Let's Players Beware
This version of the game has a big focus on the GamePad. In this game, Batman (as Bruce Wayne) is conducting a campaign to abolish Arkham Ctiy, a place where inmates are sent to. However, during one of his public protests against the city, he is confronted by Dr. Hugo Strange. The rest of the story revolves around other various events, which I will not spoil as describing any of the other events will spoil this game. Anyway, as for this version of the game, it was developed by WB Games Montréal, who made Batman: Arkham Origins (every version). The worst aspect of this version is that most of the action isn't on the TV screen, but on the GamePad. I'm not kidding. This version in particular pretty much takes advantage of every unique aspect of the Wii U to create an experience unique to this version. That's not a bad thing, but what is bad is that unless your able to record video from your GamePad, your pretty much out of luck with being to record a decent amount of footage to commence a Let's Play that does this game justice. Another odd creative decision is that if there is a character that is not in the vicinity of Batman's ear, you won't be hearing them. By that I mean in the original versions, you could hear the characters easily regardless of where you are because of Batman's comm. In this game, the only characters that are audible are the ones physically near Batman. Anything else sounds bizarrely distant. Another thing is that selecting all the gadgets is relegated to the GamePad (which felt weird), as well as the gliding awkwardly working with the analog controls (which felt confusing). There are some creative decisions that were nice, such as the armored looks of Batman and Catwoman, as well as integrating the DLC in with the main story. No joke, you begin with the DLC. In the end, this version isn't bad, but there's perhaps a reason why the same developers when they were making the Wii U version of Arkham Origins toned down the Wii U exclusivity for it to where you could use a Pro Controller for it. But again, it's understandable why they would want to take advantage of the unique feature of new hardware, but the most inexpiable change is any audio with voice acting sounding distant whenever a character isn't near Batman. Thankfully, there are subtitles. But even then, why? Did I need headphones for the Wii U GamePad? I don't know but it would have been nice if they patched that. Thing is, this game did not receive any patches like Arkham Origins.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Ryan P from Edwardsburg, MI on 12/27/2018