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One of the new mods that have already become available for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is a character swap mod, enabling players to take on the role of some of their favorite side-kicks and anti-heroes in the Batman universe within the free-roam mode in Arkham Knight.
YouTuber Batman Arkham Videos put up a 25 minute video featuring of the playable characters from a mod put together by Wastelander121 and MrJAG. You can check out the video below.
You can press the F1 through F11 keys to switch between the different characters. The swappable characters in the mod includes:
F1: Red Hood
F2: Harley Quinn
F6: Bruce Wayne
F8: Commissioner Gordon
F10: GCPD Officer Owens
Some of the characters offer more playability than others. For instance, Joker has no combat moves and he can't counter, so the only thing you can do is run around and slide underneath baddies, tripping them up. It definitely takes some of the fun out of the gameplay experience in Arkham Knight, but that's just how it all plays out.
Bruce and Gordon are also playable and can be used to throw down some mean punches and kicks. They can beat the mess out of the bad guys roaming around Gotham City but they aren't able to perform counter-attacks nor are they able to do any of the fancy stuff that some of the other characters are capable of pulling off in Arkham Knight. For instance, both Bruce and Gordon lack the ability to glide from high places. Instead, they just drop down and land on their feet. They also lack the ability to utilize gadgets and zip around Gotham with the grappling hook.
Harley Quinn and Catwoman are fairly feature-complete, but only lack a few of the abilities that some of the caped-characters have at their disposal, such as gliding from great heights. Their move-sets, though, are pretty cool looking and Catwoman fights even smoother and sleeker than she did in Batman: Arkham City, where she was also a playable character.
Azrael is slightly more feature-rich than the other aforementioned characters because he can glide, carry out some of the special knockdown moves and has the ability to counter-attack during fights. He still lacks some of the other gadgets and abilities from the other characters but he can still throw down some mean moves.
The other characters, Nightwing, Robin and the Red Hood are all pretty much equivalent to Batman. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that Robin – in my humble opinion – actually fights better than Batman. His fighting is smooth and his counters and finishers look really good; it's also funny because Azrael borrows a couple of moves from Robin.
While Batman: Arkham Knight has some serious issues on various types of PC hardware – especially AMD hardware – Warner Bros, Rocksteady, Nvidia and AMD are all working hard to fix the problems on PC. It's a real shame because mods like this open up the door for even bigger sales for the game. Oh well.