Clip: Batman Return To Arkham Playthrough
I began watching this, because I was curious as to how/why the *two* games (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City) that this video is to cover would be done, to put the two together, and while unnecessary, I suppose it helps to clarify that these are remasters. However, I think that two videos, with a "season name" of "Return to Arkham" would have been much better, so that someone looking for Arkham City tips wouldn't have to choose chapters and forward through the first movie. It just makes these too cumbersome.
A playthrough of the original games would be just as good, because the games, themselves, haven't changed, so far as I can tell, since I'd beaten them, starting a decade ago, on last-gen consoles. So, perhaps to some, who don't know how these repackaged remasters were done, this video might be particularly confusing, at first, because, for all the narrator says, he doesn't explain what a playthrough is, for those who don't know, on a service that is filled with original content, where instructional videos are labeled, in everyday terms. My Ma, who became a huge Batman fan, after seeing Tom Hardy, called to ask what this is, because she couldn't understand it, which makes sense...
Because this *isn't a movie, but a playthrough* -- playing through a video game, to show gamers what to do, for those unfamiliar with the idea and who might think it's "a movie," as such -- of two games, I can't HATE the player's completely unnecessary narration, during some cutscenes. It sounds like he didn't want radio silence. Because it doesn't add to the purpose, it's annoying but not a reason to knock it, for what it's meant to do. For instance, he makes the remark that he's playing it on X-Box One, for seemingly no reason, and notes that Arkham Asylum is up ahead, after we've already seen the sign, at the gate, during the intro scene we're watching, at the time. It's similar to "reviewing" the video, the purpose of which is to help a player get through parts one may not be able to figure out, but making the tangential remark that the frame rate "stutters," which has nothing to do with the purpose of the video, because the game is the same. I didn't notice stutter, but I assume this remaster of the first two games are much better than the hot messes that the first PC ports from a decade ago were, and so it's possible that some might be watching and grading it, for its performance, instead of its purpose. I don't know what PC game plays itself, but I suppose, after so many years of not being able to play these incredible games, due to an amount of glitches that made them unplayable, anything that isn't perfect -- even outside its purpose -- is fair game for criticism, to compensate for a decade's dearth of playable content -- especially for two of the best, most ahead-of-their-time, and influential games, ever.
However, such a perspective doesn't apply to the quality, for anyone watching this *as a set of playthroughs.* It does a fine job, of that -- what it was made to do. It could've done its job, regardless of machine, so long as a port for the machine exists and doesn't crash, every five minutes, which would make it unwatchable, without a huge amount of editing, to remove all the video of the host having to restart his computer, over and over, and then picking up earlier, at automatic savepoints, because constantly saving manually, to avoid losing progress to an inevitable crash, would also make it difficult for the viewer to find the part for which one is looking, in order to find out how to beat XYZ boss, puzzle, or etc.
Combining these with walkthroughs and other playthroughs could prove helpful, because some walkthroughs have better ideas about how to do different things, mechanically. These, though, are well-made and explanatory, when necessary, especially for those who *don't* watch the cutscenes, while playing the game and/or in these videos, because the videos give you an idea about what to do, to advance, in the game -- and how side missions such as that with the glowing, green question marks are.
** For those who want to watch these games, as movies,** there are 4K versions of all the cutscenes, put together, in order (that don't "stutter," unless perhaps the connection is poor), on YouTube. Those make "movies" that are very interesting, with these games, and without the host's narration. If that's for what you're looking, the games' narratives (*not to be confused with "narration"*) are definitely good enough to watch, as though they were animated films. This is no good, for that, because of the constant walkthrough *narration.*
Overall, this/these could be more inclusive/completionist, but that would take *forever.* it works very well, as a walkthrough of the games, which is what it promises to be... and, while not the most perfect way to combine two games, it's the first I've seen. So, I'd give it a five stars, for trying something rather, if not completely new. Four stars, for the content, alone, but I'll round up...