So Batman: Arkham Knight on PC is a mess. Having waited in desperate anticipation for months, you’re probably feeling pent up; like you need to don bat pyjamas and fall to your knees in the cold night, weeping. But wait, there are other options.
OK, for the sake of this piece I’m gonna go ahead and assume you’ve already played the other Batman: Arkham games. If not, just go do that! But maybe skip Arkham Origins unless you’re craving a bat fix something fierce. Now then, you want bat mods? Here’s a veritable cave of them. You know, kinda like that one place Batman sometimes hangs out: the Justice League’s orbital satellite. (For downloads/install info, simply click the games’ names.)
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No seriously, Paste makes a pretty convincing argument as to why Dishonored is an excellent Batman game:
“Dishonored, if you allow it, can paradoxically be just as much of a game about resisting the temptation of power as it is power fantasy; that’s what the openness of its design allows for. As much fun as Arkham is, that series never make us confront our own power. It’s just unquestioned that Batman will do The Right Thing and needs no input from us even though this is a medium where player interaction is the crux of everything. Having situations where the player must question the use and consequences of their own powers is the difference between being Batman and being Batman.”
“It’s a seemingly small thing, choosing not to let players be Batman all the time and, again, it’s probably for the best. Otherwise you’d have immersion and continuity problems that go alongside players making their Batman kill criminals in the street. However, Dishonored, which is not beholden to any previously established continuity, gives us that vital choice. We can be murderous monsters, sure, but it also lets us be the vigilante, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, making the decision to save a city instead of giving into a powerful, ever present thirst for revenge. The hard but virtuous road over the easy, bloody one.”
Obviously, there are many more games in which you can — with a little tinkering, ala the DC universe’s favourite genius tinkerer (Leonardo da Vinci, originally introduced in the Earth-Two era) —play as Batman. What, in your opinion, are the best?