Gotham Knights : Le digne successeur de Batman et de la saga Arkham ?

Gotham Knights Preview: Worthy Successor to Batman and the Arkham Saga?

Advance Gotham Knights: Worthy successor to Batman and the Arkham saga?

Comic book fans have been waiting for Batman’s new adventures in video games for several years now, and their patience will soon be rewarded. Gotham Knights comes to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on October 21, 2022 with the starting premise of the death of the Dark Knight and the rise of a new generation of heroes. Can Batman’s heirs take over?

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During an event organized in the studios of warner games Located in Montreal, the JV editorial team was able to get their hands on Gotham Knights during a PS5 gaming session of around 2 hours and 30 minutes. This practice was followed by a series of interviews with the various departments responsible for developing the game.

A new generation of heroes.

The story of Gotham Knights begins with a shocking revelation. Batman is dead, and his sudden disappearance leaves a huge void that probably only the Dark Knight’s heirs can fill. However, the task promises to be particularly difficult for Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Red Hood (Jason Todd) and Robin (Tim Drake) who witness the fall of the American city. After the death of their protector, the city is plunged into chaos. Both the mafia and the iconic villains of the franchise respond in their own way to the death of their nemesis, while the GCPD (Gotham City Police District) tries to take back control of Gotham against the criminals, but also the self-proclaimed vigilantes now target them. of law enforcement.

Four heroes, four visions for a common goal… that of ridding Gotham City of the evil that eats away at it. The story is structured around several narrative arcs, those of the vigilantes and the main antagonist of the game -the Court of Owls- in the lead, to which are added those of the saga’s emblematic villains who take advantage of death from Batman. to reinvent yourself. All these intrigues are brought to cross, to telescope in order to weave the destiny of our protagonists and Gotham. WB Montreal Games seeks above all to create a memorable and epic adventure inspired by the source material… the comics, but knowing how to emancipate itself from it to better surprise the fans. The Dark Knight’s heirs will have plenty to do during this original and untold story that, as a reminder, is not connected closely or remotely to the Rocksteady universe. In other words, Gotham Knights has no connection to Rocksteady’s “Arkham” series, but taps into the same tradition… Gotham in mind.

This new Gotham City is billed as the largest ever built. Beyond the figures, it is mainly the dark and sticky atmosphere that emerges from this metropolis with its post-industrial gothic architecture that impresses. This Warner Bros. vision offers fans a Gotham that is sometimes true to the spirit of the comics, sometimes ripe for a change of scenery. Of course, the places of worship of the franchise, starting with the Iceberg Lounge, Blackgate prison or General Hospital are present. To get around this open world populated by NPCs, our heroes can rely on their grappling hook, their Parkour skills and especially the Batbike, just to gain a bit of height or, conversely, to traverse the environmental chaos on their motorized steed. . .

Gotham Knights: Worthy successor to Batman and the Arkham saga?

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Gotham Knights returns to the origins of the Batman character and, by extension, his sidekicks. Our vigilantes are detectives at heart, leading the investigation in the heart of a crime-ridden city. They analyze crime scenes, collect clues, and then verify them to determine future missions. The goal is simple: thwart the plans of villains who see Gotham City as the ideal playground. It is not necessary to be an expert in criminology to advance in the story, the resolutions are taken naturally by joining the places indicated on the map and fulfilling the successive objectives indicated. This dimension of “investigation” typical of the saga should delight fans, although the latter in the end offers little freedom and is (very) marked.

Our 4 vigilantes are quick to apply swift justice and never hesitate to use brute force to achieve their ends. The combat system, loosely inspired by that of Marvel’s Spider-Man, much more than in the Arkham series, is based on a clever combination of dodges, attacks and various abilities. Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin spin into the fray, each with their own style, and show off their mastery of the martial arts. Gotham Knights puts matchups at the center of a desired experience that’s accessible and technical enough to feel a real power surge over the course of the adventure. Cleaning up the streets of Gotham proves extremely rewarding, whether against minions or during boss fights, even if the camera can sometimes wander.

Gotham Knights: Worthy successor to Batman and the Arkham saga?

It is still advisable to go behind the scenes and remove the threat undetected. Stealth can quickly become a lethal weapon once placed in the hands of Gotham Knights. The latter carefully plan their attacks, then pounce on their prey before slipping away without arousing the slightest suspicion. The enemies here show an intelligence that could be described as “video game”, that is to say, effective if not surprising. Various missions and/or objectives are also designed to highlight infiltration phases while other situations leave it up to the vigilante to decide which path to take between frontal assault and discreet approach.

The Montreal studios have also integrated a Light-RPG overlay that includes earning new abilities to unlock and new gear to craft. These mechanics mainly allow you to refine your style of play and translate through the game the evolution of our heroes who aspire to become the worthy successor of Batman. Finally, Gotham Knights can be experienced solo or in two-player co-op, and the creative teams have gone to great lengths to provide an optimal gaming experience in all circumstances. For example, our heroes perform combo attacks in co-op, but they are not chained together. They can be separated for a while, fighting crime on his side, before reuniting and thus discovering the different narrative arcs together. Even the boss fights differ depending on whether you’re accompanied or not… an initiative that should be welcomed.

Gotham Knights: Worthy successor to Batman and the Arkham saga?

our impressions

Gotham Knights could well be the worthy heir to Batman and the “Arkham” saga. With its original setting, its exciting fights, its dark and majestic Gotham City, its charismatic characters and its solo-co-op approach, the WB Games Montreal title has a strong storyline. RDV is given on October 21, 2022 to discover the crossed destinies of the Knights of Gotham.

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