Opinion: Five Things The Next Batman Game Needs
As we speak the world is going Bat crazy, with the phenomenal Dark Knight Rises dominating the global box office. Rumors suggest that the next Batman game from Rocksteady is going to be a prequel to their first two titles, but whatever the truth of the matter, here are the things I’d most like to see included in the next game…
While we have seen glimpses of Batman’s vehicles in both Asylum and City, we’ve yet to actually drive them – and if Rocksteady give us a bigger playground to run around in next time, we’re going to need something quicker than the grappling boost we had in Arkham City.
The Batmobile is, after all, just as iconic as Batman himself, and to leave it out a third time around wouldn’t make much sense. Even if it was just for a couple of missions, it would still be interesting to see Rocksteady’s take on Batman’s extensive garage.
The Entirety Of Gotham…And The Batcave
One of the most glaring omissions from Arkham City was the Batcave, and it wouldn’t make much sense to leave it out for a second time, especially if Batman needs to solve a case. The Batcave would be a perfect place for Batman to pick up missions and new gadgets, as well as upgrading his suit and pre-existing tools.
It would also be great if Rocksteady were able to give us the entirety of Gotham to run around in. After all, it would be nonsensical to stick us back into a smaller space. It would also give gamers the chance to actually feel like Batman as he runs and glides around his natural environment. That said, if Rocksteady opened up the rest of Gotham to play around in, they could sacrifice some of the detail that was present in Arkham City.
More Interesting Villains
Batman isn’t simply known for having the best rogues’ gallery simply because it includes the Joker and Two-Face. There are a whole host of great small-time villains who hardly ever get their time in the spotlight, and seeing as Mark Hamill has been quoted as saying that he won’t return to do another Joker, perhaps it’s time for lesser known villains to take centre-stage.
Hush had a fantastic little storyline in Arkham City and it would be great if he got more time (should they decide not to do a prequel). Let’s face it, the Joker has had enough exposure and should be put to rest for the time being.
There’s also the likes of KGBeast, Professor Pyg, Maxie Zeus (who was referenced in Arkham City), Prometheus, The Ventriloquist, Abattoir, Brutale, Firefly, Headhunter, Great White Shark, Royal Flush Gang and Dr. Destiny (a great substitute for Scarecrow), and many more who could work in a Justice League game. Speaking of which…
More Heroes And Split-Screen Multiplayer
One of the rumors about the next Batman is that it is going to include heroes from the larger DC Universe. Assuming that this is true, we will most certainly see the inclusion of Superman, and the potential inclusion of the rest of the founding members of the Justice League. This in turn opens up the possibility of a split-screen multiplayer mode that we haven’t seen in previous games. An obvious influence for this would be Lego Batman 2, which introduced Batman to the rest of the heroes and villains in the DC Universe. However, introducing a bright character such as Superman into Rocksteady’s dark and gritty Universe would be a difficult task.
With Warner Bros looking to get a Justice League movie off the ground after the success of Avengers Assemble, it only makes sense to put the license of their other characters into the hands of a developer that has already delivered a successful franchise. Plus, if they got the voice actors from the Justice League series like they did with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, that would be an added bonus.
Storylines From The Comics
One of the great storylines from the recent relaunch of the comic books is ‘The Court of Owls’, and if Rocksteady choose to give us the whole of Gotham to explore as well as lesser-known villains, this would be perfect.
The Court of Owls storyline includes a centuries-old crime syndicate and secret society that murdered Bruce Wayne’s parents and try to bring down Batman. They also prove to be formidable enemies. This storyline would be perfect for Rocksteady’s universe, and it would have Batman covering the whole of Gotham looking for clues, playing up Batman’s detective angle.
One of the characters in Arkham Asylum that we didn’t see but heard was Oracle, the former Batgirl who was shot by the Joker in Alan Moore’s graphic novel ‘The Killing Joke’. So, if they were to adapt any comic storyline, then this would make the most sense. Other iconic story arcs include ‘Knightfall’, ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘Death in the Family’, all of which suit themselves to a video game adaptation.
Do you agree or disagree with Jacques’ wishlist? And what do you most want to see in the next Batman game? Join the discussion in the comments section below…