The best Batman games is a tough danh mục to write. There are so many good games featuring the caped crusader, especially those made by Rocksteady, who influenced every modern superhero game that came after its first installment in the Arkham series.

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Since Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal is working on this year"s Gotham Knights, it"s a good time lớn revisit our favorite Batman games. No, you won"t be able khổng lồ play as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming game, but it"s nice to think about the games in which you could down the cowl.

Here are the best Batman games, ranked from worst to lớn best.

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Developer:Armature GamesPlatforms:Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita

You may not remember this spin-off, & that’s probably for the best. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (opens in new tab) transported the caped crusader và his courageous capers khổng lồ the small screen - specifically the Nintendo 3DS và the PlayStation Vita. It’s a 2.5 chiều side-scroller that picks up right where Arkham Origins left off, as Batman đơn hàng with an explosion at Blackgate prison which allows Joker, Penguin và Black Mask lớn run rampant.

Whilst the plot is meandering and ultimately pointless, it did have a number of ambitious ideas - it tried to graft as much of the console experience as possible to lớn portable devices, with stealth gameplay, grappling và even explosive gel making the cut. The inventive use of the camera must also be applauded - zooming in at various flashpoints and courting glides, as well as putting Batman in the literal crosshairs as part of the Deadshot fight.

Combat is still crunchy, but the màn chơi design is all over the place, & the downgrade in graphics is extremely noticeable, with muddy textures and murky signposting leading to lớn constant misdirection. It was an attempt at a Metroid Batman trò chơi that fell very short of the mark. Given that it’s entire premise is framed around one of the less interesting Arkham narratives too - it didn’t have the means lớn craft a gripping story that could make it worthwhile. The trò chơi was eventually ported to lớn consoles và PC, and whilst it looks much better than it’s portable predecessor, a fresh coat of paint can’t fix the poor thiết kế behind the scenes.

6. Batman: Arkham Origins

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Developer:WB Games MontrealPlatforms:Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS3, PS4, PS5, WiiU, PC

Oh, Batman: Arkham Origins (opens in new tab). An intermediary game in the series handled by a different developer in WB Montreal - the team took a bold step by creating a prequel, setting the trò chơi five years before the events of Arkham Asylum. It’s a much more contained narrative than the rest of the Arkham games, with a plot that sadly doesn’t amount lớn much beyond introducing Batman’s relationship with Troy Baker’s Joker - who totally steals the show with numerous standout scenes! Unfortunately outside of some clever character lớn character quipping, the rest of the plot is shot full of holes and often undermines its own most interesting twists by plugging them up or forgetting about them.

The gargantuan xuất hiện world is nice lớn look at but awfully hollow, & detective mode was somehow turned tedious. Despite the excellent quái thú battles that really utilized their respective villains, the trò chơi feels bloated with overpowered gadgets that dumb down the combat into monotonous punching. The trò chơi often chucks legions of enemies at Batman without rhyme or reason, instead of being careful with its encounter design, a tactic which quickly gets old. It also had a very odd multiplayer mode which felt tacked-on khổng lồ the main game. Whilst it’s definitely worthwhile if you’re an Arkham loremaster, Origins falls down because it doesn’t reinvent itself like the other games- or at least where it tries, it fails và just provides more of the same.

5. Batman Arkham VR

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Developer:Rocksteady StudiosPlatforms:PS4, PC

Despite the fact it’s near the bottom of this particular list, Batman Arkham VR (opens in new tab) is actually very good, it’s just that the barometer for Arkham games is phối very high. This escapist fantasy of a virtual reality experience came out in năm 2016 and is technically the last proper Arkham trò chơi we’ve had following Arkham Knight. As far as short VR games go, Arkham VR is incredibly successful in everything it sets out to do, which is a rare feat!

It tells a gripping story and doesn’t feel like a disconnected Batman toybox. You’ll grapple, fight bad guys, và even experience hallucinations courtesy of the crown prince of crime, but it all serves a consistently exciting narrative separate from the rest of the games. From the underpants-ruining segment in the sewers lớn the intricate application of detective mode - you’d have lớn be a fool lớn skip Arkham VR if you’re a self-respecting Arkham fan with a pair of goggles lying around. There’s plenty of villains to contend with, famous cameos and models to gawk at & even a suite of difficult challenges that give the trò chơi some genuine replay value. Many may pass it off due lớn its limited scope compared khổng lồ the more gargantuan console games you’re used to, but if you’ve ever wanted to lớn don the cowl yourself và watch batarangs curve through the air - this is about as close as you’re going lớn get.

4. Batman: The Telltale Series (Seasons 1 và 2)

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Developer:Telltale GamesPlatforms:Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS3, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Swich, PC

Gone but not forgotten, Telltale Games went out on a high with one of its final releases being the second season of its take on Batman - a revolutionary look into The Dark Knight’s fascinating relationship with The Joker. Whilst the first season was bread and butter Batman, it still had enough twists and turns and fun (but clunky) combat sequences to keep you interested. The Enemy Within though - that may well be the most quality modern Joker story we’ve had. Anthony Ingruber’s John Doe is absolutely magnificent, simply one of the finest performances of the past decade in games. In The Enemy Within, you court the initially innocent Doe as he falls in with a rough crowd in the Pact and deals with his emotions concerning an electrifying Harley Quinn who is clearly up lớn no good.

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To say much more would spoil the magic - but the story carefully unravels into cathartic magic as difficult decisions force you to lớn mould your own worst enemy. The trò chơi forces you to choose between Batman’s moral code, his secret identity và the livelihood of his friends, all the while the naive và endearing John Doe is a ticking time bomb just waiting lớn go off in the background. It’s an absolute must play for Batman fans, especially if you’re looking for a different take on the admittedly excellent Arkham Joker you might be used to. Can you stop The Joker from becoming The Joker? If that question excites you, you must play Batman: The Telltale Series.

