Batman: Arkham City is the second instalment of successful Batman series by RockSteady Studios. As everyone can probably imagine, it is based upon Batman comic series, and is the sequel of Arkham Asylum, the first decent game featuring Batman. A great action-adventure game, it tells the story of prisoners from Arkham set free, enabled to roam through Arkham city’s slums on the condition that they will never try to escape. And they don’t. They organize themselves in gangs, each led by one of Batman’s biggest enemies… And that’s how it all begins.
In the sequel, Batman meets even more cult characters from DC Comics’ series, including the Penguin, mister Freeze, Harley Quinn or Hugo Strange. Actually, Batman is not the only controllable character. We can also use Cat Woman, who possesses many abilities inaccessible to Batman. She brings a lot of novelties into the game, fighting with a scary whip. She is equipped with many futuristic gadgets, too. Cat Woman also has her own set of challenges and achievements and can be used for a few additional missions from the story arc. Fighting, one of the most important parts of the game, is as good as in the previous part or even better. Depending on your personal choice, you can kick, punch, dodge and combine it all or try to stay hidden and eliminate the enemies quietly. However, fighting is not the only thing our characters do.
Batman must also explore his environment and solve various puzzles in order to be able to move freely. The area is much bigger and more open than in Arkham Asylum. There are also much more quests, both important for the plot and less so. All the gadgets from Arkham Asylum are available for use in Arkham City, some with new functions or adjustments. There are also many new devices to discover like a grenade that freezes parts of the environment or a machine sending electric impulses.
- Developer: Rocksteady Studios
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Genre: Action-Adventure
- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
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