History YMMV / BatmanArkhamSeries

17th Feb '17 11:34:34 AM TheFlash
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* GenreTurningPoint: For licensed games in genera. Before ''Arkham Asylum'', it was common for studios to invest money in AAA license titles that were often movie-tie ins. The VideoGame/BatmanBegins video game is a famous example as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_(video_game) is an aborted ''The Dark Knight'' game]] and the many VideoGame/HarryPotter games which adapted the movies rather than serve, as the Arkham games, as an adaptation of the license tailored to the video game medium. While some movie-tie ins do exist, such as VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan, they are more or less relegated to mobile games and indeed the upcoming VideoGame/SpidermanPS4 is following Arkham's approach in adapting the license to the game rather than make a movie tie-in. Most famously, where Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings had movie tie-in hack-and-slash licensed games, for Film/TheHobbit, Monolith studios made a game-centric adaptation of the licensed property leading to the critically acclaimed VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor, and the developers cited Rocksteady as their inspiration.

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* GenreTurningPoint: For licensed games in genera. general. Before ''Arkham Asylum'', it was common for studios to invest money in AAA license titles that were often movie-tie ins.movie tie-ins. The VideoGame/BatmanBegins video game is a famous example as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_(video_game) is an aborted ''The Dark Knight'' game]] game]], and the many VideoGame/HarryPotter games which adapted the movies rather than serve, as the Arkham games, as an adaptation of the license tailored to the video game medium. While some movie-tie ins movie tie-ins do exist, exist such as VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan, they are more or less relegated to mobile games games, and indeed the upcoming VideoGame/SpidermanPS4 is following Arkham's approach in adapting the license to the game rather than make a movie tie-in. Most famously, where Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings had movie tie-in hack-and-slash licensed games, for Film/TheHobbit, Monolith studios Studios made a game-centric adaptation of the licensed property property, leading to the critically acclaimed VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor, and the developers cited Rocksteady as their inspiration.
16th Feb '17 8:43:49 PM JulianLapostat
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* GenreTurningPoint: For licensed games in genera. Before ''Arkham Asylum'', it was common for studios to invest money in AAA license titles that were often movie-tie ins. The VideoGame/BatmanBegins video game is a famous example as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_(video_game) is an aborted ''The Dark Knight'' game]] and the many VideoGame/HarryPotter games which adapted the movies rather than serve, as the Arkham games, as an adaptation of the license tailored to the video game medium. While some movie-tie ins do exist, such as VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan, they are more or less relegated to mobile games and indeed the upcoming VideoGame/SpidermanPS4 is following Arkham's approach in adapting the license to the game rather than make a movie tie-in. Most famously, where Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings had movie tie-in hack-and-slash licensed games, for Film/TheHobbit, Monolith studios made a game-centric adaptation of the licensed property leading to the critically acclaimed VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor, and the developers cited Rocksteady as their inspiration.
7th Feb '17 10:45:32 PM Hello9876
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** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]], [[although it did not win as many Game of the Year Awards as VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim or VideoGames/{{Portal2}}]]. Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.
7th Feb '17 4:38:44 PM Hello9876
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** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]], [[although it did not win as many Game of the Year Awards as VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim or VideoGames/{{Portal2}}. Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.

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** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]], [[although it did not win as many Game of the Year Awards as VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim or VideoGames/{{Portal2}}.VideoGames/{{Portal2}}]]. Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.
7th Feb '17 4:38:10 PM Hello9876
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** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]] Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.

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** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]] ]], [[although it did not win as many Game of the Year Awards as VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim or VideoGames/{{Portal2}}. Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.
7th Feb '17 3:05:43 PM TheFlash
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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs), one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze), [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]].

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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs), adding Catwoman as a playable character, having one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze), [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]].
7th Feb '17 2:31:10 PM TheFlash
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* FandomRivalry: An inter-franchise one in the case of the fans of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' and the games by Rocksteady. The former had a weak critical reception but was better received by fans while the games by Rocksteady are SacredCow owing to OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight sentiments.

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* FandomRivalry: An inter-franchise one in the case of the fans of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' and the games by Rocksteady. The former had a weak [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_Arkham_Origins#Critical_reception weaker critical reception than the other games]] but was better received by fans while the games by Rocksteady are SacredCow owing to OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight sentiments.
7th Feb '17 2:15:50 PM TheFlash
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* BrokenBase: There's a divide between the fans who feel that [[FirstInstallmentWins ''Arkham Asylum'']] is the [[http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/batman/feature/a573764/revisiting-batman-arkham-asylum-the-best-ever-batman-game/ strongest]] [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-rocksteadys-batman-arkham-asylum-is-still-the-seminal-superhero-game-we-all-deserve/ entry]] in the series due to its tight {{Metroidvania}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvbnc-7Y0fE design]] and the lack of open-world filler content, and those who like [[BiggerIsBetter larger open world]] of [[EvenBetterSequel ''Arkham City'']].

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* BrokenBase: There's a divide between the fans who feel that [[FirstInstallmentWins ''Arkham Asylum'']] is the [[http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/batman/feature/a573764/revisiting-batman-arkham-asylum-the-best-ever-batman-game/ strongest]] [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-rocksteadys-batman-arkham-asylum-is-still-the-seminal-superhero-game-we-all-deserve/ entry]] in the series due to its tight {{Metroidvania}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvbnc-7Y0fE design]] and the lack of open-world filler content, and those who like [[BiggerIsBetter larger open world]] of [[EvenBetterSequel ''Arkham City'']]. This is a downplayed example, however, as both games received highly positive reviews.
7th Feb '17 2:12:45 PM TheFlash
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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs), one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze), [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]].

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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs), one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze), [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]].
7th Feb '17 2:11:15 PM TheFlash
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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs) and one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze) [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]]:

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* EvenBetterSequel: ''Arkham City'' is [[http://www.gamesradar.com/why-batman-arkham-city-one-greatest-games-ever-made/ considered by some]] to be the overall best game of the franchise especially since it built on Asylum's features while adding crucial features (namely the iconic gliding and grapnel traversal mechanic where in the first game it was merely scripted), more combat and stealth options (varied combo finishers, multiple environmental takedowns), amping up the difficulty (with armored thugs and jammer-packs) and jammer-packs), one of the most praised boss fights in the franchise (Mr. Freeze) Freeze), [[http://kotaku.com/5852095/batman-arkham-city-the-kotaku-review and for its rich storyline with its shocking twists that]] most DidntSeeThatComing [[spoiler:the Two Jokers/Clayface reveal, and the Joker's death at the end]]:end]].
** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-critically-acclaimed-superhero-videogame/ Arkham City even held the Guinness World Record for Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever in 2011 based on an average Metacritic score of 95.94.]] Perhaps fittingly, the game it ended up dethroning was its own predecessor, ''Arkham Asylum''.
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