Written by Twisted Ideas
A Matter of Family is the first major piece of Arkham Knight DLC featuring Barbara Gordon as Batgirl before her faithful incident with the Joker. The Joker has kidnapped Barbara’s father a several GCPD officers and threatens to kill them if Batman is seen. Barbara with the help of Robin (Tim Drake) seek to save the day without the help of the Dark Knight.
What do I think?
A Matter of Family is reminiscent of the Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC. There’s potential of a decent or good story but it accomplishes very little. The story is as basic as it can get and does nothing to make Joker critical to the story. The gameplay tries to emphasize Batgirl’s hacking abilities but in reality she has no new gameplay elements. The DLC is ultimately very short if you cut out the padding of the collectibles and audio diaries found in the amusement park.
I’ve heard that A Matter of Family was developed by the team who did Arkham Origins, which may explain the lack of originality. However, what I did like from that team is that they know how to make a boss fight. The final encounter, really isn’t anything special but it’s more of a boss fight than almost everything in Arkham Knight. It’s just a beatdown brawl between Batgirl and Robin vs. Joker, Harley and the Henchmen. It’s a satisfying finale to a disappointing DLC.
Should you get it?
The prospect of playing Batgirl in Arkham Knight was a good idea but poorly executed. Lackluster is as about as kindly I can put this DLC because it serves no purpose like the Red Hood and Harley Quinn story packs that came before. This is bundled with the Season Pass of Arkham Knight which so far is not worth the asking price. There will be more DLC which hopefully be of a high quality but if you haven’t bought A Matter of Family yet, you can save yourself some money.