Preview Gotham Knights: worthy successor to the Batman and Arkham saga?
Comic book fans have been waiting for Batman’s new adventures in video games for several years, and their patience will soon be rewarded. Gotham Knights is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on October 21, 2022, with the premise of the Dark Knight’s death and the emergence of a new generation of heroes. Will Batman’s heirs be able to take over?
During an event held at their studio Stimulant Games Based in Montreal, JV’s editorial team managed to take on Gotham Knights during a game session of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes on PS5. This hands-on interview was followed by a series of interviews with various departments responsible for the game’s development.
New generation heroes
The Gotham Knights story begins with a shocking revelation. Batman is dead, and his sudden death has left a huge void that only the Dark Knight’s heirs can fill. However, the quest will be particularly difficult for Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Red Hood (Jason Todd) and Robin (Tim Drake), who witnessed the fall of the North American city. After the death of its guardian, the city is plunged into chaos. The Mafia and the series’ iconic villains each react in their own way to the death of their enemies, while the GCPD (for Gotham City Police District) tries to regain control of Gotham against the criminals, while at the same time now self-proclaimed vigilantes. target law enforcement.
Four heroes, four visions for a common cause… to save Gotham City from the evil that is gnawing at it. The story is structured around various narrative arcs, primarily the vigilantes and the game’s main foe, the Court of Owls, to which the epic’s symbolic villains who benefit from Batman’s death are added. reinvent themselves. All these intrigues are ultimately crossed through a telescope to weave the fate of our heroes and Gotham. World Bank Games Montreal aims first of all to create an unforgettable and epic adventure inspired by the source material…comics, but knows how to free himself from it to better surprise fans. The Dark Knight’s heirs will have a lot to do during this original and unpublished story, which is neither close nor distantly connected to the Rocksteady universe. In other words, Gotham Knights has nothing to do with Rocksteady’s “Arkham” series, but connects with the same lore… Gotham in mind.
This new city of Gotham has been declared the greatest city ever built. Beyond the figures, it is the dark and sticky atmosphere that emerges from this metropolis with its post-industrial Gothic architecture that makes an impact. This vision is Warner Bros. offers its fans a Gotham that is sometimes true to the spirit of the comic, and sometimes conducive to a change of atmosphere. Of course, the series has cult venues such as the Iceberg Lounge, Blackgate prison or General Hospital. To move around this open world populated by NPCs, our heroes can rely on their grappling hooks, Parkour skills, and especially the Batcycle to simply gain some height or, on the contrary, cut through the chaos with their motorized horses. .
Gotham Knights returns to the origins of the Batman character and his sidekicks. Our vigilantes are detectives at their core and lead the investigation in the heart of a crime-ridden city. They analyze crime scenes, gather clues and cross-check to identify future missions. The goal is simple: to thwart the plans of the bad guys who see Gotham as the ideal playground. You don’t need to be a criminologist to move forward in the story, decisions are naturally made by attending the locations indicated on the map and fulfilling the stated sequential targets. This epic “investigation” aspect should delight fans, even if the latter ultimately offers little freedom and becomes (very) obvious.
Our 4 vigilantes are quick to execute swift justice and never hesitate to use brute force to achieve their ends. Much more so than the Arkham series, the freely inspired combat system from Marvel’s Spider-Man relies on a clever mix of dodges, attacks and various skills. Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin each return to battle in their own way, showcasing their mastery in the martial arts. Gotham Knights places confrontations at the center of a desirable experience that is both accessible and technical to feel a real boost of power throughout the adventure. Cleaning the streets of Gotham, whether it’s against minions or during boss fights, is proving immensely rewarding, even if the camera can wander sometimes.
It is still recommended to act in the shadows and eliminate the threat before it is detected. Stealth can quickly turn into a deadly weapon once the Gotham Knights get their hands on it. Second, it carefully plans its attacks, then attacks its prey before it slips away without arousing the slightest suspicion. The enemies here show an effective, if not surprising, intelligence that we can describe as a “video game”. Various missions and/or targets are designed to highlight the infiltration stages, while other situations leave the progression between a frontal attack and a discreet approach to the discretion of the vigilantes.
Montreal studios are also integrated A Lightweight RPG tier, including new skills to unlock and new equipment to craft. These mechanics essentially allow you to refine your playstyle and translate through the game the evolution of our heroes, aiming to become Batman’s worthy successors. Finally, Gotham Knights can be experienced solo or in two-player co-opand the creative teams made every effort to provide the optimal gaming experience in all conditions. For example, our heroes perform combined attacks in co-op, but they are not chained to each other. They can separate for a while, fighting crime on their side, before reuniting and thus exploring different narrative forms together. Even boss fights depend on whether you’re accompanied or not… a welcome undertaking.
Gotham Knights could be a worthy heir to Batman and the “Arkham” saga. With its original script, thrilling combat, dark and majestic Gotham city, charismatic characters, and solo-collaborative approach, WB Games Montreal’s title has solid arguments. RDV was awarded on October 21, 2022 to explore the intersecting destinies of the Gotham Knights.