There are few games that I’m more eager to get my hands on than Rocksteady‘s franchise-ending Batman Arkham Knight. As with the previous entries in the beloved gaming series, it looks to treat Batman and his rogues gallery with nothing but respect and reverence, which is something all bat-fans should be able to get behind. In the time between its announcement and now, the most discussed aspect of the game has been its pile or DLC, skins, and preorder bonuses, much to the chagrin of gamers tiring of these concepts. Still, it’s worth taking a look at everything the game will offer, and the video herein details all of it.
If you don’t have the 9 or so minutes needed to see it all for yourself, here’s a handy-dandy list (courtesy of comicbook.com) of all of the pieces of content Warner is trying to sell you:
:00 – Harley Quinn Story Pack
1:41 – Red Hood Story Pack
3:00 – Scarecrow Nightmare Missions and Custom Skins (Justice League 3000 Batman skin, Batman Classic TV Series Batman and Batmobile skins)
4:31 – Prototype Batmobile
5:08 – WayneTech Booster Pack
5:46 – Gotham’s Future Pack (The Dark Knight Returns skin and Batman Beyond skin)
6:18 – Batman: Gotham Knight Skin (Batman Anime)
6:41 – 1st Appearance Batman Skin Pack
7:10 – New 52 Skin Pack
7:26 – Batman Flashpoint Skin
7:57 – Season Pass and Premium Edition (Batgirl Story DLC)
Regardless of my own feelings about the business practices surrounding these pieces of content, there looks to be enough on offer for those who are into these sorts of things. Honestly, I’m quickly tiring of buying incomplete experiences at this point, so I’m feeling a great deal of fatigue at the list of things that are ALREADY MADE that I’ll have to stitch into the game to get the full experience. I would much, much rather publishers raise the cost of the game to what they’re so obviously aiming for than releasing incomplete glorified demos of their games and selling us bits and pieces for more money.
Either way, Arkham Knight is sure to be fun for any of us who get our hands on it and, knowing the gaming industry, there’ll be a Game of the Year edition coming out within a year of its release for the rest of us.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to this? Stoked for the content packs detailed in the video? Or are you, like me, quickly tiring of the industry’s boner for bullshit DLC? Sounds off in the comments!