Batman: Arkham Knight is a polarizing game and I truly believe its first story DLC, A Matter of Family, will be just that as well. It story is sub par, but can the excitement of playing as Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl make one forget that? Let’s take a look and see.
If there’s one positive I can throw at A Matter of Family, it is that Batgirl is a blast to play as. Just soaring around the carnival map you’re given is pretty damn fun and in battle, she provides a more agile feel than her male counterpart, Mr. Bruce Wayne himself.
If you were a fan of the dual combat from the base game, you’re in for a treat, as it is worked in very often. You take on different sets of enemies multiple times as the tandem of both Batgirl and Robin. These two make a very fun one two punch and I can’t knock the game in this section. Controlling these two together is just plain fun.
There is a bit of a story, and even somewhat of a “hidden story”, but both just kind of fizzle. For my tastes, this vignette did absolutely nothing for me. There wasn’t any real suspense or build up and it didn’t feel like the writers actually tried.
When it comes to voice acting though, the cast does just as well as in the base game. Mark Hamill does a superb Joker as always and the rest of the cast follows in line with pretty good work on the microphone.
Like I’ve said, Batgirl is a lot of fun to play with and it’s nice that after you beat the main story you’re thrown back in the map to find collectibles and fight, but I would have like just a little bit more bang for the buck. This DLC just didn’t hit me like I expected a Batgirl story to do.
I think some people will love this DLC, as the fighting and combat is tight as ever, but I think some people will rush through it and think they were ripped off. This DLC, just like arkham Knight itself, will be a polarizing title in the gaming community.
A Matter of Family isn’t a bad piece of DLC, but it’s not a good one either. It’s story is predictable and a tad boring, but the humor and the fun dual combat returns to make this piece of content not completely flop.