As much as I don’t want to admit it, it’s probably true. Rocksteady Studios, the brilliant minds behind the Batman: Arkham game series will end their run on the Caped Crusader with Batman: Arkham Knight. And while this is a hard thing to accept, there could be a silver lining to it. Once the thought stopped making me want to cry, I started to think about the company’s plans for the future, specifically about what other titles that could be remade using what I like to call the ‘Arkham Treatment’. Sure, an original game would be nice, but they’re just so good at putting their spin on an established properties. These titles could stand to be ‘Arkham-ized’.
I’ve already written an entire article last year about the idea of a Green Arrow video game (read it here) and I’m still preaching it. Thanks to continued success of CW’s Arrow, Oliver Queen is starting to become a name as recognizable as Bruce Wayne. I still don’t know why DC Comics is not putting this in the works, because this wouldn’t be that difficult for Rocksteady to make. The basic gameplay mechanics from the Arkham games would transfer well and it’d be another way to connect it to the ‘Arkhamverse’. Although to make it stand out on its own, I suppose they could lighten the tone a bit. Green Arrow may be similar to Batman, but he’s not the tortured soul he is. Honestly, if Rocksteady can make awesome games about a character who’s had a history of crappy games, imagine what they could with a character with nothing to lose.
If Rocksteady ever decides to switch over to Marvel Comics, I think Daredevil deserves a shot at a good game. I know some of you might see Spider-Man as a better candidate, but we all know Beenox is NEVER going to loosen their grip on him. Believe it or not, there was a game in the works over a decade ago (you can view some gameplay here), but it was cancelled before we got to see if it was better than that god awful movie. As a fan of non-powered superheroes, I think Daredevil would be a good challenge. The best thing going for this idea is the overall tone of the Arkhamverse. In those games, Gotham City is a dark and dreary place where the impossible can happen at any time. That overall feeling fits perfectly into Daredevil’s world in my opinion. Looking at North Gotham in Batman: Arkham Origins, it wouldn’t be that far of a stretch for Rocksteady to convert it into Hell’s Kitchen. As far as combat style and movement, they could use Nightwing (who is also an acrobatic fighter stick fighter) as a template. After that, they would just have to tone down the gadgets and make small changes to the ‘Detective Vision’ used in their games to simulate DD’s superhuman senses. I’m sure even The Man Without Fear can see how good this could turn out.
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After the success of Arkham City, there were rumors circulating that Rocksteady was in negotiations to make a game about the Heroes in a Half Shell. Naturally, I was super excited until I found out the rumor was just that. But seriously, why couldn’t they do it? Don’t get me wrong, Red Fly did a decent job with TMNT: Out of the Shadows, but it was missing more than a few things that kept it from being great. I don’t see that happening if Rocksteady worked on it, since almost everything about their past games would fit. The stealth mechanics would shine the most, making the turtles more ninja-like than they’ve been in years. The environment would also be easy to adapt, since Gotham City is technically modeled after New York, the turtle’s home turf. Throw in a few cameos from supporting characters, some fluid parkour movement, and some re-designed villains and you’ve got a hit! My only hope is that if this happened, Rocksteady should borrow more from the recent IDW comic instead of the Nickelodeon show. Unless they have Michelangelo say “booyakasha” because that’s just fun to hear while fighting bad guys.
What characters would like to see get the ‘Arkham Treatment’? Drop a comment below!