From the first attempts of creating a videogame revolving around DC Comics’ super hero, Batman entered a downward spiral, and it seemed like it’s only a matter of time before he’ll hit rock bottom, so Arkham Asylum presented the best chance for redemption. It was probably the best video game ever featuring Batman, so Rocksteady seized the opportunity and built on the immersive narrative and captivating gameplay. Batman: Arkham City was initially released for consoles but it is now available on PC as well, proudly inheriting the legacy and further expanding the fan base.
Always outnumbered, never outgunned
Batman: Arkham City has a stirring introduction and the setting will be just as alluring for fans as the storyline itself, because they will feel at home in these familiar surroundings. Playing as Batman is a full time job because Arkham City is populated with many of the villains that the superhero fought in the past, and they are not submissive even in captivity. Rocksteady visibly struggles to put some weight behind all these villains, but with so many of them it is downright impossible to keep everything cohesive.
This doesn’t mean that you will feel like fighting the same guys over and over again, because opponents have special skills and wield different weapons. Comic fans will get the chance of confronting virtually any enemy and see how a duel between Batman and the villain would conclude. Impressive as this might be, it is not everything Batman: Arkham City has to offer, because it also includes Catwoman content. It is more than a diversion and despite the title’s huge replayability, this additional content will add some more hours of gameplay while explaining some events as well.
One run is not enough
After finishing the game, players can choose to perform a second run through New Game Plus, which increases the difficulty without stripping you of the gadgets already collected. Most games are fun to play once, but with Batman: Arkham City it is possible to be just as entertained the second time you cruise towards your goals. If you are still hungry for more, check out the Challenges rooms which pits you against waves of enemies that require both skill and adequate tactics to defeat.
The fast paced action will keep you wired and even if there is room for improvements, the legendary superhero seems to be at last on the right track; the trick is that even if you’re on the right track there’s a good chance you’ll get run over if you just sit there, so only time will tell if Batman has a future. For the moment, it seems like Rocksteady extracted an astonishing amount from the dwindling franchise and laid a strong foundation for future installments.
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I am an avid gamer and a passionate reviewer, with three years of experience in this line of work. I’ve worked for Games32 and during those three years, I’ve written hundreds of previews and reviews for both PC and console games. The website was unfortunately revamped and now offers casual games, but some of my articles still exist on the developers’ websites.
Before working as a game reviewer, I’ve played competitive Starcraft. I won the Romanian Championship 4 times in 8 editions and I won the Balkanic Cup with the national team. I know what gaming is and I can relate to both rookies and pros.