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Arkham City GOTY+ is Fantastic!
on December 9, 2012
It feels almost pointless to discuss how fantastic Arkham City is because it's so renowned. This particular version for the Wii U does offer some extra features that are important to mention.
Arkham City: Armored Edition contains all of the same content as the Game of the Year (GOTY) editions for PS3 and Xbox360 plus a little extra. It includes not only the base Arkham City game, but all of the extra DLC that was released for it including the Catwoman missions, the Riddler's Revenge challenges, the Harley missions, and everything else. In addition to all the features you'll find in the GOTY editions it includes a few Wii U enhancements.
"Armored Edition" means Batman and Catwoman have special armor that isn't available in the other editions of the game. This armor comes with an ability to activate it and go into "BAT" mode after you've absorbed enough kinetic energy. In this mode, you'll move faster and hit harder for a short period of time. It's activated with a button on the gamepad screen, which is conveniently located in the top-left corner.
The utilization of the gamepad screen is a major addition to the game that is not available in other versions. It acts as the menu system for the game, an interactive map with waypoint ability and sonar capabilities, and in a number of different ways based on the tools being used. It's a great way of utilizing the second screen, and a big improvement.
This version does experience some slowdown when encountering large fights with a large number of enemies in the open world. Other than that, the performance is quite good.
Highly recommended if you've never played this game before! In my opinion, this is the best version of the game because of the additional features included (in particular, the integration with the Wii U Gamepad). If you already own the GOTY edition for another system, this version is probably a bit redundant, but if you don't, you should do yourself a favor and get this game!