Reviews for Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
Definitely a GOTYVerlyn | March 25, 2015 | See all Verlyn's reviews »
I had some doubts when I played this one. I had enjoyed the first one so much, how would this one do against that one? Well, this game rocks. Gliding and swinging through the city felt very natural to me. The city's size is acceptable, but you have so many things to do, like finding Riddler's trophies, villain side quests, Batman training missions and of course, the main quest. It has a very enjoyable story. The story caught me and I wanted to keep playing to figure out what would happen. The campaign is long enough and ending is awesome. No spoilers. Thanks to the GOTY edition, you get to play as Catwoman several times after completing some of the main campaign missions. It was amazing to see how they made her feel so natural and similar to Batman's movement and combat yet she felt completely different. I loved her whip and cat skills.
Great got better.Corax_E | March 17, 2015 | See all Corax_E's reviews »
The combat system in this game really is unparalleled and bringing vigilante justice to large groups of criminals using an array of gadgets and jumping around beating them senseless is just pure fun. Guns, stun batons and armoured enemies all add a lot of variation to the combat and keeps it interesting and challenging. Playing as Catwoman also feels very different than batman as she has her own moves and bags of tricks.
Gliding around in the open world of Gotham is both fast and fun and the games stealth system is very satisfying as well.
The story is really good and has some really stellar voice actors that brings every character to life. You go up against plenty of the well known villains and Mr. Freeze is a special and very memorable boss fight.
If you aren't already a fan of Batman, this game will make you one.
Best Batman game yet to date!Pumba398 | March 10, 2015 | See all Pumba398's reviews »
Hands down - one of the best game ever made. So good and sharp. So interesting and so good optimized. The game that really gives you a chance to be Batman, fly around the city ( though not very large segment ) , to detain criminals, capture some super-villains. And how many villains here - just hard to count them! In the game, the only drawback may be that if you're not a real fan of Batman, so the game does not seem so steep, after the first chapter of the Rocksteady saga about Batman, which was a revolutionary. Game that i spent so many hours that i cant count. You must play it if you are not already! BUY IT! PLAY IT!
Solid Sequeljonathanrflores | Feb. 18, 2015 | See all jonathanrflores's reviews »
When I first played Arkham Asylum, I thought that the game was executed almost perfectly. Arkham City gives the player a bigger playground and has a different kind of feel, but for the most part it's more of the same great fun from the first game.
Gameplay is nearly identical to Arkham Asylum. Some of the gadgets may be different, but combat is mostly the same, easy and fun. Stealth sequences are still fun. The boss battles are great, too. The big gameplay differences you'll see in this game are the fact that Batman so much space to glide around (which is fun and easy), and that you get to play as Catwoman. Catwoman's time in the game is handled very well. She's very similar to Batman in terms of control, with different gadgets.
The presentation is still just as charming as the first game. The voice actors that I loved so much are back again, delivering solid work. Graphically, the game looks just fine. The city is huge and great to look at while you glide through it (or run through it, as Catwoman).
The story this time around had some really nice plot twists. Fans of the Batman comics will see some of the plot twists coming, but overall the story is fairly entertaining. The story isn't as tight as the first, there are many many assorted Batman villains in this game, but it ends up still being fun. The boss fights were even grander this time around, with some very memorable sequences. I think Mr. Freeze stole the show this game - defeating him was challenging and I love the idea of a boss that forced you to use your stealth skills. If the main story wasn't enough, there are also quite a handful of side quests that have good mini-stories as well.
There are a lot of things to do in Arkham City. The core of the game is the same as Arkham Asylum (which I would recommend playing first) and delivers a very entertaining experience.
Note: I highly recommend using a controller for this game. Playing it with the keyboard just felt clunky to me. Controller was much much more fluid.
There is a new Bat in Town.KingTed | Jan. 24, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Taking place right after Arkham Asylum, this new Batman games expand your playground to a whole part of Gotham City. In the giant prison that is Arkham City, criminals are free to do whatever they want to each other and YOU, Batman, was thrown in there too. Playing as Batman and Catwoman, you must explore the sector and stop the plans of every vilains you'll met from Two Face to Mr Freeze. But Joker has plans for you... This is an open world action-adventure game. You roam free through Arkham City, you beat thugs and solve the Riddler's puzzles. Name it, you do it. The game has good story and atmosphere and it's really fun, though it's less surprising than Asylum. A good game to play.
Expanding And Developingemptyhaven | Dec. 12, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
A follow-up to Arkham Asylum was, I thought, a large task, considering the great success it experienced in the market. The response was overwhelming, and I was afraid that all the hype surrounding this game would ruin it for me.
I was so glad then that Arkham City did not disappoint at all, taking everything from Arkham Asylum and giving us so much more. Not only did you start with everything you already had in AA (as in all the items and weapons you had, making it truly feel like you were really just picking up from AA and continuing the story), but AC built a whole new world outside of the asylum, essentially zooming out our tiny world and jarring us with the sheer size of the city we were in.
Combat was mostly same--good and fluid--but the addition of new weapons really shook things up.
And speaking of shaking things up, Catwoman, right? wink wink
All joking aside, this was one hell of a sequel that made me excited for the next game even before it was announced.
CaptivatingUrCuznVinny | Oct. 25, 2014 | See all UrCuznVinny's reviews »
In 2009, a game was released, a game called Batman: Arkham Asylum. I hadn't looked into it much, but I was a Batman fan and bought it (on my Xbox 360 I had at the time) I wasn't prepared for the amazing gaming experience I was about to have. Then in 2011, I heard that Arkham City was coming out and had to get it. I don't give perfect scores that often, but I must tell you that this game is fantastic. While there were miniscule problems in Arkham Asylum, I personally do not have anything bad to say about Arkham City. The story is captivating, the characters are all important, and the combat system can't be beat in Rocksteady's Arkham series. The best part of the game is the stealth (in my opinion.) When you play, you truly feel like the dark knight. The game is getting older, but do yourself a favor and just play it.
One of the best gamesDansyuqri | Oct. 25, 2014 | See all Dansyuqri's reviews »
Simply one of the best games i have played. The graphics is good for those seeking visual pleasure. The game play mechanics is also one of the best I have experienced. Apart from the main missions, you have other sides quests which is good to earn more experience and such so that you will not fall behind the game itself.
SUPERB GAMElordvile99 | Oct. 18, 2014 | See all lordvile99's reviews »
Batman Arkham City is fantastic. Flying through the city is so fresh and intuitive, the combat is fun and not too easy. The story is a bit of a mishmash of Batman villains though, but fab game
Another visit in Arkham, another wonderful gamespectatorx | Sept. 28, 2014 | See all spectatorx's reviews »
Did you play Arkham Asylum? So you have to play Arkham City! More of everything: enemies, thugs, riddles (i hate some of Riddler's trophies xD ), side missions, little interesting things to do. This happens very, very rarely when i finish game completely or close to complete and Arkham City is one of these games: completed main story, almost all side missions (Riddler, i hate you) and played dlc story. Catwoman climbing is a bit tricky and needs some time to train it but is very satisfying when you master it. Harley's DLC is very short and fairly easy, but still worth to play because you can play as Robin who got some different moves and gadgets than Batman and Catwoman. This complete edition is a must buy, with just basic edition you will miss some nice things, difference in price, especially on sells is margin so choose wisely and buy GOTY.
Great game! A little repetitive though.adboyum | Sept. 10, 2014 | See all adboyum's reviews »
I've played the first two of the Arkham games, and this one is leaps and bounds better than the first!
I really liked the gameplay and feel of Arkham Asylum, and Arkham City has that same feel and gameplay, but a hundred times better! The significantly larger map size makes the game much more enjoyable because you're able to feel more freedom as Batman to kick some serious butt! You aren't confined to a small space in this game. The world is your oyster.
It has the same dark and menacing feel of the first game, but some awesome new gadgets that you can use!
My only one draw back is, like the first game, after endless hours of doing very similar moves, kicking some very similar butt, it does become a little bit repetitive. That only happens after hours of fun though! Definitely recommend this game!
Worthy successor to Arkham Asylum!Coalfax | Sept. 9, 2014 | See all Coalfax's reviews »
While it may have taken me awhile to actually get around to getting this followup to Arkham Asylum, it was well worth the purchase. The GOTY edition and all of its additional content was extremely entertaining, and I was almost unable to put it down for the entirety of the time it took for me to get through the story. I still have many challenges to get through as well. Voice acting was spot on, and Mark Hamill in particular will sorely be missed.
Best game of the seriesvikas8395 | Sept. 5, 2014 | See all vikas8395's reviews »
This game will be greatly enjoyed by both batman fans and those who are not. From beautiful graphics to a strong and interesting storyline, the player would be glued from the start to the finish of this game. The game play went very smoothly with no faults. Perfect details, fantastic characters and definitely one of the greatest games ever. A must for all batman fans
A game everyone should play!N2tZ | Sept. 3, 2014 | See all N2tZ's reviews »
Batman Arkham City: GOTY is an amazing game with countless hours of thug-bashing fun.
The atmosphere of Arkham City is immersive and full of surprises. Riddler trophies behind every corner and loads of riddles to look out for. The combat is great and feels natural, who doesn't love ripping a riot shield to pieces with their bare hands. The story of Arkham City is compelling and full of twists, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The player meets many new characters and even ones from Arkham Asylum. The new playable characters are very enjoyable as well, each with a new story to experience. With the addition of the different skins for Batman, players can customize their experience by using their favorite look for the Dark Knight. The soundtrack is excellent and greatly adds to the immersion of the game.
Overall, I suggest getting Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition. You'll get hours of fun, countless of thugs to beat up, hundreds of trophies to collect and loads of side quests to solve.
Amazing gamepandamoanium | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all pandamoanium's reviews »
Bought this game when it went on sale, and have been having an amazing time with the game.
Story is incredible, sound-work/music is very nicely done, combat isn't focused on mashing "hit" and rotating the joystick around. Overall the game has been very well developed, not to mention playing as catwoman is a nice change of pace.
Amazing storyObsessor | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
I don't know, neither do I care, if anyone agrees, but the story in Arkham City is amazing. I'm not giving any spoilers, just saying - be ready for some nasty twists in the plot. The only con here is that the main story is awfully short - finished it in 7 hours, but I also roamed the city for about an hour, so following the story only will be about 6 hours of play. Too short. However there is the open world, hundreds of Riddler challenges, and some accessible only by Batman or Catwoman, so you have to switch characters! There are many side-quests too. Also, as in Arkham Asylum, we get challenges on a kind of arenas where we pit our skills against many enemies. Finally - in GOTY edition - there is additional short campaign where you impersonate Robin and Batman. If that's not enough, there is New Game Plus feature - harder than normal game, but you keep all the upgrades from your previous play-through.
All things considered - this game's worth playing. I only wish the main story would be longer.
Look, it's Batman!Obsessor | Aug. 12, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
After Arkham Asylum I was speechless. As a kid I used to collect all kinds of comic books. Batman, Superman. Later on I dropped those in favour of Spawn and some other, more "mature" heroes.
Well... After first hour in this game, just like it was the case with Arkham Asylum, I just sat there, head bobbing, and said "Damn..." This game's amazing. It has it's ups and downs, as every game. Nothing's perfect. Never. You're either blind or too infatuated to see the flaws. But, not being a big fan of Batman, I simply loved the game. The characters, the city of Gotham.
As I'm writing this, the game's on sale. GOTY edition. All DLC. Don't hesitate. Get it now.
Open World. Bats still at large. A lot more villains to punish!khawaja07 | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »
As if Arkham Asylum wasn't big enough for Bats to play in, you now get a whole city to traverse through, flying in like a bat, punching criminals to the ground who never see you coming! Batman: Arkham City has you in a city full of criminals as Bruce Wayne is tricked into getting captured while he's in a protest against the criminals who are unleashed into a whole city which is built in order to contain them. Bruce finds himself wandering around all the scum he so bravely fought against and put into Arkham Asylum. Now, they're all out in the open and your job is to now take them out again. Will you be able to do it? Many more villains of the Dark knight are featured in Arkham City including Penguin, Bane, Joker, Mr. Freeze, etc. However unlike last time, Hugo Strange is the Mastermind behind all the current events taking place and you have to somehow devise a way in order to take him down before he unleashes Protocol 10!
The combat mechanics and gameplay in this second entry are nearly the same as the previous one which is totally fine as they're still as good and as refreshing to play with. All the gadgets from Arkham Asylum make a return in this game with some new additions as well! As you Glide through out the whole city, building to building, you truly feel like you're Batman who is on the lookout for criminals deep in the night! The Open world brings a whole new feel to the series, which i really somehow felt missing in the first game. You have to keep flying through the city, locating the bad guys, their leader and finally getting rid off them! Detective Mode, the most important feature in the last game makes a return also but it now feels somewhat restricted as as if the developers felt that it was too overpowered in the last game. They're rarely any loading screens while traversing through the whole city which makes Batman: Arkham City a seamless Dark Knight experience!
