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! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Summary: The Dark Knight is back and ready to clean up the streets of Arkham City. This time around Professor Hugo Strange, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Ra's al Ghul and even the Joker are ready to rid the city of Batman's meddling. When not battling a non-stop parade of well-known baddies, Batman is piecing together a mystery that will have you guessing until the very end.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: I could go on and on about all the different little things that go into making this an amazing experience, but for attention span’s sake I will instead end with the following thoughts. The formula that Rocksteady started with Arkham Asylum has been all-but perfected in Arkham City. This game hits you hard, hits you where it hurts and leaves you begging for more. This is a game that needs to be in your collection.
Summary: All too often there's a noticeable drop in quality when post-release DLC swings around. With the main development team usually busy on the next big project, it's always left to a small team with limited resources, and the resulting add-on is usually similarly limited in scale and ambition.
Conclusion: Although the Nightwing pack offers a strong, enjoyable, character and some beautifully sculpted maps, the fact it also comes with a 560 MSP price tag is a significant stumbling point. If you’re a fan of Arkham City looking for more, then it’s worth checking out. But for anyone else, the lack of content involved doesn’t quite justify the cost attached to the pack. As such, this is by no means a must-buy.
DLC Review - Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn's Revenge
20 November 2011
Conclusion: Slightly underwhelming and yet infinitely better than all the other DLC put together, Harley Quinn's Revenge is a nice way to round off the Arkham City experience. Rocksteady may have been slightly ambitious trying to squeeze in as much as they have into such a small epilogue, since the whole thing feels like it's trying too hard to do everything the main game did.