Batman as a franchise is so successful that if it were a person, it would be a millionaire worthy of dining with Bruce Wayne. The longevity of the eponymous character and the tortured mystery he harbours only adds to the charm of the superhero and the franchise. The Batman: Arkham series of games is also extremely popular – the franchise spin-off has taken Batman from the days of simplistic console gaming into the mobile world and even virtual reality. April 2017 saw the release of Batman: Arkham VR on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, marrying Batman and VR, and giving it to the masses.
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For now, let’s take a brief stroll through Gotham City and take a look at how the previous Batman: Arkham games added improvements to keep Batman the hero we need – and we deserve.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Asylum kicks off the franchise – and is the only one that doesn’t feature the open-world concept that remained popular throughout the rest of the series. The debut of a grittier, darker Batman fighting crime across Gotham City introduced us to the tone of the new cache of Batman games.
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
The coup for Arkham City, as well as the stronger storyline of Batman being incarcerated in a high-security prison, is the improvement of Batman’s abilities – the grappling above the city allows fans to truly feel as powerful as Batman would feel.
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
Origins was largely panned by critics – aside from the detective work that was undertaken in the game. The detective work aspect added a depth to Arkham that made the game feel almost cinematic in the plot and narrative, but fans craved something more tangible and in line with their crime-fighter. Though if this is where you zoned out of Batman, maybe you picked up with his DC comrade/enemy, Superman. No stranger himself to spin-offs galore, the Guts Superman slot game shows that Batman vs Superman will never end as the game offers free spins and expanded wilds.
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
The cooperative level with Robin adds the teamwork and complements the dark and gritty Christopher Nolan Batman with the campy Batman and Robin of previous years. The BAFTA award-winning Batman: Arkham Knight became the fastest selling game of 2015 when it launched and shifted over 5 million copies in its inaugural year. The bgo Batman and Joker slot is also perfect for reliving the campiness of the 70s cartoon, embodied by the Batman and Robin dynamic.
Batman: Arkham VR (2016)
October 2016 saw Arkham VR launch on PlayStation, allowing players to use Batman’s famous gadgets to see real world consequences. The game did well, and looks to revolutionize how Batman is played into the future.
Batman: Arkham Underworld (2016)
Mobile gaming is the next big thing – especially as the market value of the industry will hit $7.5bn by the end of 2017. So it’s no surprise that Batman’s mobile version, Arkham Underworld – which involves players controlling popular game villains (Harley Quinn, The Joker etc.) to recruit a team from the Underworld. The game also features voice actors from the series, as another plus point. Slotorama's Dark Knight-inspired slots game capitalises on both the grittiness and the feature of The Joker. With bonus wins available when Gotham's saviour himself appears, special respins with fan favourite Commissioner Gordon's appearance, the game looks to bring in all aspects of the Batman franchise.
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Batman: Arkham not only remains at the forefront of the DC Universe, but at the forefront of gaming technology. All eyes will be on the development of future Arkham games to see just where technology will take Batman – and where he will take us with it.