Visually, Arkham City looks also nearly the same as Arkham Asylum which for this game matters a lot less as the Open World aspect still makes up for the repetitive graphical assets used in both of the games. However, for the first time in the series, the game utilizes the Directx 11 API which is used to power some of the extra cloth physics, also a new option known as Tessellation is introduced which is DX11 exclusive. It also utilizes Nvidia's Physx feature too. This entry unlike the previous one demands a moderate gaming PC when it comes to specs as the open world needs at least a dual core CPU in order stream a lot texture resources through but no worries as just like Arkham Asylum, its finely optimized for PC.
The Voice acting has been excellent in this game as it was in the last one, helps in keeping the atmosphere chilling.
Batman: Arkham City is the deserving successor to Arkham Asylum as it improves a lot over it and fills the only aspect which was missing from it, Open World and tons & tons of villains in it. What do you want more as a hardcore Batman fan? as i said earlier, the game runs fine on almost any decent gaming PC and has very reasonable system requirements.So i totally recommend this game to anyone who is a hardcore gamer and also to those who always wanted the perfect Super hero Video game.
A great successor for a great gameeduardXD | July 28, 2014 | See all eduardXD's reviews »
Just like Batman AA , this game is more of the same but in a good sense. Batman Arkham City has improved in many aspects more than the great Batman Arkham Asylum. First, the story incorporates many more characters and villains that will make arkham city a very dangerous place. The map is more extensive than the first game, being able to compare it with many sandbox games. The story mode will last at least 15 hours to complete it without mentioning that the amount of side quests and expansions that brings the game will greatly increase its duration. There are more playable characters, each with their own story. In conclusion, if you like batman arkham asylum, this is a must buy, and if you have not played it, I recommend you give it a try. It's a great game.
Feel the bat inside youhateah | July 28, 2014 | See all hateah's reviews »
The game is amazing. The graphics are made to look so real, every detail of the city and the night is drawn perfectly imo. The jumping skills, fighthing are also pretty good. You can dodge enemy attacks, kick them, punch them everything u would want to do. You can also choose to sneak around them and not kill any of them. The storyline is very good, but the game is soo loong in my opinion.However, for the fans of action games and batman,that's one of the best games in the series for me. I can't say nothing bad about the game, It's already amazing as it is made.
Very good gameroman9441 | July 28, 2014 | See all roman9441's reviews »
First i have to said that i'm not fan of batman. The reason i play it because many of my friend recommend me to play it but i didn't buy it at release because the price.
But when greenmangaming sale it i grab it and try it. Found out that it very good game but sometime i'm still get lose may be because i'm not good with this game type. But it doesn't mean that the game is bad it good. This is most fun batman game i ever play
A night of nightmares for the Bat, but a great game for uscocoawolf29 | July 27, 2014 | See all cocoawolf29's reviews »
This game is one of the best video games out there as far as I'm concerned. Not only do you get to play as The Batman on a most challenging night, a plus all on it's own, but you also get to experience his world. Some of the best villains are present in the game, including Two-face, Cat woman, Penguin, Rhaz Al Ghul, and of course, The Joker. Riddler is also present, and with him comes the hundreds of puzzles and riddle trophies to find throughout the game's map. Riddler is one of the many side quests seperate from the main plot. Though the main story takes about 10 hours when focused, there are many more to be found pursuing the side quests, riddlers trophies, and just exploring Arkham City. Keep an eye out for Crime Alley, probably the most important spot in Batman's, and Bruce Wayne's, life. There are also great challenge maps that can help hone fighting and predator skills, as well as greatly extend the time that one can be Batman.
The Weapons of Batman's utility belt are great and easy to use, and the fighting is improved from Arkham Asylum. The game is easy to follow even without playing any of the other games from the series, though it is definitely enriched when playing Arkham Asylum is already under your utility belt. I have replayed the game 3 times, and I'm still not bored of it. After beating the game, you have the option to start a New Game Plus, which is a more challenging version of the same game, and you keep all your upgrades from the previous play through.
There are too many great things to say about this game here, so I suggest getting it yourself and exploring all the possibilities.
Great!philip08533 | July 23, 2014 | See all philip08533's reviews »
This game has good graphics combined with a really awesome story. I found it difficult at some points, but it is a must have for the every day gamer. It is a lot like the first one, but with an open world, better story, and more fighting techniques and gadgets. Glide throughout the city and either, Fight bad guys who are placed throughout, do side missions, or do the main mission. There is a lot to do in this game and there is good amount of game-play.
Feel Batman inside yourself!LordAristocrat | July 23, 2014 | See all LordAristocrat's reviews »
Arkham City - is an excellent ability to see the way Batman fights for the Gotham's soul. Rocksteady made a real masterpiece: the best superhero game you've ever seen! This game is a great phenomenon that combines charismatic characters, interesting storyline, beautiful graphic, hurricane gameplay, powerful soundtrack. BUY IT!!! It will be one of the best additions to your game collection!
Batman Arkham City Review ---> Buy it or Not?koticpaxx | July 23, 2014 | See all koticpaxx's reviews »
HOLY FEATHERS BATMAN, ROCKSTEADY HAS DONE IT AGAIN. No joke, they really did. Batman Arkham City is such a remarkable game that takes on the strengths of it's predecessor, Arkham Asylum (freeflow combat, detective mode, awesome plot) and ADDS to it. You are now in Arkham City. The piece of Gotham reserved for scum since the prisons were overflowing with them. You literally have tons of things to do in this game. Once you've completed the main story, you're only 32% done. Not joking. It's Riddler challenges and side missions can really consume you, which is considered great in the gaming community. All in all, Arkham City is one of the best games I've played to date, and if you liked the first one, you'll LOVE this one. A definite BUY. BATMAN OUT
Great gameInfinitY2142 | July 19, 2014 | See all InfinitY2142's reviews »
Honestly, Arkham City for the PC is a troubled masterpiece. It's fun, but plays mostly like Arkham Asylum, with very little change between the original and its sequel. The game is open world, and there are new gadgets and combat tactics, but it feels more like an expansion than a sequel. Indoors, the movement is linear and consists mostly of crawling through a vent, running down a corridor, swinging from gargoyles, or fighting a bunch of bad guys before doing it all over again. The open world would have been a nice touch, if it were more interactive. You move around and hear everything going on, and it's excellent, but also annoying, when you hear the same conversation 30 different times. The game seeks to let you go anywhere, with a subclause stating "as long as anywhere is HERE!"
Best Superhero Game Ever!Highlander9782 | July 15, 2014 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »
The graphics and story are top notch, and includes a massive city that you can use as your playground. If you liked Arkham Asylum, you will love this game. I've spent 10 hours playing this game so far, and it says I've only done 50% of the main storyline, so that shows you that there's ton of content here to keep you occupied for a long time. There's so many side missions you can do that offer great mini storylines, such as working with Bane, all the Riddler missions of finding his hostages and solving his puzzles, and tracking a serial killer called Zsasz. There are tons of characters from the Batman universe here, pretty much all his villains are included, sidekicks, even Vicki Vale has minor part. You will have a great time exploring this grand city, there's always something going on, like muggings, lots of funny dialogue from thugs talking about Batman and villains. Game is a definite buy A+++
Flawless.884okeoJ | June 30, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »
Easily the best game of 2012, Arkham City is a fantastic experience in every single way. The voice acting is phenomenal, the graphics are top-notch, and the sound design is great. When it comes to gameplay, Arkham City excels in every single area. The beat-em-up combat is a joy to play with either keyboard or controller, and the stealth gameplay is exhilarating as well as rewarding. The boss battles and ultimately, the entire game is a huge step up from Arkham Asylum. The open world is a welcome innovation over the relative linearity of Asylum, and is breathtaking to glide over.
A true masterpiece.MafuMafu | June 23, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »
Did you think that Arkham Asylum was the top? Did you think that no game would ever be capable of surpass it? Then, you're horribly wrong. Everything that Asylum had, City made it better. More punching, more gadgets, more villains, huge city, perfect story, amazing gameplay, gorgeous graphics, unlimited possibilities and the caped crusader, the ultimate badass, kicking asses once again. Break jaws, arms, legs and ribs all you want. You'll never grow tired of it. Buy it, for the love of God.
MasterpieceJDozier16 | June 11, 2014 | See all JDozier16's reviews »
Rocksteady has perfectly encapsulated the feeling of being Batman! As a lifelong Batman fan I was overwhelmed by the faithfulness to the character and the sheer number of easter eggs in Arkham City.
Great Gamekawette | June 11, 2014 | See all kawette's reviews »
This is the first Batman game I made and i wasn't disapointed. The combat system is really nice (a bit like Sleeping dogs), the graphics are still good now and the main story is quite long.
Once the story finished you can spend a lot of time finding all the little challenges, it's hard to find them all but you can try :)
The only bad thing is that the goty version crash time to time and it can be very frustating while you are making a long mission.
One of the Best games out there!Zazutuu | May 24, 2014 | See all Zazutuu's reviews »
This game made me a batman fan.That says a lot about it.The gameplay is really awesome with great combat and stealth.The graphics are fantastic. If you have a powerful computer so you can run it at maximum settings you will be impressed.The sound is perfect.The voice actors really do a great job.And Mark Hamill should get an award for the voice of Joker if he did not already received one.You have a TON of things to do,collect and unlock.You have a pretty big Open-World environment.It is one of my favorite games and anyone should experience it.
One of the best games that was out in 2012Furrek | May 19, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »
Let me say first that I'm not even a Batman fan and you too don't need to be one to enjoy this game. Sure, I think fans of Batman will have even more fun, but this game is still great fun for no fans of this superhero.
I did spent almost 18 hours in this game following main story and some side quests. In every minute I had good time exploring city, fighting bad characters, finding some collectibles and unlocking new fight moves, new information about characters in this game and new things that are unlocking after you beat the game. After that time I did managed just to complete game, once. And there is much more for me, like beating game on harder difficult level, finding everything in this game that I can, beating challenges. In my opinion, it will take more than 50-60 hours to do everything. Now tell me how many singleplayer games offer you this much for this price?
It is an amazing game and worth every price. It sure is one of greatest games that was out in 2012. It have great fighting system, great graphics, great music and story that sure is enjoying. This is exactly what I expect from AAA games. My final score is 95/100, you can't miss it.
Just like Asylum, but with a broader experienceAkiMatti | May 6, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
I played Arkham Asylum first, so getting to Arkham City felt at first like "this just more of the same". Good, but still the same. However, the ability to traverse bigger open environment makes you feel more like being Batman who guards the night of Gotham City.
Cannot say much of the story as yet, still haven't gotten very far. But so far it seems to be on par with Asylum and there are prospects that have me expecting it being better towards the end.
The combat, the graphics, the feel, they are all top notch like they were in Asylum already.
Did you finish Asylum already and want more? Just buy this! You likely won't regret it.
What every open world game should be likeolay90 | April 20, 2014 | See all olay90's reviews »
This game was truly the most captivating game in my entire game library. And that's rare. The amount of side missions you can do is ridiculous. I completed the main story and they only put there 15% completion. There are just so many other criminals to keep you busy especially Enigma which will be the most time consuming but most rewarding as there are just so many puzzles that are quite challenging.
Moving on to the combat, I would its the best part of the game. It may take awhile to get use to the combat but once you got the hang of it the feeling is just priceless. The flow is so smooth during combat and just so addictive which makes me always want to fight if possible instead of going for the usual stealth takedown. I would always challenge myself to large group of enemies to see if i can fight and achieve a high combo. So that's a definite thumbs up. The gadgets are also great. They give more ways to fight or initiate your enemies. However in my opinion, I don't really use the gadgets during fights as they can be quite difficult to use because of the way the keys are set.
There are just so many good key aspects that I could not possibly fit into this review but all in all this game is truly unlike no other. The amount of effort put into this game is just ridiculous and i feel like the developers should be more praised. Every part of the game is just perfect and IT IS A MUST PLAY FOR SURE.
The Rise of Batman!Ryukrieger | April 15, 2014 | See all Ryukrieger's reviews »
This game surely deserves all the praises it got, because when I started up and played the game, it was so fun that I have played it over and over quite a few times!
From the beginning in Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady expanded their world into a massive prison city "Arkham City", with an (of course) bigger map, a bigger story, more (side) stories, more (and cooler, harder) Easter Eggs, more combat and stealth moves!
Everything was an improvement but let's dissect it. The Gameplay: Batman's combat moves got expanded by a great deal, there were more moves (and enemy types) that make you feel like a master martial artist Batman is, taking down one enemy after another with up to 100x combos, dozens of thugs! (Depends) There are also more Stealth Takedowns, with varieties that you'll feel excited to use on each enemy one by one.
The Story: Well, fantastic for me, all the characters were conveyed extremely well by (again) super voice-acting, all the twists were fun, but... no spoilers for you!
The Music; Out of all the games, this one has the best music overall, in my opinion! Especially the main theme music, the music feels epic and powerful! Even more than the first game!
The Graphics: Playing both the first and this game back-to-back, you can see the difference, I don't pay much attention to graphics than the game itself, so I can only say that the graphics did improve!
