The release date of Batman: Return to Arkham has been officially moved to October 21. Some fans, though, aren’t looking forward to putting out more cash for the “remastered” version of the two early Arkham games.
The reason? The game’s graphics.
Despite being marketed as enhanced copies of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, first looks of the game have been met with mixed reactions by fans. Most noticeable were the somewhat lesser detail in the design of the characters, shown below.
— Eurogamer.net (@eurogamer) September 6, 2016
Gamers immediately reacted to the visible differences between the two images, taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.
PS3 picture looks better to me.
— Baphos Cuentero (@BaphosCuentero) September 6, 2016
this is not an improvement
— Fish fillet (@ButterN6) September 6, 2016
Batman: Return to Arkham leaves mixed impressions from gamers
Even analysts and gaming critics saw obvious imperfections in the remastered version, preferring the PS3 versions of the game. Erik Kain, from Forbes, was one of these critics.
“My main takeaway from watching this video is just how fantastic the game looks on the PlayStation 3,” shared Kain in his review of the side-by-side trailer. “While there’s certainly some things that look better in the remaster—fire and neon effects, in particular, look much better—the PS3 version looks very nearly as well much of the time—and sometimes it looks a lot better.”
And other games also seem to agree with the gaming critic.
Most of it looks a lot better in motion on PS4 but weirdly they do seem to have lost a lot of detail in the remaster.
— Holl E & Ive E (@ThatBoyRitto) September 6, 2016
this looks garbage tbh what happened to joker
— lol (@shneegle) September 6, 2016
Other critics have been less harsh, even commending the game for improvements in the lighting and game textures. Gabe Burwin of Digital Trends shares the “lighting effects indoors are much more impressive in Return to Arkham, giving the game a dark, ominous atmosphere that wasn’t as pronounced in the original game.” Though he also pointed out some “slightly less” improvements in the Arkham City remaster.
The Batman: Return to Arkham Bundle was originally scheduled to be released in July, but suffered delays to “polish” the game. It will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One for $50, in case you want to give it a try.
Check out the side-by-side trailer, for now.
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