Developed by Rocksteady Studios, 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. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of ****c characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
Critical feedback has been exceptional for Arkham City, and although Portal 2 holds an equal average on Metacritic this year, reading between the lines in the scope of current reviews, it's easy to see Batman: Arkham City is considered one of the best games of this generation, if not all time.
Here's a sampler of a few of the reviews.
Game Informer - 10
"The best use of a license in the industry's history."
OPM Australia - 10
"One of the best games ever made."
GameMaster UK - 9.7
"Brave, brutal, brilliant - the gold standard by which all future videogames should be judged."
Play Generation - 9.5
"Improves brilliantly on an already great game. A masterpiece not to be missed."
Play3 - 9.2
"The best superhero game ever made."
Giant Bomb - 5/5 Stars
G4TV - 5/5 Stars
Digital Spy - 5/5 Stars
Telegraph - 5/5 Stars
1UP - A
VideoGamer - 10
IGN - 9.5
CVG - 9.5
Gamepro Germany - 9.5
Now Gamer - 9.4
Gametrailers - 9.3
Gamespot - 9
Eurogamer - 9
Wired - 9
OXM - 9
Most reviews can be found on Metacritic in full.
Let's use this space to discuss our thoughts about the game! All opinions are welcome, but please avoid spoilers of any kind, or you'll make me angry :P. I've intentionally avoided posting pictures about possible spoilers, so let's let everyone enjoy this game as they'd like.
Future DLC dated and Priced --
NightWing Bundle ($7) -- Out Now.
The DLC pack will allow players to fight as Nightwing, a.k.a Dick Grayson, with his own unique gameplay and amazing new gadgets. Nightwing is playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Wayne Manor and Main Hall. The pack also contains a bonus Animated Series Nightwing character skin which is can be seen in the trailer.
Robin Pack Bundle ($7) -- Out November 22nd.
If you missed out on the Robin pre-order special, then you are in luck. Fans will be able to purchase the Robin bundle which features the Boy Wonderand is playable in the game's challenge modes including new skins. The Robin skins are: Red Robin, 1960s Robin, and Robin from Batman: The Animated Series. Two additional challenge maps will also be available; Runaway Train and the Slaughterhouse.
Batman Skins Pack ($5) -- Out December 6th
The Skins Pack includes seven skins for Batman and include: 70?s Batsuit, Batman: Year One, The Dark Night Returns, Batman: Earth One, Batman Beyond, Sinestro Corps., and The Animated Series. If you missed out on the pre-order specials, then you will get them all in this bundle pack.
RUMOR CONTROL -- Upcoming Story DLC?
Kevin Conroy hinted earlier in the year about possible story DLC for Batman : Arkham City, claiming that "episodes" were going to be added onto the story well after the final product was released, and rumours have once again resurfaced after one NeoGAF thread pointed to a recent interview in the guardian with Sefton Hill, creative director over at Rocksteady. When prompted about future DLC, Sefton spoke of the expected challenge maps for Robin, but when pressured about if there would be any story DLC, Sefton smiled and said " I don't think I'm allowed to talk about that at this stage."
This corresponds with a quote Conroy was heard giving:
The gaming now is a big, new thing.The thing about Arkham City is that it's going to be an ongoing game. You're going to be able to download future episodes of it, so it's going to be going on for quite a while.I've been recording it for a while. So that will continue.
(Credit: Robot Geek)