E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City E3 Demo Preview

Catwoman was the major reveal for E3, but we also got a glimpse of the eccentric Penguin.

Warner Bros. is proudly showing off Batman: Arkham City at the booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the long line outside proves that fans are excited. The follow-up to the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City looks to be a worthy sequel, taking the caped crusader to the dark rooftops of Gotham City. We already covered most of the E3 demo here in great detail, but Rocksteady Studios wanted to give us a quick look at the Penguin and a chance to show off Batman's new moveset when faced with 30 enemies.

The presentation began with Batman gliding over the seedy streets of Gotham, and then we were introduced to the flirtatious and highly talented Catwoman. While Catwoman will take up only 10 percent of your entire playtime, she's a crafty one and has skills that Batman can only dream of (or about). The demo highlighted Catwoman's pick-pocketing skills and her ability to crawl on ceilings. Her attacks are lethal, quick, and smooth, and she can nimbly drop behind a pair of unsuspecting guards and knock their heads together. She eventually made her way to the prize in the vault and had to make a decision whether or not she would retrieve Ivy's orchid. When this portion of the demo was over, the screen went blank. After a few moments, we heard the maniacal laughter of the Penguin, and we were back as Batman, but inside a rundown building that was decorated liberally with cobwebs. A devious criminal mastermind, the Penguin was in the process of lecturing Batman in what we presume to be his den, the "Iceberg Lounge." Armed with his signature umbrella, Oswald Cobblepot was interested in threatening Batman before unleashing a team of mentally unstable prisoners to take him down.

The purpose of this quick presentation was to show us what Batman was like when faced with a crowd. While Arkham Asylum had a lot of close-quarters one-on-one combat, the dark knight will at times need to face up to 30 or more enemies. In this particular demo, it was limited to 30, and he was able to chain his attacks to clear the room. Each well-timed punch was followed up by a swift kick into someone else, and it just kept going as long as there was someone else within limb's reach. Part of what made the last game so great was the satisfying combat, and Arkham City looks to continue that trend.

The game is set to ship in October of this year for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. In the meantime, check out our E3 live stage show in the video above.

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36 comments
Celerity11
Celerity11

this game is amazing! a sure buy for me

matsterchief4
matsterchief4

This game looks amazing. ive already pre ordered it.

beanofengland
beanofengland

@Kaelken If you played the original game on hard a lot of the visual cues in combat were taken out leaving you to counter attacks for yourself, i'd imagine they would put something similar in this new game too, try playing on hard next time if you think games are too easy and kid-friendly...

brigader
brigader

@kaelken even arkham asylum had the option to turn off all the help indicators...can't argue about the limited maps though

Kaelken
Kaelken

Batman patrols all of Gotham City using stealth, so I spawn in the batcave and take the batplane for a spin doing loops passed the batsignal, right We've got open world crime and traffic, we've got the classic bat-smoke for stealth and the AI responds with fear Wrong. Small, linear maps with timed button smashing in huge neon HUD flashes "PRESS X NOW!!!", then go THERE and press y now. lmao BOOORING, I am an adult dont tell me what to do, thank you

CDtheGAMER
CDtheGAMER

could hav worked on catwoman face!

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

This looks super freaking amazing! I loved Arkham Asylum The same developers should do a Superman game...and Green Latern

gashoe13
gashoe13

This looks teh awesomez! I think it's very likely i'l be playing the game at 3 hours at a time.. even if just for flying around the city.

siarhei
siarhei

First part was great, looking forward to this one!

ampotya
ampotya

I think it will be more exciting than the last part. so bad for me to be in egypt i wish to go to london now to see this awesome games

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

looked better in every way, i like the fact that two face & riddler are actually in the game this time. :) and the detective view mode looked even more epic. and catwoman is well.. uh.... nice. :D

chyng85
chyng85

Cat woman is damn sexy~!

_gamekid_
_gamekid_

Batman Arkham City FTW!!!! GOTY!!!

blackhook001
blackhook001

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blackhook001

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Naxct
Naxct

made ma mind up for what i want first

Joshua_Ex
Joshua_Ex

definitely qualified for pre-order

Darth_Dave
Darth_Dave

Game of the Year already! I am so happy to hear it has no multiplayer, it would completely ruin this game.

Tsuanthony
Tsuanthony

the nerve he has about asking for MP. This game doesn't need MP, not every game needs MP

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

@mariostar0001 : She's a playable character only for 10 % of the game. Thank God...

drswank
drswank

Ryan McDonald's hands need to be tied down. Seriously.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Wait, you can play as Catwoman or something? Most interesting.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Can't wait for the Wii U version.

999realthings
999realthings

Did the dev just said boners she can throw O.o

raimgamer
raimgamer

Sweet. I am looking forward to Mr. Freeze though.

lion222550
lion222550

The citizen he saves at 6:00 was Jack Ryder, the famous Gotham City reporter.

dylan417
dylan417

I want to see more! Never been more excited for a game in my life.