Warner Bros., Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady’s upcoming Batman: Arkham VR is prepping for release next week for the PlayStation VR headset. They’ve lifted an embargo on YouTubers to allow for the first 10 minutes or so of gameplay to be made available for public viewing.
The new footage was posted up over on the YouTube channel GameRiot, where we get to see 12 whole minutes of the gameplay, which you can check out below.
The gameplay controls are kind of janky, and Batman has disembodied hands as players interact with preset moments in the game.
The early goings of the game is just a retread of Joe Chill killing Bruce’s parents. Following the flashback the first seven minutes or so are just the tutorial.
Players have to calibrate their controls during this process where you get a brief idea of what sort of gameplay features will be at your disposal.
After the tutorial process Batman is taken down to the lower levels of the Batcave where players can view forensics, case files, surveillance or the garage.
One of the mini-games is throwing Batarangs at targets, which is kind of cool because it’s literally based on how well you can aim with your own limbs. It’s not bad.
Just about all the movements in the game are limited to scene transitions instead of actually having Batman move around in Batman: Arkham VR. The same applies to things like grappling, driving the Batmobile or flying in the Batwing.
It’s weird but the story seems kind of tossed together, with Nightwing supposedly dying. I have no idea why they would take that route but maybe there’s more to it than that. Hopefully there’s more to it than that.
You can look to get your hands on Batman: Arkham VR with the launch of the PlayStation VR for $19.99. The game is only 60 minutes long so if you’re expecting some huge gameplay experience, you need to simmer your expectations down quite a bit.