An Addictive, intelligent and fun take on the Batman Comic.
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
I have only played the stories of both Arkham City and Asylum and both games where fantastic rides from start to finish. They seamlessy integrated an imaginative story into an open world map with plenty to explore and much to do. Arkham City is the continuation of Arkham Asylum and if you played the original, you would have found the secret room in the warden office that led to this game and im not sure if there is a secret compartment that will lead to another sequel but there are plently of hints from lots of characters in this game. On top of the impressive main narrative there are lots of subquests involving alot of the main cast from Batman and many of his major bad guys return.
The story in this game is that the Warden from Asylum became mayor of Gotham City and expanded the Asylum into a major portion of the city and made it a prison called Arkham City hence the name of the game. Well Hugo Strange has been made chief warden with a potent police force, Tyger, in charge of it. Bruce Wayne headed a campaign to stop it but was pulled into it thats how it starts. I cant talk about everything but there are plenty of characters that you will not be able to stop playing from the start.
The selection of gadgets here are increased, you start with about 75% of the gadgets you earned from asylum and you earn plenty new ones like a freeze grenade that can turn small portions of water into moveable blocks that you can steer by pulling on certain latches, since the dark knight cant swim go figure. The city has plenty of memorable locales like a police station, court house, steel mill, church and museum. Another change is that there are plently of baddies here to keep you active unlike in Asylum where after you beat most of the bad guys there werent anyone else to fight and have fun just crazies who would go down in like one hit, here you have plenty of baddies to beat up and every position respawns new ones to beat up and the riddler makes a return with a revamped system for his trophies and riddles plus he makes a game of it where you have to complete a number of them to save hostages. There are other characters that have side missions like zsaz and deadshot though these games are small side quests that are interesting.
Overall, this is a well thought out game that brings a lot to the table and executes them perfectly. There are some issues with the system, like making one button have too many functions causes problem in small situations but its overlookable, the use button is also a dodge and walk on object button and it causes some problems though minor. I say if you like batman or like open world games play this and if you havent played arkham asylum you dont need to but it gives you a background to the titan side quest with Bane and the cause of the Jokers ailment play both.
Fixed the few problems I had with the first, While providing another wonderful Batman Experience.
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
As Good as the first one, While still feeling fresh. The Story is full of excitement, surprises, and challenges. So many Easter eggs and extras to do it can be addictive. The game play is on point, The combat feels so tight and intuitive that you can feel each punch and verges on the tight controls of a fighting game. While the controls are tight, they are also basically simple allowing for a novice player to pick up the game fairly easily.
The World of Arkham City is vast and impressive, transitioning throughout the world feels real, and is not hindered by any graphical limitations. The game provides great characters, a wonderful soundtrack, and great animation. Some of the effects seem dull compared to the vivid surroundings but it all comes together in a wonderful package.
Its great, most people will tell you. So whats wrong with the game, or what might a person not like. There is a complete lack of multiplayer. You still find your self using the Detective mode as a crutch, and makes you miss some of the beautifully rendered Scenes in the game. If you hate puzzles and challenges then you won't enjoy much past the basic story.
Still a great game that challenges you to be the Batman.
Batman Arkham City fixes most of the problems with Batman: AA and enhances what was already there.
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"
Hi I'm here to tell you what I thought of Batman: Arkham City.
Graphics: this game looks about the same as AA. That is to say, fantastic. The animations are amazingly smooth, the character models look great, the environments are varied and well designed, everything about this game looks spectacular. The framerate rarely ever falters, either, which is pretty mind blowing considering how good looking it is. I have only ever run into about three framerate drops in my time with the game. Also, I think the environments are better in this game than in AA. Arkham City is, well, a quarantined part of a city and it is really convincing. Everything is trying to show its former glory, but the decay and neglect that have been delivered unto them by the inmates shows through. Overall, this is another amazing looking game that is also very polished. 10/ 10
Sound: Just like the first, Batman AC features some spectacular sound quality. The voice acting is absolutely top notch (the new actors for characters like Penguin, Two Face, Catwoman and Alfred the Butler are perfect.) And, just like last time, Mark Hammil steals the show as Joker. The sound effects are also very well done; punches feel like they pack a lot of power, breaking bones sound extremely painful, guns are great, etc. The music is also very well done, with a cool orchestra playing in the background. There really isn't a bad sound in the game. However, like the first game, the music never really comes into the forefront. 9/ 10
Story: Ever since the Arkham Asylum incident, the prisoners of that place have been relocated into a quarantined section of Gotham City, dubbed Arkham City. (Surprise surprise.) This is an immoral and dangerous practice; the inmates are basically left to fend for themselves, and it's a lawless place. Three Super Villains have taken pieces of the city for themselves and formed gangs. (Two Face, Penguin and the Joker.) There are gang wars, often resulting in many deaths. To top it all off, people who are speaking out against this super prison are being thrown into the city themselves. Bruce Wayne is at the forefront of this ant Arkham City movement, and gets arrested during a public speech he was giving. After being thrown into the prison, being taken hostage by Penguin and his gang, he fights his way to the (relative) safety of a rooftop where he calls Alfred to send him his Batsuit. After getting it, he sets out to find out what exactly is going on in the city. There are many interesting turns, one of which is Joker forcing Batman into helping him find the cure for his Titan caused illness. (Joker is in a really bad state right now.) The story is very enjoyable, and there are some great characters being put to use here. For instance, the Penguin is a bad guy that you love to hate. He is cruel, unrelenting and a complete scumbag. The fact that you hate him shows how well done the characters are. Aside from the main conflict, there are many side stories involving other characters from Batman's past, but I won't give any away for the sake of spoilers. There is also an extremely dark atmosphere in the game. Like in the first game, the violence onscreen is basically bloodless, but there are many references to some really heinous acts being committed. For instance, in Penguin's "collection" of trophies (people he has killed) you see a skeleton that you are told is a person who tried to steal from Penguin and ended up spending four hours in a hot oven. There are many, many references to disturbing acts such as these. Overall, the story is quite enjoyable. 8/ 10
Gameplay: There are many changes and tweaks made to this game, and it pays off; this is a better game in just about every way over its predecessor.
