Batman: Arkham City is a 2011-released sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, produced by Rocksteady Studios.
I played the Game Of The Year Edition, which is basically the exclusive edition, on PlayStation 3.
This game is like its predecessor, except it’s better in every single way. First off, it is visually better than Arkham Asylum. That may not mean much to a lot of people, but that’s important to me.
Other than that, of course, this game steps it up a notch. Or several.
The story in this game revolves around two plots, the first being Hugo Strange’s mysterious Protocol Ten, and the second, more focused on story, is that The Joker’s Titan toxin from the previous game is killing him. And he has now injected his own blood into Batman. Batman must find a cure for himself, and The Joker, and so has to scour through all of Arkham City over one night. No spoilers.
Arkham City itself is great. It’s an open world, and it’s a decently large one, definitely bigger than the previous game. There are endless side quests and Riddler trophies, so the game is much larger than the main story, which in itself is about eleven hours long. The scale of this story is greater than the previous game, and I certainly think it’s well written. There are even Catwoman missions.
The combat system is great, of course, and the gadgets in this game are a lot of fun. You develop as the game goes along, and Batman is visibly deteriorating.
The story is really gripping, and the gallery of foes is immense. The boss battle with Mr Freeze was actually really hard to beat, and there is a plot twist at the end that changes everything.
In the Game Of The Year edition, there are two extensions to the story, one following where Catwoman goes after the main story, and one following where Batman and Harley Quinn go. They are just as well done as the main story, and are actually great bonuses.
Batman: Arkham City is my favourite game. Everything seems to fit together really well, and it’s so satisfying. Rocksteady set the bar really high with the first game, and raised it by about two or three times as much with this game. I’m currently playing through Arkham Origins, which is produced by another studio, so that review will come later.
Oh, and the ending to the main story in this game is so simple, but so heartfelt and emotional. It was genius. Mark Hamill as The Joker, and Kevin Conroy as Batman, are perfect.
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