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A worthy successor to Arkham Asylum

posted by shirahadori (VACAVILLE, CA) Nov 10, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I think it would be a fit comparison to say this game managed to do what Uncharted 2 did as a sequel. This game improves literally every possible aspect from the original that it's hard to find things that are wrong with it.

First off, the gameplay is where this really shines. Freeflow perfection is the only thing you can call it. It just moves so smoothly between bad guys, and racking up combos with all your different gadgets on different kinds of enemies is very satisfying. Stealth is also very heavy in this title, as was in AA. The other part of gameplay is the travel system. Flying through Arkham City is quite awesome, if I do say so myself. The inclusion of the Grapnel boost is definitely a bonus however, as the citys size can be quite daunting when racing against the clock for certain objectives (mostly sidequest things).

Which brings me to my second topic. The side quests. There are a lot. I mean- a lot- of extra things to do post / mid main story. The Riddler trophies may seem a bit unnecessary however, but at least there is a little bit more to it than just the trophies now for Riddler's character. The cast of characters is quite impressive, and most of them you will not even see if you do not take on the side quests, which is a little unfortunate.

That brings me to the main story itself. It's pretty good. But that's all I can say, really. I was not blown away by it, but it did keep me very interested throughout to see how it would all play out in the end. There's some plot twists, but that's up to you to decide if they were good, or unwarranted. Catwoman's sections were not as cool as I had hoped they would be, but they do offer good diversity to the main bulk of the game.

Lastly, the graphics and environment design is pretty impressive this time around. While the city itself is very dark and gloomy, there is a lot of detail that will go unnoticed if not carefully observed. The cutscenes are excellent in this regard, and do not fail to impress.

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Batman Arkham City

posted by Nightfury99 (VAN NUYS, CA) Nov 25, 2011

Member since Aug 2011

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This was a fantastic game. I loved the map and the beautiful graphics. The combat is much better than last game. I enjoyed the new equipment in the story. I thought the story was very short. The combat is very smooth. You can toss a freeze mine at one enemy and incapacitate two more guys with a couple quick punches , do a ground takedown and when the other guy gets up, give him a beat down. I finished it in 2 or 3 days. Overall, it was a fantastic game but the story lacked the usual suspense. It was much easier than Asylum for me personally. This game deserves the 9 out of 10 it has received and I am very pleased.

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Brilliantly executed

posted by drsloomis (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC) Nov 11, 2011

Member since Mar 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Pros: Slick animations; tight controls; compelling storyline

Cons: Almost too much; some repetitive backtracking

Improving on the first game in almost every way, Arkham City delivers a stunning experience that is compelling in all the right ways. Easy to get into, difficult to master, the controls are as tight as anything out there and manage to be simultaneously forgiving and demanding. If there's a complaint, it's twofold: 1) the number of riddler trophies borders on absurd, ranging from difficult to insanely easy and rewards nearly everything you do in-game, such as not tripping over your shoelaces (ok, not that bad...but close!), and 2) some missions reuse locales from earlier missions which, while not inherently bad, does lead to a couple of repetitive slogs through waves of enemies just so you can cover the same territory as before with little to no directly proportional reward. Well worth a rental as well as the time needed to complete!!!

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