Why Is Grand Theft Auto: Gotham City Not Yet A Thing?
With the recent announcement of the next Batman game, Arkham Origins, it seems somewhat clear that with Arkham City’s conclusion, Rocksteady have written themselves into something of a wall in terms of storytelling, where a prequel is now warranted in order to continue the series. Nobody likes prequels. Not since Star Wars.
But I believe I have the solution to Rocksteady’s problems, and if they would cut me in on a share of the profits (1% in royalties isn’t asking that much, right?) then I would happily allow them to use it. By the way, this idea is copyrighted to Caveshen Rajman, as of April 18th 2013. There, done. Just in case…
How about a Rockstar / Rocksteady crossover then? We can call it GTA: Gotham City.
Imagine if you will, that you were, for once, the bad guy in the DC universe. We see so many of them get beat up, but we see an equal amount do tremendous damage. If you’ve ever read the Darkest Night comics, then you will know that absolutely any superhero has a weakness and can be defeated. But let’s say you’re not a superhero at all. Let’s say you’re just a typical run-of-the-mill henchman but you have something other cronies lack: you have ambition.
So you start off at the absolute bottom of the food chain, performing petty robberies and making old ladies cry before hiding in the shadows and evading not just the law but the city’s own law enforcer, its vigilante. Slowly, you work your way up to the lieutenant level of one of the great crime bosses in Gotham, let’s say Penguin since he’d be a decent starting point for any upstart criminal. As the story progresses, you meet and do jobs for various other criminals including Two-Face, my personal favourite The Riddler and eventually, The Joker. You even pull a jewellery heist at some point, for Catwoman, at which point you unlock an achievement and meet two other characters whom you play in future DLC expansions, but more on that another time.
Along the way there are various characters you will face, who will attempt to stop you reaching your goals. The Boy Wonder, for example. Yes, I’m talking about Robin. He, together with various other fringe heroes, and the Brotherhood of the Bat, fuck it, why not, will hinder your progress towards the top of the criminal food chain, and must be overcome along the course of the game.
Finally you become so powerful as just a mere mortal that you earn the respect of every criminal mastermind in Gotham, and your notoriety leads you to the final boss.
And the boss fight you deserve.
Whom you will fight in the traditional thunderstorm night setting, with all of his gadgets equipped, and you with, well, whatever it is you used to get this far. The end result, possibly completely non-canon, being that you end up finally ridding the world of the troublesome Bat and get heralded as a hero by the government and end up working for the president… what?