With Batman Arkham Knight comes the end of Rocksteady’s epic trilogy. This also means that we can now rank each installment and debate which is the greatest Batman experience! While some would disagree with including it, I’m going to take Arkham Origins into account as well, even though it’s not a Rocksteady game. So here’s my SPOILER FREE ranking of the Batman Arkham games from worst to best.
4. Arkham Origins
I tried my best to like Arkham Origins. It has the great combat that we expect from the series. It has an interesting story that delves into the psyche of some of Batman’s greatest villains. It even has some of the best boss fights in the whole series. Unfortunately the desolate setting that was Gotham bored me, and there was a lack of detail that is always abundant in Rocksteady’s work. This is the only Arkham game that I doubt I will ever return to for another play through. It just didn’t work for me. However, the Deathstroke boss fight will always have a place in my heart!
3. Arkham Knight
That’s right. My friends seem surprised when I say this, but Arkham Knight failed to overcome the greatness of its predecessors. It’s a fun game—the Batmobile is great and it’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, but the game lacks the magic that Asylum and City have. I would still recommend it to anyone who played Asylum and City though, as it’s a great end to the trilogy, and the Batmobile alone is reason enough to give it a play. If you want to read more about my thoughts on Arkham Knight, you can check out my review here.
2. Arkham Asylum
Arkham Asylum may be the first in the series, but it built one heck of a foundation for the games that followed. The combat and stealth mechanics were mind-blowing at the time and they’re still an absolute blast to pick up and play. It was also the first game in years that made us realize that it’s still possible to have an awesome superhero game.
1. Arkham City
This is easily my number one pick. Not only are the mechanics from Asylum fine-tuned in the second instalment, but everything is incredibly balanced and fluid, and it has an interesting story with surprising twists. I’ve played through City multiple times, and it’s always my go-to when I want to be the Batman. It’s also amazing how everything from Asylum was taken a step further, making the mechanics feel fresh and new.
So how would you rank the series? Post your comments below!