For back to back months, I am getting a free digital copy of a game I already own! Also, I’m getting a sequel/follow up to a game that I will need to do the homework for before playing the other game.
Last month, we got Detroit : Become Human, but a much better version than I owned, which is a follow up to Quantic Dream’s Beyond : Two Souls. September brings us . . . Batman : Arkham Knight and Darksiders III!
I already own Batman : Arkham Knight and I got Darksiders II : Deathinitive Edition as one of my first free PS+ games way back in December 2017. I only played it past the first boss and a little bit of The Foundry. If I remember correctly, I was up against some monster (not a boss) who just kept killing me so I will have to figure out how to get pass it or straight murder it.
Forge. So I’m going to have to finish at least my first playthrough of that game before jumping into its sequel.
Darksiders III came out in November 2018 and is already a free game ten months later. OnRush came out in June 2018 and was already a free game by December 2018, so Darksiders III isn’t setting a record but it is something to note.
I had to look up Darksiders 1 Warmastered Edition (as I’m going to own the series, pretty soon). It is typically a $20 game but goes as low as two dollars, so once it gets under five dollars, I’ll snatch it up!
Which I’m hoping it goes on sale in September. I’m also hoping Arkham Knight’s Season Pass goes on sale too. I might have to just spend the $20 and buy it in October if it never goes on sale. So Rocksteady has no incentive now to put it on sale.
Darksiders III is still a $60 game, but has gone as low as $36. There is a Season Pass for $20, which includes the two DLC levels : The Crucible ($7) and Keepers of the Void ($13), as well as a Digital Deluxe Edition that is $80 and a Blades & Whip Edition that is $100. The Digital Deluxe Edition is the game plus the two DLC levels. The Blades & Whip Edition is the Deluxe Edition PLUS 1’s Warmastered Edition and II’s Deathinitive Edition, so three games, plus all DLC for $100.
Batman : Arkham Knight Is now a $20 game that has gone as low as six dollars. The PlayStation store has a slew of avatars that I’ve downloaded all of them. The $20 Season Pass makes all of the DLC available. DLC included a Batgirl level (A Matter of Family) that is seven dollars. I really liked it, it wasn’t too short, plus it gave me the option to do AR Challenges as Batgirl, that I didn’t even attempt but probably should. All of the character DLC levels make it so you can play as the character in the challenges. The other DLC are :
Nightwing’s GCPD Lockdown, two dollars
Catwoman’s Revenge, two dollars
Robin’s Flip of a Coin, two dollars
Red Hood Story Pack, two dollars
Harley Quinn Story Pack, two dollars
Seasons of Infamy, ten dollars
When asked if the DLC is worth purchasing, the general answer is that the Seasons of Infamy DLC is the only one truly worth it but for ten extra dollars, I might as well get everything. Especially if I can wait until the Season Pass is as low as eight dollars, then everything becomes a steal at that price! The story DLCs are already priced at $20 so if you buy the Season Pass for $20, all of the other costumes, maps, and Batmobile variants are just free, in a way.
There’s a Premium Edition for $40.
There are various costume packs as well :
New 52, free
Batman Inc, free
Original Arkham, free
First Appearance, one dollar
Bat-Family Pack, two dollars
Batman Beyond, one dollar
2008 Movie Costume, free
Dark Knight Returns, one dollar
A PS4 Exclusive set of the 66 Batman costume and Batman 3000 costumes that were “free” but not available but are now available and I just purchased theme and have the download already queued to my PS4! That was super exciting! I wasn’t even going to do the Arkham Knight store as I owned the game but I wanted you, dear reader, to have all of the information!
When I try to purchase the Flashpoint costume, I get a message that states I can get it if I buy the Season Pass, which used to be the message I got for the PS4 exclusive sets. I can’t wait to get home and play as 66 Batman in the 66 Batmobile! This is going to be a blast!
There is even variations of the Batmobile!
Original Arkham, two dollars
Robin and Robin theme Batmobile, two dollars
2008 Tumbler, two dollars
1989 Movie Costume and Batmobile, two dollars (I had to buy this one too!)
Rocksteady Theme, free
Prototype Batmobile, two dollars
Riddler theme, one dollar
70s Batmobile, one dollar
Batman v Superman costume and Batmobile, free
66 Robin and Catwoman, plus Batmobile, two dollars (that I also had to buy)
There are challenge map packs:
WayneTech Track Prack, two dollars
Five Crime Fighter Challenge Pack, two dollars each ($10)
A Locations from the three games Crime Fight Challenge Map, free
Maybe one day we’ll finally get Arkham Origins on the PS4, then I can finally play that game.
So, by my math, all of the DLC came to about $51, so $20 for the season pass seems worth it but I’m not sure about the Premium Pack for $40 being worth it but I’m sure it goes on sale too. It does, it usually goes for $14, which is also a great deal, if you didn’t already have the game or getting the base game for free come Tuesday. The description essentially just says it is the game plus season pass, it that all works out in the end.
There is an Arkham Collection that is on sale that has the three proper games for $24, down from $60.
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I have also been inspired to finally work on those darn Riddler Trophies that I was finally down to eight of them. I am now down to two and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get them as I just can’t get the Batmobile to work for me. If I could just get ten more seconds, I think I could do both of them.
