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- All-New Story, Massive Scope, Iconic Brand Locales, Authentic Batman Experience, Enhanced Combat, New Gadgets, Evolved Detective Mode, Top Tier Villains, Fan Favorites, Epic Boss Battles
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|OS:||Win 7, Vista and XP|
|Processor:||Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+|
|Hard Drive:||17 GB|
|Video Card:||ATI 3850 HD 512 MB or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB|
|Additional Info:||DirectX 9.0c|
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY software © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by Rocksteady Studios Ltd. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. DC LOGO, BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2011. All Rights Reserved. WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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Top customer reviews
You folks and steam need some hints and tips for things that have gone wrong and how to fix.
Especially since GFWL is no longer a thing.
I had reinstall RE5 and went through hell getting it to work, luckily i didnt got through all that mess this time.
You will get the 5th star when I complete it and it still works great, until then this is the rating.
Love it that it has 2 additional characters unlocked for me to use and i didnt know it. Wow!!
and it gave me the harley quinn story i had bought a while back ago. before it wouldnt let me play her story.
i have spent hours and hours and hours trying to fix this stupid "games for windows live" crap.
it just does not freaking work. im literally mad to tears! No im not mad im angry. nope im straight up PISSED! dont buy this if you have windows 8 64 bit. if you have any suggetions on how to sign in in the game, pls tell me
the problem is, is you need gfwl to save your game and i have tried installing and reinstalling mutipul times
i have tried switching compadibilitys to windows 7 and vista and xp, none work
i have intalled and reinstalled the game at least 50 times! pls help me my email is Raptros5000@gmail. but i perfer for u to answer over this site please i need help
After waiting a few weeks for a price drop AND a DX11 patch, I finally got it for a really good price. It came with a full-size intro comic book (unlike the booklet sized mini comic in AA) which introduces some game themes and motives. Being an avid comic reader, I can't say this one is particularly good: the drawing style is very simplistic and my wife even found a spelling error. The coloring is well done, but the writing is somewhat cheesy. Then again I wasn't expecting DC to spend tons of money producing a free mini comic that, probably, many people will not even read. It was a nice touch to include one anyway, as Batman belongs first and foremost to the comic book world.
The game took a while to install though I didn't have any technical difficulties, beyond disgusting DRM being installed on my computer apart from a CD key AND date verification. Yes, this game works and installs "fine" but comes plagued with nasty DRM.
The game itself is an expanded Arkham Asylum, where everything somewhat repeats itself in a larger scale: a district instead of a prison, city buildings instead of prison-hospital facilities, and lots of streets with random thugs instead of, well, pathways with random thugs. However, the pace at which things occur makes this a richer experience, with people calling for help as you pass by and things coming up "unexpectedly" in the middle of the main mission.
The game plays exactly like AA with some minimal key/button changes and a lot more movements and gadgets. Combat however feels more fluid and a lot more animations were included. Gadgets are also seamlessly integrated into combat which makes fighting more exciting than before.
Instead of a mini-map, a compass is included, as in other sandbox style games.
Riddles are back, only this time they are more contraption-based and less hidden-object style. They are rewarding though, as Riddler's trophies are the key to find the location of several trapped victims. The problem is there are way too many riddles, and searching for each and every one of them can be annoying and frustrating, unless you really have nothing better to do with your time.
While the main mission plays at a pace similar to that in AA, there are a variety of side-missions that will show up sooner or later, that you can pursue at any moment during or after the main story.
If the first game succeeded in making the player feel like Batman as he undergoes a psycho-trip with Arkham's most dangerous criminals (somewhat similar to Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's Arkham Asylum), this one succeeds in letting the player feel like Batman doing his job for day. Lots of criminals, lots of people to help, lots of problems to deal with, and no time to waste.
As mentioned before, the first game did a great job in telling a story worthy of a graphic novel (with an exaggerated final battle). This time, while still well executed and mostly enjoyable, it feels a little too cartoonish for my taste. Go here, go there, "oh no! criminal X has thing Y, GO GET IT!". While it has a few high points, I wouldn't consider this a remarkable job in writing or story telling. A couple of times it seemed the game took Batman too far from the dark detective territory and into fantastic action-hero arena.
A couple of the side-missions are very interesting and fun to play however, so all in all everything together compensates for the poorer main story.
The game also features some adventure elements, mostly in the form of very fun exploration.
*VISUALS AND SOUND*
As it was expected, the game boasts incredible visuals in both the technical and aesthetic dimensions. Tessellation is used modestly in only certain objects, but in general the DX11 features add a nice visual touch. PhysX works just like in the first game: it creates moving and destructible objects that have no interference whatsoever with the game world.
Some of the locations look and feel amazing, and are very exciting to explore. Coupled with the story behind them, they can be almost breath-taking if you like fantasy and sci-fi.
Textures aren't really high definition, which is a disappointment. Animations, however, are very impressive both in combat and cutscenes.
Sound is very good, with excellent voice-acting. The music score is surprisingly good, with some symphonic touches in the background of fights and action scenes.
After Rocksteady patched *most* of the performance issues, the game is fully enjoyable using DirectX 11's features AND PhysX. No major slowdowns, except at a particularly PhysX-intensive scene where it drops to unplayable levels.
My PC (Phenom II X6 1090T - 3.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, GTX 560 Ti OC'ed, Win 7 Pro 64-bit) plays the game using FXAA High, DX11 Tessellation Normal, Detail level Very High, PhysX Normal, at above 50 FPS.
A fun action game, with an entertaining but unremarkable storyline. Lots of things to do, and a whole district to explore. Not sure if it's better than Arkham Asylum, but it's the continuation so you may want to play it. Too bad it comes plagued with nasty DRM, so get it at a discounted price.