The Time Has Come to Return to Arkham

Batman: Return to Arkham, a remaster of the first two Arkham Games, is coming July 26th to both PS4 and Xbox One. No PC release in sight, though.

If the trailer is any indication, the remaster doesn’t seem to be improving the graphics much at all, and in some cases now the game looks a little off, but maybe I’m not remembering the older games correctly regardless of how obsessively I played them. The remasters definitely aren’t bringing the original games up to the graphic levels seen in Arkham Knight last year, which is still one of the best looking games out there, but evidently it took Rocksteady ages to get that game running on the current consoles, and they had to forgo getting it running on the PC to do even that.

Both games will be the Game of the Year version, featuring all available DLC. The ports, being handled by the 3rd party Virtuous, are also being brought over from Unreal Engine 3 to 4.

Still, though, the game doesn’t seem hugely different to the old versions, so this seems like another opportunity for WB to squeeze some more money out of the series. Not that I can judge them too harshly. I’d probably buy them on PC if only to compare the differences, regardless of how minor they may seem. If you haven’t yet had the chance to play the arguably best two Batman Arkham games, now’s your chance.

If you don’t want to pick them up during the upcoming Steam sale for $5, that is.

About Josh Price

Josh Price is a writer who probably spends too many hours of the day playing video games. At some point he decided to put the two together to (hopefully) great effect. He also wrote some fiction. You should check that out if you're into such things, which you should be. Reading is FUNdamental.

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