Thanks to PowerPyx for hosting this video and all of the Riddler Trophies videos that I used to get to this point!
The final two are those dumb races from one platform to the trophy.
7) 2147 x 1492 to roughly 2160 x 1670 at the 3:24 mark.
31) 3258 x 2136 to roughly 3030 x 1155 at the 22:04 mark.
Luckily, but maddening, the two locations are relatively close to each other so I know the route back pretty well, and it doesn’t take that long to attempt again but it just feels so defeating! Especially with the forced Riddler exchange. Like, just let me repeat my attempt with a simple “repeat” option like in a Lego game.
So that’s what I’ll be attempting to do every few days or so!
I was told it is a simple process of ensuring the save files have been uploaded to the cloud, and deleting the game file off of the PS4. Then come Tuesday, I can install the digital copy, download the save file, and it should just work out. So here’s hoping it is that easy! I definitely don’t want to restart that game from scratch!
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The PS4 and PlayStationPlus subreddits seem to be very happy with the game selections.
Which is super nice for a change.
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Here are my YouTube peeps with their thoughts!
Nathan with PlayStation Access
Adam with PlayStation Grenade
Ben with Platinum Chasers
Everyone seems to be very excited!
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Here is the trophy guide for Darksiders III
Thanks to AerisFlowerGirl for making it!
Here is the trophy guide for Arkham Knight
Looking at the list again, I think I’m still pretty much just going for the Riddler trophy, Riddle Me That, which would then get me Knightfall.
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While checking for any deals through the PlayStation store, I saw a few games that were around three dollars that didn’t have a platinum, plus I’m getting Man of Medan soon, so I shouldn’t have been looking for new games anyway. I did come across another live action game like Late Shift and The Bunker.
Thanks to PlayStation for hosting the video!
That game is, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, which looks like it could be pretty interesting. There was even a bundle for all three games that if I didn’t already have Late Shift, I may have been tempted to get all three of them. The game is typically $13 but can drop down to $6.49, which would be perfect for me. So one of these days all of these games will go on sale and I’ll start grabbing them.
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Another game that I was reminded I have already is Q*Bert Rebooted. I probably played it for an hour and I really enjoyed aspects of the Original (which I rarely played back in the day) and Rebooted was pretty fun too. A very modern take on the classic game.
I got crushed by the Coily, the snake, 25 times (and more). I got smashed by Ugg exactly 25 times (during another 30 minute gaming session when I realized I could get one more trophy). I died well over 100 times and rode 50 discs. There are other and more proper trophies in the game but I’m not really all that good at Classic and it took over an hour and a half to get maybe 200 gems so getting 5,000 gems seems like a huge time commitment. I only came across maybe two green freeze balls. So I feel like I got my time spent with this game that was free back in April 2018.
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So my gaming rotation is :
Batman : Arkham Knight (for those two dumb Riddler trophies)
Sniper Elite 4
Late Shift (for one final playthrough)
Lego Marvel Superheroes 2
Beyond : Two Souls (for maybe one big chapter and an epilogue?)
Dead by Daylight (still have to begin watching Stranger Things)
Rocket League (for a few more trophies)
Grand Theft Auto V
My plan is to still replace Beyond : Two Souls with Detroit : Become Human and I’m not going to beat Darksiders II anytime soon but once I do, I’ll be prepared for III.
I have two more chapters of Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 of the main story. Then I’ll fully tackle the six DLC chapters, then go back to the main story for the Free Plays and I have characters to unlock to get all ten of the Gwenpool missions, so lots more time with this game. I’m having a blast with it but it is nice to take breaks from it too. Pending on how long it takes to do the DLCs, I might try to knock out two at a time but I’ll figure that out when I get there. I have having a geniune blast with Sniper Elite 4. I usually start and finish the entire mission before going to bed. I completed the third mission and I really should have stopped after one of several checkpoints but I kept going and stayed up way to late. I did have a few moments where I repeatedly thought, this is such a fun game!
Nine games is a bit much but Arkham Knight shouldn’t take too long, just a few more frustrating attempts. Late Shift is practically over, and Beyond : Two Souls is going to get replaced. So that list will come down to seven. Though I do have Man of Medan coming, Amazon told me it got shipped already.
I saw this tweet from Girlfriend Reviews
Shelby and Matt already completed (at least) one playthrough and I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers (so far so good). From her screenshot, I see the game is broken down by Acts and not Chapters (maybe?) so maybe the game is a very management two or three hours? I haven’t been able to find anyone who has written the length of one playthrough.
Skimming Dean Takahashi’s Venture Beat article, it does read like it is a shorter game, so that’ll be nice. For $30, I’m not expecting a ten hour game but I could see five hours but with a party mode, a management three is probably the way to go. If it is even three, Hidden Agenda was a solid two hours and I felt those hours in long playthroughs.
Austen Goslin didn’t write regarding the length of the game in his Polygon article (from what I could skim). I also did a search for “long” and “hour” and didn’t see any results about length of time.
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To end on a happy note, TellTale Games got purchased! So hopefully LCG Entertainment’s new ownership will mean a third Batman game! Also, that maybe all of the games will go on sale and I can finally get Guardians of the Galaxy too!