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The Batman Arkham Franchise

Batman: Arkham is the a series of games where you play vigilante hero in an expansive recreation of Gotham. You drive, glide, and zip-line around the city stopping thugs and saving the day. Through the games you also play as other masked heroes from the Batman universe such as Batgirl, Robin, and Nightwing.

It's a faithful recreation of the DC Comics. In fact the first two games were written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini and featured voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker.

The games develop the conflict between Batman and a gallery of different rogues', although usually revolving around the Joker:

  • Arkham Asylum (2009) has Joker plotting to take over the asylum and trap Batman.
  • Arkham City (2011) has Batman himself imprisoned with Joker planning to use him as a test subject to cure his disease.
  • Arkham Origins (2013) is a prequel and follows a less able and younger Batman, who is the target of assassination attempts.
  • Arkham Knight (2015) brings things to a head with the Scarecrow forcing a citywide evacuation and uniting various enemies.

These are big brash games that deliver blockbuster impact. This means, as reflected in their ratings, that the fighting is bone crunching and combat hard hitting. But along-side these big brash beats are stories about the balance of power and justice, protecting the fine line between heroes and villains.

There have been 4 games in the Batman Arkham franchise.
The first game was released in 2009 on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and the most recent release was Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One.

The most popular game in the franchise is Batman: Arkham Knight with 17 likes. The franchise as a whole has 62 likes on the database. Unfortunately, Batman: Arkham Knight is not available on Android, Mac, PC, Switch or iOS. However, there are other games similar to Batman: Arkham Knight on these platforms that offer an equivalent experience.

DetailsFranchise Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 16 to PEGI 18
Australian Ratings: M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Role-Play, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal
Release dates: 2009 - 2015
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Developer: @RocksteadyGames


Games in the Batman Arkham Franchise

Batman: Arkham Knight

Release Date: 23/06/2015

Out Now: PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Release Date: 25/08/2009

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an open-world adventure game. It's the first game in the Batman: Arkham series. In the game, the Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum trapping Batman inside and watching him as he tries to escape, sending various enemies after him...

Batman: Arkham City

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Batman: Arkham Origins

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Out Now: PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Batman: Arkham Origins is an open-world adventure game. It's the prequel game to the Batman: Arkham series, taking place about five years before the first game, in the early years of Batman's career as a crime-fighter. You explore Gotham, collect items,...

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