Batman Arkham City



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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
"The Best Game Ever!"
5 stars"

Review by Rhiannon on 22nd January, 2013

When I bought this for my boyfriend, I wasn't expecting that I would enjoy playing it to, however I love it! Fantastic game that has both of us anticipating the next. Mark Hamill as the Joker is unbelievable. And let's face it. You can't have Batman: Arkham City without M (ARK HAM) ILL.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
"Na Na Na Na Na Na BATMAN!!!! Awesomely Amazing!"
5 stars"

Review by Harkaran on 30th November, 2012

By far the best game I have ever played. Finished the story twice and still want to play it many more times. Smooth and easy to learn controls. Great Story-line. Amazing dialogues and video cuts. I can basically write an essay on how amazing this game is. A must for any gamer!

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
"Ticks all the boxes"
4 stars"

Review by zane on 2nd December, 2011

Great game, fun and all but missung something. And batman needs to kill people. Whats the point in fighting the same bad guys 10 times

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
"Somewhat flawed, but still good"
4 stars"

Review by David on 24th November, 2011

I played Arkham Asylum, and thought it was fantastic, but I bought it for the low price of $40 and was glad I did not pay any more. I played Arkham City, and thought it was great, but I bought if for $100 and regret it. It is a fantastic game, but even with the side quests and the very time worthy new game plus, it can feel like there isn't enough variety to justify buying it until the price drops a little bit.

As for the actual gameplay, it is very similar and while it takes big leaps forward it often takes small steps back (small steps). The fist fighting, combat, navigation of the world and story have all been improved an incredible amount. But the invisible predator mode and the world itself feel like they took away so much of why they were loved in Arkham Asylum. Some characters are introduced and then disappear after ten minutes, which is disappointing as they are characters that most people would want to see more of. The predator mode no longer makes you feel awesome or stealthy, it feels like mode where you learn the NPC's patrols and rush to set traps and get to areas rather then making you strategically pick them off, it feels disappointing compared to the original.

But fist fighting is much, much better. Gadgets can be integrated into combat both creatively and easily, and it feels like you are being rewarded when you pull of these gadget attacks or string together large combos. Also, you see Batman as much more of a human being, he becomes a much more interesting character to observe then the monotone, always confident and unbeatable character that he was in Arkham Asylum and the game has both a strong opening and finish, even if it falters a bit in-between sometimes.

Altogether, it is a great game and a worthy sequel. I wish it could've been a little bit more then it is, but it still is great for loving fans of the first game and batman in general. The price factor is not as bad when you buy at MightyApe too, which will help you feel like you spent the right amount of money and feel like the game was better overall.

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
"Allsome but dont like the end"
5 stars"

Review by jesse on 17th November, 2011

Haha wot I mean is the end is kool and the game is cool but the end was sad

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
"Smooth gaming"

Review by Tony on 10th November, 2011

Awesome game, nice flow of game play. My copy came in a generic blu ray case instead of an actual ps3 case though. Im not sure if it does that with all Arkham city games or if its just luck of the draw, but the game itself rocks!


Batman: Arkham City isn't just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market.” 9.5/10 – IGN

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.


  • Become the Dark Knight – advanced, compelling gameplay on every level: high-impact street brawls, nail-biting stealth, multifaceted forensic investigation, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman's tortured psychology.
  • Play as Catwoman – she has her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman's story arc. Her navigation skills, combat moves and gadgetry have been specifically designed to deliver a fully featured and unique experience.
  • Advanced FreeFlow Combat – Arkham's gangs bring heavy weapons and all-new AI to the fight, but Batman steps it up with twice the number of combat animations and double the range of attacks, counters and takedowns.
  • New Gadgets – Batman has access to new gadgets such as the Cryptographic Sequencer V2 and Smoke Pellets, as well as new functionality for existing gadgets that expand the range of Batman's abilities without adding extra weight to his Utility Belt.
  • New Story – Five-time Emmy-Award-winner Paul Dini returns to pen a brand-new story for Batman: Arkham City, taking gamers deep inside the diseased heart of Gotham.
  • Arkham Has Moved – Following the closure of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison, Gotham's new mayor, Quincy Sharp ordered the relocation of all inmates to Arkham City – a sprawling new super-prison five times bigger than Arkham Island, enclosing a wide variety of industrial districts, iconic locations and Gotham landmarks.
  • Huge Cast of Characters – Players encounter numerous characters from the Batman universe, including Catwoman, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and other iconic characters yet to be revealed.

Review by IGN

“…Batman: Arkham City isn't perfect, but listing the little things I didn't like gets in the way of all the stuff I adored. The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight – these are the things that standout looking back. I've beaten this thing twice and still want to call in sick and chase Riddler Trophies.
Batman: Arkham City isn't just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market.”

Rating Description
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9.0 Presentation
I think a few villains deserved more attention than they got here, but the story, the setting and the comic nerd love given to this game are awesome.
8.5 Graphics
Some texture pop-in along with iffy lip syncing, but Arkham City looks great in a totally grimy, filthy way. Got to love Batman's costume breaking down over time.
9.0 Sound
Mark Hamill's Joker and Kevin Conroy's Batman are out of this world. A bit too much of the same voice actor for generic thugs. Music and sound effects rock.
9.5 Gameplay
I felt like Batman – that's awesome. The majority of stuff will feel familiar, but from gadgets to gliding it’s been tweaked and improved.
9.5 Lasting Appeal
You need to play the game twice. Then, there are the side missions, the Riddler Challenges, the challenge maps and whatever DLC Rocksteady whips up.
(out of 10)

Release date NZ
October 21st, 2011
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