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What Batman did for video games

Daniel Castro:

Every now and then, I get to talk to my students about video games. They've all played Battlefield and Call of Duty, and the conversations always veer toward the latest Halo, Grand Theft Auto, or whatever big sequel is coming out. But when I bring up Batman: Arkham Asylum or its follow-up, Batman: Arkham City, I always hear the same old thing. "I’ve heard it’s great, but I haven’t tried it yet."

These games aren't great. Developer Rocksteady made something truly awesome here, and you don't have to take my word for it, either. Both have aggregate scores in the low/mid 90s on Metacritic.

Part of the blame probably goes to the multiplayer-obsessed era of gaming we’re in, but mainly, I think a lot of people steer clear of the Caped Crusader specifically because it's both a licensed game and it features a superhero. Either would be a pretty convincing warning sign.

That's a shame, because these games made a great and very influential contribution to this gaming generation. Here's how.

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realiks1317d ago

It showed that a great game can come based on a superhero. Not all of them are going to fail.

Stansolo1316d ago

Tbh, I'm one of those that did not care about Batman but when I did get it and played it, it blew me away.
Nobody should miss this game or the follow up, such fantastic, beautiful to look at and great payable games.
Try and pick up Batman game of the year edition if you are new to batman, its a great package.

Yi-Long1317d ago

... he doesn't play alot of games, outside FIFA and CoD, but he deserves to experience quality games like these :)

realiks1317d ago

Surprise him with Arkham City too. I just bought steelbook edition, having sold prevously ps3 and xbox360 games.

Yi-Long1317d ago

... and if he likes it, he can get simular games himself if he wants to.

I have both games btw, and love them. :)

Assassin's Creed 2 would be a nice game for him as well.

Sizzon1317d ago

Rocksteady indeed did an amazing job on both Asylum and City.

MasterD9191317d ago

Great quality game from a franchise (Batman) or genre (super-hero) that a lot of people would not expect to be as good as it was...

Rocksteady took the Batman name to a new level of appreciation in regards to gaming. I'm very interested to see what they are going to do with their JLA addition to the next Batman game.

3-4-51317d ago

It changed the way fighting multiple people at once was approached.

The fluidity of it is nearly unmatched. It shows you can pack a ton of personality into a small package and gives us a glimpse of what is possible on the next gen.

Imagine Arkym City....But instead it's ALL of Gotham City.

A game about 10X the size Of AC.

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