Polygon’s Excellent Batman: Arkham Knight Review Hits the Spot
If you weren’t aware, developer Rocksteady Studios didn’t handle the last Batman effort. That was produced by an internal team at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and while Batman: Arkham Origins wasn’t a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, fans still noted a dip in the franchise’s typical stellar quality.
But thankfully, Rocksteady returned for the latest installment and now, critics are praising Arkham Knight to high heaven. Previously, we wondered if the new Batman might end up topping The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the best game of 2015 to date and it’s already a close race (from a review score standpoint). And while Rocksteady’s title currently sits at 90, it’s just two points shy of The Witcher 3 and many critics have yet to weigh in.
For possibly the best review of Arkham Knight, visit Polygon, where critic Justin McElroy penned a fabulous analysis. It’s an enthusiastic, in-depth review that features both subjective fun and objective excellence. We get to take a step back and view the production from afar, and we also get to dive into the nuts and bolts of the gameplay. It’s a well-balanced, highly readable review that ultimately makes us want to play the game. Is that not the goal of all positive reviews?
Why We Like It:
— The intro draws us in and makes us want to read the whole review. For whatever reason, too many critics in this industry get ahead of themselves and forget the purpose of an introduction.
— While the game is vast, the critic still manages to pen a focused, well-paced, entertaining review. That’s not always easy to do, as gamers often want to meander…
— If you’re going to award a perfect score, the reader had better receive a worthy explanation in the text. Here, we get a review that earns a 10 and, wonder of wonders, reads like a 10. Why doesn’t this happen more often?