Batman Returns With Remastered Versions Of Arkham Asylum And Arkham City

Beyond the shadow of a bat doubt, two of the best games the last console cycle had to offer were 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, 2011’s Batman: Arkham City. If you didn’t get a chance to play them the first time around, you clearly didn’t own a gaming system. Whether or not you explored the streets of Gotham or its home for the criminally insane, these two remasters are well worth playing on today’s new generation of consoles.

The main reason to revisit these titles is because they’re two of the best superhero games of all time. Before Arkham Asylum, comic-to-game adaptations were generally met with a less than favourable reception, and the thing is they’re still not great, likely because these Batman games raised the bar so high. I mean, they even had Batman: The Animated Series stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Bats and The Joker—a lovely nostalgic touch.

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Even the third instalment in the series, Batman: Origins, was somewhat of a letdown chiefly because it wasn’t developed by Rocksteady Studios, who gave us these two entries and last year’s sensational Batman: Arkham Knight, which remains one of the best PS4 and Xbox One attractions to date.

Aside from playing (or replaying) two indispensable games from a few years back, both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have been given a substantial facelift by transitioning from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. The differences are immediately noticeable, even if you’re already accustomed to today’s graphical standards.

All the outfits benefit from the higher resolution, from Batman’s cape to Harley Quinn’s corset. The only downside to these ports is that they only run at the games’ original 30 frames per second, rather than 60, which has slowly become today’s norm. It’s not so evident, and you could possibly argue it adds to the their overall cinematic look and feel. Maybe that’s a stetch, but this is far from a deal-breaker.

Here’s a side-by-side video breakdown that does a far better job than I ever could by simply writing, “Look how realistic Batman’s facial is!” But honestly so realistic, you guys!

Aside from a pleasing visual overhaul and two campaigns that hold up incredibly well, all the DLC for both games’ Game of the Year editions are included here. That means Challenge Maps, costume skins (hello, retro Batman suits), gear, and extra missions.

Batman: Return to Arkham is available now for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s still rad and you should get your hands on it, even if this isn’t your first trip to Gotham. Need further convincing? Check out the launch trailer below: