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- Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman's tortured psychology
- Play as Catwoman with her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman's story arc
- Experience advanced freeflow combat as Batman's melee abilities ratchet up to match that of AI enemies
- Put new gadgets, and new functionality for existing gadgets to work that expand the range of Batman's abilities
- Encounter numerous characters from the Batman universe, including Catwoman, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and others
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Arkham City is an open world action video game that incorporates elements of stealth and predator tactics. All of the gadgets previously obtained in the first game are present at the start of Arkham City (with the exception of the Ultra Batclaw, which is replaced with the regular Batclaw and Sonic Batarangs). Most of them have improved or new capabilities; for example, the Cryptographic Sequencer can also track signals, the line launcher now has a feature that allows Batman to flip over and launch another zipline perpendicularly across, switching directions, the remote control Batarang now has a built in brake and boost, and the grappling gun can now be used while gliding to boost Batman further up into the air. Four additional gadgets have been revealed: smoke pellets to confuse armed enemies when spotted by them, the Remote Electrical Charge which is a sniper-like taser gun used to power generators and shock enemies, ice grenades used to freeze enemies and make pathways through water, and a balled rope for tying up enemies. The game incorporates more puzzle elements; the use of Batman's "Detective Mode", which highlights elements such as enemy skeletons and clues on-screen, is used to perform forensic activities such as tracing the origin of a sniper round.
Batman: Arkham City is third-person Action-Adventure game that delivers an authentic Dark Knight experience rooted in an original and engrossing story as well as a combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. A sequel to 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City features the full range of classic enemies seen in the previous game, in addition to Catwoman, who is a playable character and has her own storyline in the new release. Additional features include: a range of new gadgets, an increased number of possible melee opponents and a range of movement options for Batman that include leaping, sliding, gliding and the grapple hook.
The Ultimate Experience of the Dark Knight
Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. The game features an unique combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
Key Game Features
- Become the Dark Knight - Batman: Arkham City delivers a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level: high-impact street brawls, nail-biting stealth, multifaceted forensic investigation, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman's tortured psychology.
- Play as Catwoman - Catwoman is a fully playable character in Batman: Arkham City who has her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman's story arc. Her navigation skills, combat moves and gadgetry have been specifically designed to deliver a fully featured and unique experience.
- Advanced FreeFlow Combat - Batman faces highly coordinated, simultaneous attacks from every direction as Arkham's gangs bring heavy weapons and all-new AI to the fight, but Batman steps it up with twice the number of combat animations and double the range of attacks, counters and takedowns.
- New Gadgets - Batman has access to new gadgets such as the Cryptographic Sequencer V2 and Smoke Pellets, as well as new functionality for existing gadgets that expand the range of Batman's abilities without adding extra weight to his Utility Belt.
- New Story - Five-time Emmy-Award-winner Paul Dini returns to pen a brand-new story for Batman: Arkham City, taking gamers deep inside the diseased heart of Gotham.
- Arkham Has Moved - Following the closure of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison, Gotham's new mayor, Quincy Sharp ordered the relocation of all inmates to Arkham City - a sprawling new super-prison five times bigger than Arkham Island, enclosing a wide variety of industrial districts, iconic locations and Gotham landmarks.
- Huge Cast of Characters - Players encounter numerous characters from the Batman universe, including Catwoman, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and other iconic characters yet to be revealed.
- Featured VO Talent - Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.
New gadgets to utilize.
A playable Catwoman character.
Expanded melee combat play.
Signature Batman stealth.
Top customer reviews
With those problems aside, this game kicks ass. It's the perfect combination of vivid and engrossing story and addictive gameplay, with little nuances that make this game a classic.
STORY: The story is nothing short of fantastic. At every step, you are wondering "Who is this mysterious stalker?", "What traps might be in store next?", "How does he know this?" and so much more. The journey you take with Batman is amazing and engrossing. I have played the entire game through twice (you have to, if you want all the achievements) and don't want it to stop. If you loved Arkham Asylum (and you aren't human if you didn't), this game is even better. If you haven't played Arkham Asylum, go buy it. You don't need it to understand what's going in Arkham City, because the games are perfectly independent, but there's so much richness in putting the two together.
GAMEPLAY: Arkham City stands as a monument to the talents of modern day game developers. How did we ever play those archaic hack'n'slash when the freeflow combat system makes so much more sense and is orders of magnitude more fun. Batman combines stealth with action in a blend that is unmatched by any other game. Flying through the city skyscrapers and then abruptly diving into a crowd of hostile, armed enemies and beating the bananas out of them is exhilarating and seamless.
GRAPHICS: Incredible. Lifelike. You feel the punch you're delivering to that thug's head, and you can sense the wind whipping at you as you soar through the night. The rendering is seamless and just absolutely perfect. The detail in the game is like nothing you've experienced. You're flying around a giant, sandbox city and then you spot something, so you fly right at it. As you get closer, you notice small details that turn out to be clues that have hidden quests, hidden meanings, or are just plain fun easter eggs. The game will keep you guessing and keep you engaged with hundreds of tests, clues, and challenges that keep you coming back for more.
AUDIO: The musical score will sweep you along for the incredible ride as Batman battles all the criminals of Gotham in one crazy night. It is both heart-rending and uplifting. All of the tragedy, nobility, and hope of Batman's story can be felt in just the music.
CONCLUSION: Batman: Arkham City is a triumph and the best in its class. You can feel the love the game makers put into it, as they created a piece of art that has enough content for any 3 games. I would gladly pay more for this game, and love the opportunity to try out different characters like Catwoman, Robin, and Nightwing and also support Rocksteady for their terrific work. You want this game, I promise.
The game takes place in a part of Gotham City that has been converted to hold the most dangerous criminals and it is one of the best game environments I have ever seen. The open world concept works well and adds a lot of fun and freedom to the game play.
There are a lot of special enemies from Batman's past in the city and you can play as Catwoman with downloadable content (via a one time use code, likely to reduce resale value). I like the controls for both Batman and Catwoman, but have hard time taking advantage of all of the moves, unlike my son who seems to have mastered them fairly quickly. There are also improvements and additional gadgets for the characters to use and they also add to the enjoyment of the game play.
The graphics and voice acting are both topnotch, really helping with dark feel of the game.
Most recent customer reviews
Story and grapics are good. The joker is the best villian and harley queen is hot!
This gsme is worth every penny.