Batman: Arkham City Review

2 November 2011
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Batman Arkham City Review

The caped crusader is at it again this time around does Batman save the day or have the crazies run riot? Let’s find out in my Batman: Arkham City Review.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix (Japan)
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Xbox 360
Release dates: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 AUS October 17, 2011, NA October 18, 2011, EU October 21, 2011, JP November 23, 2011, Microsoft Windows NA November 15, 2011, EU November 18, 2011, Wii U NA 2012
Genre: Action-adventure, beat ’em up, stealth
Mode: Single-player
Ratings: ACB: M, BBFC: 15, ESRB: T, PEGI: 16, USK: 16+

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  • Batman: Arkham City is third-person Action-Adventure game that delivers an authentic Dark Knight experience rooted in an original and engrossing story as well as a combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. A sequel to 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City features the full range of classic enemies seen in the previous game, in addition to Catwoman, who is a playable character and has her own storyline in the new release. Additional features include: a range of new gadgets, an increased number of possible melee opponents and a range of movement options for Batman that include leaping, sliding, gliding and the grapple hook.

    So let’s get into Batman’s dark world in my video review.

    Key Game Features:

    • Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman’s tortured psychology.
    • Play as Catwoman with her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman’s story arc.
    • Experience advanced freeflow combat as Batman’s melee abilities ratchet up to match that of AI enemies.
    • Put new gadgets, and new functionality for existing gadgets to work that expand the range of Batman’s abilities.
    • 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 others.

    And now lets see the scores.

    Graphics: 8

    It’s dark and grimy, hot and sweaty, freezing cold and wet all of these things spring to mind when you play Batman Arkham city because the graphics do an awesome job of making you feel the part so much you can almost taste the fear.
    Character models are very well rendered and apart from the occasional loading slow down sometimes (playing on PS3) everything looks superb if not a little crazy.

    Gameplay: 8

    Batman’s back with a whole new bag of trick to take on the bad guys with and I had a blast playing with my old school fave the batarang once again, most of the gadgets serve a purpose and often become part of the solution to the many puzzles in the game, and if that wasn’t enough to convince you, you also get to play as Catwoman and go for a more agile approach.

    Combat can sometimes get a little tricky in heated battles but other than that fantastic gameplay with controls that suit very well.

    Sound: 9

    I was lucky enough to recieve the OST from Arkham City with my review copy and the first thing I did was jam it high volume with tons of well-known bands playing some dark and moody track the game’s sound score is almost perfect. For sake of the review I’ll just give you a teaser of the first 5 tracks listed, Panic at the disco- Mercenary, Coheed and cambria-Deranged, The Duke spirit-Creature, Black Rebel motorcycle club-Shadow on the run, Blaqk Audio-Afterdark.

    3D: 8

    I only managed to get about 20 mins of the game in 3D due to writing the review so quickly after playing but needless to say it was very crisp and clean with great levels of depth if maybe sometimes a little dark but I’m sure I could have tweaked that out with the games settings options.

    Overall Fun-Factor: 8

    There won’t be “holy cow Batman” in this edition following on the Dark Knight version of batman with the absolute menace and mental nature of your foes Arkham City is dark and you can almost smell the evil coming from your enemies but you are Batman and you feel that (and don’t worry girls I didn’t forget you can play as Catwoman, that’s just an added bonus) on the whole a great game for fans and new comers alike with its blend of stealth, puzzles and combat.


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    • joe

      I love that a lot of new games have a 3d mode for 3d tvs!

    • I’m not too much of a fan of 3d, before you know it it will be a price tag added to it

    • Roshaan

      I agree with everything. Sound and reasonable judgement. However, I’m not a fan of the new Character Bio’s. I mean they do give the facts but the Character models are rendered as they’re in the game, and not as they’re in the comic books like Arkham Asylum. The comic sketched profiles looked better than these new made models, but this is just a small spec on the window of Arkham City’s full review. 😉

    • Anonymous

      im getting it tomorrow and i cant wait but have been for bout a year

    • Many of the same aspects in Arkham City were also present in the original, even though this title adds a lot of new stuff, much of it is going to feel quite familiar to fans who played the first one. I found out about this game when I was visiting a friend and co-worker of mine from DISH and he highly recommended it to me, so I added it to my Blockbuster@Home queue. I started playing and the unfortunate problem that many sequels have is they tend to just redo the original, but it’s a relief that the developers took the time to give us a whole new location and mission structure rather than just retread the path of the original. Once it arrives in my mailbox, I’ll play it for a while and judge for myself if it’s worth buying.

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