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.
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.