Batman: Arkham Collection - PS4

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Batman: Arkham Collection (PS4)
Also for: Xbox One
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Strategy: Stealth
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Rocksteady Soft. Co.: Warner Brothers
Publishers: Warner Brothers (GB)
Released: 6 Sept 2019 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
Connectivity: Network features, Remote Play


The Batman: Arkham Collection is the definitive package for batfans who've yet to venture into Arkham, packing all the games into one box.

Arkham Asylum
Never mind the hype, Batman: Arkham Asylum was actually the must-have game of 2009 for superhero fans. Featuring a tasty blend of two fisted action, stealth and, of course gadgets, this is sure to tickle your inner nerd.

Gameplay starts with Rocksteady's 'FreeFlow' combat. The way this works is that combat basically just consists of attacks and blocks. That might sound tedious, but actually it's thoroughly rewarding. Rather than stringing together overly complex moves, it's about getting the rhythm right being sure to counter enemy blows then moving smoothly into an attack, stringing together as many moves as possible to maximise your XP.

Stopping this from being a straightforward brawler, however, is a hefty stealth component. Batman's many things, but not one of those things is bulletproof. This makes sneaking around and taking out enemies one by one a necessity where guns are involved. Your first step in doing this is switching into Detective Mode, highlighting handy features of your environment such as baddies, things like air vents and high-up gargoyles you can use to get around and weak structural points you can blow up. You'll be dropping down for inverted attacks, swooping in for glide kicks and generally being a sneaky badass in no time.

Arkham City
Between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Mayor Quincy Sharp has bought up a massive chunk of real estate, walled it off and shoved all the inmates of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison in there to do as they will. With Hugo Strange in charge of this little slice of dystopia, however, you can take it as a given that this new chapter in Arkham's history is not going to be a happy one for Gotham.

So, the biggest addition in Arkham City is in the scale. The playable area is five times the size of that in Arkham Asylum. While large sections of the game still take place inside Gotham's creepy gothic buildings, there's also more of an open-world feel as you navigate Arkham City.

Billed by series creator Rocksteady Games as the conclusion to its trilogy, the game brings the full sprawl of Gotham city to life for the first time.

Arkham Knight
Then, it's all-out war in Arkham Knight as The Scarecrow returns to unite the villains of Gotham against the caped crusader. In tow are not just infamous favourites such as Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and the Riddler, but an all-new villain created especially for the game with help from comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

A big selling point for many is be the introduction of a driveable Batmobile. With a brand-new design, the souped-up vehicle can be used right across the Gotham map. That might be for a high-speed chase, or it might be for intense battles on the streets.

Arkham Knight also features 'most-wanted' side missions, in which players encounter high-profile criminal masterminds and can choose to take them down individually or pursue the core story mode.

This is the big one, folks.