Monday, July 13, 2015

Nolan-esque

OH GOD THE SPOILERS


I have not read comic books on a regular basis in a quote some time and when I did it was still in a very limited way. As such, I did not know that the Arkham Knight was an established, if very new, character. This makes my predictions of his identity being either Talia or Clayface seem quite ignorant. He was Jason Todd the whole time. It was a surprise reveal to me and one that I was not impressed with.

It was not a surprise that Barbara was not actually dead but it was disappointing. The only real change at the end of the game was Batman being outed as Bruce Wayne, in response to which he blew up his manor and retired to Tahiti with Alfred in tow. He gave up his identity so easily that it seemed as if he was ready to let it go, that he was done with being The Batman and wanted to finally just be Bruce.

It's a bit anticlimactic but I am okay with it for the same reason that I was okay with the end of The Dark Knight Rises: Batman deserves a happy ending. It is not as clear cut in Arkham Knight, but come on, Bruce didn't kill himself and murder Alfred, he just took his money and ran.

There were a few small touches to the end that I want to highlight, but to do that I need to up the spoiler warning.

SUCH SPOILERS, SO VERY SPOILED


A good chunk of the final encounter with Scarecrow takes place in Batman's head. Joker has almost gained full control, at least he thinks he has, and takes his own version of the Bat-tank on a rampage, killing all of the other villains and their henchmen. (Side note: the game almost sold me on this being the actually ending, that Batman loses his mind and Jason has to put him down. That would have been fucking dark) After gunning down dozens of bad dudes the special attack is finally charged and it has a new name:

The Killing Joke.


Batman of course does not lose his mind but he does have to deal with all his super hero laundry having been aired out. There is only one recourse, he tells Alfred, the knightfall protocol.

'That will require voice authorization, sir.'

Kevin Conroy has being voicing Batman for my entire adult life and much of my childhood. His voice is just as much Batman as Mark Hamill is the Joker. I have heard it several different animated series, movies and games and it has never sounded this emotional:

'Martha.'

God damn.

END SPOILERS

The gap between Arkham games makes it difficult for me to compare them, but I think that I can safely put this between Asylum and City in quality. It was bigger than City but the batmobile, of which I fell on the love side of the love hate reaction, made it easy to get around. The collectible nonsense could once again be avoided plus it was hidden even better than in previous games. I did not have glowing green question marks confronting me at every turn. The Riddler escaped my Batman, as he has in all the games, but that is how little I care about the character. If he wants to hide things all over the city, fine, more power to him.

I almost let him keep Cat Woman, too, but I liked the driving challenges.

1 comment:

  1. Oh man the driving challenges were awesome. The first time he had me drive the Batmobile up a wall and onto the ceiling, I was like "thank youuu."

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