It’s finally here, the DLC pack every Batman fan has been waiting since Arkham Asylum graced our 360 and PS3’s all those years ago, and I’m talking about The Batman 89 skin and Batmobile. Last month when Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Games released the trailer for the DLC they damn near broke the internet. Shoot after I downloaded the pack I was so excited that I forgot that the pack came with two new VR race track maps for the 89 Batmobile (with four total challenges). I immediately jumped back into my game and started parading around Gotham like Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton Classic.
After nearly an hour of just beating the ever loving shit out of the thugs of Gotham I decided to give the VR races a try. The first thing you notice when you’re finally loaded onto the track is Danny Elfman’s classic Batman theme is playing as you race. Instantly I was in love.
The two course are a nod to Batman 89 and Batman Returns, one modeled after the parade the Joker threw and the other after the sewers where the Penguin dwelled (complete with snow, live penguins, and the duck mobiles). They’re a lot of fun and have a slight degree of a challenge, at first, but once you memorize the course (which isn’t hard because each lap is not very long) they become quite easy. No matter how many times you try the courses it never gets boring because you’re constantly trying to beat your time and your friends’ times (I’m currently number one on my friend’s list #humblebrag) and frankly it’s just fun to drive around in what I consider the coolest looking Batmobile ever.
However, I must mention that this skin does not allow for the use of any weapons, even though in the movies it had freaking machine guns on them. So if you need to do any tank missions in the story mode you’ll need to switch back to the in-game Batmobile (which isn’t nearly as cool). Also it would have been pretty sweet if when you exited the Batmobile you hear Batman say “shields” and the shields from the movie covered the entire car, that and a Bat-missile mission would have been cool as well, but that’s me just nitpicking.
Before I forget, I must mention that this month’s batch of DLC comes with a few other character skins. This one called the Family pack comes with Nightwing from Arkham City, Arkham Origins Batman, 1970’s Batman, Year later Robin, 90’s Catwoman, and classic Black and Grey Batman. All of these Skins are fine but let’s face it, we all wanted this month’s DLC for the 89 Batman skin and Batmobile. Part of me hopes for a Batman Forever pack in the future. Yes, I know that movie didn’t age well but damn did I love it, plus one can only hope that the only song that would play while you did challenge courses would be Seal’s Kissed by a Rose.
Also, if you haven’t bought the season pass yet, next month’s batch might get you on board when the Tumbler becomes a downloadable skin (along with two more tracks, let’s hope for a rooftop chase like in Batman Begins). Also available next month are the following packs.
- Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1 (September 1): Receive six AR challenges for Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman. This challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
- GCPD Lockdown (Later in the month): Set after the events of Arkham Knight, play as Nightwing to stop the Penguin from breaking out of the Gotham City Police Department in this story pack.
- Original Arkham Batman Skin (Later in the month): Fight the war against Gotham City with the original Arkham Asylum Batman costume.
This month’s pack is a fun addition for any Arkham fan, especially you already bought the season pass. So far with this month’s and the last two month’s the $40 price tag has been worth it. Rocksteady continues to provide content the fans want. My hope for next month’s GCPD Lockdown is that it’s a bit longer than the Batgirl DLC from last month.
I’m going to throw out a couple of ratings here. One for the Pass, one for the Family Pack, one for the Batmobile Pack, and one for the 89 Batman Skin.
The Season pass (though a steep $40.00) is quite worth it if you’re a Batman fan and if you love the Arkham games. I feel already I’ve gotten my money’s worth from it and with more on the way (especially with the cool Batmobile skins they’ve offered with race courses) so if you’re a Batman fan the season pass gets a rating of Buy It.
The family pack is cool and gives you better Robin and Nightwing models than what is the default in the game (though I’m still using the New 52 versions of those guys which was a DLC pack last month) and 90’s Catwoman is just so, well, 90’s, though she’s missing like 100 pouches to be a true 90’s superhero (90’s Image Comic fans will get that one). And the Batman suits are kind of cool, I’ll admit in Arkham City I used the 70’s Batman skin more than any once I downloaded it, but the Batman skins aren’t as cool as the one from the main game and let’s face it if you downloaded the 89 Batman skin you’re probably using that one. If you don’t have the season pass I don’t really see the value in these skins for anyone since half of them are for characters you only play as briefly. I give this a rating of Pass.
89 Batman skin and Batmobile, I’m not going to go into more detail on this one. Buy It!
Batman Arkham Knight is currently out for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One
So there is our review on the latest Batman Arkham Knight DLC, if you already downloaded it let us know in the comments below what you think and what’s your best time on the new race tracks.