History YMMV / BatmanArkhamSeries

19th Jul '16 12:04:36 PM flyingfishcake
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** Also ZigZagged storywise, with the story of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' being better received than that of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' despite Paul Dini writing the latter. PlayedStraight with ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', which is generally considered to have the weakest plot in the series.
14th Jun '16 1:17:48 PM SignSeeker7
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** Due to being a three/four game story, there are details (Batman and Joker's [[spoiler:Titan Poisoning]] in ''City'', Deathstroke's sudden appearance in ''Knight'') that won't make sense unless you've played the other ones.

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** Due to being a three/four game four-game story, there are details (Batman and Joker's [[spoiler:Titan Poisoning]] in ''City'', Deathstroke's sudden appearance in ''Knight'') that won't make sense unless you've played the other ones.
5th Jun '16 6:27:12 PM pisacrap
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* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: Rocksteady studios developed the Arkham IP and did it so well their [[CreatorWorship popularity exploded]]. When ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' was announced as being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, essentially a stop-gap game to fill in while Rocksteady had been working on ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', there was genuine concern about how the game would turn out. In something of a subversion the game was received quite well as an expansion of the Arkham universe and having a good story, although having no [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks serious changes to the gameplay]] and [[GoodBadBugs lacking the same polish]] the Rocksteady games had still falls under this trope. But Montreal definitely have their strengths, as many consider ''Origins'' to have the best story, dialogue and boss battles in the series, and ''Knight's'' status as a ContestedSequel has diminished some of Rocksteady's credibility.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The trailer for the cosmetically remastered ''Return to Arkham'' collection (''Arkham'' and ''City'', given more advanced textures and lighting effects for the PS4) was met with considerable criticism, with many alleging that although the environments were vastly improved, [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pEXmZUtzacU/maxresdefault.jpg the new cutscenes looked far LESS cinematic and improperly composited under the new lights]].