The game got a 96 from me, because not everyone will have the same opinion, and also, the side-missions are best done along the story, because if everything is done after, one or two side-missions would feel poorly-paced.
But anyway, this is just a (personal) recommendation!
Flight as batmancdp_star | April 14, 2014 | See all cdp_star's reviews »
Although this game is using same game systems which were built for a previous work, except a few new gadgets and actions. However I was able to enjoy myself without getting bored. Because some improvements were found at fine points, such as key configuration of gamepad. And most remarkable change was the design of fields : the batman can fly over the city freely than the previous episode. Depending on our own skill, the batman may be able to keep flying forever, like a real bat in night sky. I can say that enjoying the floating feeling was enough valuable to play this game, although I wanted to watch a little brighter town.
An excellent sequel to an excellent gameipowers9000 | March 31, 2014 | See all ipowers9000's reviews »
Somehow Batman: Arkham City manages to expand and grow in meaningful ways the Batman universe that Rocksteady created in its first Batman game. The combat is even tighter, the world is big and open, and the new cape gliding abilities help you feel even more like the dark knight as you sail over the city. A real tribute to the quality of the game is that it encourages and entices you to find and complete every challenge it has to offer: with each trophy you discover, you find character models, concept art, and other cool works from the game. Concerning the story, the voice acting and performances by each character is spot on, and really sells the grittier realization of the batman universe. In short, this is an excellent Batman game, and just an excellent action game in general. If you have not played it yet, do yourself a favor and give it a try!
A slow start, an outstanding finish!!martinni | March 17, 2014 | See all martinni's reviews »
Arkham Asylum was a great game, had some of the best scenes i've seen in a videogame, and Arkham City didn't look that well at first. I was feeling like I was just fighting, playing a bunch of bosses, and that was all... The map was a little weird, and some things didn't seem very intuitive. And at some point you start getting into it, the main story reaches a really good point, and you end up playing an absolutely outstanding game. I loved the ending - last 6 chapters or so! Oh! And don't forget to play Harley Quinn's Revenge after you finish the story mode!! It's totally worth it as well!
A game that deserves more than what it getssas41 | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all sas41's reviews »
I played this game once, I cannot play the same story more than once, and playing it once, was far more than worth the buck I put in to this game, this game is really under rated in general but highly praised by the fans of both the series and the genre, Arkham City is a total advancement from Arkham Asylum and a complete experience that is sure to keep you interested in bot the story, the puzzle solving and the combat, it has by far the best combat system in the genre and it is a freaking blast, I liked it so much, I dipped in the New Game+ mode as well, and I was interested enough to play it again, a true gem right here.
The Flow of the Combat is as fluid as it can be, fighting small but tough groups require you to keep a close eye on their attacks while the larger groups give you a god like feel and show you what a hero like Batman is truly capable of with all his martial arts training, and on top of all that you can even use your progressive items in combat as well.
The game tells the story through the eyes of both batman and catwoman, which is a quite well mix and their different play style is something to be praised since they both keep a quite nice flow of combat while the story it self is being told.
The storyline is amazingly well written while keeping you interested and suprising you every now and then, it sticks to its own cannon of the series picking up from Arkham Asylum.
A Must Play!
The best batmanparazitu91 | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all parazitu91's reviews »
Arkham City is a solid step up from Arkham Asylum. The world isn't necessarily bigger, but it's more densely packed with trophies, side missions, and baddies. The Riddler challenges are improved, but honestly I still needed some help to understand what the goal was of some of the trophies.
The story and characters are still good, the voiceover work is great, but I was still left wondering why I should care about any of the events. I love Batman, but even he asks near the end: "What's the point of locking you up when you're just going to get out and wreak havoc again?"
It feels like by restricting everything Batman does to a prison area, we've restricted the significance of what Batman can do. It's like "Oh no! The prisoners are revolting! Get them back in prison! Oh good, they're back in prison, thanks, Batman, you just saved the world again." Maybe some of this story scope is resolved in Origins, but I didn't find it here.
Now, there are some great moments, like when Batman revisits the crime alley where his parents were murdered, or the creepy stories from Calendar Man, but they felt like exceptions to the rule.
Overall, it's a better game than Asylum for the fluidity of flight with Batman's upgrades and the new characters with which you get to command, but it still feels like something's missing.
Upgrade from the original?stcv3 | Jan. 31, 2014 | See all stcv3's reviews »
I simply loved the first one and expected so much from the sequel. The best thing is that I wasn't disappointed, but was it better than Arkham Asylum? Yes and No, and here's why: 1) The game excels in combat and gadgets. It's just like the first one on steroids. In that aspect it's better, but for some weird reason fights seem easier. I didn't encounter one boss that gave me real problems. 2) Graphics is also better, but that's just normal considering AC came later. HOWEVER, I don't like the style of the sequel that much. Somehow, artwork, level design, even batman himself, felt more realistic and kind of darker in the first game. 3) Story is good, but once again, AA felt slightly better and more engaging. What makes up for the weaker main story are the side quests and "guest" appearances from some villains. 4) Atmosphere: both games had it. This one felt more alive. I really felt like I was inside Arkham City during play.
I really enjoyed both games in a different way. Arkham Asylum was like a book, which felt linear but loved reading. Arkham City on the other hand was bigger more open, and I'd probably play it again on harder difficulty. No disappointment again!
New Game Plussonicchaos | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »
Batman Arkham City retains pretty much everything that made its predecessor a great title, adds many other stuff in there and mixes all up in a open world environment. Yeah, Asylum was kinda open-world-ish, but it was only an asylum, still big, but not as big as a whole city. Some might say it's too similar to Asylum, but not as sombre and gloomy. Well, like in real life, some things kinda stay the same and some stuff change. I take it as it is, and for what it is, Arkham City is a great game on its own.
Visually, I can't say anything that hasn't been said before... about the first game. But it's the same Unreal Engine 3 and this little engine does impressive jobs. The level of detail are astounding. You don't feel like something is derivative, well except for some enemies, but even those were diversified a bit more since the first game. So yeah, graphics are amazing, and even if any other engine could have done a better job, it's probably best as it it for achieving the best atmosphere.
The story is set after the events of Asylum. All criminals are set loose in Arkham City and trapped in there by huge walls, left in there to take care of themselves, away from civilized society. Honestly, I find it a bit of a stretch and a huge expense for all the trouble, but it sets a great premise. Everything is apparently coordinated by Hugo Strange, a very smart and interesting villain from Batman's universe. However, Hugo doesn't stop here, but captures Bruce Wayne and throws him in with the criminals, obviously knowing his secret identity. And so Batman must clear his way past Joker's and all other familiar villain henchmen to find out what's hugo grand scheme and how he fits in it. But things escalate even more in the city when Joker makes his presence, very ill, following the events of Asylum, poisoning Batman and thus pushing him to find a cure. The story is amazing, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Batman and Joker respectively, which that alone makes this game a delight. The plot is much more complex and Batman plays an even bigger role than we'd initially think.
Gameplay is basically the same as in Asylum, with apparently more moves and more gadgets than the previous game had. And given that there are a few instances where we can play as Catwoman with a completely different play style and completely different agenda, which makes the game even more complex and intriguing. Boss fights have been nerfed a lot, notably the all favorite Mr. Freeze boss fight. Sadly, near the end, after you acquire some of the best gadgets and abilities, the story rushes and there's nothing to be done but wrap it up. Fortunately, there's a New Game+ mode where you can start a new campaign, but keep all your upgrades and gadgets, find all the collectibles and see how that work out. Also, the game of the year edition adds a good amount of content like Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman characters to use in the challenge maps and the appraised mini campaign featuring Harley Quinn.
In the end, all I can say is that this game is a must in any collection, especially if you've played and enjoyed the first game, or Assassin's Creed or GTA. Gliding above a city, under the bright pale moon has never felt so amazing.
Best hero games in DC universeSokio | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all Sokio's reviews »
Can't you bare seeing Gotham city ruled by High profile criminal?
It's high time to grab your mask and batsuit and clean this town.
Batman AC improves a lot of gameplays from Arkham Asylum, the combat system of this games is awesome, I never ever see any single games that have a fluid flow of fighting motion including many gadgets and takedowns which help Batman gets rid of thugs and many villains. In addition, more riddler quests appear in this part of Batman series along with many side quests are waiting for you to solve.
The opposite site of the games is led by notoriety villains such as Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, Hugo Strange, Mr.Riddler, etcetera. who can eliminate our hero with a flock of thugs or their own moves.
In sum, Batman Arkham City GOTY,which include Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman and Harley DLC, is worth their price. It can keep you busy exploring the city and helping batman make this town clean.
If you like batman, then Buy Buy BuyUnbenannte | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all Unbenannte's reviews »
It just feels good, its better than the previous title, and the GOTY really makes it even better. Open world (I love gliding), the fighting system is amazing because you really need to pay attention or you lose, its not just another easy click game. Get on top of buildings, attack from any angle you want, jump and run. Its just mind blowing. The price is totally worth it, and if you have never played one of this BATMAN games before, then BUY IT NOW. The campaign its crazy good, the story, the dialogs, the random events, all the amazing dlcs, just perfect. I would like to talk more about it, but ill better go play it, hope this helps.
Improves on the original.TETfromLondon | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »
I was massively impressed with Arkham Asylum, due to the excellent gameplay and the fact that it made me interested in Batman despite my pathetic knowledge of superheros. In my opinion, this game is even better.
The game has now gone from a BioShock style non-linear world to a full open world that you can glide around. It's small, but big enough to be fun, and there are still random events that you can find. Even more impressive is the dialogue that goes on between thugs. There's a lot of it, and it's all really well done. More than once, I stopped to listen to it.
The already excellent combat system has been expanded and improved, and is easily one of the best in any game. Mark Hamil's joker (one of the highlights of the first game) has returned, and is still great, as is the rest of the voice acting.
My only major criticisms of the previous game, the boss battles and the ending, have both been improved, and the game therefore surpasses the original, at least in my opinion. There is no reason not to get it.
One of the BestZurishot | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all Zurishot's reviews »
By far one of my favorite open world games! The flow of combat is amazing, and the storyline has an immense depth to it. The bulk of the game is in the Side quests and extras, But that doesn't stop the game from chewing hours of your life away swinging and gliding through the story.
One Of My FavoritesDjSnuggles | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all DjSnuggles's reviews »
The sheer tightness of the control's, the impressive open world, and the amazing story make this one of my favorite games ever. Awesome combat, and exploration make this game way better then the first.
Loads of content that lacks the some of the soul of the firsttrue_wizzle | Jan. 17, 2014 | See all true_wizzle's reviews »
Batman Arkham City is a huge game. Multiple super villains and side quest are tucked in to every corner of an expansive city that's genuinely fun to move around due to the well designed gliding mechanic. But it's massive scope is also it's greatest weakness as most of the villains are not fleshed out and the side quest rarely lead to anything interesting.
Compared to the first game, Arkham City is very hit or miss. Although given how great the first game, it would be more fair to say that Arkham City is hit or near miss. Every new move you get is useful against one enemy type. Almost every side quest has a lack luster playoff of a cameo from a B-list Batman character. Even the best boss fight is against Mr. Freeze is undermined by the fact that it happens for no story reason what so ever.All the other boss fights just require you to quick fire a particular gadget a few times then bet down on while their stunned, normally after clearing out some goons.
There are some additions that work out well. The previously mentioned gliding makes getting around the map easy and fun. The few new gadgets that are added are unique and the returning ones are all given new functionality. And the Riddler trophies are now hidden behind mini puzzles and unlock nice little challenge rooms.
Other then the smaller more focused environment, Arkham City retains everything Arkham Asylum had. The combat is still fun and responsive. The stealth is still fast paced and tense. The story and voice acting are still top notch.
Arkham City is a good game built on the frame work of a great game. However, it stretches itself a little too thin and as a result loses the tight pacing and soul Arkham Asylum.
Best Superhero game ever madeSganotak | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
Arkham City improves upon everything that made Asylum so great and innovating. The game is set in Old Gotham, which is now a high security prison and called Arkham City. Batman infiltrates it and tries to uncover an evil plot set by Hugo Strange. There's a large cast of batman villains that you will face throughout the game like The Joker, Mr.Freeze,Poison Ivy and Bane. The voice acting is amazing and most of the Animated Series actors reprise their roles
The combat system has received a huge upgrade and is more rewarding than ever. Batman can now use most of his (new) gadgets mid battle and there are tons of new moves and takedowns. I dare to say that this is the most complete and fun combat system out there. The stealth/predator sections are also upgraded since the enemy AI is a lot more competent at spotting you and flanking you and all levels are carefully designed to reward a strategic approach. There are also a lot of Riddler Puzzles scattered around Arkham City which are extremely fun to solve and unlock batman lore.