For one, the environment is much more well done, I feel. The city is pretty sizeable, and allows for much more freedom than in the first. There are also many more interesting places and things to see, with some neat little Easter eggs. (You can actually visit the area that Bruce Wayne's parents were killed at.) The environments are a lot more fun to explore and the movement is also better. Using an upgrade called the Grapnel Boost that you get fairly early on, you can propel yourself into the air with your grappling hook and glide around, covering a lot of distance in a little bit of time. This is a really neat way to get around, and is much more interesting than all the running around you did in the first game.
There are also new gadgets to get, as well as some new uses for the old ones. One of my favorites is a Shock Gun, which fires electric projectiles. This can be used to power up generators, or on enemies to make them spaz out. Returning ones, like the Batclaw, also have new uses. For instance, during stealth sequences, you can use the Batclaw to potentially pull an enemy over the side of a railing, instantly incapacitating him. Or, in the case of the Remote Controlled Batarang, there is a new upgrade that allows you to throw a Batarang that loops back around to hit an enemy. New moves like this make the gameplay really open ended during parts where you're in combat or you're sneaking around. There is never one solution to how you can take out a group of enemies. For the Riddler Challenges, your moves will be put to the test. There are some tricky puzzles, and you'll have to dig deep and think carefully about what to use.
Speaking of Riddler, there are numerous changes to finding his Trophies. They are almost never just lying around out in some hidden area. More often than not, they are set up in contraptions that require you to use your wits. In the first game, finding the Trophies was more like an elaborate scavenger hunt. In this one, it is an elaborate set of mini puzzles. Aside from that, there are new challenges to do, mostly movement based ones. For instance, one of them requires you to glide 150 meters without use of the grapnel boost. Another requires you to trip three enemies by sliding into them. (That's another new move for you to do.) These add some welcome variety. Also new are the Riddler Hostages. After finding or beating a certain number of Riddler challenges, you will get an Enigma Cube. He will give you a riddle, and you must put together the word that completes it by turning gears in the cube. This will give you the location to a Riddler Hostage. When you arrive at the scene, you must save the person who was kidnapped from an elaborate death trap. These are also pretty tricky, but can be overcome with some ingenuity.
However, Riddler isn't the only villain running around Arkham. There are numerous sidequests for you to undertake that involve some super villainy outside the main story. These are varied and fun. For instance, in one of them, you must track down a killer by running to a ringing telephone somewhere in the city. In another, you must trace a bullet's trajectory from a crime scene to find out who is murdering political prisoners. In another, you fight in a creepy psychological realm. These all have welcome variety.
The boss battles are also improved from the first. In the first game, there were only really three types of battles. In this one, each battle is unique and more well done. Each one has a pattern for you to learn. The key to overcoming them is to find out what they are vulnerable to.
There are also more combat options for you to choose from. All of the moves from the first game are here, with all new ones added in. For instance, one move allows you to, after building a big enough combo, disarm and break a weapon an enemy is holding. You can also counter multiple attacks at once. (Which looks pretty damn cool.) Most of the new gadgets you get can be quick fired during combat as well. The same precise timing is required, and it's very satisfying to build up a large combo. Once you get into a steady rhythm, you will really feel like Batman.
The stealth sections are also made more complex. As the game progresses, enemies get new tricks, such as sniper rifles and night vision goggles. These really add a new layer of strategy to the game, making for some great set piece battles. As mentioned earlier, your gadgets can also be used to help you dispatch your foes. Like combat, there are numerous ways to take down your foes in these situations.
