Excerpt: Rocksteady Studios learned a lot from its inaugural attempt at crafting an innovative and compelling superhero game in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Some two years in the conceptual and development oven, Batman: Arkham City is sprawling compared to Asylum. The combat is still free-flowing, but with the use of more quick-fire gadgets in brawls, melee feels fresh if not a bit out of control.
Excerpt: “ I’m Batman!” It’s a familiar quote uttered by the Dark Knight in many of his movies and in various DC comics over the years. If you’ve ever been a fan of superheroes, you probably remember the Cowled One uttering this line at some point.
Conclusion: Batman: Arkham City is the second-best superhero game ever made, right behind Arkham Asylum. We recommend this title to any player, even the most casual fan of the Batman franchise. Rocksteady had a winning formula to begin with, didn’t screw it up, and the result is an experience that’s just as fun as the original. If you haven’t found time for this game, or even this series yet, now’s a convenient time to do so, before autumn’s peak gaming season kicks into high gear.
Pros: Just as fun as the original, More techniques and animations for Freeflow combat
Cons: Less compelling set piece than the Asylum, Confusing plot lacks focus
Summary: How good is Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition? So good that the stellar single-player storyline makes me completely forget about the lackluster additional content on disc 2. This may be the most comprehensive version of last year's must-own comic book game, but that doesn't mean that this two-disc package is better! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: How good is Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition? So good that the stellar single-player storyline makes me completely forget about the lackluster additional content on disc 2. This may be the most comprehensive version of last year's must-own comic book game, but that doesn't mean that this two-disc package is better!
Summary: A Batman's work is never done. He may have dealt with the Penguin, Hugo Strange, the Joker, and the other supervillains who plotted schemes within the open-air megaprison of Arkham, but in the wake of those events, a new threat has arisen. For reasons that need no explanation if you've played through the story of Batman: Arkham City , Harley Quinn has it out for Batman in a big way.
Pros: Plenty of satisfying combat and stealthy action, Some memorable new details in the redesigned steel mill
Cons: Interesting story elements are unutilized, Mostly takes place in confined environments, Final boss fight is a dud
Excerpt: Remember when you finished the main storyline in Arkham City ( OXM rating: 10) and wished there was more? Well, be careful what you wish for…you might just get it. In this disappointing downloadable expansion, Joker’s psychotic squeeze Harley Quinn has turned into a murderously mournful moll in the wake of Arkham City ’s conclusion.
Pros: + Hey, it’s more, + Robin is a playable character; offers 250G Gamerscore.
Cons: ? Did Rocksteady include another secret room tipping off the next
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham City Developed By: Rocksteady Studios Published By: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Released: October 18, 2011 Available On: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 (reviewed) Genre: Action ESRB Rating: T for Teen: Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence Number of Players: Single-player only Price: $49.99 new, $39.99 used
Excerpt: With Blackgate prison still out of commission and Arkham Asylum in shambles, former Arkham warden-turned-Gotham Mayor, Quincy Sharp, decides the best course of action is to wall up Gotham's seediest neighborhood and create Arkham City, a sort of Disneyland for criminals. Sharp also decides to appoint Hugo Strange, a criminal mastermind with an unhealthy Batman obsession, in charge, who lets Joker, Two Face and Penguin enter a three-way war for control.
Excerpt: If you were going to design a game, would you rather work with established characters or pave entirely new ground? It’s not a trick question or anything; game producers make these decisions all the time... Batman: Arkham City developers had to take one of the most iconic characters ever and build a game around him. On one hand, it helps when you have almost a century of visual precedent behind you.