3. Batman: Arkham Knight

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Developer:RocksteadyPlatforms:Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC

The fourth and final Arkham game (at least for now) dropped in năm ngoái and was another revolutionary AAA title that was definitive within its console generation. A magnificent trò chơi simply to lớn look at, Arkham Knight’s slick streets and particle effects felt very next-generation, even if some of the new features implemented did not stick the landing. As many pointed out upon its release, the Batmobile was ultimately too ambitious & didn’t work as intended, getting in the way of fluidity instead of complementing Batman’s movement through Gotham City. The game introduced interesting new gadgets like the Jedi Mind Trick-esque Voice Synthesizer và allowed you a greater sense of control when playing as Nightwing or Catwoman across the bombastic story, sometimes synthesizing in combat with bats lớn wallop thugs with joint takedowns.

The story of Batman: Arkham Knight (opens in new tab) is fantastic & brought back the best Arkham villains - both Scarecrow và The Joker reappear as well as some exciting foes from wider Batman lore lượt thích Man-Bat & Deathstroke khổng lồ pad out the rest of the game. The ‘Arkham Knight’ that gives the game its namesake is a totally original character too - providing intrigue và mystery as you navigate the narrative. Sure - the twist is fairly predictable if you’ve peeked behind the Arkham curtain at some of Batman’s comic outings, but it still provided a lot of tension. At least they didn’t just tread the same ground or play it safe like Origins. Whilst the story puzzles could be genuine headscratchers that made you feel lượt thích a super sleuth, the Riddler challenges weren’t up to lớn scratch, especially compared to lớn Arkham Asylum, which was doubly disappointing given that the tedious puzzles were required for the game’s very cool true ending. Arkham Knight is an essential, unmissable conclusion to the Arkham story.

2. Batman: Arkham City

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Developer:RocksteadyPlatforms:Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS3, PS4, PS5, WiiU, PC

How bởi vì you follow up a revolutionary superhero game lượt thích Arkham Asylum? Well, simply put, you make Batman: Arkham đô thị (opens in new tab). I remember sprinting home from school to play this trò chơi when I was 14 and binging all of it in a matter of days. Unlike Asylum which came out of nowhere lớn change the genre forever, Rocksteady’s sequel was a more calculated success. It took the marvelous foundation of their masterpiece và removed the stabilizers - city allowed players to lớn explore a detailed mở cửa world chock full of nội dung as an even more powerful caped crusader. The freeflow combat was refined into a cathartic dance of death, turning every encounter into an engaging puzzle where the player must decide when and how khổng lồ use their new gadgets lớn unravel the enemy A.I.

The bountiful side missions và of easter eggs oozed tantalizing lore into every nook of its gritty, grimdark world, complemented by a rogue’s gallery of Batman’s most dastardly villains. Yet - it’s the more unusual picks that shine, like Clayface, Hugo Strange & Ra’s al Ghul. Of course, Mark Hamill’s Joker returns, delivering an astounding performance right through khổng lồ the game’s unforgettable crescendo.

Even the DLC packs were fantastic - extra jolts of fun for players raring for more. Again, the Riddler challenges in Arkham city were changed for the worse much lượt thích Arkham Knight, involving more annoying tedium, as well as the ‘one-and-done’ quái vật battles which lacked the gusto of Asylum’s more surprising and meaningful cameos. Too many cooks và all that. Arkham thành phố was the perfect, refined follow-up to Arkham Asylum, even if it couldn’t reach the revolutionary heights of its forebear.

1. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Developer:RocksteadyPlatforms:Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS3, PS4, PS5, WiiU, PC

Batman: Arkham Asylum (opens in new tab) had the element of surprise. Almost 10 years ago in August 2009, Rocksteady’s magnum opus appeared on store shelves, a game of incredible ambition and scope from a relatively new studio that had never tried anything lượt thích this before. What Rocksteady delivered is still widely considered as one of the best games ever made, a cohesive reinvention of the hallmarks of the ‘superhero game’ that has since paved the way for many similarly revolutionary titles that have drawn inspiration from its systems.

As they say, less is more - & by focusing the game within the decrepit confines of Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady created an atmosphere you could truly thua thảm yourself to. Instead of letting Batman easily prey on whatever cannon fodder he fancies, perched from skyscrapers in a seamless open-world, Asylum captured the fear và claustrophobia of being locked in with your worst enemies running riot, making each encounter count. It also encouraged exploration, what with the Riddler challenges asking you lớn catalogue comic artefacts, unravelling curious lore about lesser known villains.

Yet, you don’t even need lớn be a comics tín đồ to enjoy Arkham Asylum. It is one of the best stories ever told in a đoạn clip game, with adrenaline-pumping combat and stealth sequences layered between each magnificently voice-acted cinematic flashpoint. Mark Hamill’s Joker quickly cements itself as one of the finest interpretations of the character, but let’s not forget about the rest of the villains, especially Scarecrow, whose fourth-wall breaking sequences will likely be remembered as some of the most stimulating & inspired moments in modern video clip game history.

There was nothing lượt thích it when Arkham Asylum came out all those years ago - and to an extent, there still isn’t, even if the trò chơi has gone on lớn influence most third-person kích hoạt games that followed in its footsteps.

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Jordan Oloman has hundreds of bylines across outlets lượt thích, PC Gamer, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, The Washington Post, & more. Jordan is an experienced freelance writer who can not only dive deep into the biggest video games out there but explore the way they intersect with culture too. Jordan can also be found working behind-the-scenes here at Future Plc, contributing to the organization & execution of the Future Games Show.

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