Batman: Arkham Knight is Great; The Harley Quinn DLC Not so Much

The last laugh.

Batman Arkham Knight Harley QuinnBatman: Arkham Knight is a great game.  However, its Harley Quinn DLC prequel not so much.  The 30 something minutes game takes place right before the events of the main game, and it allows players to play as Harley Quinn for the very first time.  While the idea sounds promising, the DLC really isn’t worth your time at all.

On a mission sent by Scarecrow, Harley must break Poison Ivy out of the prison in Bludhaven, so the plant-loving villain can help out on the mission of killing the Bat.  The gameplay feels gimmicky, as Harley control and operates like all the other characters previously playable in the franchise.  This throws me off right away, as Harley Quinn is not a character famous for her combat skills, or even nimbleness.  Harley doesn’t even have stealth option either, so you must fight your opponents hand on.

Batman Arkham Knight Harley Quinn 1And for some reason, even though Harley is unable to stealth, she comes equipped with her own version of Detective Mode, the Psychosis Mode.  This is either the best idea ever, or the biggest missed opportunity.  The Psychosis Mode allows Harley to see through walls and such like a normal Detective Mode, but it also comes with a twist where Harley can hear internal pleading of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and see crazy doodles on the walls.  This is really the only part of the DLC I really like, and it’s a shame the game didn’t explore on this aspect more.  In fact, the game didn’t bother give Harley Quinn her own objective at all, as the whole mission is given by other characters, and Harley didn’t even want to kill Batman herself, despite the events happened in the previous game.  At the end, even after she defeats Nightwing and rescues Ivy, the game doesn’t even bother to further explore the relationship between the two.

Also, Penguin calling Harley names is not welcomed either.

Batman Arkham Knight Harley Quinn 2Like I said, the entire DLC feels like a gimmick for players to try out Harley Quinn, and it’s not a good one.  It doesn’t offer more insight to the overall plot of Batman: Arkham Knight, and the only thing enjoyable is Dr. Harleen Quinzel’s pleads in Psychosis Mode.  I wouldn’t suggest players to waste their time on it, and just go ahead and play the main game without it.