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IGN Reviews - Batman: Arkham City -- Armored Edition

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Initial post: Nov 17, 2012 10:10:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2012 10:16:42 PM PST
Zen Kaizoku says:
The rest of the review is essentially the same, the exception being a section titled "The Wii U difference" which is what I'll be posting.

Still Gotham's greatest hope.

For those who played through Batman: Arkham City in 2011, the Armored Edition doesn't offer much in the way of incentives -- by and large, this is the same top-notch action/adventure game Rocksteady released last year. The new BAT mode gives you an additional combat option, but it's both unoriginal and ineffective. You'll charge a meter, activate BAT mode, and become mildly stronger in a fight. The inclusion of the Harley Quinn's Revenge expansion, Robin and Nightwing's challenge rooms, and character skins goes a long way to lengthen the experience, but the Wii U Game Pad functionality is clearly a consequence of launch-title experimentation. Arkham City looks and plays just as excellent as always on the Game Pad screen, but when it's used for touch-screen weapon selection, or as an in-game gadget, the Game Pad is just awkward. Moving the real-world object to look for in-game objects is a chore, and better left to the analog sticks. Glancing at the Game Pad to see your sonar radar is the best usage, really, but even then it's unexciting and not as helpful as simply absorbing yourself in the game proper.

The Verdict:

Batman: Arkham City isn't perfect, but listing the little things I didn't like gets in the way of all the stuff I adored. The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight -- these are the things that standout looking back. I've beaten this thing twice and still want to call in sick and chase Riddler Trophies.

Batman: Arkham City isn't just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market.

Score: 9.5 - Amazing

Batman: Arkham City on Wii U is the quintessential version of one of the generation's definitive games.


+Excellent combat and exploration
+Outstanding character performances
+Absorbing world and an engaging story
+Inclusion of Harley Quinn's Revenge and Robin/Nightwing challenges


- Irregular, awkward Wii U Game Pad usage

You can put to rest the circulating propaganda of Wii U not being able to handle ports. Rest easy knowing that whatever is done well or poorly, is a direct result of the developer's commitment and not the hardware's fault.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 10:15:26 PM PST
Odd that the game pad's the con, as that's the one thing I heard WB talking up in video interviews.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 11:38:20 PM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Jim Sterling -

"Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition fails to ruin what still is an admirable game, but there's no skipping around the issue of elements being forced in and serving only to render it inferior, making previously simple functions more complicated than they should be and dragging down the game's pace. While still a very good game at its core, this is not as good as the original, purer release. There's no shame in a Wii U title that doesn't shoehorn Wii U features into itself, and if the game would be better off without them, I'd really rather that be the route taken.

Armored Edition didn't take that route. It took things that already worked perfectly and shook them until they cracked. Not shattered completely, but undoubtedly broken, just a little bit. If you only own Nintendo systems and love Batman, this remains a very worthy purchase, one that will give your hours of crimefighting enjoyment. If you've already played Arkham City, however, you'll be better off leaving it, because you already experienced the definitive version."



Posted on Nov 17, 2012 11:50:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2012 11:59:26 PM PST
Donkey Punch says:
"Arkham City in 2011, the Armored Edition doesn't offer much in the way of incentives -- by and large, this is the same top-notch action/adventure game Rocksteady released last year"

This line cracks me up. Reggie Fils-Aime was getting pissed last year at E3 when a interviewer said it was the same game and he kept arguing that it wasn't.


Batman comes up around 3:30 into the video.
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