Let us take a moment of silence because the wonderful Arkham Batman game series has ended. Up to that point, no one got Batman just right on a console game, and that series made you feel like you were wearing the cowl. Sadly, now that series has ended and those of us who are true Batman fans and true gamers are dying to know what direction developers will go with the next Batman game. Being a super geek and a fully grown virgin, I have spent quite a few hours speculating about where Batman could go next and what his next game could be like. Here are five directions they could go with the new Batman game.
Say what you want, but golden age Batman and TV Batman was campy as hell. Thing is, it was funny as hell. Imagine a game that takes place in the same time frame as the television show. This means every time Batman would hit someone a huge word bubble saying POW or ZAPPO would appear. The costumes could look openly cheesy, dialogue could be campy on purpose, and they could just embrace that campy mentality.
Keep in mind, no one would want three games of this, but if someone put out ONE while we were waiting, I guarantee you all Batman fans would play it AND get a kick out of it. Just make sure you include the shark repellent scene above please.
Many people thought the Arkham games were dark, and they were. But when I say going darker, I am specifically talking about a game based more around the Dark Knight comics and art style. We are talking about a much older Bruce Wayne who has become jaded and has no issue stomping in a skull if need be. We are also talking about a female Robin and sketchy art style that would lend itself incredibly well to the visual tone of video games.
Yes, this would be awesome.
When it comes to comic book games, I am shocked more designers don’t go with the cell shaded look. It tends to reflect hand drawn style and makes it often look like a comic book come to life. Here I am not so much speculating about style of gameplay, but more visual flair.
Imagine a Batman comic where levels were ripped straight from certain issues, and they used actual panels and cell shading to make it look like a comic book come to life? I LOVED Arkham’s visuals, but a cell shaded Batman game would own life.
La Noir Style
One of the coolest aspects of Arkham Origins was actually being able to do some Bruce Wayne detective work between all the head bashing. Now imagine if they gave us a Batman game where you could play as both Bruce and Batman? In the Bruce sections, you would be doing the researching and some of the detective work. Perhaps you interact with people AS Bruce and they give you dialogue options that you have to use to make sure you don’t give too much away about yourself, yet still get the info you need.
Come on, video games. Give us at least a little time in Bruce’s shoes. There has to be some cool gameplay you could mine there. Heavy Rain dialogue options as Bruce with ass kicking as Batman. Yes, I would even pre-order that game!
Batman: Year 100
There was a comic put out by the amazing artist Paul Pope called Batman: Year 100. In it, it was essentially a dark vision of a future Batman, still fighting crime 100 years in the future with all this insane future tech. The thing we need from a new Batman game is something different, and taking on the Year 100 story would blow people’s minds. It is a version of Batman no one has seen or knows. He does some things our version of Batman would not, and the spastic art style could be easily mimicked in a video game.
The reality is, with all above entries, we would be happy. All we ask is that the next developer who gets this I.P please, treat it right. So many people did Batman wrong before Rocksteady. Do not let that happen again. Batman is just too damn cool to be disrespected in a bad game.