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What the Next Batman Game Should Be

Michael November 29, 2011 Features, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 18 Comments


Batman: Arkham City was an amazing game. The game reviewed highly and has already sold millions of copies just being on the shelf for a couple of weeks. Now that many of us have completed the Arkham City storyline, we are left wondering where the series can go from here. Myself, as well as my fellow staff, have some ideas about the direction the next Batman game should take. I promise to be vague on the story of Arkham City and will not spoil anything major to the storyline.

The leap from Arkham Asylum to Arkham City wasn’t anything revolutionary but it didn’t need to be. Arkham Asylum accomplished so much within gaming culture. Think about how often a good licensed video game comes around. B:AA brought a fluid combat system, as well as an interesting story that took you around this huge prison filled with tons of iconic Batman villains; some might argue too many villains. Arkham City built on the foundation of Asylum but added more characters, a bigger environment, and a more interesting yet screwed up storyline.

Now where could the third game go now? We have the leap from a prison to a city but do we need something bigger? Could bringing a bigger environment help the sequel be better from its predecessor? What about including all of Gotham and create a GTA style batman game that has you driving around Gotham in the batmobile? I might actually enjoy that as well.

But we all know that including too much can hurt a game. I thought Arkham City might have included too many characters reaching deep into the comic lore of Batman villains. Most of these villains are interesting enough to have a game centered around them which would be a good start for the sequel. Scaling the amount of enemies down could really help focus the story on a more involved relationship that Batman has with these characters.

The next Batman game might not necessarily be named Arkham, although that word has a lot of value to this series. There isn’t too much more they could do with a prison setting; the whole “let’s turn this prison into a city” was a bit obtuse anyway. So lets include all of Gotham, or just a small section, in the next game and get out of the prison territory. Also we need to focus more on the Batman himself. The Arkham games never really delve into too much detail about Bruce himself. They sprinkle hints here and there but that’s mostly side stuff that most gamers will skip over. The story needs to center around Bruce and help him grow as a character and not just him being a jerk to everyone he comes across. They do a decent job allowing a few characters to interact more with Batman in Arkham City but I want them to go way further. Show Batman and Selina Kyle interact outside of their night lives. Hell, put them out on a date and let the gamer become more attached to Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.


Now for those who have beaten Arkham City might know a certain direction the story is heading. The good aspect is that they allowed themselves a lot of wiggle room with the next game. They could almost treat it either as a reboot, or stick with what they got and finish the Arkham trilogy. My vote is they expand their scope, bring in a more enriching narrative but also focus more on far fewer characters and give them time to explain them more to an audience who might not know who they are. Also, while they have dived far into the catalog of Batman continuity, there are still many stories to get involved with. DC is also famous for doing cross-character story arcs, so maybe we could actually see Superman make his way into the next Batman game.

What would you like to see out of the next Batman and what were your thoughts on Arkham City? Would you like to see another Arkham prison game or could the series use a new setting?

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  • Bill

    I tend to agree with you for the most part.  The main thing I hope for is for the
    game to move out into Gotham. It needs to be bigger! They need to make
    it a true “open world” a la Liberty City. Make the gameplay non-linear
    and I would like to see them incorporate Bruce Wayne in the game. Make
    us have to juggle the life if the Billionaire playboy with the caped
    crusader, much like Niko Belic juggled his interpersonal
    friendships/relationships with everything else going on in Liberty City.  One thing I don’t want to see is a Superman

  • Gavin

    I think Bill is right it needs to be Batman: Gotham city with villains like zombie Maxi Zeus and Humpty Dumpty the villains no one knows of and forget that Joker and Jokers son crap. It will be like five days after Arkham city. Plus put Hush,Deadshot,the Abromavick twins and make it where you can play two player like Nightwing. Batgirl. Batgirl and even Superman. Batman arkham city was the best game ever so the next will be even better than Arkham city at least I hope it is. Firefly and Arazel should be in it to.

    • Wtritt

      Also put the ratcecher, amadayis arkham,great white shark, the twede twins, baby face or baby doll and last the ventrilacrist and scarface oh and killer moth

  • Will

    How about you walk around as jack rider some of the time and black mask kiddnaps you and then you turn in to the creeper.All the prisiners break out of arkham city and put doodle bug in there and when you use detecteve vison you see the drawings.

    • Julie

      You need to be able to go in the batcae and black mask factery

      • Gavin

        yea and the penguin,old joker, two face thugs and tiger guards invade the bat cave and the take all the villains things back and you have to sacrifice the bat cave with a secret self destruct button and when you are runing out of the bat cave you go up into wane maner and find every one dead even afred!The killers is nonother than a team no one would expect zase and killer crock!

        • Gavin

          Ok this comment was by me sorry I was looking at julies comment

          • Gavin

            hi

        • Gavin

          OK this comment is by gavin there is just something mest up whith the site. You track down zaze and he has been melted by firefly and you track down killer croc but you cant find him  he is alive but whith all the other villains. they all decieded to team up to destroy batman once and for all.

  • Gavin

    More villains that should be in it. DR. egg head, manbat.the calculater,batmite and the justice leage. Make it where there is a armed robery and you have to go through the air duckts and you get above  two face and you do a vent takedown. Put calender man in there and I am only 9 so my coments arnt spelled right. gorilla grog or grod and clock king.

    • Gavin

      Make alot of the vilains in side quest and put king tut take out arazel. the movie atthe begening is the thugs are banging on the wall of arkham city and it bust open and batman leaves arkham city and hell rains on gothom like arazel said.

      • shutupdude

        make jesus come out of no where and crucify batman and become the next super villain

  • Steven_a_woods

    i completed both gmes and after i finnished arkham city got me thinking that the next game shuld have it wear you can play as bruce wayne go in his house down to the batcave and drive the batmoble the batwing the bat bike and the batboat and i certain mission ouhave to be bruce before you can carry on and drive normal cars as bruce nd make new batmobiles yourself nd gadgets love the game to be a gta style batman game be the best game then some one should tell rocksteady that idea see if we true batman fans can get the game in production

  • Gavin

     bbb

  • Gavin

    look at the awsome toilet:)

  • EHummel16

    Okay we all are fans, but Rocksteady for the time being should make more DLC for Arkham City till the 3rd game comes out.

  • Tigerscheit

    This is an action game not a rpg having Bruce going on a date would be stupid.