so tempting to just button mash, i love the game but maybe the combat could be improved in some way in the next one to make it more... challenging?
Batman: Arkham City Review
Batman: Arkham City's irresistible world, joyous movement, rewarding combat, and varied side quests make it an exceptional adventure game.
It's not all about combat in Arkham City, though. Far from it. One of the greatest joys of the game is the act of moving around its open world. The grapnel gun made getting around enjoyable in Arkham Asylum, but Arkham City, with its numerous buildings to grapple onto and soar off of, is a veritable playground. You can zip up to ledges and rooftops with the push of a button, and you can leap off these surfaces as well, using your cape to glide through the air. Once you get the hang of generating momentum with your dive-bomb move, you can soar through the city, diving and climbing like a roller coaster. It's an exhilarating way to travel. And if, as you're flying high above the streets, you spot a group of thugs and fancy a fight, it's easy to plummet straight down and plant your boot in a goon's face.
Arkham City also acknowledges that Batman's brains are at least on par with his brawn. Occasional clever environmental puzzles, such as a situation involving a pool of water covered in thin ice, frozen cops who need to be saved, and a giant, deadly shark, require you to make smart use of your gadgets. More significantly, the Riddler returns to torment Batman, and he has stepped up his game considerably. As in Arkham Asylum, Riddler trophies have been placed throughout Arkham City. Some of these collectibles have been hidden in the city's nooks and crannies, and if you locate them, you can simply pick them up. However, in many cases, the trick is not locating them, but figuring out how to get them. There are Riddler trophies in plain view all over Arkham City, but they're enclosed in cages, and to retrieve one of these, you must figure out how the mechanism for that particular cage works. There might be a series of switches on a nearby wall that need to be triggered in a particular order. Or it may be a test of agility, with a switch that opens a gate some distance away that you have only a short time to reach before it closes. Some of these puzzles are surprisingly tricky, but there's always a discernible logic that makes working out the solutions rewarding. And in a nice touch, you can mark the location of trophies on your map so that if you can't figure out how to get one at the time, you can easily come back to it later.
In addition to his trophies, the Riddler has a new set of environmental riddles for you to solve. Some of these take the form of questions or statements, such as "Do you have Strange thoughts? Maybe you should seek help?" and "I am an actor who can transform a film with the final cut. Who am I?" Answering these requires you to locate the sign, storefront, or other environmental detail that contains the answer. The richness of the world already makes exploring it a pleasure; tracking down these solutions makes doing so even more engaging. Each of these that you solve unlocks an Arkham City story, which offers some textual background on the people associated with that particular riddle, deepening the neighborhood's sense of history. The Riddler's perspective puzzles also make a comeback. These are question marks painted in the environment that need to be viewed from just the right place to appear correctly. Working out the proper vantage point from which to solve these puzzles is as enjoyable as ever.
Solving these conundrums doesn't just reward you with a job well done. This time around, the Riddler has kidnapped hostages and placed them in riddle rooms throughout Arkham City, and the only way to get the locations of these rooms is by completing enough of the Riddler's challenges. And this is just one of the numerous side quests you have the option of pursuing or ignoring during your time in Arkham City. You'll almost certainly want to complete many of these, though. These engrossing quests often make great use of villains from the Batman comics who don't play a role in the main quest, and they have their own story arcs that are worth seeing through. They're also fun to play. There are strings of murders to investigate that have you analyzing crime scenes, following bullet trajectories and trails of blood. There's a madman who forces you to race across town to answer ringing pay phones before time runs out and he kills a hostage. There are innocent political prisoners who need your help. And much more.
If you buy the game new, you receive a code that gives you access to Catwoman. (If you don't have the code, you can purchase one in the game's online store.) If you have this content loaded onto your console, the story will occasionally switch to Catwoman. The paths of the two characters occasionally intersect, and if you have the Catwoman content, her occasional interludes offer some illumination on how she gets into the situations in which you encounter her as Batman. Playing as Catwoman is enjoyable; she has just enough abilities that are unique to her to make her feel distinct from Batman, while controlling similarly enough to feel immediately familiar. She can cling to certain ceilings and use her claws to scale walls, and her caltrops and bolas can be used in combat to trip and immobilize enemies. You spend only a short time playing as her during the main story, but once that's complete, you can switch between Batman and Catwoman at any time, and she has her own objectives and challenges to complete, and her own set of Riddler trophies to collect.
