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Overrated but still fun.,
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This review is from: Batman: Arkham City for Xbox 360 (Video Game)
There are moments in this game which are incredibly fun. The fighting mechanics are ingeniously simple while still having a lot of depth to them. Gliding from the rooftops of Gotham on your cape, then firing your grapple hook to zip up across another chasm is really quite thrilling.
My main issue is that expanding the game into an open world (more akin to Metroid or Zelda than, say, Fallout or Skyrim) gives the game a kind of disjointed feel. The world is very dark and gloomy, as Gotham should be, but it also makes it very hard to have a sense of where you're traveling. The map is two screens deep into the menu, which is a chore, with no mini-map onscreen. The directional indicator is not overly helpful, so often times you'll find yourself wandering around in a circle hoping that you will stumble upon the ONE entrance to the giant building you need to enter accidentally.
Once inside, navigating the puzzles is a mixed bag. Sometimes the game holds your hand too much, basically telling you exactly what to do and how to do it. Other times it is completely unclear what you need to do, and you can be stuck for a while. Also, there is usually only one way to solve a puzzle - you must use X gadget in a particular way - so there isn't a lot of wiggle room in how to figure things out.
Graphics overall are good but character models can be stiff. The environments look good, but again, overall, they can start to blend together. Sound design and voice-acting are both top-notch.
Overall I was a little disappointed with this game but it is probably still worth a look if you like Batman even a little bit.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013 1:20:38 PM PST
I disagree with it being overrated. Name any other solo superhero game that can rival up to Arkham City. No brawlers or fighting games just a solo action adventure. Nada. Zip. Puzzles are hard and you can get stuck, yes but if you could just breeze through the game without a challenge, you would still complain. I do agree about the character models though.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 3:25:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2013 3:26:21 PM PST
I'm not quite sure why you assume when I would or would not complain in any situation other than the ones I stated. And I don't know why I am only allowed to compare Arkham City to other "solo superhero action adventure" games - as far as I was aware I can compare it to anything I want, especially other games in the same genre that I enjoy more, such as Zelda, Assassin's Creed, Darksiders, and many more. Puzzles should be challenging, yes, but there is a difference between being challenging because of complexity/ingenuity and frustrating because of poor design. The puzzles in Arkham often explain TOO much (thus taking away the thrill of figuring a puzzle out) while at other times it can be frustrating just to figure out how to walk down a hallway or get to a building's doorway. These are not things that should hang you up as you play, and they do not occur in other similar genre titles. Again, this is not a bad game by any means, but I maintain the assertion that the love it got upon release had a lot more to it being a "non-sucky" Batman game rather than a truly "great" one.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:36:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2013 11:36:55 PM PST
While Arkham City occupies the same action adventure genre as Assassin's Creed, Darksiders etc. Batman wasn't created as a game and is drawing up from it's multiple sources in comic books and animated shows and movies whereas the games you mentioned were all created as games. Therefore, you should compare it to it's appropriate sub category in superheroes.
"...I maintain the assertion that the love it got upon release had a lot more to it being a "non-sucky" Batman game rather than a truly "great" one."
Well, I disagree with that assertion because my love for it was based on it being a great game.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 10:48:00 AM PDT
Why is his opinion immediately wrong because it goes against the masses? There is no game out there that every single person in the world is going to love. I personally loved the game, but you don't have to try and attack every point of his just because he doesn't agree.
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