BATMAN: ARKHAM VR
Strap on the utility belt!
released OUT NOW!
Reviewed on Ps4
Publisher Warner Bros
Rocksteady’s Arkham series has always done right by the Caped Crusader. The British studio just understands what makes Batman tick. So for the same team to helm a VR experience that literally lets you look down and see a utility belt around your waist is a Bat-dream come true.
Put simply, you are Batman. From chatting with Alfred, to descending into the Batcave, to admiring your chiselled jaw in the mirror, Arkham VR wires you straight into the Dark Knight’s brain. Suiting up is worth the price of admission alone and by the time you’re testing out your Batarangs, you’ll be fully immersed. But this isn’t just a dressing sim, you’re the World’s Greatest Detective and there’s a case to solve. There’s no brawling or Batmobile chases here, but there are puzzles to solve and some especially satisfying uses of the “forensic scanner”. The story itself is only an hour long, but is executed perfectly, with a dramatic conclusion showing just how powerful virtual reality can be when combined with a studio at the very top of its game.
And there’s plenty to do once the credits roll. The Riddler arrives to paint fiendish question marks and arrows all over levels, and there’s a host of puzzling to do. Even ignoring the green-clad one’s mindbending games, the Batcave is a treasure trove of bonus content. Here you can wield weapons from the first three games, tune into the GCPD police scanner, and study life-sized, moving recreations of infamous heroes and villains. All this plus the ability to grapple through the Batcave while winged rodents squeal as they fly past. As VR “experiences” go, this is, like Batman himself, hard to beat. Louise Blain
Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill says the game got DC’s President quite emotional. “Geoff Johns was just like, swearing!”