The size of Hermione Granger’s teeth, the shapes of the ice when Frankenstein is chasing the monster, the floor layout of the building recreations in Ready Player One, or even the way Lincoln’s axe hits a vampire and how the blood splatters, all these details are what helps makes a book come to life. A reader sees every aspect of a character and world that the author is creating. Without these tiny details, the world doesn’t become as real and we aren’t drawn into it. Possibly one of the best feelings in the world is knowing the world of one of your favorite books, from the cast of characters to the variety of buildings, inside and out as though you were actually there. With video games, the same issues come to play. If the world and characters you create are lacking the small details, it’s hard to really become and invested and enjoy yourself.
With the E3 ending a few weeks ago, gamers are even more anxious about what’s up and coming for new consoles and new games. Some of those games are completely new series or fresh ideas based on a hope and a dream, or possibly a comic or current “trend.” Others are continuations or prequels of series that are loved by gamers across consoles. One of these games is a prequel to a series with an extreme amount of success. Both of the other games in this series became “Game of the Year” for their release years (2009 and 2012), so there is a lot of expectation from this prequel. I am talking about the Arkham series.
The game that I am so excited for, is Batman: Arkham Origins. I am an EXTREME fan of this game series. Not only have the graphic specs grown tremendously between the two games, but the way the gameplay is really draws you in to the story. You feel like you’re really Batman because every aspect of the game play is in your hands.
I really don’t want to go into too much depth about the storyline of the previous two games (Batman: Arkham Asylum & Batman: Arkham City) in the series because that would spoil some of the fun. However, I’m pretty sure the basic storyline can be guessed: Batman has to kick some Villain butt to save lives. In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Joker escapes from the Asylum and Batman brings him back, but little does he know it’s a trap. In Batman: Arkham City, Old Gotham is turned into a Prison City that is mixed with the Asylum’s most notorious and Blackgate Prison’s most infamous, with corruption at the heart. I strong recommend investing in these games. Continue reading “It’s All About the Details: Why Batman Comes to Life in Arkham”