Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
Buy On
  1. Nov 1, 2016
    85
    If not for some graphical and framerate issues, Batman: Return to Arkham would be one of the best remasters out there.
  2. Oct 18, 2016
    84
    Two great games from the last generation, very improved in the graphics department but sadly still have the same frame rate.
  3. Dec 6, 2016
    80
    Batman is back on its two first iterations from Rocksteady. Both game keeps being awesome in its mechanics and storytelling, but Virtuos has added new colors that made the games less darker. The games shows new textures and lighting, but its frame rate is less stable than on the original games. Anyway, worth playing if you haven't already.
  4. Nov 1, 2016
    80
    Return to Arkham contains two fantastic games, with a visual upgrade. Both games are still fantastic, but Asylum has lost some of it's charm. Also both games suffer from occasional framedrops, but nothing drastic. So this is definitely worth your money!
  5. Oct 28, 2016
    80
    Two of the best action games of the past generation in one pack, with all the DLCs, an improved graphic department but also some frame rate issues.
  6. Oct 26, 2016
    80
    Asylum is one of the best games of last generation, and City is certainly no slouch (if not a bit too big for its own good), but for those that have beaten these games to death such as myself, this collection is definitely not a must-have in season full of stellar new IPs and sequels.
  7. Oct 25, 2016
    80
    Batman: Return to Arkham includes the first two episodes of the franchise, of course with all the DLC and content released so far. The graphical improvements are impressive, with new models and animations.
  8. 80
    Two of the finest games of the past decade don't quite get the treatment they deserve in Return to Arkham, with Arkham Asylum in particular, suffering more than benefitting from the visual overhaul. The game’s are still magnificent love letters to Gotham’s protector though, even if these remasters don’t give the same level of respect to the pointy-eared one.
  9. Oct 22, 2016
    80
    The quality of the games included are out of question, being two of the best games of the past generation. As a remaster, the lack of Arkham Origins and a questionable visual upgrade can be disappointing for some fans.
  10. Oct 21, 2016
    80
    It’s been great revisiting two wonderful games, but the framerate drops and lighting changes take away much of the charm of playing them.
  11. Oct 27, 2016
    78
    Batman: Return to Arkham is a good collection that has considerable upgrades in a lot of areas, especially with DLC and other nice value add-ons. It does fall short a bit with graphical issues and frame rate, but nothing that would detour you from playing both games again on the PS4. The two original games are still some of the best adventures out there and worth any sort of graphical trouble, especially for those who have never tried them.
  12. Oct 19, 2016
    78
    Batman: Return to Arkham is a must have for those who haven't played Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Too bad for some small optimization problem and the lack of 60fps.
  13. Nov 9, 2016
    75
    Batman: Return to Arkham is a good, but not great, package. The games have both aged very well and are still plenty of fun to play, and the remaster allows newcomers to experience them. However, the inconsistent remastering job means that it's tough to be overly impressed. Return to Arkham is effectively a mediocre port of two excellent games. If you've never experience the Arkham games before, then this is a good starting point, but returning fans may be more disappointed than excited by some of the changes. There's still a lot to like in the collection, and the nagging flaws aren't enough to distract from the excellent games.
  14. Oct 28, 2016
    75
    Arkham City still is one of the prime example of a streamlined open world where everything is tied it to the comic origins, while Arkham Asylum also captures the spirit of the visual novels in a sense that will keep you glued to the screen. Unfortunately both games on both systems suffer from technical shortcomings, mostly framerate issues.
  15. Oct 26, 2016
    75
    This was the 4th time I’ve played Arkham Asylum and it still holds up. I’m not crazy about the $50 price point for two last gen games with no new features, but that’s a slight nitpick.
  16. Oct 26, 2016
    75
    This Batman collection is a good package for those who never played the original amazing games of the Arkham Saga.
  17. Oct 24, 2016
    75
    Certainly anyone who missed out should prioritize Return To Arkham. Otherwise, you should at least take a peak at what the upgrade looks like first and decide if it’s worth it. You know, just like any remastered game. These are tricky releases, people. They aren’t ideal.
  18. Oct 25, 2016
    71
    Two excellent games, but sadly not so well remastered. The character models and their suits look very well, unfortunately the rest of the game looks fewer dark than the original release and we don't have any improvements on the framerate. If you never played the Arkham series before maybe you should look at this collection, the rest of us not.
  19. Oct 26, 2016
    70
    Although it is never great to aim low, I can't help but think the reaction to Return to Arkham would have been better had both games simply been 1080p, locked frame rate versions of the originals, running on Unreal Engine 3.
  20. Oct 24, 2016
    70
    Batman: Return to Arkham isn't the greatest ever remaster, but the price offers excellent value and the gameplay of both Asylum and City still hold up. Couple two of the greatest superhero games of all time with their DLC, and you get a lot of bang for your buck here.
  21. Oct 24, 2016
    70
    Two classic games made to look notably worse than they did over five years ago, which is one villainous masterplan even Batman can’t foil.
  22. Oct 17, 2016
    70
    If you’ve never played Arkham Asylum and Arkham City and own a current-gen console, Return to Arkham is a fine place to start. But for those who already own both on PC or last gen, there’s no real reason to pick this up beyond a rather uninspiring and technically disappointing graphical upgrade.
  23. Oct 26, 2016
    69
    Batman: Return to Arkham is neither the game that Gotham fanboys deserve or need right now. Not even the dark knight can foil a plot to downgrade the visuals of two video games which defined his legend for a new medium several years ago.
  24. 65
    It should have been an easy slam dunk: port the game over to the Unreal Engine 4, apply some polish, maybe through in some behind-the-scenes features, and profit! Instead, what we end up with is a poorly-optimized port which sees even the older Arkham Asylum stuttering from the game’s first moments, and some odd lighting that cuts into the otherwise excellent ambiance of both games.
  25. Oct 25, 2016
    65
    Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are great games, but this remastered collection doesn't have the same quality.
  26. Oct 21, 2016
    65
    Batman: Return to Arkham is a wasted opportunity. The two games are enjoyable even today, but the port by Virtuos Games is technically outrageous.
  27. Oct 28, 2016
    60
    The Batman: Return to Arkham collection is the video-game equivalent of that old “You Had One Job” meme.
  28. Oct 22, 2016
    60
    Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are amazing games, but this collection doesn't stand up to the same quality. The visuals have been improved, but at a loss of the dark ambiance of the originals. The 30 fps frame rate isn't locked, with the occasional stutter marring the experience. Worse, there's no new content available here. If you own either game on PC, there's no reason to get Return to Arkham.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 299 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 299
  1. Oct 20, 2016
    8
    These games are absolutely perfect, there is no denying that. However, this port brings this down, the constant frame drops become extremelyThese games are absolutely perfect, there is no denying that. However, this port brings this down, the constant frame drops become extremely annoying, even more so when they happen in battle. Because i'm such a massive fan of these games (Arkham City is actually my favorite game ever), I still had one of my greatest experiences playing a game since Halo 3 was released. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    4
    Marred with too many technical issues to be considered a finished product, Return to Arkham left a bad taste in my mouth. While the uncappedMarred with too many technical issues to be considered a finished product, Return to Arkham left a bad taste in my mouth. While the uncapped and inconsistent frame rates of these titles is certainly a problem, that's not even the worst of it. Arkham City crashes occasionally, has bugs that weren't present in the original release, and even shipped with an untextured character model. One that you encounter during the Identity Thief side quest. Yes, we've officially entered Silent Hill HD Collection levels of laziness with this port.

