developer: Rocksteady Studios
publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Batman Arkham Collection is a set of three games released in 2009-2015: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight. The collection also includes all add-ons created for the aforementioned productions. All games included in the Batman Arkham Collection were developed by Rocksteady Studios. Warner Bros. Entertainment is responsible for publishing the set.
The action of all three games takes place in the dark Gotham city, which always seems to be attacked by various types of criminals. Each of the games offers a separate plot. Stories usually emphasize a different villain known from the comic books about the Dark Knight, although some characters, like the Joker, appear in several installments and play an important role in each of them.
The gameplay is similar in all three titles. We are dealing with TPP action adventure games, in which we explore the available area, perform tasks, sneaking, battle enemies and gradually discover the plot prepared by the creators.
The game world grows bigger in every part of the series - while in Arkham Asylum we only move around the title mental institution and its basement, in Arkham City we get a vast piece of the city to explore. The greatest freedom we get in the newest of the games included in the set - Arkham Knight enables us to visit all of Gotham (for the first time we can also ride the batmobile).
The combat emphasizes rhythm, counterattacks and the use of various gadgets characteristic for the Dark Knight (e.g. batarangs, which are available in different variants).
It is worth noting that in each of the games we will find a number of side activities - tasks, challenges and puzzles, which often offer a noticeably different gameplay ideas (for example, confrontation with the Riddler requires agility and quick thinking, while capturing some villains requires us to show off the skills of the detective - including sequences in which we reconstruct crime scenes.
Games included in the Batman Arkham Collection set can only be played solo. The games focus on single-player story campaign, but also offer additional options, such as a special challenge mode.
Batman Arkham Collection features decent, three-dimensional visuals, powered by Unreal Engine (the subsequent parts are based on its progressively advanced versions). The models of the characters and the environment are very detailed and refer to the artistic style of comic books and films (including animated films) about Batman. Also noteworthy are spectacular animations and a lighting system that makes Gotham a very atmospheric place.