Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m really, really excited for “Batman: Arkham Knight.” Not just because I love comic books. Not just because I love Batman. But because the game looks really, really, really amazing. And yes, using “really” more than once is okay if it adds journalistic integrity to a story – I think.
I loved “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City.” I loved Batman’s gadgets and seeing some of my favorite villains come to life in video game form. I also loved playing the dark knight and ultimately saving the day.
“Batman: Arkham Knight” is reportedly last in the game series from Rocksteady Studios. So, listen up, Rocksteady! Here are a few things I’d like to see in “Batman: Arkham Knight.”
1. DLC that allows you to play Batman in different cities.
Sure, I know Gotham City is Batman’s home turf. And it's exciting that the setting will be five times bigger than "Arkham City." But it would be pretty cool to see him save the day in other real-life urban settings. I’m from Pittsburgh, and seeing my hometown as a fictional Gotham City in 2012’s Batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises” was awesome. I’d like to see Bruce Wayne battle it out in NYC, Chicago or LA – I’ve seen plenty of bad guys hanging out on 42 St. who would probably love to take on the caped crusader.
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2. A mini-game where the Bat Signal constantly interrupts Bruce Wayne.
Batman’s a superhero. But, Bruce Wayne is just your average, run-of-the-mill billionaire. He eats, sleeps and puts his pants on one leg at a time. So how annoying would it be if Commissioner Gordon fires up the hero’s homing device just as Bruce Wayne sits down to a nice meal? Or is about to put in some gym time? Or is picking up his laundry? Not cool, Jim, not cool. In this mini-game, you earn points for not getting frustrated at the well-meaning police commissioner interrupting you every five minutes.
3. A lazy mode.
Maybe Batman wants to lie around and eat Doritos sometimes. Instead of always going out and fighting crime, he should have the occasional option to stay home and watch reruns of “The Office.” He should also be able to send out a few allies to keep criminals in check. And he would be able to watch all of this using some type of specialized Bat-cam, an HD camera that simultaneously streams Netflix, orders Chinese food on Seamless and allows him to tell sidekick Robin what to do. Multi. Tasking.
4. More vehicles.
It’s already big news that players will be able to drive the Batmobile in “Arkham Knight.” But we also want access to the Batcycle and Batplane. It may be a lot to ask, but if this is the last game in the series, go big or go home. Racing sequences would also be cool additions to game. I know it’s a single player, but it would still be fun to fly over Gotham City or careen through the city’s criminal-infested streets in one of the hero’s cool vehicles.
What do you want to see in "Arkham Knight?" Leave a comment below or Tweet me!