Game Review: “Batman: Arkham City”

Well, I finally finished, “Batman: Arkham City” after 2 or 3 months playing it. It was a pretty long game. This is the sequel to Rocksteady’s, “Arkham Asylum”. The sequel here, continues the story from where it left off.

The story is set in “Arkham City” which is a very large prison, similar to “Arkham Asylum” but much larger. Bruce Wayne is arrested by Hugo Strange’s Tyger mercenaries, and forced to be put in imprisonment in, “Arkham City”. Batman learns from Joker’s doctor, that the Joker is sick with a disease that came from the Titan formula that is mutating in Joker’s blood. Batman is sick with the same disease. They must get the cure to get rid of this disease or they will both die.

That’s enough with the plot, on with the game review. As expected, “Arkham City” was much better than the first. It’s a much longer game and more challenging. There are a lot of more Riddler trophies you have to find in this one, however, you must figure out all these difficult puzzles in order to get to trophy. Batman must collect all 400 trophies throughout the game in order to confront, the Riddler.

In this game, you will see some familiar characters: Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Ra Al Ghul, the MadHatter, Calendar Man, Bane, Solomon Grundy, Penguin, Harley Quinn, etc. Quite a lot of Batman villains appear in the game. Calendar Man only appeared in a small cameo though. The Joker, of course, was voiced by none other than the great, Mark Hammill, who did a great job as usual.

When I say this is a difficult and challenging game, I’m not kiddin! The game was a bitch throughout most of it. When you get into combats with the thugs, you get to fight like 10 – 20 guys all at once. The bosses can be pretty hard too. The fighting techniques in the game is more technical then the last game, “Arkham Asylum”. You can do a lot more moves. You have to learn flying techniques as well.

I was very impressed with the game. It’s definitely one of the best games of 2011, that’s for sure. I thought the graphics was insane and the musical score was amazing as well. I did play the Catwoman character, and she is a blast. I hope we get to play her more in the third game.

In the third Batman game, when Rocksteady starts doing one, I hope the next game will actually take place in, “Gotham City”. Plus, I want to control Batman driving the Batmobile or the Batwing, in the next one. Make the next game more like the Grand Theft Auto series, ya know?

As for my, “Best Video Games of 2011” list, it’s still coming. I think I’m only going to give a top 5 instead of a top 10. Because I haven’t played much games in 2011, only like 8 games. I plan to start playing, “Battlefield 3” tonight, and soon after that, “Skyrim”. So after I finish those two games, I’ll have the list up on the blog.

“Batman: Arkham City” was incredible, do yourself a favor and get it soon!



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