I am one of the staggering minority of people who did not like Arkham Asylum. I thought it was repetitive and constraining. I hated having to use Detective Vision all the time and thought Batman deserved having a city, not just a bunch of corridors, to walk around.
Well they gave Batman a proper city and Arkham City is a much better game. The combat is pretty much the same but they switch it up with set pieces and different types of encounters. Because you're in the city for most of the game and not in a series of rooms, using Detective Mode to plan out how to take down enemies is more fun this time around.
I finished the main story (playing on normal) in maybe 8 hours, without playing many side missions. I found the side missions frustrating and repetitive, so I didn't bother. What is most disappointing about the main story is the boss fights. There was only one boss fight that I thought was properly difficult. The rest were ridiculously easy.
Rent this game, don't buy it. If you play all the side missions it will only last you maybe 15 hours. Good game, not incredibly memorable though.
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Rocksteady Studios more than delivered on the sequel to an already amazing franchis. This is the best Batman game ever created, and it was one of the most amazing single player gaming experiences I've had in a long time.
Nowadays, everything revolves around competitive online gaming it seems. Arkham City is an unbelievably refreshing single-player campaign in an industry dominated by online play. I found myself totally immersed in this game and put in over 40 hours by the time I was done. I'm Batman.
Batman has serious upgrades this time, boasting like 10 different awesome gadgets. These obviously play major roles in Batman's gameplay, along with his flawless hand-to-hand combat. These are all leveled up through progress, but there is not much branching out or customizing, however that didn't seem to bother me. The gameplay is almost flawless, and you can mix both melee and gadget fighting combos to create huge powerful streaks, unlocking finishing moves and other devastating attacks.
One of the best additions for me was the awesome open-world Arkham City you can explore. Batman can practically fly anywhere in the city using his cape and grapple hook, which can fling you in the air to keep you floating forever. It's so much fun to navigate like that, and you can pick off guys 100 ft in the air using special aerial attacks. Press a button and Batman can soar down like an Eagle to pounce on your enemy, allowing for a quick kill. I'm Batman.
On top of that, the story was actually great too. Blending the Penguin, Riddler, Joker, Dr. Strange and more all in the same game actually worked really well. It helped compliment the amazing detail in Arkham City, along with the 700+ collectibles, side quests, missions, modes, and more it has to offer. Even when you beat the game, you can start over with your current gadgets and level to cause some serious damage. This game is a great rental, but I would not recommend a purchase here.