Batman Arkham City: Review

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Batman Arkham City is the second game of the famous Arkham Series. And it’s arguably the best game in the franchise. Like other games in the franchise, it’s an action-adventure game. The Game released after Batman Arkham Asylum and before Arkham Origins.

Development

As obviously, this game has got its inspiration from the long-running DC Comic Books. Batman Arkham City released in 2011, two years after the first installment. Like the previous game, the game is developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Batman Arkham City Cover
Batman Arkham City Game Cover

Same as Arkham Asylum, developers used Unreal Engine 3 when creating the game. And the game is available for most of the gaming platforms.

The game focuses on the incidents that happen in a huge-prison situated in Gotham City. The player takes the role of Batman and continues his fight against the crimes.

The game has 4 playable characters (Including DLC). Batman in the main storyline, Catwoman has her own story parallel to Batman’s story. Batman’s allies Robin and Nightwing are also playable while Robin plays a huge role in the DLC – Harley Quinn’s Revenge.

Gameplay Mechanics features in Batman Arkham City

As we said earlier, the game is an action-adventure game. Furthermore, the game features a third-person perspective game. (Like all main games in the game). This game has a big map (which can be considered as an open-world game). In most times, Batman can roam around the vast prison area for his investigations.

Batman Arkham City Gameplay
Gameplay Screenshot from Arkham City : Image from SlashGear

What’s New in Arkham City?

Movements are not much different than the last game. However, there are some changes in the Gadgets of Batman. Combat System is much better in Arkham City, which also enables the player to perform various combos by using the gadgets.

Detective vision is more developed than the last game too and has tracking abilities. (Like Tracing back a bullet’s trajectory)

You can still use the Cryptographic Sequencer(Used to hack security consoles), Line Launcher, Batarangs, Explosive Gel(Can be used to stun enemies within combat), and Grapnel Gun which were available in Arkham Asylum.

The followings are the new additions for Batman’s gadgets and their usage in this game.

  • Smoke Bombs – For stealth usage and escaping
  • Remote Electrical Charge – Stun Enemies and Power up motors
  • Freeze Blast Grenades – Freeze Hostiles and Create platforms on the water
  • Disruptor – Disabling Guns and Mines remotely
Batman Arkham City Remote Electrical Charge
Batman Using the Remote Electrical Charges – Image from Attack of the Fanboy

As we said earlier, Playable characters like Catwoman, Robin, and Nightwing has their own gadgets. For example, Catwoman has got clawed gauntlets, bolas, and whip.

The Plot of Arkham City

After one year from the incidents in Arkham Asylum, Gotham’s Mayor Quincy Sharp (Former Warden of Arkham Asylum) builds a prison in the slum area in the city. Bruce Wayne decides to oppose this idea of building Arkham City in the middle of the city. However, Hugo Strange (Caretaker of Arkham City) and his private military soldiers kidnap Bruce Wayne and releases into the Arkham City.

Protocol 10

Hugo Strange says to Bruce Wayne about his awareness of the true identity of Batman. Strange vaguely says about Protocol 10, and Batman decides to find about ‘The Protocol 10‘.

As the time to commence Protocol 10 keeps ticking, Batman first saves Catwoman from Two-Face. Meanwhile, Joker tries to assassinate Catwomen and fails but ultimately successfully luring Batman into his trap.

Search for Cure

After capturing Batman, Joker is revealed as sick and dying from the Titan formula which he consumed in Arkham Asylum. Joker injects his own blood to Batman and sends his blood samples to Gotham Hospital to make Batman find a cure for the infection.

While finding the cure, Batman confronts, Penguin, Soloman Grundy, Ra’s al Ghul, and Mr.Freeze to obtain the cure.

Batman finds out that protocol 10 is about eliminating all criminals inside the Arkham City and the true mastermind behind is, none other than Ra’s al Ghul. And finally, Batman confronts Joker and his ally Clayface and ultimately defeats them.

Conclusion

As you may know, Batman Arkham City is known as the best game of the franchise. And the game itself a huge success, Many claim it as one of the greatest games all time. So basically, it’s a game you must play.

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