posted by DesertGame (LAS CRUCES, NM) Oct 19, 2011
Member since Sep 2010
gamers (89%) found this review helpful
I played the first game and enjoyed it, but always wanted an open world with Batman. This game has it. this game is not only as good as the first game, it is better. The graffics are improved, the story is rich with tons of side quests, and even after beating the game I am still only at 40% complete.
Batman has so many gadgets in this game. It also adds more content and story/back story. You get to play as Batman AND Catwoman. There is also DLC coming out for NightWing (Richard Greyson [gamefly doesnt let you say his name because it can mean something else]) and Robin (Tim Drake). The bonus challege maps are in this game like the first (Fighting and Predator Modes), but playable with other character.
At nearly anytime you can stop progressing in the game and just fly around, dropping upon groups of Prisoners, unleashing the fury of the Dark Knight and then vanish. While playing this game you will find yourself saying things like "I'm Batman."
This game will be enjoyable no matter how much time you put into it. You could run through and do the main story or take your time exploring, fighting, doing Riddler Puzzles (There are 440 of them for Batman and Catwoman). Also the waypoint system in this game is amazing. The marked area has a Bat-Signal above it with arrows pointing to the location you desire, and with Batman's Glide and Grapple Boost Glide you can travel from one end to the other in no time. There are also many optional side quests, challenges, unlocks, etc...
The only thing I found that I did not like was the last few AR training optional side missions. By the end the game wants you to be very dead on with your gliding. But I did beat it and unlocked many things, like the Glide Boost.
I would say that this game is one of the top 3 of the year.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I expected Arkham City to be head and shoulders better than Arkham Asylum but there were differences that made them about even in my mind. The main story line in City was not nearly as impressive as I thought it would be, pretty one dimensional and short. The extra gadgets and abilities are really cool, but the side quests and challenge maps really don't make up for the lack of a long main story. 400 riddler trophies is a little excessive in my mind. I liked it about as much as Asylum.
posted by WillSeeWays (WORCESTER, MA) Oct 18, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
What a game. Where to start? This game takes the prequel to a different level. The gameplay has infinite depth. The different ways in which you can play through the game is fantastic and each way is completely unique and as equally as rewarding as the last. It's a seamless blend of choices between Metal Gear Solid co-vert ops and God of War/Assassin's Creed hack/slash/counter.
If you've never played the first batman game, don't worry, the learning curve on this game is quick (just don't try hard mode). You will quickly grasp the basics of the game and eagerly learn the advanced tactics. This is another one of the beauties of this game, it makes you want to master your own play style, not just beat it as quickly or as easily as possible.
As an overview: Top notch graphics, intuitive game play, decent story (obviously better if you read the comics/played the first one), a multitude of gameplay styles, and one heck of a high addiction rating makes this game a must buy.
Bottom line: If you are on the fence or simply speculative: no more hesitation, get this game and you will not be disappointed.