The story is pretty good, although at times it feels that the plot advances too quickly. Personally, I liked Arkham Asylum's story and setting more
The Game of The Year Edition offers Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman as playable characters for all the game's challenge maps and it also contains the Harley Quinn's Revenge mini campaign. So there are lots of content to keep you busy. Definitely a must buy and one of the best games of the past generation
Great super-hero game!Nexxolae | Jan. 10, 2014 | See all Nexxolae's reviews »
Usually, super-hero games are not what you expect it to be, but Batman Arkham City, well, WOW! This is a great game, with a great story. Lots of villains to beat. Lots of side mission to complete, also a few skill-based challenges, which will reward you very well. Controls for this game are very well done, although I recommend to play it with a controller. Graphics are excellent and the FPS is solid if your PC is qualified for the recommended requirements. Play it, feel it, love it!
I'm BatmanJempa92 | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all Jempa92's reviews »
I'm Batman, you're batman, we're all batman. This takes the arkham franchise to the next level. Batman Arkham Asylum was a great game, but Arkham City gives a higher level of graphics and a much larger map. However this change may seems small now when it's compared to Arkham Origins but that does not mean that this is not any good. This game has great storyline and characters and delivers everything you need in a game. Whether you want to play stealthily or you just want to beat up goons, this game has something for everyone. Add to it the DLC that comes with the GOTY edition and it is a full package.
The best in the series.zeosinclair | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all zeosinclair's reviews »
With three games now in the Batman Arkham series it's easy to say that this is the best of them.
Building upon Arkham Asylum's solid foundations, Arkham City offers a much broader and immersing experience with new mechanics, a new world to explore, some new gadgets and a story which continues where the last game left off. If you are yet to play this game then the game of the year edition is well worth it as it adds even more to the Batman experience.
Some knowledge of the Arkham Asylum plot would be a good thing to have before going into this game however it is not completely necessary.
Greatakaman16 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all akaman16's reviews »
This Game makes you feel like a bad-ass, you feel so cool taking out multiple thugs its like your a super hero..... oh wait. That's just what this game makes you feel, you feel a hero, it makes you feel and think like batman. its story is great, the characters are great, especially the Joker. one of my fondest memory of this game is the boss battle with Freeze, its unlike anything I've played before I wont spoil it but you're in for a treat. Its definitely an amazing game that gets what it means to be Batman. I enjoyed it very much its not just for Batman fans its a game that should be played by anyone who loves action games because its combat is so good. Also playing as Nightwing in the Riddler challenge maps is cool, its nice that Rocksteady put other playable characters in the game even though its not in the story.
BE BATMANamnv | Dec. 10, 2013 | See all amnv's reviews »
Where to start... easily one of the best games I've ever played. The story is wonderfully dark, and the fighting in game is superb. The fluid motions and easy to chain attacks made this more than a pleasure to play. The map is large, and it feels as though it is a real, living, breathing wasteland prison. The atmosphere is beautiful, unmatched in any game since. The fallacy set by the conditions of the camp lets you know how the game may play out. For a superhero fan, there is no better choice. Many of Batman's villans are here for your enjoyment, waiting to be defeated. Some become allies, all are incredibly difficult, which only adds to the fun. BUY THIS GAME, NOW.
One of those rare cases of a superior sequelcommanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »
Usually when it comes to sequels, they don't always hold even a small candle up to the original, but Arkham City is one of those rare exceptions to this and oh boy did Rocksteady do an outstanding job here. The game starts off with that Bruce Wayne has been captured by the supervillain called Hugo Strange that has figured out his secret identity as Batman and intends to kill him off in the new Arkham, which is situated in an old and abandoned part of Gotham City. Now Bruce must once again don the cape and suit and find out what it is that Hugo Strange is planning with Arkham City while also facing several old foes like the Penguin, the Joker, Two Face and many others that are out for Batman's blood. You also get to play as Catwoman at certain parts and just like Batman, she's incredibly smooth in her fighting style and can quite easily take out a large group of thugs if played correctly like Batman. Also, like in Arkham Asylum, there are plenty of side missions to be done and The Riddler is back also with a lot more involvement then he had in the previous game and be warned, he doesn't play fair most of the time. There are also upgrades to be unlocked for both Batman and Catwoman, some of which are required to get any further at certain parts of the game. Also, this is a very dark game, so don't expect it to be a silly Batman or anything like that as there will be moments that will make you wanna cry. This is a must buy for those who loved the first game and also, there's no Games for Windows Live in this anymore, it was also removed from Arkham Asylum as well.
Did a sequel do it??!Argentum | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Argentum's reviews »
In my personal opinion this was one of those rare examples where a sequel actually beat its predecessor. Overall I think its a much more polished game, using their experiences from the first to create a better world, story and setting for Batman to get his vigilante kicks.
Again you play as Bats who's been locked in Arkham City as a political prisoner and set the task of stopping it by his own desire to not let his city fall. As and added kick you play a few segments as Catwoman (who by the way is drawn in a very pervacious manner - but I ain't complainin') and this adds a nice break from the Batman segments, she has a similar skillset, but is generally weaker so the advice is sneak around for kills rather than taking on groups at once.
The reason I think it surpasses the original is the world, this world is larger, more diverse and much more alive. There are different sectors, each controlled by different major villains, and you bounce between them through out the story, facing most of the head guys at a point, including the wonderful and frustrating Mr. Freeze. (Who, heads up, is insanely hard on new game+ with the upmost difficulty)
All the original mechanics are back, with a few more here and there, most notibly the extension of the gliding ability. As you progress you unlock more and more, and it doesn't do the classic sequel and make you "forget" everything you learnt in the first game meaning it truly is an extension rather than a reset.
One of the best superhero series availablePh8360 | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all Ph8360's reviews »
Batman arkham city is a fantastic game, simultaneously capturing the strongest elements of almost every incarnation of the caped crusader, and then crafting them around solid, fun, gameplay. The story is solid, a little less so than Arkham Asylum, but better than you would typically find in a sequel. If you have played Asylum, all the best combat features are back, but the open world exploration has been expanded dramatically, as we finally get to take the worlds greatest detective to his streets. Overall, one of the best superhero games I have ever played, and a solid game in its own right, which is definitely worth a look for fans of batman or fans of games
Nonstop Funirfanullahjan | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all irfanullahjan's reviews »
Much more enjoyable than Batman Arkham Asylum. Arkham City brings better visuals, AI and an open world environment which feels alive. The conversations in its streets are full of humor. Batman can now use Batclaw on almost all structures and fly much further in a single go. There are new types of missions apart from the main story. If you enjoy puzzles, you will like this game more because the riddles are much more challenging. I really liked playing as Catwoman.
I'm Still Batmanitsjbro | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all itsjbro's reviews »
Arkham Asylum, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. And considering that was a masterpiece, this being an even better game makes it something like an.... epic amazing masterpiece symphony. Okay well not that extreme but still. The game play is top notch, and the extra freedom you have to explore your Dark Knight Side is very appreciated. But it doesn't just stop at Batman, you can be Cat Woman, Robin, and Nightwing. And they all have a unique play style that makes them stand out from one another. I couldn't recommend this more. In fact, even if you didn't play Arkham Asylum this stands on it's own two feet. I wish I could give it more then 100/100.
The way open worlds should be!beltmatt_usa | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all beltmatt_usa's reviews »
I like open world games, and I like superheros. This game was the BEST of BOTH! You go traverse through the city by gliding, walking, sneaking, running, or grappling. You have a map with different points you can go to and gps to point you to your current objective. You can change your objective as there are many non-story quest you can complete. I thought the story in this game was excellent. It was the best I have seen in a video game. Please note: This is not happy time batman, this is very dark batman....with a very dark story...
Batman at his finest!TheSteve | Nov. 25, 2013 | See all TheSteve's reviews »
We are so used to the Arkham series that everyone forgot that superhero video games were cursed. Thank you Rocksteady for breaking that curse with this amazing series. This game, specifically is just amazing. Story is great, open world is great, everything about this game is great. Yes it's just a single player game, but this game has enough content to keep you playing for a long time. After you beat the story you can continue to play, just in case you missed anything. I definitely recommend this to any Batman fan. Actually I recommend it to any video game fan in general!
Welcome to the Pinnacle of the Generationtaythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all taythib's reviews »
Batman: Arkham City is everything you want out of a Batman game. The graphics stylistically fit the Batman atmosphere with the city and characters all having a gritty feel to them. The game places you in an Arkham City, a piece of Gotham City, where you are free to do what you want. A bunch of batman's gadgets are back and each have their own strengths and weaknesses in certain situations, but stealth plays the largest roles in taking down the many baddies in the game. A host of classic Batman villains are also present and figuring out the strategy to take down all of them never gets old!
Closer to a Batman ExperienceWiesler | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »
While Asylum was much more confined and concise, City finds its strength in an open world setting.
Mechanics wise, how can one fix what was already perfect? The developers seemed to have had trouble thinking of a solution themselves. So, if you enjoyed the fluid combat of Asylum, you will love it in City. Sneaking, being a detective, using your gadgets, finding trophies, it's all here. Now included are an insane amount of trophies and a some side missions. Trophy collecting can be quite daunting, and the side missions seem to stretch themselves out. Though, it should be noted that if the player times everything correctly, they should constantly be in and out of side missions and story missions. The side missions range from inventive, to average, and the Riddler's trophies still unlock tons of challenges to test your skill. This game is more of the same, but, for better or worse, the experience is now open world.
The DLC is not all perfect. I am not one for costumes, so that part of the DLC didn't really matter to me. The Catwoman DLC that is sprinkled throughout the main game kind of mess with the pacing of the game and they feel tacked on. However, playing as Catwoman is a blast, and you should do so in the many challenge levels you will unlock. Along with her, you can play as Robin and Nightwing in challenge maps. They have their own quirks and styles, and it all plays great. Harlequin's Revenge however, is a mediocre experience.
Bone Crunching fun adventureasbath | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all asbath's reviews »
This takes the original Arkham title and brings it to a whole new level. Between the large city that you can freely roam through and the different side missions you can complete (not to mention all the collectibles and achievements), this is a game that keeps you coming back for just a little bit more.
First and foremost, the combat is a bit of a drag: it feels almost like a QTE, where if you time your punches correctly, it's impossible to die and even possible to never get hit once. Most of the combat is strictly "punch, counter, punch punch, counter, takedown", with a bit of dodging and gadgetry in between. The combat system itself is actually rather seamless, it lets you really string together punches and kicks without much effort and thought, but it makes fighting baddies too easy.
The voice acting is superb, like before, with names like Hamill, Baker, Lamarche and Brooks. I'd wager my Steam collection for someone to find a single fault in the voice acting in this game (save for the repetitive one-liners that idle enemies spout out every so often).
The city is an "sandboxed open world" as I like to call it: it's large enough that you can really roam around with complete freedom and do just about anything you want to do, but it's also small enough that you can clearly see its physical boundaries. And those boundaries feel just right: it's a prison city, it shouldn't have a massive map like a Fallout or Elder Scrolls game. Moving around the map is a lot better than most adventure games because you can use Batman's gadgets to whiz around and have some fun.
As stories go, the main missions can be a bit bland as they are mostly "fetch item" quests in disguise. Luckily they are relatively well plotted such that there's menial combat tossed in around every corner so it prevents it from being a boring fetch item quest. Then again, as mentioned above, combat is rather lackluster so it can become repetitive really quickly. However, as the game has adopted an open world policy, you can choose the complete missions in different ways like attempting to stealthily take down the bad guys or just go running in, fists blazing.
All of that aside, Arkham City is a fantastic game. There are so many things that this game does right, and very few that it stumbles on. The only thing I can ding the game for is the overly simple combat - I guess that's just a side effect from porting it from a console. You could literally spend weeks in the game just beating up thugs in the streets and solving Riddler's riddles without ever completing the main story. It has so many things in it that make it a complete game that's definitely worth your time and money.
Batman again!!!Lasiu2 | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all Lasiu2's reviews »
I finished this game some time ago but i havent got time to write good review. Maybe because this game shocked me so much. I really enjoyed walking around as a Dark Knight and killing everyone. I also enjoyed boss fights. They were pretty hard (for me ^^) and thats how game should be done. It should be hard, because when game is easy, its boring and you dont have any pleasure for playing it. The graphic side of game made good impression on me. I should say the same with plot and of course gameplay. I recommend it for everyone who played Batman games before and for those who begin their adventure with this game. (I also recommend watching movie ^^ ). You have to play this game ;)
Amazing gameJncocontrol | Nov. 3, 2013 | See all Jncocontrol's reviews »
If I was able to write a few words to describe this game, It would be "Amazing" and "superb", however that wouldn't quite due it enough credit. The game is very engrossing, it's very well polished, the story (by the work of mr. Dini) is amazing, It's a overall excellent experience that will make you come back for a second helping.
You owe it to yourself to play this game.
Batman at his bestgwynplaine | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »
With the removal of GFWL, it's a good idea to revisit this title. The game is running an optimized version of the Unreal engine and runs very smooth.
This is an absolute must try when it's on sale - especially if you haven't played Arkham Asylum. The mechanics, controls, bat gliding, gadgets and gameplay in general are improved in this sequel and it's a joy to play as the Bat. The core mechanics are definitely better than the first game, which feels a bit stiff.
