When someone plays Batman: Arkham Asylum they cannot fathom how the developers can improve on it developing a better satisfying sequel. Batman: Arkham City makes Arkham Asylum look like a game developed a decade back. I have to commend the developers for coming up with such a unique concept and such beautiful game mechanics.
While a true Batman lover would finally get the satisfaction of becoming the Dark Knight looking over and protecting Gothem a relatively new player would certainly be intrigued on how mysterious and wonderful the world of Batman is. The developers did an excellent job to give the player this experience where you have a map which is over 10 times bigger than what you had in the first game.
There is by far over 40 wonderful hours of game playing. Many improvements to the game dynamic have been done when the control of Batman is smooth and the in game fighting system is much more appealing and realistic compared to many action adventure games. The much more realistic story line gives the player the satisfaction of a perfect action adventure game where even the side missions fit perfectly into the main story line.
Any player who is at first only interested in playing the main story will certainly be dragged into the world of the side missions when you truly get into the feel of the game. This is including finding the Riddler trophies and Riddler secrets hidden all over Arkham City. The more challenging story plus mode opens up once you finish the story the first time. In addition you get to beat up thugs and use the wonderful gadgets in the Dark Knights arsenal in the additional Riddler Challenge quest.
I can?t wait for what the developers have in store for us in the third installment. I see the current Batman line of turning into a 10 year or so franchise.