Batman: Arkham Knight is out now and it is incredible. But if you’re a little tired of playing as the Caped Crusader and want to fight crime on the streets of Gotham as say, Harley Quinn, or maybe as Red Hood or Robin, or perhaps a dash of Commissioner Gordon, then a new mod for the PC version of the game by “Wastelander121” and “MrJAG” will let you do just that.
The “Playable Characters Mod” lets you play as Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Robin, Azrael, Bruce Wayne, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Joker and GCPD Officer Owens instead of Batman. The video states that you can only use these characters in free roam mode, but it’s unclear if that means you can’t do missions; the video shows Robin watching a brief flashback that takes place during a mission. Still, just seeing Commissioner Gordon’s old man body crush through a gang of thugs makes the whole thing worth it.
Since most of the characters—Nightwing, Catwoman, Robin, and Azrael—are playable in specific scenarios in the main story, and others—Red Hood and Harley Quinn—are playable in downloadable content missions, they’ll have their full, unique moveset and abilities preserved. The rest of the characters have interesting restrictions on them: Bruce Wayne cannot counter, for instance, and for the most part, Joker can really only run around slide tackling people like he’s trying to pitch himself for the cover athlete for next year’s Pro Evolution Soccer.
It’s a cool mod that should give a little bit of life to the otherwise maligned PC port of the game, and it’s free. If you haven’t exercised your new right to return the game via Steam, you should give it a shot.