Arkham City Gameplay Gallery

To mark the arrival of Arkham City to the GameSpot offices, we pick some of our favorite things in Batman's latest adventure.

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If you've checked out our review, then you know we think Batman: Arkham City is an exceptional adventure game. To celebrate, we've picked out five things that exemplify what's so good about the game.

Free-flow combat is better

The combat in Arkham Asylum was great and gave players a real sense of kicking butt as Batman. Now, the team at developer Rocksteady has improved it even further. More gadgets have been incorporated into combat, allowing Batman to use the grapple hook to pull enemies towards him, or use it to disarm them. Double takedowns, even more brutal use of the environment, and the ability to jump between distant enemies to continue your combo are just a number of new features that make the combat system superior to that in Asylum.

Go anywhere, anytime

Batman is given the freedom to roam anywhere in Arkham City, and while it's not the largest area you've ever had to play with in video games, it certainly ranks among the most atmospheric. You can choose whether to take down groups of thugs, complete side quests, or try to solve the many Riddler challenges that are scattered throughout the world. While travelling around Arkham City, Batman monitors events on the ground through the new surveillance system, and this often leads to exciting side missions.

The glide system has been altered to fit in with the open-world structure, including a new dive-bomb mechanic, which lets Batman plummet towards the ground before swooping and gaining height again. Batman can also use the grapple hook while gliding--and the hook reaches much farther than it did in Arkham Asylum.

More Riddler trophies…a lot more

There are a whopping 400 Riddler trophies in Arkham City. As in Arkham Asylum, it isn't as simple as finding and picking them up, either. There are obstacles that block your path, inaccessible rooms, and even some quasi-minigames, such as manipulating a metal ball through a cage using Batman’s new remote electric charge device. You can also scan Riddler trophies so that they become marked on your map, meaning that it's much easier to keep track of the ones you've spotted but haven't managed to snaffle yet!

Villains! Lots of 'em

The Batman universe holds some of the greatest supervillains in comic book history, and a ton of them have made their way into Arkham City. The Penguin, Bane, the Joker, Victor Zsasz, Deadshot, and Calendar Man are just some of the characters you meet early on in the game. Arkham City is filled to the brim with brilliant baddies, all voiced by excellent actors. Bat fans, prepare to geek out.

Er…you’re Batman

One of the biggest reasons to play this game is that you get to be the Caped Crusader, and you truly feel like you are Batman. Making an excellent superhero game in Arkham Asylum was an achievement, but Batman is even more of a badass this time around. You can find out more about Arkham City by checking out our full video review, which you can find below.

Discussion

19 comments
Swifteagle89
Swifteagle89

Cannot wait to get this! Looks like the game just exudes the Batman atmosphere - awesome! *jumps up and down like a small child*

zahel_krest
zahel_krest

I love how the free flow system makes look choreographed every fight

merigoldsass
merigoldsass

@avatarIVN play it on pc with nvidia 3d vision, graphics maxed out, and phys-x turned on, even though the game is incredible to begin with, playing batman ac like i just mentioned will give you an even better experience. then again not too many people have gaming pcs or think they have to be over $2000 so as usual this game will sell most copies on the console.

4514N_DUD3
4514N_DUD3

I fking luv the graphics! All the villains look sooo sick. I'm scared looking at them.

avatarIVN
avatarIVN

I can not imagine this game been any better than this

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

i am so giggling like a little girl watching this haha :D

crazimax
crazimax

please hire ROCKSTEADY to do a proper spiderman game..u have any idea how cool it would be to do freestyle combo as spiderman?

Gladiator_Sofi
Gladiator_Sofi

there's a strip club on batman's left @00:36 !!!! haven't seen one of those in a batman game before

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

I bet Rocksteady is working on a GOTY edtition right NOW. :P

vanhaver
vanhaver

xXFr34k_0uTXx I couldn't agree w/ you more!!

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

@SeptuagintXXX Hmm, I wouldn't say Dark Souls is a bust. This may be the front runner so far, but in my opinion GOTY won't be released until November 11th. ;)

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

wow, since Dark Souls turned out to be a bust, Arkham City is the new front runner for GOTY.

dbzpranav
dbzpranav

Even glimpses of footage are drool-worthy, this one is my game of the year all the way!

AutomaticASDAN
AutomaticASDAN

The last one should have been called "Er... you're Batman and thats AWSOME!"