6 Games Like Batman: Arkham Knight [Recommendations]

For nearly eight decades, Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s Batman has evolved into a multimedia legacy since its inception from its original comic series to many live-action adaptations, animated shows, and a good number of video games. The eternal appeal of his character is a mix of his strength, intellect, and determination. The fact that he is one of the original superheroes without superpowers, and yet finds a way to win, is probably the top quality that had made him endure for generations. If there is any game that gives the ultimate experience to be the Caped Crusader, it would certainly have to be the fourth installment of the Arkham series, Arkham Knight. In this game, Batman has to save Gotham City from the evil clutches of Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight (whose identity is very predictable to hardcore fans that are familiar with the Batman mythos).

Not only does he have to stop these two main villains, but also apprehend other famous foes such as Two-Face, The Penguin, Killer Croc, Deathstroke, and a mental game with the ghost of the Joker. Not only that, he also has to solve a good number of the Riddler’s puzzles. Helping him on his quest are his many gadgets at his disposal, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing, Robin, and Oracle. This game also gives players to explore Gotham City through the Batmobile, grappling hooks, or gliding like in the Dark Knight movies. And just like Batman, you can also confront your foes with numerous martial arts techniques and sometimes with nimble stealth. Another novelty to this game is that it has the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who resume the roles of Batman and Joker from the iconic 1990s animated series. But what other games out there that give you an open world experience like Batman: Arkham Knight? Read our top 6 to find out!

Similar Games to Batman: Arkham Knight

1. Watch Dogs 2

  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2016

Ever felt like you wanted to stick it to the man? Then maybe Watch Dogs 2 is the game you’re looking for. While Batman fights for justice alongside law enforcement (as long as they’re not corrupt), as Marcus, he fights the power! In this adventure, you fight in the Bay Area and you can get around by using cars, cable cars, buses, and just about anything you can think of. And if you’ve seen those parkour videos on youtube, you can also use such skills to run around the city like you’re Robin or Nightwing.

While hacking does play some part in the Arkham games, hacking is the name of the game in Watch Dogs 2. While the hacking in Arkham Knight is minimal to opening security doors, in Watch Dogs 2, it can range from framing people, messing up traffic, and much more. Last, when getting around and avoiding enemies, stealth is a must! So if you want to be a hacktivist as opposed to a billionaire superhero, Watch Dogs 2 is a recommended alternative that still offers something similar.

Watch Dogs 2 trailer

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Release Date: May 10, 2016

At number 5 is one of the best games for the PS4, Uncharted 4. After being forced out of retirement, Nathan Drake is back on an adventure of a lifetime to find a pirate’s long lost buried treasure in Madagascar. However, he’s not the only one after it as a band of mercenaries are in the area with the same goal in mind. While this game takes place in a more natural environment as opposed to the city, that doesn’t stop you from using tactics similar to Batman.

Like Batman, you can sneak up on your enemies and silently take them out, and also swing with the use of acrobats and grappling hooks. When you need to explore the open lands, you can use four-wheel drive to get from one far end to another. So if you want an open exploring game with a simple and yet difficult to master combat system, Uncharted 4 is strongly recommended.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Trailer

3. Far Cry 4

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2014

While Batman: Arkham City is mostly a war for the soul of Gotham City, Far Cry 4 is a war for land in a fictional area of the Himalayas. As opposed to an urban environment, you explore villages and jungles in this first person hit. This game allows players to either avoid conflict or go guns blazing like Rambo. But when necessary, sneaking up and knocking or choking the other guy out can work. But like other characters on this list, Ajay does not abide by a no guns, no killing policy when push comes to shove. And considering how you are exploring a nation, you have numerous unique vehicles at your disposal such as dirt bikes, motorcycles, and you even ride elephants! But if you find yourself jumping from high places, you even have parachutes, wing suits, and grappling hooks to help you break your fall!

Last, Far Cry 4 gives you experience points every time you take down your enemies, and you can use those points to update your characters abilities like in Arkham Knight. So if you want to explore a mystical land and save it from evil, Far Cry 4 satisfies that role.

Far Cry 4 trailer

Any Games Like Batman: Arkham Knight ?