I think the standout thing in this game is the world building, the atmosphere, and AAA production value. As someone who used to read Bat comics, there's a lot of callbacks, and references to issues of great good Batman stories. There's an amazing amount of content too. For completionists, there's always something else to do after the main quest.
As for the score, it's always hard to assign an arbitrary number to a piece. I thought it did what it set out to do really well, but after being blown away by Asylum, City was not as big of a game changer for me. I thought the story was forgettable, though I'm not a fan of Paul Dini. Still a good title to get.
Definitely worth getting !!!!!!!AsmodeusSabrael | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all AsmodeusSabrael's reviews »
Definantly worth getting, the story in asylum is better, yet the vast amount of things to do in city is so satisfying, yes u can beat the main story in like 14 hrs, yet u still have the extra dlcs, other characters, challenges, side missions, downloaded maps and challenges from other players to do, so it's def worth getting if u liked arkham asylum. Not to mention so much bigger, and u dont feel as limited like in asylum. You have more and more to search and explore. The controls via keyboard and mouse work perfectly fine for me tho controller is good too. Graphically runs great on steam, no issues with frames, and i run in windowed 1280x720, sometimes full screen 1400x900 . the system resources are distributed equally for me so the game in my opinion was written very well. I dropped the rating down because of the windows live issue which deleted my saved games :(
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Fantastic!aznblood5 | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all aznblood5's reviews »
Better than the first opening the map up to the city gives you plenty of places to explore. The DLC lets you play other characters but not in story mode, probably the only thing i would change it letting people play the other characters from the DLC in story mode, I really wanted to play nightwing in story mode.
Batman Carkham City Game of the year ?!! yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!naorco123456 | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all naorco123456's reviews »
There it was again. I lived a life full two seemingly average and kept my secret identity, including by impersonating a reporter on games. Time went by slowly. Sometimes I was afraid that the moment has not come, but here it takes place: the spotlight with the bat symbol light up the dark sky Got'ham, frightful laugh of the Joker saws the night. Call sounded. With respect to the family, society and the university, it's time to go down to the bat cave, wear a mask with pointy ears and into his boots again the robed avenger.i think its a great game but kind of stupid :).
Fun Gameviyer00 | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all viyer00's reviews »
It took me 16 hours to finish this game on hard settings never having played another Batman game before this. The learning curve is definitely steep and it took me a few hours before I got into the swing of things. The game is definitely challenging, fun and has an engaging story. There are plenty of things to do once you finish the main story, such as side missions and a more difficult main story mode to replay. I wish the main story were a bit longer, but overall it is a very fun superhero game and I cant wait to play Origins now.
Awesome sequel to a great gamecuneytarkin | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all cuneytarkin's reviews »
While I don't like the environment as much as the more cramped one in Asylum (yes, I preferred that actually), City does a lot stuff better than it's predecessor. There is more to do, and if you're into the whole Batman lore, it's a candyland for ya to indulge in. The story is great as well, with an ending that won't be forgotten anytime soon...
Best superhero game out thereHarnace | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all Harnace's reviews »
Batman Arkham City is a fantastic superhero action game, probably the best one out there currently. It has a very interesting story with good villains and characters, fun and fluid combat with cool combos. Besides the long storyline it also has riddler challenges and collectibles, which never felt tedious or repetitive to complete/collect because they vary a lot and you have to use different tactics and gadgets to do them. It's a must buy title for any superhero, action or/and batman fan out there, it's near perfect.
Rocksteady did it againel_pelado95 | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all el_pelado95's reviews »
Rocksteady surprised us with Arkham Asylum. now they did it again.
This game is better than his prequel. Now we can free roam in this Arkham City (big and full of secrets and challanges). The Story is exellent (five stars) and graphically outstanding (just take a look at Batman and -of course- Catwoman). Enjoy the great music and the great voices (Luke Skywalker as The Joker).
The gameplay is awesome too. The fight are exellents (the movements of Batman are pretty realistic) and looks like mortal kombat. And dont forget of the gagdgets (like the batswing or some ice bombs) and the detective mode.
For the characters, the history, the graphics and the music, this game deserves a 100/100.
Excellent follow up to Arkham Asylumgundamguy | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all gundamguy's reviews »
Arkham city excels in its' story telling, voice acting and gameplay. While not as atmospheric as its' predecessor, AC delivers a huge game world with so many side quests that you'll have to force yourself to concentrate on the main story or feel overwhelmed. The GOTY edition includes all released DLC including the excellent Harley Quinn's revenge. Head to your batcave and plug in your gamepad, Batman AC GOTY will keep you busy for hours.
An absolutely amazing experience. A blast to play.nimbot3 | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all nimbot3's reviews »
I'm not a big fan of the Batman series nor DC Universe for that matter, but this game just blew me away with its stunning visuals and amazing experience. The game starts with you being trapped in Arkham City with deranged and insane criminals and your job (being Batman) is to take them down. It's draws into the game's atmosphere through character building. I had no idea of the characters but by the end of the game, I had a sense of being Batman. It's an amazing experience and you won't regret the money you spent for it. At the time of this review, it is 75% off, so get it while you can :]
A worthy successor to AsylumTabulateNewt8 | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all TabulateNewt8's reviews »
Arkham City certainly had a huge task matching up to the brilliance of its predecessor Arkham Asylum. I'm happy to report that it absolutely does! The stealth and combat is almost unchanged from the original game which is great. Both are awesome and neither feel like they have been neglected in favour of the other. The open world adds the opportunity to add side missions which expand the game time and add lots of different types of gameplay to the game. However the overall narrative of the game does suffer slightly due to a lack of direction. However overall Arkham City is a fantastic game and I highly recommend you play!
A Solid 10/10 GameLleris | Oct. 7, 2013 | See all Lleris's reviews »
There's just not much about it that's bad. Solid and fluid fighting, as well as the fun roaming. To top it all off, the storyline is fantastic. There may be minor frustrations here and there over where your grappling hook actually landed or the mis-timing of a counter-attack, but these things aside, this game is thoroughly enjoyable and is easily one of the best games around.
Replayability also isn't a big issue, since there are lots of collectibles to occupy your time.
The Best Superhero Game Yet.TheArtOfShazzam | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all TheArtOfShazzam's reviews »
This game has it all. Great story, great combat, rpg elements to customize your Batman and his available gadget, multiple ways to progress and take down bosses, great voice acting, great graphics, great controls, memorable moments - it's all here. Definitely do not pass on this one. It is truly an exceptional game. If you think a Batman game can't have heart and leave you with emotion at the end, think again.
Fantastic Gamemaces006 | Oct. 4, 2013 | See all maces006's reviews »
Batman arkham city is a very fantastic addition to the Arkham series of games. It has a very well told story, a great amount of challenges to complete and very good villians. The combat is very fluid and much better than Arkham Asylum. The vastness of Arkham City allows for greater manouverability and allows for a greater experience.Very well impressed.
Batman is back!marahasufitra | Oct. 4, 2013 | See all marahasufitra's reviews »
I really really love Batman, from its comic books, movies (Nolan version) and the game (Arkham Asylum). There are so many games about superheroes that's not great. Usually they tie it with the movies, and you got the disappointment game. But not with Batman. What I love about Asylum is the combat system that really excellent, and they added more deep in City. The story is great too There are so many challenges, and that's really fun.
The Bat ReturnsSubj3ctLambda | Oct. 3, 2013 | See all Subj3ctLambda's reviews »
Yet again Rocksteady studios doesn't disappoint, with another polished product of superlative quality! Batman Arkham City, features a cordoned off area of Gotham that is used as a maximum security penitentiary! As in Arkham asylum, the worst of the worst are all in one place locked up tight, safe from the citizens of Gotham! You'll see cameos from some familiar baddies from the Asylum....and if you're perceptive enough, you'll see someone in the distance...watching you!!!
The graphics are even better than that of Arkham Asylum along with the combat mechanics which are as fluid as ever! Arkham City is mainly old tenement buildings which means, plenty of ledges for Batman to use!
With respect to the allies and villains, you'll meet a "feline" seductress, a "bird-like" man, a "split" individual, a very "cold" gentleman and a rather "strange" warden that runs the place! Oh....and don't forget, The Joker who's suffering from the after effects of something he "used" back on Arkham island!
Batman will again prove why he is the world's greatest detective..or rather you will, by solving various puzzles throughout the map!!! He is yet again trapped in an area with the absolute worst scum of the earth! How will he get out of this one??? You'll be surprised how it all ends!!!
No dissapointment here!Numbi | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »
I played this game to death on console and bought it again on PC just so I could experience it again with superior graphics and all the DLC. If you are a Batman fan then don't even hesitate to pick this up. Sequels are rarely better than the original but this time it is the case. Having an entire city (or at least a large part of it) to explore is a blast and really allows you to play with all the gadgets. Plus soaring over the skyline just can't be beat. I'm really holding thumbs that Origin can maintain the fine pedigree of this series.
Best game of BatmanSkyorZX | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all SkyorZX's reviews »
This game have amazing graphics, near to the graphics of the Assassin's creed saga, the city isn't a big map (is like a village), but this very detailed, with the voice actors of the movies (at least in spanish, in other languages I don't know), and the BSO is one of the best things of the game.
About the gameplay, is the best of the game, mixing the combat system of Assassin's creed with a little bit of Hack and slash.
For finish this, I think this is the best superhero game of the current generation, and the story of this game is like read a comic of DC.
Best free-roam/superhero gameSirEagle | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all SirEagle's reviews »
Batman Arkham Asylum. Simply the best game of this genre. Comparing to other new games Batman is quite long and have a incredible story with unexpected ending. Game graphics are very nice, combat system is very good. Creators made a good job while creating this peace of art. I would say this game is perfect and will make every gamer to fall in love with it
Simply amazing.nomis77 | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all nomis77's reviews »
Before playing this I would have thought it would be very hard to improve on Batman Arkham Asylum but this game made it look easy... Batman Arkham City takes almost everything that was great about Arkham Asylum and makes it so much better. For me the only exception to this is the story. I love the story of Arkham City but for me Arkham Asylum's was just a little better, but don't get me wrong, they are both truly great. The gameplay is, of course, great. Taking what was great in Asylum and making it excellent. It flows better, there are more moves and more gadgets, making clearing a room even more satisfying. The stealth is excellent, but if you want to really appreciate all the way to take someone out, play the challenge maps. The side missions are a great addition, and you will be as invested in them as you are the main storyline. Finally if you enjoyed the collectibles in the first game, or if you enjoy collectibles in general you will love this game. It is true the number of them can be a little overwhelming but if you take the time during the storyline you can find a pretty large chunk of them. Also adding the option of interrogating Riddler's men for collectible locations was a great idea, adding another challenge to the combat, helping to keep it fresh. Long story short if you are interested enough to be here chances are you will enjoy this game, so do yourself a favour and buy it.
Rocksteady and Warner Brothers have done it again.rahnborshko | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all rahnborshko's reviews »
Its bigger and better than Arkham Asylum in almost every way, and that is saying a lot. Arkham Asylum proved that superhero games could be amazing and fun, and Arkham City continues that legacy with an even bolder and better Batman game. The combat and predator systems have been overhauled to perfection in a bigger game world full of amazing art and characters. The story is rich with Batman lore and will satisfy the most vibrant fan. For a good time that will last longer than an Galapagos Tortoise, buy this game.
The Dark Knight Truly RisesCoillyZ | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »
This is it. Superhero games literally can't top this. The gameplay is improved from the first game. The voice acting and story are just as good, if not better. This is Batman. The combo system is easy to learn, but difficult to master. They have even put it in other games like Spider-Man and Sleeping Dogs, but none do it quite like this. The voice cast consists of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and many other famous voices. Mark Hamill is the Joker. This is his final farewell to Batman, and it was one hell of a farewell.
Easily the best superhero game of all time!rjb789 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
This game is Super (pun intended). Every single aspect is brilliantly executed from the top notch graphics, to the voice acting. When playing teh game you really feel like Batman due to the vast array of weapons and gadgets at your disposal. You can soar around Arkham City whilst grappling your enemies and flinging them off buildings. The combat is a brilliant mix of freeflow and cutscene takedowns. You can build up combos and do brutal takedowns. The campaign is lengthy with tons of side quest which are all interesting to compelete and add to the world of Arkham City. In short, if you love batman, or even if you dont but love feeling like an overpowered bad ass, go get this game!
Near Perfectbigmikem202000 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all bigmikem202000's reviews »
I wasn't a huge fan of the first one, but this one blew my mind. The story is fantastic, a mixture of fun game play, and amazing combat really makes this one of the best games I have ever played. Even once you have beat the main story (which isn't all that hard) you still have hours of things to do. With all this DLC you would be crazy NOT to buy it. I really have no complaints with this game. The riddler challenges make the game have basically two campaigns. The graphics are just mind blowing, and the pure magnitude of the map lets you just explore for quite a while. There are also lots of Easter eggs, which makes exploring that much more amazing. The character statues are beautiful too. And all the combat maps let you hone your skills without being super frustrated.
