Harley Quinn’s Gotham Knights Debut Falls Very, Very Flat

Harley Quinn as she appears in the new Batman RPG sandbox Gotham Knights has drawn difficult responses from DC fans, who compare the design of the Joker’s sometimes sidekick to the beloved Arkham series and the films starring Margot Robbie, to claim WB Montreal’s new version is “boring”, “awful” and “jokerized”.

In a new Gotham Knights gameplay trailer, we see a boss battle between Harley and Nightwing, who appears alongside Red Hood, Batgirl, and Robin as one of four playable characters in the upcoming open-world Batman game. Harley decorated the interior of a hospital in typical Joker style, complete with green and purple lights, flickering TV screens, and a small army of punchable goons.

The fight looks more or less believable. Clearly inspired by the original Arkham Asylum, and more recently Marvel’s Spider-Man, this is a combination of chaining combos while watching for markers above the enemy’s head that signal an attack , and dodging or blocking in response. Nightwing appears to be floating on the ground as he moves to kick each enemy, and the whole system may seem a little typical and familiar, but that’s not Batman fans’ main concern. eagerly awaiting Gotham Knights.

Compared to the Harley Quinn we’ve seen in other Batman games and DC films, her appearance in Gotham Knights – wearing Heath Ledger-style Joker makeup and a leather battlesuit – drew criticism from fans for a lack perceived with flair.

“I don’t really know how I feel about this design for Harley,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “Yeah, it’s cool and a different take on her look, but it doesn’t look like Harley either. It looks like a jokerized version of Harley rather than the real Harley Quinn. “Her design here is boring”, writes another respondent, with a third simply adding “Awful character design. And any game that uses the color purple is strictly not on my part.

However, other DC fans seem more concerned about the Gotham Knights fight, as seen in the Harley Quinn boss fight trailer. “Looks like they just used the same battle system as the Marvel Avengers game,” one wrote. “Shame”. “I’m sorry,” wrote another, “but 7,000 back and forth somersaults don’t make the fight interesting. That’s really what’s wrong with modern action scenes. Don’t bring it to actual gameplay. “I dig the design,” writes a third fan. “What is this gameplay, though?”

Nonetheless, there are Gotham Knights fans who have come to Harley Quinn’s defense, saying her design is a decent homage to Heath Ledger’s Joker and reflects the character’s increased “maturity” since gaining her own. spin-off film and his identity beyond just being a sidekick.

“Okay this is easily my favorite Harley design,” one wrote. “It’s so good. It keeps its black and red aesthetic with white accents while being very mature. “I’m personally a huge fan of the design,” said another. “It feels very much like a tribute to the Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker.” “I actually really like the way he looks” adds a third. “There is a more mature flair to her here. The gameplay still looks poor, however.

Whether the Harley Quinn design or Gotham Knights gameplay will undergo further iterations seems unlikely given that the game has officially gone “gold”, meaning development is complete and ready to ship. with a launch date of October 21. , the boss fight video is just a slim glimpse into the open-world RPG, and it remains to be seen how Gotham Knights will stack up against some of the other best RPGs and best superhero games on PC.

Whatever you want to know about the next Batman game, we’ve got it all in our Gotham Knight release date, rumors and facts guide, plus you can also check out a preview of WB Montreal’s version of the eponymous Gotham. City, which aims to focus on the historic architecture behind Batman’s iconic metropolis.

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