We’d like to introduce you to Jack Ellison-Jones, our first PN2 Ambassador. Jack is a 15 year old student out of Oxford, North Canterbury in New Zealand. He’s a big fan of Overwatch, Skyrim and Rocket League and hopes to become a games journalist once he finishes school. We’re going to help Jack out as much as we can to reach that goal, so share the love and be sure to keep a close eye on PN2 for Jack ‘s future articles…

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Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City are two of my favourite games of all time. Being able to fly around sneakily as Batman, taking out the henchmen of some of the best villains in the DC universe, you couldn’t ask for anything more. Batman Arkham Asylum is about the Joker taking over the asylum and using a deadly toxin (Joker Toxin) to turn his henchmen into massive, strong deformed men. Batman Arkham City is about Doctor Strange unleashing a weapon codenamed ‘Protocol 10’ and you as Batman must stop him.

The DLC for Arkham Asylum includes ‘challenge mode’ where you can play as either Joker or Batman and complete a number of challenges and there is also some very unique challenge maps. Arkham City DLC includes Riddler’s Revenge which is a number of custom challenge maps. There is also Harley Quinn’s Revenge, which is a number of missions set after the events of Arkham City. Wow, it seems that the villains aren’t happy about something with the amount of revenge they’re dishing out! The Catwoman episodes are also included where you play as Catwoman and play a series of missions.

Batman: Return to Arkham, developed by Virtuos Games, is an upscale of the two original Arkham games in Unreal Engine 4. The two for the most part look stunning, with Batman’s cape looking crisp and clean and the environments looking spic and span.

The character models, however, lack the same kind of quality, with the colours not looking up to the standards of the last gen versions, Joker’s suit looks too light and colourful and everything about the characters just don’t look as good.

The real problem with these remasters is that games are in 30fps, two games that are over 5 years old (Arkham Asylum was originally released in 2009, Arkham City followed up in 2011) yet they couldn’t do a simple 60fps upgrade? Both have constant drops in frames from when you’re opening doors to when you’re in the middle of a fight. Virtuos and WB delayed Batman: Return to Arkham’s release date from July 26th to October 18th for frame rate issues, yet it doesn’t look like they fixed much at all, even with the extra time.

Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City are still excellent games despite their framerate issues, If you have never played the Arkham games before and only own a next gen console then I highly recommend these games to you as they are some of the best superhero games on the market right now. If you have already played the Arkham games and its DLC to death, then just avoid this all together.

Jack Ellison-Jones is a member of the PN2 Ambassador Program. If you’re under 18 and want a starting point in your writing career, you can find out more about the program here.

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