The finale in the critically acclaimed Batman Arkham series is about hit store shelves. Arkham Knight adds a number of new gameplay mechanics to the fray, mainly the Batmobile in full form, along with another interesting cast of Gotham’s best known villains.
The game is set to launch on Tuesday of next week. Head below for all the details on the open world action game, where to get it first and who has the best pre-order bonuses:
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Batman: Arkham Knight puts players inside a completely open world version of Gotham City with no ugly loading transitions to break the immersion. Along with the return of many of Batman’s staple Arkham gadgets, we will be seeing an updated grapnel gun, new batarang sensors, and advancements in its ground breaking hand-to-hand combat system. Not only has the system been improved overall, but the dev team at Rocksteady is also introducing Dual Play, allowing players to take control of Batman’s allies (Robin, Catwoman, and Nightwing) for short periods of time during fight sequences.
But most exciting of all, we will be getting full reigns over the Batmobile. Armed to the teeth and with extremely nimble handling, Batman can have the Batmobile drive to his location unmanned anywhere in the city, or right where he is about to land while gliding through the air.
PlayStation gamers will be getting exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack which contains exclusive missions starring Scarecrow: “Gotham falls victim to Scarecrow’s fear toxin, transforming the famous city into a twisted, hellish nightmare. Tear through the city in the all-new Batmobile and face off against a towering vision of Scarecrow and his undead army as they spread terror on the streets.”
Best Buy has announced that it will be opening more than 400 locations across the country for a June 23rd midnight launch of the game. The popular retailer will also be throwing in a Batman T-shirt and poster (”the swag is limited in quantities, so don’t be late to the opening.”). You can find out which store nearest you will be participating here. Just to be clear that’s June 23rd at 12:01 a.m. EST, June 23, 11:01 p.m. June 22nd Central time zone, 10:01 p.m. Mountain time and 9:01 p.m. Pacific time.
While you can pre-order Batman Arkham Knight at various retailers, here are the ones with the best bonuses:
Amazon: play as Harley Quinn in exclusive story missions, Harley Quinn’s Challenge Missions and the 1st appearance Batman Skin Pack
GameStop: play as Red Hood in exclusive story mission, Harley Quinn’s Challenge Missions and futuristic Justice League 3000 Batman skin + Batman Classic TV Series Batman and Batmobile skins
Best Buy: WAYNETECH Booster pack includes – Explosive Gel Takedown, Aerieal Juggle attack, Batarangs While Gliding (Launch multiple Batarangs while in mid-air), Weapon Upgrade (Increase the devastating firepower of the Batmobile).
Walmart: includes $5 Vudu cash, an exclusive playable prototype Batmobile and Harley Quinn’s Challenge Missions
Pre-orders on the special Serious Edition of the game that includes in-game skins and the Exclusive Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Hardcover Graphic Novel are available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.
And don’t forget about the amazing looking Batman Arkham Knight PlayStation 4. You can get all the details here.
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