Once you complete the main story, you unlock the new game plus option, which lets you carry over your upgrades but also makes your life more difficult; you have to do without the helpful lines that appear in combat informing you that an enemy is about to strike. But once you've spent that much time with the game, you'll likely be ready for this challenge. And, as in Arkham Asylum, there are a host of challenge rooms that test your skills both in all-out combat and in stealth situations. Some challenges take the form of small campaigns that alternate between combat and stealth scenarios. Each campaign assigns you an assortment of modifiers and requires you to use each of them once. One modifier might benefit you, perhaps giving you regenerating health, while another might benefit your enemies, perhaps giving one a protective aura that prevents him from taking damage. These modifiers, and the tactical process of applying the detrimental ones to the easier scenarios and the beneficial ones to those scenarios you might have a tougher time with, make these campaigns feel distinctly different from the encounters you have during the story.
But more than anything else, it's your adventures and explorations in the city of Arkham itself that make this game extraordinary. The game's boss fights look dangerous and spectacular, but they're disappointingly easy, and on occasion, context-sensitive actions may thwart your efforts. You might intend to evade an enemy attack, for instance, but instead your button press makes Batman slowly disable some device as bullets are shredding your health. But these criticisms are nitpicks in a game that does so much so well. From the speedy exhilaration of soaring high above the streets to the atmospheric thrill of discovering long-forgotten secrets in the tunnels below Gotham, this is an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you've seen the credits roll.
hated this game at first, the story and writing in general are not nearly as good as Arkham Asylum and the overheard thug dialogue is cringingly bad, that said it really grew on me and by the time i'd finished up the main quest it was one of my favorite games ever
@wavelength121 Yes to all of that except I don't 'hate' the game, and it never grew on me.
Without hyperbole, this is one of the greatest games of all time. It's so impressive it almost singlehandedly got me back into gaming after years of neglect.
The control system is stupidly responsive, the combat can be simple or complex as you prefer, flying endlessly without touching the ground using the grapnel is incredible, the story is pretty good, most of the music is cinematically epic, Mark Hamill as the Joker is just hilariously brilliant...THERE IS SO MUCH TO LOVE HERE. And I've barely scratched the surface.
I think what makes this work is the mixture of all genres - it has elements of Metal Gear style stealth, Gears Of War cover shooter movement in combat if you play that way, light RPG elements in the questing for Riddler trophies and experience points for levelling, and of course top notch action-adventure staples done to perfection.
Get the GOTY edition with all the extra DLC and most of the extra costumes on board, it is the definitive edition. Now prepare to lose several weeks of your free time becoming the Dark Knight.
Best played in a pitch black room as late at night as you can handle for full effect. :D
You never see them make a Superman, Wonderwoman, or Flash game this good, that is why batman is the best, his story is so rich and deep that you can keep going and going with stories where games, movies, comics, books, and you own imagination can keep it moving forward and still make it good.
I didn't know Batman was so fantastic 'til I played this game , I've even became a fan of this game :D !
I agree with you Oscred03! I think they should make a game like Batman Arkham City, but from Jokers view. I'd get that game in a snap. Because you never really realize how hard it is to be on Jokers side unless you play this game.
I think the people that made batman should make a game where you are joker and you have to find a way to capture batman.
Bueno, but i dont think they could make it long enough unless you enjoy capturing batman, getting the crap beat out of you, break out of jail then repeat, over and over until batman finally kills you or something. But your idea could make an extremely entertaining DLC pack, i would definately download that.
i think the people who made batman should make a game where you are joker an d you try to find batman
Devoid of my opinion on this game, all I'll say is that I hope when a sequel comes out (as I hope there will be), it'll be on next gen consoles. The most recent Unreal Engine 4 being used on it would be nice, and expected.
This is a great game and i love the GOTY edition of the game i recently got. I honestly don't want another sequel right away though, instead i think Rocksteady would do a great Green Arrow game. Just imagine, as mayor of his city Oliver Queen wants to ship out all the major criminals, only to have them broken out by someone like Deathstroke, and have the city on lockdown and have him to battle a rouge war that pops up to take advantage of the situation. Now that would be a fun game, using trick arrows, stealthy take down enemies, make me a Green Arrow game Rocksteady!( with a Geoff Johns written story) and make it as good at Batman Arkham Asylum/City.
I have a normal 2DTV and i cant play batman arkham city(XBOX 360) , i only get a word "disc is not supported" , i went to the display setting but the first choice (HDTV setting) is not available i cant click it at all , can someone help me please? i dont mind to play in 2D or 3D but i just want to play the game ...
Excelent game -great. To many riddler trophies(and some frustrated). But any frustrated boss fights, thats good :0)
Great game. I wish they made Catwoman playable without having to purchase a redeem code. I bought a 2nd hand copy. *sigh* Well...that's life.
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