No escape from Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The player assumes the role of Batman for the majority of the game with emphasis on Batman’s combat, stealth and detective abilities.
Is It Worth?
Absolutely. After comics, cartoons and films; Batman has taken over video games!
A little about the Gameplay
After the destruction of Arkham Asylum, the decaying urban slums of Gotham City are turned into a super-prison to hold off the asylum’s dangerous inmates, run by none other than Hugo Strange.
At the very beginning of the game, Batman (as Bruce Wayne) is incarcerated in this “Arkham City”. Here, he must learn the about Strange’s sinister Protocol 10, while protecting innocents from the notorious criminals housed there.
The game offers a much more open world structure than the previous, allowing the player to complete side missions away from the primary storyline. The entire Arkham City is open to the player from the very beginning of the game, allowing the player to travel anywhere within its boundaries.
The player controls Batman and has complete access to his gadgets, some old with added features and others completely new.
The batarang (basically a boomerang) that may be used to stun enemies. A sonic batarang may be used to knock out enemies unconscious. A remote controlled batarang is also provided which may be steered even after the throw.
The explosive gel, which may be used on weak walls and floors, and can be remotely detonated — sending rubble crashing onto an enemy.
The Batclaw – a grappling device — can be used to interact with remote objects such as vent covers or to grab enemies.
The line launcher can be used to traverse horizontal spans.
Smoke pellets may be used to disorient opponents and assist with stealth tactics.
A Remote Electric Charge (REC) gun can stun enemies and temporarily power motors.
Freeze Blast grenades may be used to encase targets in ice and can be used within water to create makeshift platforms.
The Cryptographic Sequencer is used to override security panels, open new paths, or disable various asylum functions.
The Disruptor is able to remotely disable guns and explosive mines.
“Detective Mode” returns with more emphasis on forensic activities.
The game provides a lot of side missions, which amount to more than 15 hours of additional gameplay. These include the Riddler trophies and puzzles, along with certain missions corresponding to prominent characters of the Batman universe. However, the player must make effort to locate them.
After completing the story mode on normal or hard difficulties, a “New Game Plus” mode is unlocked, enabling the player to replay the game with all of the gadgets, experience, and abilities that they have attained; enemies are tougher and the on-screen icon that warns players of imminent attacks is disabled.
Catwoman is a playable character in the game, having her own heist-centered story that ties into the main story. Other characters are also playable, though only in challenge maps, and are available only as DLCs.
1: Written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini with Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill, one of chief attributes that makes Arkham City so special is, unquestionably, its story. The ending will is one of the best I’ve ever encountered in any game. Kudos to the creative team for pulling it off so well.
2: The voice acting is as fantastic as ever. I didn’t even notice that Tara Strong had replaced Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn till I sat down to write this review! Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill hit this one out of the park.
3: They had already covered Victor Zsasz, Bane, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and others in the previous game, but the developers dug deep and brought in new villains to keep things interesting. This is why Batman, as a character, is always commended for his extensive “Rogues Gallery”.
4: Tons of side missions! Really, TONS!!! From completing the main story, to a side mission involving team-up with Bane (yes!) to simply beating creeps in the streets; there is just so much to do in Arkham City! You won’t be done with this game even after you beat it twice.
5: Catwoman as a playable character was an added bonus. The character handles completely different from Batman and is a lot of fun, another credit to the developers.
6: They found a way to make their “Freeflow” combat even more interesting with this one. Not only does the player needs to counter and employ certain tactics to tackle enemies with weapons, but Arkham City emphasizes on the skillful use of gadgetry when Batman’s in a tight spot.
7: Graphics are even better. Arkham City is a place you’ll get lost in!
1: The story does not really cover what lead to the formation of Arkham City. You’ll have to read the comic book miniseries to learn that.
2: Boss fights are not challenging enough.
This is the greatest superhero game ever made. If you look over the little problems, almost everything about thing about this game is perfect. An absolute masterpiece.