When Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. (WB) Entertainment first released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, gamers were blown away by the excellent gameplay, storyline, and open map approach to one of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Arkham series ends with frustration for gamers as the last game in the four-part series, Arkham Knight, turned out to be a bug-ridden and technically problematic game.
But the developers still have the first two or three installments to boast of, and is putting the cherry on the cake by releasing Batman: Return to Arkham for the PlayStation 4 which features all four titles in one, remade with the Unreal Engine 4.
This makes sense for those who want to give the well-loved series that has managed to set itself apart from the films and comics of the same IP rather well. The first two games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, were built using Unreal Engine 3.
A comparison trailer has been released showing the changes from the Unreal Engine 3 version to Unreal Engine 4 versions of the games. Though the textures and lighting appear to be more polished, the games seem to have lost their gritty appeal.
Everything looks brighter, which dilutes the bleak and ominous atmosphere of the Arkham series. Some fans welcome the change, while some aren’t convinced. Perhaps it’s best to have a look at the trailer below and judge for yourself: