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.
Great Sequel, Maybe not quite as goodHardtarget | June 2, 2013 | See all Hardtarget's reviews »
What a great game. Arkham City takes all of the ground breaking ideas from Asylum and tries to upscale them. A bigger area, more missions, more bad guys, and more crazyness.
It doesn't always succeed but if you liked Asylum than You'll definitely like City. Highly Recommended.
The second best Batman game ever madeartigkar12 | May 28, 2013 | See all artigkar12's reviews »
So this game is the sequel to Arkham Asylum which was the best Batman game ever made (IMO). This game is mostly the same, gameplay wise, as the first game. But it has added a couple of new things, most notably a more open world environment (arkham city has a bigger and more open overworld). This open evironment only comes into play in the outside areas of Arkahm City, but in reality its just a hub where once you enter one of the indoor areas it plays very similarly to how Arkham Asylum does.
This is not a really bad thing though, since they have lots of side missions for you to do outside and gliding around the city is fun in its own way. The other new thing is that you occasionally will play Catwoman who plays a bit differently. She uses a whip to get around places instead of the grappling hook that batman uses.
The game is still the wonderful rhythm based brawler with metroid inspired exploration/progression that the original game was. But honestly this game was a little too much I think, unlike the original I was not compelled to seek out all of the riddler trophies and such. I was content with just finishing the story, which is good and worthwhile playing through. Game doesn't really look much better than the first game, but that is just nitpicky since the original is still quite good looking.
Note: I see that this version doesn't require Steam. With that said the version I played was the steam version, which supports steamworks achievments on top off the GFWL requirement. So you get double the achievments which is kinda funny.
All Good, And Then SomeTurambar29 | May 24, 2013 | See all Turambar29's reviews »
This one is a no-brainer; Arkham City is both an excellent Batman adaptation and an excellent game. Everything to love in Arkham Asylum is back, and there's more of it! The combat is fast, flowing, and incredibly satisfying; the hidden secrets, quests, and extras are both time consuming and rewarding. The devs really know their Batman, and you'll find loving references to just about anything in the lore you can think of hidden here and there. Graphically, the game is simply stunning, with voice-work to match. It's a game that does a little bit of everything, and does it well. Want to be Batman? Now you can, and it's soooo satisfying.
Want to be Catwoman? It's got that, too, and the DLC weaves into the main campaign quite nicely. I have to say that the other DLC options are nice, too; the option to load up Nightwing for the combat campaigns is really appealing for those who, like me, long to see him take front-and-center in a game one of these days!
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.