Review: Batman Arkham City



By David Amesse

Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Square Enix (Japan)

Developed by: Rocksteady Studios

Number of Players: single player

Release Date: October 18, 2011

MSRP: $59.99

Rated: T for Teen

For: Contains content that may not be suitable for people 13 and under.

Also Available On: Xbox 360 & PC on 11-15-2011

Rating: 4/5

If you liked BatmanArkham Asylum, then you’re going to love the sequel Batman Arkham City!  This game is awesome!  You return as the cape crusader fighting all the notorious villains and their  henchmen. Their lust for power requires Batman’s undivided attention.

 The reign of Batman’s terror is wide open in this game, there are plenty of side missions and Riddler’s puzzles to keep you busy while trying to achieve your main mission.  There are so many characters from the Batman universe in this game that the development team utilizes these personas to present many challenges and surprises.  There is a constant power struggle that I’ve notice from some of the big players: Two Face, The Penguin, and more.

 Batman has to take on or align himself with some of the these characters to achieve his main goal; to find the Joker.    The scale of this game is gigantic, which is great but can be challenging at times.  Most the landscape looks virtually the same and with no mini map or GPS on the main screen and I have to admit it’s confusing and frustrating, I find myself constantly looking at the map which can be distracting to the overall story.  I can’t stress this enough! (This is a huge disappointment, I was playing this last night and getting really irritated.)  If you setup custom way points there is no way to see if you are on the right path unless you look at the map. This slows down my enjoyment of the game. Maybe it’s just me, but once you play it you might share my pain.   

The story is entertaining so far.  It’s nice to see so many of Batman’s allies and foes all in one place and I enjoyed the interaction you have with them.  The characters outfits are so detailed and you can see patterns and textures., They look remarkable and I want these characters made into figures! ( anybody else thinking Comic -Con?)  To add to the realism, the voice acting is fantastic and majority of the original cast from the first game origniated from the Batman the animated series..

 The cut scenes are pretty cool; like watching a movie full of rich characters and plot points. I’m super excited to know where this story is going and it pulled me in from the start.  I noticed the game keeps a record of the different cinematic scenes but not sure how to access them yet, would like to sit back and watch them one after the other.  One of the best things in this game is the downloadable content. I downloaded the Cat Woman character and her game play gets interwoven with Batman’s story.  I hear they will have other downloadable content including new costumed characters and a new Cat Woman with more missions.

 The actual game play is fun, from start to finish; the combo moves obtained from the first game is where your character starts. Over time, Batman gets new combo moves to help vanquish his countless enemies.   This time around it seems more and more of Batman’s gadgets get utilized. The game has two button configuration layouts, but I’ve only played with one and figured it was good enough.   The buttons are pretty simple: you have your action button, jump, block and aim. Certain button combo’s will allow Batman to use special moves to help take down enemies.  Additional to the button layout is the games overall difficulty.  This cracked me up as I’m not a hard core gamer but I found the difference from medium and hard is vastly different.  This made certain parts of the game really challenging and I had to repeat certain parts multiple times to get past it.  At first I thought this was extremely challenging to the point where I almost started over and played on medium.  ( I didn’t and loving every minute of it.) 

Overall, this is a good game.  I plan on wasting many hours playing with this game, the only down side is I wish they had a multiplayer or co-op aspect to this game.  I think if you pick this game up you won’t be disappointed!

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