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Batman Arkham VR Review

Batman VR was developed by the same minds behind the Batman Arkham series and it doesn’t half show. It’s fair to say that while a short experience, this is a game which is made to shine on PlayStation VR and shine it does.

Using the PlayStation Move controllers and playing as both Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader, you’ll transfer from one point to another, using the face buttons, therefore eradicating any motion sickness that may otherwise have been present.

The main focus of the game is on Batman’s detective skills, therefore you’ll spend a lot of time piecing together evidence and messing around with Batman’s gadgets, including getting to throw his Batarang around at the beginning of the game, trying to hit targets and break your record in a bat cave simulation. Most of the time though you’ll be trying to reconstruct scenes from a crime and find clues to solve the mystery. 

Interestingly you’ll also get to play as young Bruce, reliving in VR that fatal moment when his parents were killed. This moment is something else and leaves an impact that’ll stay with you throughout the entire experience and from there it just seems to get better and better.

After that scene, which obviously takes some beating, you are then cast as Bruce, sitting in front of his grand piano. a few flicks of the keys and you’re then able to visit the Batcave, where you get the chance to play around with the bat computer and the aforementioned batarang challenge. It’s here you also get to put on the batsuit for the first time and become Batman, which is obviously a moment to remember and what better way to remember it than by looking in the provided mirror.

The story then begins, which has you finding out what’s happened to Nightwing and Robin. Unfortunately the former seems to have met his maker and therefore you’ll be tasked with analysing the crime scene for evidence, making use of the forensic scanner, grapple gun and batarangs. The forensic scanner plays back the events before Nightwing was killed and eventually you’ll find out exactly what happened, the viewing of which is not for the faint hearted.

Eventually you’ll be heading out of the area using your grapple to enter the Batwing and everything will then fade to black in between scenes, with only the sounds of the story in between. It is an interesting choice that fight scenes and other story fillers take place during a blacked out scene, but I guess the developers just wanted to concentrate on the scenes where you play as Batman, rather than having you watch cutscenes.

There are a few moments where the action isn’t quite seamless, with tracking sometimes being lost when trying to pick up items for instance, however mostly it’s a pretty fantastic experience, with the perfect mix of action and investigating.

Overall, Batman VR will last you around 90 minutes, although once complete you’ll gain access to additional challenges, which gives you another reason to play, although any chance to play Batman is reason enough.

For the cost of around £15, Batman VR is a fantastic experience, especially for fans of the Caped Crusader. Somehow Rocksteady seems to have captured what it’d surely feel like to be in Batman’s shoes, which is credit to the developer and a big plus for PlayStation VR.

When it comes to Batman, Rocksteady continue to surprise constantly, so much so that it makes you wonder what it'll come up with next.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)


+ Be Batman
+ Well designed interaction
+ You can play with Batman’s Gadgets


- We wish it lasted longer

Edited On 18 Oct, 2016

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Yasin 3 months ago
That part when you look in the mirror and see Jokers face such a cool effect
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Yasin 3 months ago
Just finished Croft Manor the PS Exclusive VR Level so much fun exploring Lara's home in VR. some ppl experiencing motion sick in Free Mode but as long ad you have camera turning speed set to low its fine. no problems for me , one of the best vr experience croft manor was for me
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Joe2120 3 months ago
Yeah. I thought it was cool standing next to Lara.
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michael 3 months ago
that's what she said

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