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* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Rocksteady studios Studios developed the Arkham ''Arkham'' IP and did it so well their [[CreatorWorship popularity exploded]]. When So when ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' was announced as being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, Montreal -- essentially a stop-gap game to fill in time while Rocksteady had been working on ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', was busy making ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' -- there was genuine concern about how the game would turn out. In something of a subversion However, despite lacking [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks serious gameplay changes]] and [[GoodBadBugs the game polish]] of Rocksteady's games, ''Origins'' was received quite well as an expansion of the Arkham universe ''Arkham'' universe, and having a good story, although having no [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks serious changes to the gameplay]] and [[GoodBadBugs lacking the same polish]] the Rocksteady games had still falls under this trope. But Montreal definitely have their strengths, as many consider ''Origins'' it to have the best story, dialogue and boss battles in of the series, and ''Knight's'' series. Furthermore, ''Knight'''s status as a ContestedSequel has diminished some of Rocksteady's credibility.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The trailer for the cosmetically remastered ''Return to Arkham'' collection (''Arkham'' and ''City'', given remastered with more advanced textures and lighting effects for the PS4) [=PlayStation=] 4 and Xbox One) was met with considerable criticism, with many alleging that although the environments were vastly improved, [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pEXmZUtzacU/maxresdefault.jpg the new cutscenes looked far LESS cinematic and improperly composited under the new lights]].lights]] (keep in mind, the remaster is the one on the '''left''').
30th May '16 10:45:25 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: The trailer for the cosmetically remastered ''Return to Arkham'' collection (''Arkham'' and ''City'', given more advanced textures and lighting effects for the PS4) was met with considerable criticism, with many alleging that although the environments were vastly improved, [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pEXmZUtzacU/maxresdefault.jpg the new cutscenes looked far LESS cinematic and improperly composited under the new lights]].
23rd May '16 6:49:45 PM Anddrix
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* HarsherInHindsight: How shall we put it? SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker himself has been a DeathSeeker from the very beginning of the series. [[spoiler:In ''Arkham Origins'', he tries to shoot himself in the head in order [[DrivenToSuicide to end it all]], but [[SaveTheVillain Batman stops him from doing so]] for reasons he can't comprehend. In ''Arkham Asylum'', after the Joker says, "I have nothing left to live for," he ''does'' shoot himself, but with a Titan formula gun to the throat. His "suicide" is very painfully slow, as it takes a year for the Titan poisoning to course through his bloodstream before his death and its nature complete their course at the end of ''Arkham City'', in fulfillment of his deserving to die as a monster, all the while Batman is unable to intervene with him.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: How shall we put it? SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker himself has been a DeathSeeker from the very beginning of the series. [[spoiler:In ''Arkham Origins'', he tries to shoot himself in the head in order [[DrivenToSuicide to end it all]], but [[SaveTheVillain Batman stops him from doing so]] for reasons he can't comprehend. In ''Arkham Asylum'', after the Joker says, "I have nothing left to live for," he ''does'' shoot himself, but with a Titan formula gun to the throat. His "suicide" is very painfully slow, as it takes a year for the Titan poisoning to course through his bloodstream before his death and its nature complete their course at the end of ''Arkham City'', in fulfillment of his deserving to die as a monster, all the while Batman is unable to intervene with him.]]
22nd Feb '16 8:00:20 AM ACW
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15th Feb '16 10:50:30 AM BenMitchell90
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: It's made perfectly clear that this game series was not aimed at children, but that didn't stop kids from purchasing it. The series is full of brutal death, intense violence, psychological horror, sexual content, corruption, and of course Batman and his villains acting more nightmarish than ever before, all packaged along with extremely dark themes and storylines that can be chilling from their concepts alone. There's a very good argument to be made that they are '''the''' darkest ''Batman'' adaptations ever made. Unfortunately, there were still some families that thought it was okay to buy for kids simply because it had Batman. Needless to say, people were shocked.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: It's made perfectly clear that this game series was not aimed at children, with ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'' even getting slapped with an [[MatureRating M rating]], but that didn't stop kids from purchasing it. The series is full of brutal death, intense violence, psychological horror, sexual content, corruption, and of course Batman and his villains acting more nightmarish than ever before, all packaged along with extremely dark themes and storylines that can be chilling from their concepts alone. There's a very good argument to be made that they are '''the''' darkest ''Batman'' adaptations ever made. Unfortunately, there were still some families that thought it was okay to buy for kids simply because it had Batman. Needless to say, people were shocked.
1st Feb '16 9:58:10 AM KhlavKalash
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** The series and its poor track record with making good boss fights is another example. The original game was criticized for reusing the same bullfight setup with Bane or opting for thug attack waves instead of direct battles for most of its encounters with any other boss fights being deemed lackluster or boring (with the possible exception of the penultimate battle with Poison Ivy). While City was praised for having the famous Mr. Freeze showdown and more original boss fights, overall it remained a criticism due to the presence of several (Albeit mostly justified) AntiClimaxBoss segments. Interestingly enough, ''Origins'', a secondary game made by a different studio, was widely praised in its handling of boss battles, making it appear to be an inversion at first. However, ''Knight'' notably lacked several proper boss fights with Deathstroke being a notable target of hate while many combat encounters with thugs and Batmobile tank battles filled their place. This in particular has gotten enough backlash to the point of heavily contributing to the game's ContestedSequel status as a result.

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** The series and its poor track record with making good boss fights is another example. The original game was criticized for reusing the same bullfight setup with Bane or opting for thug attack waves instead of direct battles for most of its encounters with any other boss fights being deemed lackluster or boring (with the possible exception of the penultimate battle with Poison Ivy). While City was praised for having the famous Mr. Freeze showdown and more original boss fights, overall it remained a criticism due to the presence of several (Albeit (albeit mostly justified) AntiClimaxBoss segments. Interestingly enough, ''Origins'', a secondary game made by a different studio, was widely praised in its handling of boss battles, making it appear to be an inversion at first. However, ''Knight'' notably lacked several proper boss fights with Deathstroke being a notable target of hate while many combat encounters with thugs and Batmobile tank battles filled their place. This in particular has gotten enough backlash to the point of heavily contributing to the game's ContestedSequel status as a result.
27th Jan '16 11:26:25 PM mlsmithca
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* MagnumOpus: ''Batman: Arkham City'' is generally considered to be the best game in the series.
16th Jan '16 6:31:03 PM Animeking1108
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* CounterpartComparison: TheJoker has drawn some comparisons to Handsome Jack in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series. They're both narcissistic villains who [[spoiler: die]] in [[VideoGame/Borderlands2 the second game]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity in the series]], their origins were revealed in [[VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel a prequel released]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins after the second game]], and they [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands return in the most recent game in the series in a metaphysical form within the hero's head and they try getting said hero to break]]]].

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* CounterpartComparison: TheJoker has drawn some comparisons to Handsome Jack in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series. They're both narcissistic villains who [[spoiler: die]] in [[VideoGame/Borderlands2 [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} the second game]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity in the series]], their origins were revealed in [[VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel a prequel released]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins after the second game]], and they [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands return in the most recent game in the series in a metaphysical form within the hero's head and they try getting said hero to break]]]].
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