The Arkham trilogy (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight; Arkham Origins doesn’t count in the trilogy because Rocksteady didn’t make that game) is one of the best gaming trilogies of all times, based on critical appeal, commercial success, and fan support. Naturally there are parts of each game that may not be perfect, which is to be expected. But for the most part the Arkham trilogy didn’t do that much wrong. A lot of complains (rightfully so for the PC edition) came with Arkham Knight but overall they were able to put those to rest and more, at least on the consoles. So that means there is a lot to focus on that the franchise did right. Frankly I could to many different posts about all that I think Rocksteady did well in their games but for this one I’ll focus on my top 3 boss fights from the games. There are varying reasons as to why I enjoyed certain bosses, so here we go!
1. Arkham Knight tank/Batmobile battle (Arkham Knight). Yes, the tank battles have gotten a lot of heat from fans but to them I say get over it. If you don’t like them you can focus on the rest of the game, which there is a lot of action outside of the Batmobile. But to me the battle with the Arkham Knight in the Batmobile was absolutely edge of my seat type of stuff. I loved it. Not all of the tank battles had me all that thrilled, I’ll admit, but this one was such a nail biter, and that is exactly what I want out of my boss fights. I want to be on the edge of my seat and have that euphoria that comes when you finally get the win. I can only imagine taking it on in the max difficulty setting.
2. Mr. Freeze (Arkham City). What’s not to like about the Mr. Freeze fight? It’s not the hardest fight, and frankly I don’t think it puts it on the end of the seat like the aforementioned fight, but I do love this one. Why? Because you cannot beat this boss in any one manner. You can’t just punch him over and over while dodging when needed. You have to use the environment. You have to be sneaky. You can be physical, but not purely and I love that. I love that you have to do something different for each time you want to take some of his health down. This will always be one of the best fights to me just because of that.
3. Killer Croc (Arkham Asylum). Okay, this one technically isn’t a boss. At least not in a normal way. But sneaking around the sewers and having to avoid him when he springs up is a tense segment! Especially the first time you do it, it’s so tense. I love it because it’s a different encounter with one of the big baddies, one that’s not replicated elsewhere, so it has a unique feel that doesn’t find itself anywhere else. You always want encounters to be as different as possible from each other so that’s a great thing. That Killer Croc encounter is my top one in the original game and that’ll likely remain the case for the foreseeable future.
There is more that the Arkham trilogy does so right. But for sure these 3 bosses/encounters are my favorite for sure. It’s a shame the trilogy is done with but what a ride! Now it’s time for us all to get all the trophies/achievements 100%!