    Arkham Asylum fares a bit better. While it runs at a lower frame rate than Arkham City does, and while both titles suffer from frame pacing and stuttering issues, Arkham Asylum at least doesn't crash. And though its frame rate is uncapped, it manages to be more consistent at reaching a somewhat stable 30fps. It's not perfect, but the version of Asylum in this release is definitely worth playing.

    The new visuals being a major plus point to Asylum. While you can argue that the game has lost some of its atmosphere in the process of changing these visuals, there's no denying that the game looks pretty darn good. The new rain effects are fantastic,and the lighting is a lot better than I was led to believe it would be from the trailers.

    Arkham City also features enhanced visuals, but I don't believe they're as prominent as what we see with Asylum. It's certainly a cleaner looking game than its original release, with its improved resolution, and the new effects added like stronger lighting and ambient occlusion don't go unnoticed. For all intents and purposes, it's a fine looking game. Which only makes the issues that are present that much more frustrating.

    I love the Arkham games. I consider Asylum and City as two of the greatest video games ever made, period. But Return to Arkham doesn't exactly do them justice. As said, I appreciate the new visuals, and at their core, the games are as great as they've always been, from a design standpoint. But when crashing, inconsistent frame rates, and bugs start to rear their ugly heads (again, especially in Arkham City), you have to question whether the trade-off for the improved visuals is worth it or not.

    I would love nothing more than to say Return to Arkham is a fantastic remaster of two of the greatest games ever made, but in its current state, it's kind of an unfinished mess. If a patch were to come along and alleviate the issues I mentioned, expect my score of this game to go up to a 9, easily.
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2016
    10
    Enserio, los gráficos son fenomenales, solo lo único que es el brillo, pero dejandolo de lado, es un juego increible, te lo recomiendo a pesarEnserio, los gráficos son fenomenales, solo lo único que es el brillo, pero dejandolo de lado, es un juego increible, te lo recomiendo a pesar que diga IGN que solo para los que quieran iniciarlo, sé que te va a gustar si eres fanático de Batman Arkham, el Joker, Batman, Gordon, Joker enfermo, entre otros, las definiciones todas detalladas, si quieres comprarlo, no lo dudes... Full Review »