Balancing actAsrafil | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Asrafil's reviews »
Playing through Arkham Asylum you could see how focused was the design of that game, and how much better for it the game was. Arkham City has lost that but gained a city that you can explore freely. While it's a good feature it doesn't feel as solid and entertaining as the rest of the game. Soon the city loses it's charm and it gives you the sensation that the game lost something going big. The game nevertheless is fantastic and if you loved Asylum, City is a must play.
Probably the best Superhero game so far ...chris999 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all chris999's reviews »
I will make this review quite simple:
BUY this Game.
If you liked Batman: Arkham Asylum, then you will adore this game.
The area of Gotham City known as "Arkham" is rather large, and though you are indeed confined to just Arkham, it is nevertheless a completely open and rich world to explore. It is a world chock full of items to discover, some very nice Easter Eggs (yes, you can talk to Croc and there is something of Scarecrow - good look finding them). There are tons of Riddler challenges within the game and without. Batman's abilities and controls are great. Catwoman is excellent also. It is hard to think of anything negative. I just hope the new Batman Origins game is of the same quality seeing as it is being developed by WB Montreal and not Rocksteady.
Batman Now And Forever!Roydo | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all Roydo's reviews »
This game hands down just made arkham asylum much better and if anything more popular because of how open world it is! This is a game of the year and and it deserves it! with all the gadgets and tactics makes this game extremely replayable!. The story is freakin great! and so are the characters! The main factor that made this game was the variety of villains! So many villains you can take care of whenever you want to, so if your bored with one you can go take down another! Great Ending and i only have high hopes for batman origins! Get this game and the previous game to get in on the soon hype that is batman origins! plus u dont really have to play the first one in my opinion but it is always nice!
A sequel that made me buy the first oneThoosa | Sept. 5, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »
Yes, the title says it all. I played Arkham City before I managed to get my hands on Arkham Asylum and I have to say, I still think it is even superior to the first one in the series. While I enjoyed the first game, I really did, the scope of the second one, made it just a bit better. You can follow the main storyline, you do not have to care about the supporting missions after all. You will definetely run through the game really quickly, but man! The side missions are fantastic, mainly if you are a comic fan just as I am. Batman has an exceptional rogue gallery and you will meet many of them thanks to this. 10/10, I spent at least 70 hours in it and I will surely return to this awesome game again.
Not just a good Batman game, a GREAT gamennebeluk | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all nnebeluk's reviews »
Anyone whose ever played a superhero game is perfectly within their right to be incredibly skeptical of the Batman Arkham games. But what they do right is that they're not only great Batman games (tights, visceral story telling machines) but also just great video games. This could be "Adventures of Caper Dude 2" and it would be just as fun. I'm big on immersion and this game makes you feel like a superhero. After a few hours of this you feel like you're ready to tumble with some roughs in your neighborhood. There's a lot of different game mechanics and secret mission plus a variety of difficulty levels for you to up your Dark Knight game. This is one game that won't leave you bored.
I highly recommend this gameCaputalis | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all Caputalis's reviews »
A problem you see now in a lot of action adventure games today is their lack of replay value. Some may have collectibles, but aside from that, zilch. In my opinion, this is where Arkham City shines. Along with its great main story, it also features side quests, collectibles, unlockables, and alternative modes to play on, as well as 'New Game Plus" which you'd reply the game on a harder difficulty, but with new batsuits and all of your gadgets unlocked from the start. The gameplay is phenomenal, whether you're gliding around Arkham City, or bringing the smack down on some of Joker's goons, it's always fun. The only criticism I have for this game is that the HUD could have been done a little better, especially the health indicator, as it can get confusing at times. Aside from that, I'd highly recommend getting this game, especially if you find it on sale.
Nice sequel.RicBac | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all RicBac's reviews »
I loved Arkham Asylum and I love Arkham City even more.
The area in which the game is played is now alot bigger than in Arkham Asylum. The controlls are a bit smoother, the graphic and atmosphere a bit better and you have some more gadgets to play around with. And you also get to play as catwoman in a story that happens side by side with batmans.
So any bad stuff? No not really. If you liked the first one you are going to like this one. Mark Hamill is excellent in this one as well.
So grab it!
One of my favorite games evermonahanj1 | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all monahanj1's reviews »
There are very few games I've found replayable purely on the merits of how fun they are to play, and this is one of them.
I love absolutely everything about this game. The combat is fantastic and an improvement over Arkham Asylum, it's much more open than AA was, there are quite a few optional side-quests available to you, and it features a very good story. It also features a host of extremely fun and satisfying challenge maps, for when you feel like just beating the crap out of some bad guys.
A masterpiece of a gamemokroprase | Aug. 22, 2013 | See all mokroprase's reviews »
The game is one of the best i have played. The combat system is really well done and feels fluid and smooth,making fighting crowds of enemies a simple task. The main story line is quite long and has plenty of fun but its also packed with tons of dlc and side missions adding to the experience
Phenomenal Gamemrjoey94 | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all mrjoey94's reviews »
Arkham Asylum was by far one of the best superhero games to come out, mainly due to the fact you actually felt like you were playing as Batman. You never felt like you were outmatched and always had something to deal with the various encounters. Arkham City improves on what made Asylum great and in doing so has dethroned its predecessor as the best Batman game and one of my personal top 5 of 2012.
A Batman game u want to get ASAP!!!raymanlegends | Aug. 15, 2013 | See all raymanlegends's reviews »
this game is a must have it has everything u want in a batman game i mostly loved both AA and AC and i am so happy i finished both games 100% completion please grab this superb game it's worth every cent stealthy detective mode playable characters challenge maps awesome dlc GOTY and so much more this game will kee u busy for hundreds of hours!!! and pirce is the icing on the cake,
Become the Bat! Part 2!bashscrazy | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all bashscrazy's reviews »
This game builds on the awesomeness of the first game and enhances it tenfold! Now you are in an open world that you can freely roam with much better mobility with better gliding and grappling abilities! Combat has been enhanced with both skills and gadgets. Everything about this game is better than the original except for 1 thing. They got ride of the Multi-batarang and Ultra claw! Now they can only be used when you have a high combo rather than whenever you want.
Besides that, the game is near perfect. Also with the GOTY edition you get some great DLCs. You can play as Robin and Nightwing! Both of which are badass! They can only be played in challenge maps though, but they are both unique in combat compared to Batman.
So yeah PICK THIS GAME UP! Graphics are top notch as well as the voice acting and story.
A game that does the hero justiceforgot2shave | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »
If you're anything like me, you've played many of the superhero titles that have come out over the past decade - most of which have been nothing but a disappointment and a disgrace to the hero they were based on. This couldn't be farther from that, though.
The world is HUGE to start with and there is even more to be unlocked after that. The fighting style is simplistic but the combos and unlockables make it more and more enjoyable. The graphics are top notch and do justice to the comics. As a superhero game, it is probably the best but that can be said for it as a video game in general. The GOTY version just makes it all so much better. The extra missions are well worth the investment.
Amazing!xSh4d0wXx | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all xSh4d0wXx's reviews »
This game has a fantastic story with great characters. The fighting is improved from the last game. The DLC is also very enjoyable.
Great GameShakattack24 | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all Shakattack24's reviews »
What a great game. Amazing graphics, and storyline. Worth the money.
Another excellent Batman game from Rocksteady!edisleado | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all edisleado's reviews »
Arkham City allows you to spread your 'wings' once again as Batman. This time around, you'll find yourself in Arkham City, an immensely detailed isolated small town (or perhaps a large jail) that is even more of a wretched hive of scum and villainy than Mos Eisley.
Arkham Asylum's excellent combat system returns with even more moves to perform (which you can add to by using the upgrade system after gaining enough XP), and there are even more Riddler trophies to collect and puzzles of his to solve in Arkham City.
It's exhilarating to finally be able to take to the open skies by grappling and gliding around, but due to the minimal amount of things you can do in the city, the open-world aspect doesn't add that much to the game (apart from being very pretty to look at).
The GOTY package also includes Harley Quinn's Revenge, which is a post-game DLC that is separate from the main campaign. While it introduces some interesting story content, it falls short in length and in payoff. It asks questions and answers none of them. In my opinion, it's definitely not worth it to buy on it's own, but still fun to play because it's part of the package for 'free'.
If you loved Arkham Asylum, there's more to love in Arkham City, especially with the presence of so many of iconic Batman characters like the Joker, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and even Robin!
Just as a side-note, even though you activate this game on Steam, GFWL (Games for Windows Live) is integrated into Arkham City, requiring you to log in twice in order the play the game. Annoying, but not a deal breaker.
Tought it was a bad game but..simodeso | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »
It's awesome! I lived in a age where Games from films were really really bad.. But this game is fantastic. Perfect gameplay and Graphics, the story is really really good and has a lot of longevity. It can give a lot of hours of fun, it's one of the best adventure/ fighter game of the entire world.. Buy it you won't regret your choice! You can always try to solve puzzle from ? Trust me it's worth every cent.
A nice improvement upon the arkham seriestheunknowned | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all theunknowned's reviews »
I had alot more fun with the more open world of arkham city. It just simply feels like an overall enhanced version of asylum. I didn't find myself choring through this one. Pick this up without a second thought if you even remotely enjoyed arkham asylum.
Didn't think it could get better, and it didSharpshot94549 | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all Sharpshot94549's reviews »
This is not only a great open world game, but a batman game that sets a new precedent for superhero games to achieve. Sadly, not many will get to the level of awesomeness that is Arkham City
Blown Awaylucaswrite | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all lucaswrite's reviews »
I loved Arkham Asylum, and this is just a step up. With a dark open-world to explore as Batman, how could this go wrong? Well, let me tell you, it doesn't. It's one of the best open-world experiences gaming has to offer, and if you're a fan of batman, or anything gaming related, you're going to love this game. What's dark and lovable about Arkham Asylum, get's transferred to Arkham city, with additional love. More puzzles, more environment to explore, and a wider assortment of gadgets to use and baddies to kill. If you've even had a slight temptation to get this game, maybe because you wanted to play as batman, or you've seen the trailer, well... your intuition was correct. This game is amazing and it deserves every penny you invest into it.
Best Batamn game and the best Fighter-Adventure-Action gameHunork | July 30, 2013 | See all Hunork's reviews »
Batman: Arkham City is getting a Game of the Year treatment and if you haven’t played the game yet then you need to do yourself a favor and run out and grab this, now. Arkham City is a rare bird in that it has been able to improve on an already near perfect foundation. Batman: Arkham Asylum was an outstanding adventure title that surprised a bunch of people. It was large in scale and story so much so that when the sequel was announced I thought there was no way it could be topped. Well I was wrong. In Arkham City you again take control of Batman but this time you find yourself in the super prison known as Arkham City. Arkham City is broken up into zones controlled by villains such as the Joker, Two Face, and Penguin. On top of that the prison is being controlled by Dr. Hugo Strange and his paramilitary goon squad. It makes for one giant powder keg situation and it’s up to you to keep a super villain civil war from breaking out.
Awesome gameiamkyo90 | July 29, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »
Great game, has a very good music that fits perfectly in the game, the gameplay is excellent, the combat system like many, many combos and varied. It is a sandbox, with missions, history, has many really, hours and hours of fun.
WOW!OmittingCoder | July 27, 2013 | See all OmittingCoder's reviews »
This game is amazing! Batman is even more badass in this sequel. Combat is superb. And it flows great too. Graphics are amazing. Sorry for the most part is pretty good. The ending though... Anyways you are doing yourself a disservice by not owning this game.
This game is amazingceldiruen | July 26, 2013 | See all celdiruen's reviews »
In this title, they've gone in a slightly different direction. Instead of moving around the Asylum like in the previous game, here you have more of an open sandbox covering the whole city. The combat is as great as ever, as are the characters and voice acting. They've really put in a lot of famous Batman enemies for you to fight in this one, and it's great. You also get a decent segment as Catwoman. For fans of the superhero, or those who just like the beat-em-up style of the previous game, this is a must.
An astounding sequelUnex | July 26, 2013 | See all Unex's reviews »
Batman Arkham City is a sequel to an already very good good game. So does this game meet the high expectations? No. It exceeds them. By far. Bascially Arkham City did everything right in leaving the combat system how it was. I really liked it in Arkham Asylum so there was nothing to argue about. There are even some new gadgets which came in quite handy sometimes, even in combat. It is amazingly intuitive while being perfectly balanced. Just at the point where you're thinking "Wow, I think I might be a little overpowered now", the game throws another new type of enemy at you. Like I said, the timing of these enemy improvements are decently timed which balances the game in a pretty well. Also, there is not a single occasion where you could rush inside and beat up the whole room when the game does not want you to. You have to be stealthy sometimes. These passages may be a little frustrating sometimes because Batman is vulnerable even with all those gadgets. But the real focus of the developers was Arkham City itself. Everywhere something is happening when you travel the streets. Like in Arkham Asylum there are Riddler trophies and tons of more or less small riddles waiting to be solved. There are also a lot of side missions featuring known characters like Deadshot, Bane or Azrael. These missions may only be completed after completing parts of the main story line which is a bit annoying sometimes but they'll definitely keep you busy. All in all this game is very well. There is nothing much to improve so I just hope Batman Arkham Originis is able to be top this game even though it might become very difficult.
