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.Read full description
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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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Batman Arkham Asylum is an odd animal. As a game, its mechanics and gameplay are well put together and very well tuned, but the game replies on repetitive scenarios too much and and is restrictive in that it presents to you way too many "really, its not gonna let me do that...i'm freaking batman!" moments. The story is pretty decent, and the sound and graphics are good. It definitely looks the part. If you are a hardcore batman fan, then of course this is a must have game, but if just a superhero fan in general, maybe or maybe not. Also of note, the Harley Quinn DLC that comes with the GOTY edition is terrible. It feels like the developers just thought about 10 things that they had you do in the main game that they liked and decided to have you do them again for DLC. I felt like I was just replaying parts from the main game. So this game is ok, but nothing you will come to adore.
Batman: Arkham City is a worthy sequel to Asylum, and a great game per se. Instead of being confined on the Arkham Island, this time you're cast into a fortified portion of Gotham City known as Arkham City - a huge, open air prison. The plot is your usual find-an-excuse-to-include-all-the-Batman-villains-in-one-story fare, but the acting is supreme, one of the best I've seen in recent games. While Arkham City plays almost exactly as its predecessor, the downloadable content now included in the GOTY Edition adds a lot of stuff to do if you're a completionist or just enjoy the stealth and combat mechanics you're by now familiar with. I've put twice as many as hours in this game than I did in Asylum, and I still haven't got 100%. For the price it goes for, Arkham City is a great game and will provide you with a lot of hours of fun.
Arkham City far exceeds Arkham Asylum in every possible way. From including a huge part of Gotham City, to including a massive lineup of Batman's enemies, from the better known to the lesser known, AC really took Batman to the next step in terms of gameplay and storytelling. It was awesome that they added Robin and Catwoman as playable characters too, though they all played more or less the same. Grappling around the city was so fun you didn't even care that there was still no Batmobile to ride around in, though you could teleport to various parts of the city via cutscenes of the Batplane once you secured the radio towers. AC was darker in tone and far larger than anything in AA, and Rocksteady really showed that they could handle the pressure of not only repeating their success, but far exceeding it. Like the first game, you could free roam the entirety of the game in search of easter eggs and Riddler trophies, and some of the puzzles were very fun and challenging to figure out. Definitely a must play for anyone. This edition comes with all the DLC so you get a few more hours of side stories and some more challenge maps.
Arkham City improves on every aspect of its predecessor, except for the story. While Asylum had a tightly-woven incredibly compelling narrative, City falls short due to an incoherent and bizarre turn of events with a forced traumatic event at the end to top off the story. Rocksteady tried to hard too impress, and ultimately just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Otherwise, the Catwoman segments were a blast exploring Arkham City and gliding around never became stale. A very good game, but the story has a lot to be desired.
After playing Arkham Asylum, I thought no other sequel could top the original. I was wrong, Arkham City improves in almost every way. The dark atmosphere, intense and interesting storyline, memorable characters, fast and fluid combat, great visual art style and sound design, great level design, and the many things that are guaranteed to please comic fans are all things that make this one of the greatest games of all time. Even if you aren't a comic/superhero fan, this along with Arkham Asylum are must have games.
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