In addition to the lengthy campaign, there are new Challenge Maps and Campaigns to do. The Maps play like the old ones, and they are just as addictive. Earning Medals will most likely become your obsession for a little bit. The Campaigns are a series of challenge maps that allow you to add Challenge Modifiers to it, really making for some unique challenges.
The gameplay is a significant step up from what was already a great formula. 9/ 10
Batman Arkham City is a sequel done right. There are numerous improvements and additions, both big and small. The Riddler Challenges are much more fleshed out, the combat is more open ended, as well as exploration. This is on top of having some awesome graphics, great sound, and a great story. Batman AC is one of the best games of 2011, and is most definitely worth your time and money. So long and thanks for reading.
Batman: Arkham City was long anticipated. And for good reason: BATMAN HAULS A**.
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
Batman: Arkham City is the much anticipated sequel to 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum. All the inmates from Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum have been relocated to Arkham City: A huge chunk of Gotham City isolated from innocent society. When trouble arises, who comes to the rescue?
Batman. The Dark Knight.
And Batman hauls a**.
This game is explosive. The map is huge. I spent probably an hour just gliding and grappling around exploring the city. The subway and Wonder City freak me out, but that's just more map and more amazingness. There are prisoners everywhere, and kicking their a**** is incredibly fun. Even the innocent ones, who just stand around complaining can be Glide Kicked, Drop Attacked, clotheslined, punched, kicked, flipped, and slammed. And the graphics are ASTOUNDING. I bow down to the gods of graphic design. Everything is B-E-A-utiful, from Harley Quinn's destroyable intercoms to Batman's suit (which gets more and more screwed up as the game progresses.)
The plot is even better. It probably took me about five-seven hours to complete the main campaign. Along with that, there are what seem like a million side missions you can work on, still while hunting down Ras al Ghul or on the way to kick Penquin's a**. I'm still working on solving all 440 Riddler challenges, which go from ridiculously easy to ripping-my-hair-out hard. Along the way, there are plenty of inmates to beat down if you just wanna get some bonus exp. or stop hearing them talk about the fact that it's so cold.
Most people don't stop to notice, but the score from this game was fantastic. The music always fit the scene, no matter where I was. Also, the cutscenes, though not the most stunningly animated, are intriguing, sometimes comedic, and sometimes quite scary.
The villians in this game are many. Here's a list: Deadshot
Harley Quinn (I don't know if she counts.)
Ras al Ghul
Riddler (For me, creepiest villian in the whole game.)
With special appearances by:
Scarecrow (His cameo is really hard to find.)
Calender Man (I don't know if he's really a villian, but he sure is creepy.)
The Waynetech system offers an incredible amount of suit upgrades, gadgets, and technology. The Batarang and Grappling Hook are still around, but you've also got stuff like the Remote Electrical Charge gun, a Cryptographic Sequencer, and a Disruptor that remotely blows up mines and renders machine guns useless.
If you buy this game new, you get the Catwoman DLC for free. People buying the game used can also get this, but must purchase at their own expense. Not only is Catwoman HOT, but she kicks a** too. Her missions include breaking into Hugo Strange's vault (where you are provided with an alternate ending) and beating the s*** out of Two-Face. As Catwoman you will also meet Poison Ivy. I haven't had the chance to try out the Robin or Nightwing DLC packs, but in the main Batman campaign Robin has a cameo.
Also assisting Batman are Oracle, Alfred, and - for a brief period - Talia al Ghul and Mr. Freeze.
Outside of the main campaign there is so much content my brain just about exploded. I believe there are something like 108 challenge campaigns for Batman and the same amount for Catwoman. There is also concept art and character models unlocked when you solve Riddler challenges and collect the trophies. The game also offers New Game+ mode. You may only access this after beating the main campaign. You will be able to keep all your upgrades and gadgets, but the villians/inmates are harder to defeat, the counter icon disappears, and more people have machine guns.
All in all, this game kicks a**. Everything about it is fantastic, minus the Two-Face battle as Catwoman, which is insanely hard and had me cursing everytime I got shot down. You NEED to buy this game. Right now. Go. Do it! You'll have a hell of a time.
Arkham City is just plain amazing, it is dazzling and beautiful, a monster of a sequel to Arkham Asylum but much better.
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
Arkham City is awesome, you can do so much in it. Just about everything in the game is awesome, the story, the graphics, the characters, everything. Arkham City is so big and so full of challenges that you will want to spend a lot of time in the city and the story is terrific too except there are a bit too many villains and it can get a little confusing because of this but it is no big deal. The other problem is that the graphics have some flaws but minor ones. The gameplay is great as Batman is a monster of a combatant that easily decimates his foes. The boss fights are a bit easy but no problem. Also the Riddler challenge Maps are entertaining to do and will keep you busy and entertained as well. The Catwoman DLC is awesome too as she performs admirably as the star of her show, just not as in depth as Batman's. New Game Plus is a nice addition that makes you feel like Batman and it is great. Overall, Arkham City is an awesome game that is probably the game of 2011. 9.5 out of 10