Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Batman: The Telltale Series – The 5 Best Batman Games Ever

Originally published on Set The Tape

Batman has been around for close to 80 years, has been in thousands of comics, dozens of films and television series, and man, many video games. But with the character having been around for longer than we have, how do you know which Batman games are worth playing? Here’s a list of 5 of the best Batman games, ever.

5. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Windows)

The third entry into the LEGO Batman series is definitely the best, with players not only able to take control of Batman and Robin, but a whole host of DC heroes and villains in a story of galactic proportions.

Like all LEGO games, the gameplay is simple, and appeals to both children and adults, though it does occasionally feature some rather fiendish puzzles. Despite this simplicity the game is very addictive, and will keep you playing for hours.

Because it’s story focuses on other characters from the DC Universe as much as it does Batman, it’s the least Batman centric game on this list, but still manages to keep the caped crusader at the centre of the game.

4. Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Windows)

The follow-up to the successful fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, Injustice 2 stepped away from the idea of ‘what if Batman and Superman had to fight’ and took on a more complex story, one where that fight is over and Batman is trying to put the world back together.

This may be a fighting game that features characters from around the DC Universe, but it’s heavily a Batman story, more so that the first game. His characterisation is well thought through, and his interactions and relationships with other characters are enjoyable to watch, even when they’re with his enemies.

Thanks to a very strong fighting mechanic, challenges, and unlockable character customisation options, Injustice 2 is a very strong game with massive replayability.

3. Batman: The Telltale Series (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows)

Set early within Batman’s career, Batman: The Telltale Series tells an episodic story where you not only play as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne too. Taking control of both sides of the character you will investigate crime scenes, build relationships, and make choices that will shape the story around how you play.

Despite some people worrying how Telltale would craft a Batman game when it was first announced, their ability to tell an interesting story with well thought through characters proved to silence any doubters.

With a second season of the Telltale series being released soon the game may end up increasing in quality as they continue to tell one of the most compelling Batman stories put to games.

2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows)

The first game in the acclaimed Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum stunned audiences and critics the world over as it produced one of the best Batman games ever made.

Fusing together a well made story (written by comics legend and long time Batman writer Paul Dini), seamless combat, and stealth, Batman: Arkham Asylum was the first game that actually made players feel like they were Batman.

With puzzles to solve and collectables to unlock the game managed to pace out its story without it feeling overly long, and set the template for how developers have approached superhero games ever since.

Let down only by a weak final boss, Batman: Arkham Asylum only just misses out on the top of the list.

1. Batman: Arkham City (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows)

The hotly anticipated sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the first game and improves upon it in every way. The sequel offered players an expanded and more intricate story, new characters, improved combat, and a new place to explore.

Having expanded upon the first game in size and spectacle, Batman: Arkham City is the high point of the series, and is still one of the best gaming experiences available on consoles. Incorporating dozens of nods to the comics, and even bringing obscure characters into the series, Batman: Arkham City remains the best Batman game on the market.

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