Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year
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"The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight -- these are the things that standout" IGN.com
"Batman: Arkham City's irresistible world, joyous movement, rewarding combat, and varied side quests make it an exceptional adventure game." Gamespot.com
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Batman Arkham City (Base Game)
No escape from Arkham City…the sprawling mega-prison in the heart of Gotham City, home to its most violent thugs and infamous super villains. With the lives of the innocent at stake, only one man can save them and bring justice to the streets of Gotham City… Batman.
Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand‐new story that draws together a new all‐star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
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Best Game EverTamihalo | March 28, 2015 | See all Tamihalo's reviews »
Batman: Arkham City is a kind of game that has almost nothing wrong with it. The gameplay is the most enjoyable gameplay I've seen till now. The graphics are spectacular for a 2011 game, it has a very enjoyable and spectacularly written storyline, and the side missions are very enjoyable. When you play this game, time flies as it is very pleasing and is worked on very hard. One of the things that could be improved, however, is the size of the open world as it adds to the overall experience of the game. Otherwise the game is amazing and will keep you playing for countless hours. I cannot wait for Batman: Arkham Knight to get a new version of this immersive gaming experience.
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.