4. Tomb Raider 2013

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Nixxes Software, Crystal Dynamics
  • Release Date: Mar 5, 2013 (US)

As some of you may know, the first game debuted twenty years ago from the presently defunct Eidos, but Square Enix has brought this series back from the dead and better than ever. Sharing with its original predecessor, the game feels a lot like Indiana Jones in that it is action, adventure, and exploration, and is now expressed as an open world game as opposed to being organized by levels. This time, the game takes place on an island and Lara can use zip lines (just like how Batman has his grappling hook and zip lines) to travel across the area.

Due to Square Enix being famous as an RPG developer, characteristics of RPGs are incorporated into the game such as experience points, which is also expressed in Arkham Knight. And just like in Arkham Knight, the experience points can upgrade Lara’s equipment capacity. Many of its new features take influence from other games such as its combat system from Uncharted, it feels very much in tune with the older games, but still, gives something fresh.

The story portrays Lara as an individual and helps players and media figures see her more as an educated and independent woman as opposed to being a simple bombshell. Thanks to its balanced combination of new and familiar, it brings in old fans and creates new fans at the same time.

Tomb Raider 2013 Trailer

5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Kojima Productions, Moby Dick Studio
  • Release Date: Sept 1, 2015 (US), Sept 2, 2015 (Japan)

Ranking in at second is the final chapter of Big Boss before his downfall to evil, is MGSV: The Phantom Pain. After 9 years in a coma, Big Boss is back and he’s coming for Skullface with a vengeance. Like Arkham Knight where you can explore Gotham City, The Phantom Pain takes you to the digital worlds of Afghanistan, Africa, and on your own mother base. As you explore the numerous bases in those countries, you can either take out these enemies or avoid conflict and still proceed to your destination. While Arkham Knight doesn’t severely punish you if in the event you’re caught, in The Phantom Pain, you are going to be overwhelmed with an entire battalion to take you out. As Batman will never kill, for the most part, Big Boss has the option to kill his enemies, knock them out, and even have them join him. And in addition to Batman refusing to use guns, MGSV is ready to provide you an arsenal at your disposal.

Just like how you can use the Batmobile to get around when necessary, MGSV gives players the option to travel the lands through other means such as by horse, or any vehicle you can get your hands on. And like how Batman has his cast of unusual characters, MGSV has some intriguing villains that match up to the Dark Knight’s rogues’ gallery such as Skullface and the frightening Skulls unit. Last, the game has tremendous performances in both English and Japanese. While Kiefer Sutherland’s selection as Big Boss has been subject to controversy, he captures the world weary aspect of Big Boss’ character. So if you want to be the ultimate one man army, The Phantom Pain is clearly the choice.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer

6. Assassin’s Creed

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2007

Finally, our number one pick is the first edition to the hit Assassin’s Creed series. In this game, you assume the role of Altair through the genetic memories of his modern day descendant, Desmond Miles. Through these memories, you learn about Altair and how he is ordered to carry out numerous assassinations during the Crusades in the Middle East. As previously stated, Batman doesn’t kill but the point of this game is to kill! But like in Arkham Knight, you can do survey and recon the area by jumping across rooftops and interrogating certain individuals in getting information on the assigned target. In addition, the game provides numerous side quests that will keep you busy such as helping innocent people who are in trouble.

While a majority of the game takes place in broad daylight as opposed to the night, but there are still other ways to hide. You can blend in with people just hanging out, hide in a barn or use Altair’s climbing and jumping skills to run across rooftops. Sometimes to make a panic to keep the soldiers from getting to you, you can also throw money to the crowd! This game has a very creative side like Arkham Knight but expresses it in its own distinct way that is in conjunction with the setting and nature of the character. So if you want to experience the thrill of crazy acrobatics from rooftops but having the option to kill, Assassin’s Creed is the perfect game.

Assassin’s Creed trailer

Final Thoughts

In these games, the choices you make will either bear you great rewards or dire severe consequences. Arkham Knight is a great addition to not only gaming but the eternal legacy of The Dark Knight. But if you want a game like Arkham Knight, we hope that our top 6 can be of great use to you.

Do you want to be an assassin or a great hero? We hope that our 6 selections can be of great help to you but if you have any other recommendations, please share them in the comments.

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Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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