posted by Sk0urge (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) Oct 22, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
Have you heard the phrase that goes something like, "Easy to learn, tough to master"? If that phrase applies anywhere it is in Batman:Arkham City.
First, lets discuss the control scheme, a make or break issue for most games. In this case, its freakin' awesome. Even the advanced moves require only 2 or 3 button step sequences to pull off. I found myself in a situation thinking, "I'm gonna jump off this ledge, cape drift, then dive bomb through that wall into the armed thug, then jump and pound him before he knows I'm there", and then pulling it off as planned with ease. The controls are so easy that my girlfriend (a casual gamer) picked up the basics on her own without a complaint....Rare occurence, trust me.
Next, the game design, balance, and scope. At this point I haven't completed the game %100. But my impression so far is that in amount of playable material this game is massive, not only compared to its predicessor Arkham Asylum, but compared to most other games out there. Looking over the city from a high perch you can spot tons of Riddler challenges and as you get deeper into the game the subplots weave themselves into your experience in a subtle natural way. The game pacing in the opening segments is a little slow and left me feeling a little lost to start, but, starting off pursuing the first major story missions quickly got me into a comfort zone with respects to navigation as well as main and sub stories. Also, in the start any thug w/ a gun has the potential to be the man who kills Batman, but you ramp up at a good pace.
Unless the end of this game is one of the greatest failures in gaming history, I would agree that Batman:Arkham City is the top contender for best superhero game ever. Honestly, it is one of the top action/adventure games out there. It brings a similar joy that I've got from playing the Assassins Creed games but with Batman. I've heard of some people having DLC problems but I experienced none w/ a purchased cop
The game starts out with hard hitting action and doesn't let up! Lots of Riddler stuff to do and plenty of places to explore! I'll be spending all weekend on this game! The visuals are absolutely BREATHTAKING! Mad props to the artists for creating a BEAUTIFUL and IMMERSIVE experience! Gameplay is top notch! Fighting system is fluid and flowing like previous game and new style cinematic camera KO's are AMAZING! Voice acting is EXCELLENT! Tons of ambient sounds! Bottom line..if you're not playing this on a 3D 47 inch screen (or bigger) with a 5.1 sound system (Turtlebeach headset is SWEET!) you're really missing out, but you'll love this game even on a 25 inch with stereo sound! Yes it is that AWESOME!