Just like the Swiss flag, it looks like Batman: Arkham Knight’s second playthrough mode is a big plus. HA!
A good game has you investing enough of your time to finish it. A great game has you coming back for more, tuning up the challenges and offering content that you may have missed out on the first time. And just like the previous games in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight will also feature a New Game Plus mode. The big difference this time, being that any progress made towards grabbing all 243 Riddler trophies, will be shared on both playthroughs. “When you complete the main story, you’re going to unlock New Game Plus,” game director Sefton Hill said in the latest Arkham Insider video.
In New Game Plus, you can go in and take all of your XP through, take your gadgets through that you’ve unlocked; which is a big thing, because that means basically you can do some of the challenges from earlier on in the game but with a whole new suite of gadgets you never had the first time or the upgrades. And any Riddler trophies that you’ve found are shared on both playthroughs.
Hill described Arkham Knight as the biggest game that Rocksteady has ever made, something which I believe. Especially when you piece all DLC pre-order content back in that Warner Bros. has hacked off of the game. A game that big, should have loading screens, right? WRONG. “No loading screens as you play through the whole game,” Hill said.
You can play from the start of the game to the end of the game and you won’t see any loading screens. That’s all a really big important thing for us.
There’ll most likely be some clever wizardry in the background rendering things like fog in a late 1990s action game, but considering how the previous Arkham games were also mostly without loading screens, I can believe that claim. Arkham Knight is out on June 23, with enough DLC in tow that you’ll need to attach it all to the Batmobile in order to get it home.
Last Updated: June 2, 2015