"Batman can be anybody" even geeks like us!darkbreaker3200 | July 25, 2013 | See all darkbreaker3200's reviews »
This trilogy certainly does a great job at making the player feel like Batman. All the gadgets and gizmos, zipping from roof to roof, kinda makes you wish upon a lucky star for a more vast sandbox to play in. The stealth aspect makes me think of Metal Gear series, observing guards and crawling into ducts and vents. Not to mention the game is fantastic on the eyes, really puts a hurting on my 6950.
Great Game: a greater abnegation appeal at the cost of structureconortheminx | July 19, 2013 | See all conortheminx's reviews »
The first game, Arkham Asylum, followed something of a Zelda-like progression with the acquiring of gadgets, along with flowing rhythm-based combat just as suited to PC controls as consoles, and some of the best stealth gameplay in gaming. Arkham City, above, is the sequel that went sandbox on us, introducing far more of the less publicly (well, non-graphic novel reading population) known Batman mythos and brushing up on the already solid base mechanics of the first game. Combat is more advanced with more options, but oddly applying the 'more options' method to stealth actually makes the sections easier as more options in stealth generally makes for a looser grip on tactics and tension. In fairness to the game, these sections do add more variety with enemies that block your HUD and mines that essentially require you to vary your targets and add an extra step to your planning of the room's takedown. As said, the combat has expanded with a more advanced challenge mode in which gaining combo multiplies over a hundred should be more than possible for most players.
In the context that the story provides, there's a certain ticking clock added early in the game that can keep the tension high. To put it simply, a crazy scientist has walled off a section of Gotham and turned it into a super-prison that the incredibly high criminal insanity rate of Gotham apparently makes necessary, and Batman infiltrates it to investigate what he's really up to. You're tossed around to meet most well-known Batman villains who weren't in the last game in the search of the cure for a disease, in a plot that's mostly there to keep the player busy until the big climax hits. The villains of the day do seem like they often have bigger things to worry about than Batman now that his entire Rogue's Gallery is in a great big turf war, and there's nothing so eerie of indulgent as the last games famed Scarecrow sections, which I feel was a loss. My biggest complaint with the story, in my most unprofessional of gripes, is that you'll spend about the first third of the game dealing with Penguin, who is not a particularly dignified opponent.
As for the world at large, as always the henchman dialogue brings a smile to my face, and by god are there collectibles and side quests to do now. That and the improved movement are pretty much required for the sandbox focus of this sequel. One gets the impression the flight challenges were designed with console controls in mind, and emphasizing that element of Arkham Asylum is a bit odd, but I'd be lying if I didn't waste more time I should have spent studying in playing Arkham City than Asylum. Though my interest in collecting riddler trophies swiftly drained after I essentially completed his challenge, though I probably sank about 20 hours into sidequests by that point, embarrassingly.
Note that I like to grade my games with a 50 as an average. The game loses points for straining the Arkham Asylum formulae into a sandbox when it didn't really need that, but with the very solid Arkham core behind it, all brushed up and capable of draining your free time, this is still a fairly impressive game. It's story and progression feels less structured and enthralling as a game, but it's not without it's memorable moments and its charm.
75/100 - one of the best PC games I own
Never felt so good to be Batmanazninja30 | July 19, 2013 | See all azninja30's reviews »
Batman Arkham City kept all the pros of Arkham Asylum and improved on what it built further into a world that gave batman a run for his capabilities and man did it deliver the experience that we all in being the batman himself
Batman reviewruler8696 | July 19, 2013 | See all ruler8696's reviews »
If you can get past the drm bullshit, batman is an awesome game. The combat is fun, the story is great and the technology is cool. You actually feel like batman. This game is well worth the money.
Amazing!hajalie24 | July 16, 2013 | See all hajalie24's reviews »
I bought this game on sale for cheap and expected something good, but instead I was pleasantly surprised! This game is amazing! I thought it would be around 15 hours long (I believe the prequel was around that length) but instead I got around 30 hours out of it. The game is open world, I spent so much time just gliding around the city and taking out bad guys. And when you actually do the missions, there's a great challenge and story to the game. I certainly don't regret my purchase and had I known it would be like this I would have purchased it sooner!
Batman AC - reviewNeapolis47 | July 9, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
With Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady comes finally to the consecration. The title takes the good things he had done Asylum widening it out of proportion and accompanying it with new equally successful and functional. A longevity doubled, and a glance amazing, however, are only the outlines of a masterpiece based first of all on the vastness and variety of gameplay (in steady, rhythmic evolution) and secondly the quality of a direction and a narrative level Hollywood , accompanied by a great psychological depth of most of the characters on the screen. In conclusion, to have a game at any cost.
in one word: PERFECT!!!cyborg1481 | July 7, 2013 | See all cyborg1481's reviews »
this games is a major impruvment of batman:arkham asaylum. the story, the grafics and the game experience.
the side missions are good enough to continue the game after you finish the mais story so if you havent yet played this game go and you wont be disappointed
As good as its predecessorArvel | July 7, 2013 | See all Arvel's reviews »
If you played Arkham Asylum, then this one is a must play. Not only does this game continues the storyline from AA and takes it to another dimension of the relationship between Batman and the villains from Gotham, but it also features the same game mechanics with some improvements. There are some new gagdets and I found the fighting system a bit more fluid than in AA. The challenge system has been expanded, with more than 440 riddle trophies scattered accross the city.
The free roaming in Arkham City is also very nice, with dozens of different encounters you can make in the streets which add some depth to the game. Unlike AA, you also have some room to glide and observe the city from the above ! The graphics are ok, nothing to worry about. All in all, I sank nearly 30 hours in this one, not playing the additionnal DLC and the arena/missions part, where you can hone your fighting skills against mobs of ennemis.
The only drawback I found was Catwoman's missions. True, they had some diversity to the gameplay, as the two characters must be played differently (or you are going to have a bad time), but I found them a bit unnecessary.
I am the Bat.FLD | July 7, 2013 | See all FLD's reviews »
Batman: Arkham Asylum redefined superhero games. This wasn't some rushed piece of garbage cashing in on the license. This was the real deal. You were Batman. Arkham City raises the bar and expands on the concept beautifully.
The freeflow combat system needs no introduction by now. It is fluid, fast and responsive. Add in all the quick-fire gadgets and you really start to feel like the badass Batman should be.
This game is also loaded with content. With over 400 Riddler challenges, it will keep you busy well beyond the 8 hours story campaign. And considering this edition includes all the DLC, this is the ultimate bang for your bucks.
A great way to kill time while we wait for the next one.
solid titleodren | July 6, 2013 | See all odren's reviews »
I enjoyed this game a great deal, it added to Arkham Asylum in terms of gameplay particularly with the combat aspects.It has lots of different things to do so it can keep you occupied for quite sometime. I enjoyed it enough to buy it twice so I highly recommend it
That was..sparrows | July 3, 2013 | See all sparrows's reviews »
So great , one of the best game i've played , can't wait to play Batman Origins even if it's not Rocksteady on it
Awesome, sucks you in.nosidna | July 2, 2013 | See all nosidna's reviews »
Being batman is always fun, but in the dark Arkham City its even better than first time around. Similar controls, even more gadgets and plenty of characters and side quests to shake a stick at. Hey ... being able to purr as Catwoman and kicking ass as Robin and Nightwing is too awesome. So you cant play the later two in the main quest, but to be honest there is too much to do any way!
GoodSimzen | July 2, 2013 | See all Simzen's reviews »
Great environments, great graphics, solid fighting. Good game.
Rocksteady Reach Lofty HeightsBelowTheSun | July 2, 2013 | See all BelowTheSun's reviews »
Arkham City is a fantastic game. There's not a huge amount more to say about it, but I'll try to soldier on. Everything that was so good about the first game in the series, Arkham Asylum, is still here, and while none of the gameplay has been radically altered, the few changes made are improvements across the board.
The focus of the game is, of course, the combat. Arkham Asylum did a great job of making Batman 'feel' like Batman, the ultimate badass. Arkham City gets this spot on too - there's nothing more satisfying than taking down a room of goons without any of them landing a punch on you, throwing Batarangs to keep your combo going, breaking arms and legs with special takedowns, and pulling thugs into a clothesline punch with the Batclaw. It's just sublime stuff.
The stealth aspect is equally good, if a touch less present. There are still plenty of times in Arkham City when you'll be required to take down a room of armed thugs from the rooftop one at a time, but the more open spaces of City means this is a less regular occurrence than in the enclosed spaces of Asylum. Nonetheless, these sections are smooth and immensely satisfying.
As for the story, there's plenty to do in Arkham City. The main quest is a meaty one, full of twists, turns, cameos and unexpected allies. The boss fights are generally a step up from those in Asylum - the highlight being a particularly frosty encounter. Pursuing side quests will bring you into contact with even more of Batman's famed rogue gallery, from Deadshot to the Mad Hatter. And of course, there are hundreds of Riddler's trophies and challenges all over the map, waiting for a completionist to seek them out.
This GOTY edition comes with a small extra campaign, set after the events of the main quest, in which you play as Robin (Tim Drake), the boy (man, in this case?) wonder. This is a good little epilogue, and playing as Robin is fun. The combat isn't changed for either of the playable characters other than Batman (Catwoman and Robin), but Rocksteady did an excellent job of still making both characters feel unique, with different moves and gadgets. A third playable character (Nightwing) is added to the challenge maps, so there's plenty of bang for your buck in this edition of Arkham City. A fantastic gaming experience.
This is how a Batman game should be like.shak209 | July 1, 2013 | See all shak209's reviews »
This one holds a special place in my heart, being my absolute favorite game of all time, and there's a reason for that: First, besides being the best superhero game ever made, it's one of the best games in general.
The story is solid. Batman, while trying to stop Hugo Strange from taking over Arkham City, is also trying to stop the Joker from possibly poisoning all of Gotham.
The gameplay, as in the first game, Arkham Asylum, is huge part of the game (especially the combat system) and Rocksteady improved it in any way they could, adding more gadgets and quickfire gadgets, improving the gliding and even adding more moves in the combat.
The open world is amazing, there are so many side quests to do, that you may find yourself moving from the main quest to finish a side quest, and also trying to get all riddler secrets (it took me over 40 hours to finish the story and the side quests, not mentioning the riddler secrets which took me about 10 hours to complete (not all 440 though).
There's even more! besides the story mode, there's also challenge modes, which were also in the first game, but this time there are a lot more maps to fight in, and they even take part in finishing the game at 100%, which means that in order for 100% completion of the game, you have to beat all challenge maps. Good luck.
AwesomeSammy69 | July 1, 2013 | See all Sammy69's reviews »
This game is awesome in every aspect imaginable, replayability, Story, Voice acting, It's essentially everything that Spider-Man wish he had
Pretty goodScopedEvil | June 28, 2013 | See all ScopedEvil's reviews »
Its a fun experience with a flawless combat system.. collect the riddler trophies also becomes addicting so it's fun long after the story ends. Great Purchase!
Playing Batman without sound is so disappointing.sergebelanger22 | June 27, 2013 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »
Batman Arkham City takes place after Batman Arkham Asylum which was a pretty good game in my opinion. There was for sure place to enhancements, but the base was built strong. Warner did a great job in continuing the story, but failed incredibly technically.
First I must point out that I bought the game digitally. Near the end of the installation, an error message pops out. After some researches on the Internet, I found out that you have to put the files in a folder that does not contain any spaces, otherwise the game will not install.
Then, once the game was installed, I decided to play it in another language than English. Second mistake. Apparently this game does not like this language. In a lot of dialogues, you see people talking and no sound comes out of the speakers. You have to enable the subtitles if you want to understand the story. Apparently, there is no patch for this bug other than playing in English. I just find this inconceivable nowadays.
These bugs pushed aside, the game is good, but the story is really short. As it was the case in Arkham Asylum, the Mystery Man enigmas longer the game a lot, but if you do not want to do them all (400 in this game), you will pass quickly through the game (around 6 hours). You better have to rent the game in this case. If you want to complete every challenges and side missions, expect a good 40 hours. They can all be completed if you have a lot of patience. Some are trial and error quests and some need more reflection. Completing some of the side missions will leave you unsatisfied, as it was the case in Arkham Asylum.
If you buy the Game of the Year Edition, you have few dlcs included. Catwoman adds few missions to the story as well as 40 additional enigmas. The story will take you around 1.5 hours and expect few hours to complete the enigmas. The story is played at the same time as the main story is played with Batman.
Harley Queen's revenge adds around 2 hours to the story. It is recommended to play it after completing the story since it contains spoilers. It is nice as you can play with Robin.
