The Arkham series is arguably one of the best video game series out there, paving the way for games like Spiderman PS4. Whether you play all Batman Arkham games in order, or pick and choose your way through them, they’re mandatory.
The Arkham saga is Rocksteady’s flagship series, including three main games and other spin-offs including a prequel. Before we cover the topic, a little backstory.
Batman: Arkham – A History
With Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady struck gold. A gritty and adult superhero game, without janky mechanics and an actual combat system. Mix in a captivating story penned by Paul Dini (creator of Batman The Animated Series, the critically acclaimed animated show).
Add a dash of stellar voice acting (Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and Joker is the definitive partnership). Finish it off with a self-contained open world where you’re trapped in Arkham Asylum and you’ve got to deal with the Joker’s nefarious schemes, and you’ve got a masterpiece.
Rocksteady however took it a step further with Batman: Arkham City. Expanding upon the Freeflow combat system, adding more Bat-Gadgets, giving you an actual city to be Batman in, and a story that is easily one of the best in gaming.
Fans who loved Arkham Asylum were blown away by Arkham City, including yours truly. I personally have finished Arkham City at least 6 or 7 times, on Hard and New Game Plus.
Batman: Arkham Knight was the bookend to the critically acclaimed series, with everything overhauled. The biggest addition though? The Batmobile. Yes, the city was big enough for you to drive around your own personal tank. Though some thought the Batmobile was overkill, it did add to the feeling of being Batman.
The combat system was perfected, fluid like no other, and the story delved into the psyche of Batman and what makes him tick. A broken PC release couldn’t de-rail the hype of Arkham Knight, and we all feel the absence of Batman in video games since it came out in 2015.
The Arkham series also featured various spin-off games such as Arkham VR and Arkham Origins. Origins is a bit of a misfit amongst the gaming sphere. Panned for its buggy launch and mechanics, the game offered a look at Batman’s first year being Gotham’s protector.
Though the original voice cast did not return, the game does feature the likes of Troy Baker and Roger Craig Smith as Joker and Batman. Origins is, in my opinion, highly underrated. A Christmas setting, Batman and Joker’s first encounter, the best boss fights in the entire series and a compelling narrative all make this a worthy if overlooked entry to the Arkham series.
Become the Bat.
Batman fever is yet again at a high, with the release of The Batman in cinemas. If you somehow missed out on some of the best games in existence, there is no time better than to jump into the Arkham Universe.
Chronological order of the Batman: Arkham video games saga by release date
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
- Batman: Arkham City (2011)
- Batman: Arkham City Lockdown (2011)
- Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (2013)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
- Batman: Arkham VR (2016)
What is the order to play the Batman Arkham video games saga?
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Batman: Arkham City Lockdown
- Batman: Arkham City
- Batman: Arkham VR
- Batman: Arkham Knight
The Arkham games are available on all consoles as well as PC. Your best (and cheapest) bet is to buy the remastered ‘Return to Arkham’ collection for newer gen consoles and PC, which bundles together Arkham Asylum and City.
However, sales run throughout the year when all three main games are bundled together for a steal. Arkham: Origins was not lucky enough to get a remaster, but can still be played through backwards compatibility.
All in all, if you’ve never played the Arkham series and love games such as Spiderman and Spiderman Miles Morales, you need to jump on board the games that paved the way!