The critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham Trilogy seems to almost effortlessly throw you into the cowl of the dark knight. Throughout the trilogy you’ll be faced with a number of villains from Batman’s rogues gallery, all of which will provide challenges of varying degrees in difficulty. A lot of these however are entirely optional and it’s up to you to see to their arrest, or else, leave them to their schemes. It’s an easy choice to make, the side quests that you get in the Arkham series are all too fun to pass up. Here are the 10 best side missions in the Batman: Arkham series. Spoilers ahead, and note that this doesn’t include any missions from DLC.
Batman: Arkham City – Identity Theft
As you traverse the decrepit cityscape of the Hugo Strange’s hellhole of a prison, you’re likely to hear about murder victims with missing facial features. If you’re a comic book fan, you might have already guessed the identity of the mysterious series killer behind this string of murders, and you’ll probably pursue these leads more eagerly. This isn’t the easiest mission to complete, since each murder occurs after certain points in the main story, and there are no real hints as to their location. You’ll just have to explore the city carefully. Eventually, you’ll find a clue, a trail of bleach that will lead you to a thug who gives you the location of the killer’s hideout. It’s not the most charming of abodes. A short cutscene reveals that the killer is…a heavily scarred Bruce Wayne?? No, it’s Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, and one hell-bent on vengeance, for which he’s been collecting facial features. As grim as it is, you can’t say he’s not a talented surgeon.
Batman: Arkham City – The Tea Party
After rescuing Vicki Vale, Batman receives a message from his trusty butler about the cure for the toxic blood flowing through his veins. Batman is led to a rooftop where he’ll pummel a couple of thugs and take what he believes to be the antidote only to find out that it was all a ruse! The Dark Knight awakens at a table sitting across from the Mad Hatter. How will Batman escape this nightmare? With his fists of course! It’s a sudden mission and fun to play through, since it’s quick, easy and provides a nice, twisted change of pace from the gloominess of Batman: Arkham City.
Batman: Arkham City – Shot in the Dark
This side-mission is just one of many that really gives you the opportunity to become the detective. You’ll come across several assassinations and follow the path of a bullet to try and find Deadshot, the assassin. Like the others in this game, progression is dependent on your progress in the main story. Eventually however, you will find Deadshot. Defeating him isn’t as easy as you’d think, and it makes for a challenging and memorable Batman side-mission.
Batman: Arkham City – Cold Call Killer
This side mission one will take you around the city and keep you on your toes. You start it by simply picking up the phone ringing nearby, listening to the cold, familiar voice on the other end. You’ll have to propel yourself to another part of the city to save a life, and repeat the process until finally, you figure out where the serial killer, Victor Zsasz is hiding. Of course, as powerless and gadget-less as Zsasz is, taking him out isn’t easy. You’ll have to a find a way to infiltrate his hideout and apprehend him without giving him an opportunity to kill the two hostages he has with him. The moment Batman finally grabs him is a moment you should definitely savour.
Batman Arkham City – Watcher in the Wings
Batman’s world is full of mystery, and there are few more mysterious than the Watcher you’ll encounter throughout Arkham City. There isn’t much to this except for actually spotting the Watcher as he watches you, then approaching him only to see him vanish, leaving nothing but a mysterious symbol behind which you must then scan. You’ll do this four times before finally being able to meet him, and he doesn’t offer much except for what seems to be a chilling prophecy. Despite the simplicity of this side-mission, nothing compares to seeing a mysterious figure in the distance, watching your every move with the ghostly light of the moon at his back.