Rocksteady have really challenged my notions of expectation when it comes to games. Upon hearing that a Batman game was coming out around the time of Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, I was seriously excited. Then, like the uninformed idiot I was, I became disheartened after learning that the game was not going to take place in a big open world and grant me the ability to fly around Gotham, but rather I was confined to the interior spaces of Arkham Asylum. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
Arkham Asylum turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I'd had in gaming for a while and since then it has inspired countless other games, mostly in the form of combat. The most recent example I can think of is the exceptional Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game also surprised me with its scale and diversity; there were still interior and exterior locations large enough for me to glide around in with a plethora of room for my wide cape.
Then, along came Arkham City, and not only did I get what I initially wanted, it was able to surpass the expectations you brought to it following Arkham Asylum. Now, Rocksteady are looking to complete the circle and finish up with the Arkham trilogy with Arkham Knight (not counting Arkham Origins of course, a much lesser experience that really was just a bit of a money grab. Even they call the games a trilogy!).
So, let's take a look at what they have in store for us with the next chance we have to take control of Batman once more. Will it exceed our expectations like Arkham City before it? And who is Batman's new nemesis?
Arkham Knight Advancing Arkham City
The latest Arkham game is set to make great alterations to the Arkham formula. The combat is getting some fixes in order to make things even more fluid and diverse. We are also getting the opportunity (at long last) to drive the Batmobile! It's something I've desired ever since I saw Batman drive the manic Joker into Arkham.
My hope is that Rocksteady are able to incorporate it into the game without making it too overpowered, or superfluous. There needs to be an effective balance between the two so that we feel like the Batmobile isn't just a gimmicky toy shoved into the game. I have faith though!
So with updated navigation and combat techniques and a whole new method of traversal, could this game really beat Arkham City? But allow me to now briefly digress from this discussion to take a look at Batman's new nemesis! Who is this seriously cool looking guy? We have some theories!
Who is Batman's Nemesis?!
Formally known as Dr. Thomas Elliot, a child of wealth like Wayne, but unlike him he had some serious issues with his family! He attempted to kill his parents by cutting the brakes in their car, which resulted in the death of his abusive father and the serious injuring of his kind mother.
In the Arkham City side mission, Identity Thief, we learn that Elliot has been secretly harboring a grudge against his childhood friend Wayne and intends on ruining his life by, literally, becoming Wayne's doppelgänger and causing bloody mischief. He murders and removes the faces of people that share a resemblance with Wayne, and then surgically alters his appearance with the grafts. Jesus, gotta love the DC universe!
So, with all of these details in mind, do you think we have our man here?
The cop-criminal-supernatural vigilante has quite a similar build to our titular hero and even took up the cowl when Bane broke Batman's back in the Knightfall comic arc.
But his appearance in Arkham City wasn't one of villainous posturing, he was there to bring a message of...uh...positivity, or was he alluding to his possible evil doings in Arkham Knight? And with the massing of villains and the return of Scarecrow, it seems likely that the promised 'dark days' of Gotham could be brought on by Azrael himself!
This is a bit of crazy theory here, so bare with me! What if it was Joker but not as "The Joker"? What if the titan in his blood mixed with the chemical toxins that created him and somehow cured him? The process was excruciating and it caused rashes and sores to form all over his body, though he didn't really die from the process, but rather it placed him into a sort of coma.
Now the resulting coma has cured him of his insanity, therefore....it cured Joker from being "Joker" and now the man that he used to be before the accident is furious and hates Batman. He's out for revenge against the Dark Knight because the good side of "Joker" was trapped in the dark recesses of his mind, while the real Joker was causing chaos, destruction and killing innocent people. Now that he's cured he wants to punish the Batman for creating "The Joker" in the first place and letting him cause widespread panic and horror in the hearts of Gotham for so long.
What do you guys think? Who could this Arkham Knight be? Let us know in the comments!