Batman: Return to Arkham is out now for Xbox One and PS4

The HD bundle collects Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.


Following a slight delay, Batman: Return to Arkham collects HD prettified versions of 2009's Arkham Asylum and 2011's Arkham City, and is available now for $50 on Xbox One and PS4.

Both games boast "remastered and updated" graphics, according to developer Virtuous, as well as all DLC. Highlights from the expansion content include Arkham City's Harley's Revenge, which you get to switch between Batman and Robin, and special challenge maps for both, including Arkham Asylum's graveyard where you keep a combo going on Scarecrow's skeletal minions as long as you can before invariably getting hit.

Batman: Return to Arkham isn't available for PC, at least not under that branding. The PC versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were already tricked out; this package is targeted at players who experienced those games on last-gen consoles and want to see the frills afforded to them by better hardware.

Craddock's Corner: I'm disappointed to see 2013's Arkham Origins, a prequel to Asylum and City, omitted from this collection. Origins' only sin was not straying far enough from Rocksteady's formula. Origins delivered the same patented Freeflow combat and stealth-heavy gameplay as the earliest entries in the franchise, and the storyline presented an interesting take on Batman's inaugural encounters with several famous faces from his rogue's gallery.

Rocksteady drew a line in the sand to distinguish its trilogy—Asylum, City, and Knight—from the prequel game developed by Warner Bros. Montreal. Even so, Origins is technically a part of Arkham canon; including it would have rounded out Return to Arkham nicely, and given fans sticking with consoles the opportunity to play the entire series on a single platform.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    October 18, 2016 2:16 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Batman: Return to Arkham is out now for Xbox One and PS4

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      October 18, 2016 2:32 PM

      I'd like to see how the remastered versions stack up against the original PC port at max settings.

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        October 18, 2016 2:32 PM

        Some of the remastered art assets were a definite step backwards from the pre-release examples :(

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          October 18, 2016 2:36 PM

          Huh? This video looks much better than the screenshots that were released a few months ago.

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        October 18, 2016 4:13 PM

        The textures are def higher res than PC.

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          October 18, 2016 4:21 PM

          Just fired up Batman:AA The textures are better than PS3, but I'd say the PS4 remaster are sharper than PC. Not sure if it's just a sharpness filter that's been applied, maybe to the base artwork, or if the sample itself is higher res.

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      October 18, 2016 6:40 PM

      I just got done playing Arkham Knight after going through all the earlier ones. I have to say that the first two are still my favorites. Arkham Knight I find frustrating because there is a good game here under all the drudgery and eye candy.

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        October 19, 2016 5:13 PM

        Yeah, Knight was a pretty big disappointment for me. It started out strong but then went over-long with just too much shit (like the insane number of Riddler Trophies and the bullshit tank combat).

        Plus, the reveal of the Knight was handled terribly. They had telegraphed that from a mile away.

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