I want to love Transformers Devastation. I want to scream from the mountain tops that the greatest transformers game ever made is now available for consoles, but I can’t. I can’t because the game is missing “soul”, that elusive characteristic that makes games great. It’s the hunt for this quality that makes the game such a paradox. How can a game that does so many things right get this one thing so wrong?
Arkham Knight marks the end of the Batman trilogy for Rocksteady. The company created the foundation of combat for this generation’s action games and set the standard for superhero games. Arkham Knight is supposed to be the crowning achievement of the series. It takes what worked in previous games and improves on it. But […]
Let’s start this “review” with the positive – Batman: Arkham Knight is a solid action game. It meets the technical standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. That being said, Arkham Knight is the weakest of the trilogy and proof that not every game needs to be open world or include mobile transportation.
Batman Begins/Arkham Asylum
In order to understand Arkham Knight we must look to the Dark Knight trilogy. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight trilogy is the story of Batman and his rise to becoming much more than just the savior of Gotham, but a symbol of hope and justice. The first movie, Batman Begins sets the tone for the series. We are introduced to a different Batman, one who trades some of his trademark agility for brute force. In the Dark Knight universe Batman’s costume becomes more like an armored suit opposed to the traditional outfit we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Arkham Asylum follows suit by introducing us to the virtual world of Batman. His suit is reflective of the times with a more armored look and can also trade stealth for brute force if the situation calls for it. Asylum sets the tone for Batman’s digital rise as a symbol for justice.
This year has really tested my limits for sequels and shooters. It seems like every game I’ve played has been a shooter, sequel, or some type of open world, co-op adventure. That’s not to say that these types of games are bad, but one can only shoot so much before wanting something else. That […]