Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Rating: Teen (violence, blood, alcohol use, sexual innuendos, language)
Downloadable Content: Catwoman Bundle, Robin Bundle, Nightwing Bundle, Avatar Costumes, Themes, Harley Quinn’s Revenge (separate review coming)
Platform: XBOX 360
I know I’m going a little out of order with this review since Arkham City comes after Batman: Arkham Asylum, but I personally prefer Arkham City.
Picking up right after Arkham Asylum, in Batman: Arkham City you play as Batman hunting down villains such as Joker, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, Bane and many others while trying to save Gotham. With the downloadable character bundles, you can also play as Catwoman, Robin or Nightwing.
The story line for this game is way better than Arkham Asylum. I love the idea of facing more than just one of Gotham’s famous villains. I know there were similar situations in Arkham Asylum, but there is more than just Joker and Harley Quinn in the main focus. Penguin gets quite a large story line himself. I makes the game more challenging and keeps the game interesting.
The one thing I really didn’t care for was the amount of side missions. Similar to Arkham Asylum, there are side missions for Riddler, but in Arkham City, there are a lot more side missions such as working with Bane to destroy TITAN containers, finding Nora Fries, playing a serious game of phone tag with Victor Zsasz and many others. All of these side missions clutter the map and make it harder to concentrate on the main objectives of the game. Some side missions are great, but there are way too many.
Through the years, every Batman character has gotten a more modern makeover. The new looks of the villains in Arkham City are the best so far. The looks are almost a steampunk style. Harley Quinn is the most drastic makeover. The mask and headpiece are gone and she dawns skin tight, leather getup. The one makeover I did not care much for was Penguin.
*SPOILER ALERT* (If you have yet to play this game and do not want to know what happens at the end, skip the next paragraph)
Joker infects Batman with his blood that has been tainted by the TITAN formula, and now Batman has to work with Freeze to make a cure for the disease. The cure does get manufactured, but Joker messes up and shatters the vile that contains the cure after Batman takes some. Joker and Batman exchange one more witty round of verbal blows before Joker meets his demise. While this idea is a good one, I would have liked to have seen a villain of Joker’s status have a more extreme end. Batman carried Joker’s lifeless body out of the Steel Mill and lays him out on the hood of a police car in front of Jim Gordon and Harley Quinn. Batman shoulders the responsibility of Joker’s death because he could have saved him, and he leaves in a very dark state. Which brings us to Harley Quinn’s Revenge.
All in all, I loved Batman: Arkham City. The story line and characters made the game both challenging and a lot of fun to play. I highly recommend this one to any Batman fan.
Stay tuned for the review of Harley Quinn’s Revenge!