Studios, promised fans that the Arkham Knight was a brand-new original character. Although the team up of the Arkham Knight and Scarecrow was a great duo of antagonists, the Arkham Knight reveal left a sour taste in the mouths of many DC fans. Although in all honesty, his transition into Red Hood towards the end of the game – which led into his own DLC expansion – redeemed this choice for us quite a bit.

Apart from these two points of criticisms, Batman Arkham Knight delivered fantastically. The storyline, the use of characters, the graphics, the DLC expansions and much more made fans extremely satisfied with the finale to the Batman Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios and leaves many looking forward to their next instalment of the Arkham series Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League coming in 2022.

3 - Arkham Origins

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The third game in the series and the only game of the four main Arkham games to be developed by WB Montreal and not Rocksteady, Batman Arkham Origins was a unique and breath-taking game which gave the audience an experience of Bruce Wayne’s early days as the caped crusader having to deal with 8 assassins sent after him after a bounty is put on his head by Black Mask, who is later revealed to be the Joker.

WB Montreal did a fantastic job in transitioning the mechanics of the two Arkham games from Rocksteady that came before whilst also leaving their own mark on the series. Arkham Origins gave us the early days of the Arkham-verse Batman and many of his first interactions with iconic characters like Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Bane, Joker and more. They also gave us more complex boss battles which have gone down in Arkham history as being some of the best boss battles of the series providing you with creative ways to battle against Bane, Firefly, Deadshot, Deathstroke – our personal favourite boss fight – and plenty more.

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A notable change from Rocksteady’s Arkham games is the voice cast. Unlike the other three games in the series, iconic voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill do not feature in this game to reprise their roles as Batman and the Joker respectively. Instead, they were replaced by Roger Craig Smith as Batman and Troy Baker as the Joker who both gave a spectacular performance as the two lead stars of the game. The voice acting change was not a bad decision especially considering Conroy and Hamill returned for the following game (Arkham Knight), but both Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker didn’t feel out of place at all when it came to the whole narrative of the game.

The foundation for Batman and the Joker’s relationship in the Arkham games are built from this game, however this was met with heavy criticism as people grew tired of Joker featuring as the main antagonist considering that he was the main villain for the two Arkham games before this. When Black Mask was announced to be the main antagonist of the game it was met with joy and excitement but that soon changed when players eventually started playing through the story to discover it was in fact the Joker masquerading as Black Mask and although the real Black Mask did feature in the game, his role was significantly smaller than what it first seemed.

Batman Arkham Origins is truly a fantastic game that captures the early years of Batman extremely well and gave us players the experience of how Batman built up not only his relationships with some of his closest associates but also some of his rogue’s gallery as well. Again, certainly not a bad game at all as we are huge fans of Arkham Origins but the next two on our list just get the edge.

2 - Arkham Asylum

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The game that started it all, Batman: Arkham Asylum. This was the game that first swept the audience of their feet by giving us a brand-new style of Batman game which truly captured the feeling of being the Dark Knight. The game introduced fans to unique things like the Riddler trophies and easter egg riddles which stuck around for the whole series as well as interview tapes which gave you a better insight to the Arkham-verse characters. Rocksteady are the kings of easter eggs and the groundwork was laid right here in this game, they included pretty much every character in the Batman mythos even if they didn’t appear in the game which showed that they really did their homework.

Trapped on Arkham Island Batman must face off against his wildest fears as the whole of the asylum is set free by the Joker leaving Batman to take on his most dangerous villains all on his own. Although the smallest and most segmented of the Arkham games, it truly allows the player to feel trapped on the island whilst you work your way through intricate level designs against a variety of villains and Rocksteady managed to capture this feeling perfectly. It was also a perfect opening for any new fans wanting to learn more about the Batman mythos as the game is rich with Batman history whilst also delivering a new unique and original story.

The gameplay was innovative with its free-flowing combat, incredible stealth sections, unique gadgets alongside its detective-based problem solving meant that it couldn’t have been a more perfect start to a new Batman game series.

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The game will no doubt go down in superhero gaming history as Rocksteady set the bar extremely high for not only themselves but everyone else who develops superhero games in the future, but the next instalment of the series just beats Arkham Asylum in our opinion.

1 - Arkham City

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Often regarded as not only the best Batman game of all time but the best superhero game of all time, Batman Arkham City is THE perfect Batman game. The second instalment of the Batman Arkham series, Arkham City builds on the first game in every single way whilst maintaining the core of what makes these games so great. In the titular Arkham City, Gotham’s poorest neighbourhoods have been converted into a ghetto for all the worst criminals and supervillains in Gotham to roam free under the supervision of the warden Dr Hugo Strange. This environment enables you to traverse through an open world setting by gliding through the night and surveying the super-prison.

City’s narrative excels in almost every way to all the games in the series with the opening section allowing you to play as Bruce Wayne incarcerated in Arkham City enabling you to get a better idea of what exactly the new super-prison is. The stakes are high, Strange knows your secret identity, the Joker’s up to his own plans and the supervillains of Gotham are roaming free without consequences with no police to control them and corrupt TYGER guards in charge instead. It’s up to you, with the aid of Robin, Catwoman, Alfred and Oracle to get to the bottom of Arkham City and shut it down.

The main story and side missions gave you outstanding boss fights against the likes of the Joker, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, Ra’s Al Ghul and our absolute favourite boss fight of the entire series, Mister Freeze. Although the boss battles in other Arkham games certainly aren’t boring, Arkham City’s have the most variety and feel the most fun throughout.

The plot has many twists and turns that leave you gasping with shock and ending with Rocksteady making a bold move by ultimately killing off the Joker. This is Rocksteady’s Batman in his prime and we believe this is the pinnacle of superhero games which for us, means that this game sits above all others in the Arkham series.

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What is your favourite game in the Arkham series? Do you think the new Suicide Squad game will top any of these games? Let us know in the comments below.

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