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)
"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 looking back. I've beaten this thing twice and still want to call in sick and chase Riddler Trophies." - 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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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.
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.