Batman: Arkham City
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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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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.
Become the Dark Knight – Batman: Arkham City delivers a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level: high‐impact street brawls, nail‐biting stealth, multifaceted forensic investigation, epic super‐villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman’s tortured psychology.
Play as Catwoman – Catwoman is a fully playable character in Batman: Arkham City who has her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman’s story arc. Her navigation skills, combat moves and gadgetry have been specifically designed to deliver a fully featured and unique experience.
Advanced FreeFlow Combat – Batman faces highly coordinated, simultaneous attacks from every direction as Arkham’s gangs bring heavy weapons and all‐new AI to the fight, but Batman steps it up with twice the number of combat animations and double the range of attacks, counters and takedowns.
New Gadgets – Batman has access to new gadgets such as the Cryptographic Sequencer V2 and Smoke Pellets, as well as new functionality for existing gadgets that expand the range of Batman’s abilities without adding extra weight to his Utility Belt.
New Story – Five‐time Emmy‐Award‐winner Paul Dini returns to pen a brand‐new story for Batman: Arkham City, taking gamers deep inside the diseased heart of Gotham.
Arkham Has Moved – Following the closure of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison, Gotham’s new mayor, Quincy Sharp ordered the relocation of all inmates to Arkham City ‐ a sprawling new super‐prison five times bigger than Arkham Island, enclosing a wide variety of industrial districts, iconic locations and Gotham landmarks.
Huge Cast of Characters – Players encounter numerous characters from the Batman universe, including Catwoman, Two‐Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and other iconic characters yet to be revealed.
Featured VO Talent – Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.
The Dark Knight Rises...... literallyabelfs | March 24, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »
When you thought that the first Batman was perfect, arrives this sequel and blow out any bad expectations. Batman: Arkham City took everything that made the first game excellent and expanded on it tenfold: brilliant story, improved combat system, a second (even a third) playable character a new range of enemies from the Batman universe, new locations and a new set of Riddler games for collectibles. This game is a great title from 2011 and should be part the collection of any gamer. However, I give it a 80 only for its terrible performance in DirectX 11, a mistake that Rocksteady commit themselves to solve but they haven't... even more than a year from its release!!
Overall a worthy sequel.overburning | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all overburning's reviews »
Batman Arkham City is, in my opinion, simultaneously better and worse than Arkham Asylum. Again it is a very detailed world to explore in, and it is nice that they tied in collectibles with easter eggs. The combat is as good as ever, and the boss fights are vastly improved. Yet the story seems to have suffered due to the open world nature of the game. It is less focused and as a result, the vast cast of villains seemed to have been underutilised, especially if compared to the superb effort of Askham Asylum.
Better than the firstnintendo97 | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all nintendo97's reviews »
Arkham City was an easy contender for last year's GOTY. The new gadget features are brilliant and the combat is as fluid as ever. The story is top notch and the villains, especially the Joker, keep you wanting to play through to the end and beyond.
Amazingandrew1000555 | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all andrew1000555's reviews »
This game is one of the best superhero game you'll ever play. The story is great and the voice acting is 2nd to none.
The amount of side mission also make for a large amount of hours you can spend playing the game.
All in all, it is amazing
Bigger and betterV2lentin | Oct. 23, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »
Batman Arkham Asylum was one of the best super-hero games, but Batman Arkham City is THE best super-hero game. Everything was improved from the original: the graphics, the combat, the sound and the playground is now the city, which is bigger than the old asylum.
The story is one to remember too, with the Joker and Hugo Strange as the main villains, helped by Solomon Grundy, Poison Ivy, Clayface and some others.The Riddler is back too, with more difficult puzzles, involving rescuing his hostages. There are some other puzzles too, that involve unlocking the Riddler trophies and solving some sidequests. A nice adddition is Catwoman as a playable character, which will make a lot of fans happy.
The graphics of the game look amazing even on DX9. At launch, DirectX 11 was available, but it used to cause crashes, so you might be better without it. The sound is also very carefully done, especially the voices of the inmates, that grow scared everytime Batman seems to be in the vicinity.
The combat was improved too, with the addition of some new gadgets, like the freezing grenade or the shock gun. But the stealth approach is the most rewarding, letting you feel the real Batman while you pick off the inmates one by one, listening how their voices grow more and more terrified. One of the best games in the last years for sure, Batman Arkham City shouldn't be missed by any gamer, no matter what.