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‘Batman: Arkham’ games ranked (Console releases)

The hugely popular Batman: Arkham franchise is one of my favorite video game franchises (alongside Uncharted and The Last of Us). I’ve been a fan of Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s titles since I was 13, as they provided the ultimate experiences imaginable for me to become Batman. Now, while all of the Arkham series games are good at the very least, some are better than others. (Note: I will only be ranking the console releases. Therefore, I will not talk about the handheld entry Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which came out on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.)


The Curious Case of Abby Anderson

When 'The Last of Us Part II' released on Jun. 19, its thrilling performances, pulse-pounding gameplay, and breathtaking visuals were all acclaimed. However, the same cannot be said for its narrative. Said narrative saw 19-year-old Ellie, one of the protagonists from 2013’s ‘The Last of Us’, go on the warpath in order to avenge the death of Joel, her father figure, and the other protagonist from the original game. The person responsible for Joel’s death was a young woman named Abigail “Abby” Anderson. In a shocking twist, players were made to control her for nearly half the game’s runtime. Such a tactic allowed for her perspective of the game’s storyline to be illustrated.


Let’s Talk about the ‘Uncharted’ Movie

The ‘Uncharted’ series is without a doubt one of the most popular PlayStation franchises. Created by the now-former creative director at Naughty Dog, Amy Hennig, the series began in 2007 with ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’ on the PlayStation 3. Unlike the developers’ previous efforts, ‘Drake’s Fortune’ sought to replicate the experience of watching an action film: it was plentiful with charismatic characters, brisk pacing, and wildly bombastic set pieces. The 'Uncharted' film; however, calls for conversation.


‘The Last of Us Part II’ forges a violent return to an infected world

Due to some weaknesses in the story department, ‘The Last of Us Part II’ is not as powerfully resonant as its predecessor. However, this sequel proves worthy in continuing the original’s heartbreaking narrative by providing extensive character development, impactful themes, and beautifully desolate locales. 


‘Knives Out’ is an absolutely wonderful murder-mystery

 ‘Knives Out’ is an enormous win for Rian Johnson. While the first act is a bit slow and some of the humor and modern-day aspects don’t work, the gradually escalating story, marvelous cast, and unconventional tone more than make up for those issues.