We here at Darkstation.com have been talking a lot about the Dark Knight and his recent video game outing in Arkham City. The game has been critically acclaimed from not only our editor Logan but throughout almost all video game publications. We decided a few weeks after the games release we would get some of our top writers together and see what we thought about the caped crusaders recent release. Here is what we found. Allen Kesinger
Batman: Arkham City gave me what I wanted: more Batman. Like many others, I was enamored with what Rocksteady was able to pull off in Arkham Asylum, creating one of (if not THE) best super hero games. Arkham City does what any sequel should: expand on the concepts established in the first game and adding in enough new content to make the experience feel more fresh. The increased number of villains does the trick, with new and favorite faces filling out the ranks of Batman’s rogue gallery. Granted, the story isn’t as tight as the first game and I felt certain areas were designed to mimic the Scarecrow’s levels, but these were not major deterrents for me. Combat continues to be an exhilarating and visceral experience and I honestly think there has yet to be anything more exciting than Predator mode. Catwoman offers up a nice change of pace to the action, but in the grand scheme of things they are not at all integral to the product. Batman: Arkham City is a serious contender come game of the year award time.
DUDE!" That was my reaction to the first time I glided as Batman. Prior to the game's release, I enjoyed a long (and awesome) weekend of watching Batman animated movies. So I went into the game pumped up to be the Caped Crusader and boy did the game deliver that feeling splendidly. I recommend checking out Year One, Under The Red Hood, Mask of Phantasm, and Gotham Knight and mixing them into your Arkham City gaming sessions. This game is not perfect, but it is really damn good. Arkham Asylum's combat was the best melee fighting system when it came out and there are so many wonderful improvements and touches that I keep noticing in Arkham City's revision. That's how I would describe Arkham City in general, actually: one of the best is now even better.
The Arkham Batman games have both been astounding, especially coming into a genre where no developer has really had a standout title. Arkham Asylum introduced a great combat system and Arkham City has refined it to almost perfection. Couple this with a landmass that is littered with things to do and you've got yourself the best superhero game ever made. The story can be a drab in spots but this game as a whole is one I can recommend to anyone, Batman fan or not.
I was looking forward to Batman: Arkham City after the brilliant game that was Arkham Asylum. However I found myself disappointed with the sequel. The excellent fighting system from the first game was somehow improved, and so was the traversal, I just found myself thinking that the game was less structured than its predecessor. Whilst Arkham Asylum was very focused and you felt like you were always moving forward, I felt like there was more down time in Arkham City. The side quests were fun, and they spread out over a long period, but the main story felt short and underwhelming. Batman’s enemies were also thrown in and sometimes didn’t feel like they fit in, and the ending felt rushed, unsatisfying and quick. It was a strong game that got weaker as it went on.
Batman Arkham Asylum was without a doubt the best superhero game ever created at the time of its release. Arkham City took that formula and ramped it times ten. I went to the midnight release for Batman and didn’t stop playing until two in the morning. I’ve beaten the game at this point and have found all of the collectibles and yet I still can’t stop playing. When I first started playing City it was a little overwhelming at first with how much content was in the game but I was more than happy to play through all of it. Arkham City is one of the best games this year so far and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds. Arkham City brought back all of the villains you would miss from the first game and included all of the new villains you would want to see. These two games put together would make one of the best Batman story arcs of all time and if you haven’t played it yet what are you waiting for?!
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