The other dlcs only adds challenges. I will not write a lot on these since I really have no interest in them. If you played them in Arkham Asylum, you will be very familiar here. You need to take down enemies from different ways, eliminate them in a certain amount of time, etc... If you like these kind of challenges, you will not be disappointed since there are a lot of them.
Other than that, playing as Batman is still very enjoyable. You have a lot of gadgets, including a couple of new ones as well as some others that were in the previous game.
Once the game is completed, you can play it on new game plus mode, which allow you to change skins and be able to use all of your gadgets right at the beginning, but that definitely is not a must for anyone other than for the trophies/achievements hunters.
If you have not played Batman Arkham City yet, I would say that you might want to look for it if you are a fan of the series, but you better got to buy it in hard copy, not digitally.
Best Superhero Game EverDocNuka | June 26, 2013 | See all DocNuka's reviews »
This game is amazing on so many levels. The combat is incredibly fluid, and while being not too hard also makes you really feel like Batman. The stealth is great, but I do wish they would vary it up some more from being in a room with gargoyles and gunmen. In this game you also get to play as Catwoman, who has her own and unique fighting style, which differs from the Bat's own. While the gameplay is incredible, the real star of the show is the new nonlinear progression through the game aka. sandbox. While Arkham Asylum constricted you to a set path, Arkham City lets you roam free as the Batman, doing side-missions and collecting even more lovely Riddler trophies. Mark Hamill is a great Joker in his final performance as the clown prince of crime, and the supporting villain cast is even better than the first, with a wonderfully indulgent Mad Hatter side mission. Fortunately, the boss battles have been improved from the first game, and are very respectable tests of skill. The graphics are excellent as always, and there are a wide array of challenge maps to keep you tied over, with characters Robin and Nightwing making appearances as playable heroes in the aforementioned challenges.
One of my best experience this yearDowtown73 | June 25, 2013 | See all Dowtown73's reviews »
I began Arkham City, without have played to Asylum... But the experience was still incredible. The environnement is one of the best I have ever seen, clearly. The city of Arkham is really detailled, even in the dark parts. The gameplay is a bit redundant for the fight, but the movement are fluid and Batman is really handy, a controller in hand. For the story, I had the impression to play in a movie. It's what makes this game an incredible experience.
The Best Batman Game I Have Ever PlayedTabbo7 | June 25, 2013 | See all Tabbo7's reviews »
No scratch that this is the best super-hero game I have ever played hands down. The gameplay is absolutely fantastic with Batman's whole arsenal at your disposal down to the Batarang. The graphics of course are pretty amazing after all its running on Unreal Engine 3 why wouldn't they be? This game is an excellent challenge it has you sit down and think what you should do and how you should respond to a situation almost as if you were Batman himself and I applaud it for that. This game is just absolute quality at its finest Rocksteady I salute you for making such a wonderful game. I love this game and I recommend it to everyone.
One of the Best Comic Book Gamekat29223 | June 25, 2013 | See all kat29223's reviews »
This game will keep your interest without being too repetitive. I never finished most games I started but this is one of the games that I've actually finished.
Batman thinks you should buy this game!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | See all ctp94wakko's reviews »
A fitting sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City carries on from Batman's last adventure, but now Bruce must restore order within an open city, and this is not a task easily done. Much is the same from Arkham Asylum, the graphics are better if just a bit, the combat is still satisfying as ever and now you get to play as CATWOMAN! Catwoman and Batman's story intertwines as they attempt to save the city in their own way. Catwoman's play style is very different from Batman's as she is far more flexible and uses her whip to get from building to building rather than glide as Batman does. The city is the biggest attention getter as Batman Arkham City now has more of an open world concept. While it is not completely open world, it is defiantly larger than Arkham Asylum and with a more open world concept Batman can drop in on conversations from above, take part in side missions and solve mysteries on the side. More villains are revealed as Batman journeys across the city to thwart a diabolical plan that is too great to mention. Batman Arkham City carries over a lot of the basic concepts from Arkham Asylum, but is nothing wrong with that as Batman can now test all his skills and gadgets on a whole city of villains and thugs.
Must-Buy For Batman Fansnagelh67 | June 19, 2013 | See all nagelh67's reviews »
Batman Arkham City takes the established canon and characters of the comics and treats it with respect.The story and voice-acting is superb, with actors that have voiced characters in previous Batman shows (such as Mark Hamill) returning. The gameplay is a combination of brawling and solving puzzles as you must battle a rogue's gallery of villains to save yourself and Gotham.
Even Better Than Arkhym Asylumravestar | June 16, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »
Batman Arkham City follows up on everything that was right about Asylum and improved on it. The game feels more smooth and looks even more amazing. The setting of the city allows Batman to explore a much larger and interesting environment. It's really quite a sight watching the city from the buildings and then scooping down to fight the enemies.
I also like the fighting mechanic, it is straightforward and fun. The villains seem abit more difficult to defeat this time round, that's a good thing.
I hate to say it, but this game using Window Live is a negative as I couldn't save the game again. Other than that grip, I had a fun time solving puzzles and destroying the villains in the game. Batman Arkham City is a worthwhile buy for sure.
The Best Batman game EVERDemadizz | June 16, 2013 | See all Demadizz's reviews »
The Greatest Batman games/series you will ever play. Arkham City brings what Arkham Asylum did to a whole new level, Enhancing many puzzles/gadgets and using skills to collect the riddles. They added 200 more then the first one had. The game is simply amazing and a top game in my lists of games to play. This is a solid 10/10. Story is wonderful/ Voice Acting is top of the line. Batman fans would be missing out if they didn't give this a go. Next time it goes on sale buy it or pay full price.
DLC isn't long enough for be full price. It was a quality DLC, but it was just a little short. 66% off was a good enough deal and worth it. BUY ITTTTTTTTT
One of the best games i've playedseth1 | June 14, 2013 | See all seth1's reviews »
with an amazing campaign and the cool challenge levels to keep you playing combined with the character adding dlc that is already included in this game, you simply cannot beat this game.
Batman at his best.jackyboi1014 | June 12, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »
This is how you do a sequel. Rocksteady took Arkham Asylum and amplified everything to the MAX. One of the finest stories I've ever experienced meets the best superhero gameplay conceived to make one of the greatest games I've played in the last decade. AA got a little repetitive and the end boss encounter was too hackneyed whereas not only does AC fix all that, it expands the arena as well as the challenges.
Enemies while based on the prototypical thug almost come in more variations than can be handled by one man. Many hoods come with their own weaponry or else can pick them up when dropped. Each weapon or gadget in use alters the class of the enemy and beating each requires the use of independent solutions. So it gets very interesting when they come at you all at once.
Batman has more gadgets than I could dish out and yet you have to use all of them at various points to beat the game. It is in this shifting dynamic during both hand to hand combat and predator gameplay that the game achieves true brilliance.
The catwoman segment was interesting while Riddler's puzzles are now more like mini games in their own right and he's not the only villain dogging your footsteps. Every character in this is hugely memorable and the story does not let up one bit, right down to the cataclysmic climax.
Amazing gamethegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
Fast-Paced gameplay with fighting easier to do combos. Amazing sound, everything sounds perfect, soundtrack is amazing. Huge city with beautiful graphics to accompany it. The stealth is amazing and requires you to think everything out before making a move. Highly recommended for any superhero or action fan.
Taking everything about Arkham Asylum- and improving itShadowwolf414 | June 10, 2013 | See all Shadowwolf414's reviews »
A map at least 3 times as big and the same in villains, Batman Arkham City offers an excellent range of features; it has a better more enthralling story, the mechanics are improved as well as adding a number of new abilities to Batman's arsenal. The graphics are about equal with Arkham Asylum, though on a much grander scale, as you are not confined to the Asylum, and can explore Arkham City as you wish, fulfilling several side quests along the way.
Overall, an excellent game.
Waiting for Arkham Originsangel_zmz | June 9, 2013 | See all angel_zmz's reviews »
I bought this game a few months ago, but today I finished recently. Not only is larger and varied than Arkham Asylum, has a more elaborate argument, with more villains, problems, and options than its predecessor. While graphically remains very similar to the previous game, is its large size which gives it great fun and replayability .. We will have all the gadgets of the previous game, and we will add more, will all the villains from the previous game (except the scarecrows) and we will add more, we will have all the challenges of the previous game, and we will add more. Anything else to add? It's a great game, whether you like superheroes, like if you do not like. Because in my opinion, is an amazing game, disguised as a Batman game. By the way, now added the "New Game +" to restart the game, with more difficulty, but with all the gadgets we had already gotten before, so there's no excuse not to replay :) Quizás se eche en falta mas innovación, con mejoras graficas, y mas movimientos, pero te aseguro que eso no lo hace un mal juego, en absoluto.
More than just a Batman game.stevesack | June 8, 2013 | See all stevesack's reviews »
The amount of thought put into the puzzles and fighting mechanics is way more than can be expected from a superhero game. The strongest point of this game is the fighting, it is very fluid and you can die if you are not careful, combat is very rewarding if you do well and dont just mash your buttons aimlessly. The gadgets are all Batman standard equipment but most have a twist or two to make them more interesting, even your hook can disarm enemies. I would recommend this to not only Batman fans but fighting and RPG fans in general.
This game is fantasticbitterfrost | June 8, 2013 | See all bitterfrost's reviews »
A little more open ended than arkham asylum. That is both a good thing and a bad thing.
The story still feels immersive and compelling, but there is less direction due to the more open world nature of the game.
Overall, I loved it. It was true to the batman ethos while still being very enjoyable to play. You're vulnerable but powerful at the same time.
One of the most enjoyable games I have played.
Back in Black!RoninRaven | June 4, 2013 | See all RoninRaven's reviews »
Rocksteady did it again! Improving on his predecessor on all levels, Batman Arkham City is an exhilarating experience. While is not exactly Gotham City (here's hoping Origins will have that), the landscape big enough to satisfy every one's appetite for exploration. The story is top notch and the same famous people are back to voice one of DC Comic's most beloved world.
Together with it's predecessor Arkham Asylum this second installment is a must for every game collection.
Amazing!Plasros | June 3, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »
This game is absolutly stunning, technically excelent (amazing graphics!), and very funny. The gameplay is OK, controls easy to handle (even with a lot of movements!). The History is good (maybe some details makes it no-perfect) and the music are great too. One of the best games in this generation
Incredible mix of GenresMiniface | June 2, 2013 | See all Miniface's reviews »
This game should be played by anyone who loves video games. I am not a huge batman fan, but the amazing openesque world and rpg fighting/exploration is like no other game.
The definitive Batman experience.djrobertjohnson | June 2, 2013 | See all djrobertjohnson's reviews »
This is it! It's really as close to perfection as you can get for a video game and story telling experience. It's sure to please sliver age, The Animated Series and reboot Batman fans. The only things that hold this game back in the slightest are its unpolished and rushed and un-necessary DLC. And there might be some gamers put off by the games metroid-vania style of progression. Other than that. Truly a work of art.
More Batman, more fun!thehashbrown | June 2, 2013 | See all thehashbrown's reviews »
Took everything good about Arkham Asylum and multiplied it tenfold, Arkham City is one of the best games of last year and definitely worth a playthrough.
Pretty goodYohparg | June 2, 2013 | See all Yohparg's reviews »
Not bad at all!
One of a kind!Commander_Rylak | June 1, 2013 | See all Commander_Rylak's reviews »
While I, like most give praise to Batman: Game of the Year Edition, I am however, NOT impressed with the fact that this game comes bundled with three (3), yes 3 different DRM tools.
Best super-hero game you could possibly makeCrazy4ever | June 1, 2013 | See all Crazy4ever's reviews »
Arkham city has everything. Great story, good gameplay, graphics, lots of side missions, and you really feel you are batman. The main story is relativly long, longer than most games, and there are lots of side missions you can play. The game of the year edition gives you lots of extra stuff you really apreciate if you like the game. The graphics look good all from medium settings, and if you have a decent pc you can play this game on quite high graphics. The gameplay is very satisfiing, there is a detective mode, fighting mode and stealth. They are all really enjoyable. You should buy this game!
Must Buyhellinperson | June 1, 2013 | See all hellinperson's reviews »
Batman: Arkham City is an awesome game. It has a rich atmosphere, world and great character development, satisfying gameplay and combat. The soundtrack is incredible and so does the graphics. And the story makes you want to keep on playing. The good thing about the GOTY edition is that includes all the DLC, including a new chapter called "Harley Quinn's Revenge." So if you are going to get this game, get this edition.
Big improvementlok0812 | May 31, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
Arkham City improves a lot from the previous installment. First major thing is the ability to play Batman in an huge open world of Arkham City. Combat wise is more fluent and fun. The story is not as great as Asylum but it is still great non the less. There are more villains for Batman to tackle compares to Asylum. Not to mention, many challengers and riddles are placed within the open world for players to complete. Player can veer away from the main story as soon as the game start giving it a huge form of freedom. In addition, all the DLCs are included in the GOTY giving players more contents and challenges to an already huge Batman game. Get the game if you enjoy open world action adventure and you will not disappoint.