Publisher: Warner Bros.
Format: PS4, Xbox One [reviewed]
Released: October 18, 2016
Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Batman: Arkham City, are without a doubt two of the best superhero games ever made. Warner Bros. Interactive is clearly aware of this pedigree, as the publisher has remastered both games for the current generation in a bundle entitled Batman: Return To Arkham. Virtuos has been put in charge of remastering Rocksteady’s games and while both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City hold up remarkably well and are well worth playing through if you somehow missed out on them the first time, there is very little reason for returning fans to double dip on these disappointing ports.
On a positive note, both titles have been given a noticeable visual upgrade thanks to the Unreal Engine 4. Textures are noticeably sharper and cleaner looking, and although neither game looks anywhere as good as Batman: Arkham Knight, which was developed from the ground up for current generation hardware, it would certainly be hard to go back to playing either title on the PS3 or Xbox 360 after seeing them run on a PS4 or Xbox One.