Batman: Arkham City treads heavily on the foundation that Batman: Arkham Asylum built for it, with severely unexpected consequences. With the story continuing months after the intense events of Asylum, Arkham City has become the designated high security dumping ground for all the thugs and the criminally insane individuals of Gotham City. This sequel combines a brand new, ultra-deluxe and layered storyline and setting, with new and improved classic characters and mastermind villains for ultimately gratifying gameplay.
This Game of the Year Edition is jam-packed with every update that has been introduced to the game since it was originally released, as well as all the available downloadable content packs. These packs include the Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin add-ons, amongst Challenge packs and various others. This Game of the Year Edition also introduces the final piece of downloadable content for Batman: Arkham City, entitled Harley Quinn’s Revenge. This DLC story mission allows the player to play as Batman and Robin as they set out to uncover and foil Harley Quinn’s dastardly evil plan.
As you explore Arkham City, the revised and advanced combat features will truly help you fuse with your Batman character, as the game throws you a curveball with every vicious encounter. Analyse and assess each threatening situation as Batman would, as certain enemies require certain techniques to defeat them, keeping you on your toes throughout. Utilise your incredibly honed stealth abilities for a surprise attack from the shadows, or jump into a fight head first and brawl away with your various attacks, counters, and takedowns. Prepare to encounter many of the classic Batman villains, ranging from and including The Joker, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, and many more, all of whom are dead set on finding ways to eliminate you.
A new arsenal of counter attacks combines with the new hotkey system, allowing you to use nearly every new gadget in your possession against any enemy. You will find yourself hunting for trouble as each battle logs up your experience points, helping you unlock various upgrades. A free-flow of this advanced weaponry definitely gives you an advantage, with incredible new gadgets at hand such as smoke pellets, freeze grenades, the remote electrical charger and much, much more.
As well as this intricate campaign, there are a slew of advanced side missions to complete, as well as the 400 Riddler challenges which have you addicted to being in this world. Along with this, one of the most classic characters can become available via downloadable content: Catwoman herself. This content brings you Catwoman as a playable character, who has her own missions, Riddler trophies to achieve and storyline, interwoven in to the gigantic plot of Arkham City. (Cat Emerson)
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Incredible Value for money - All the Downloadable Content on second disc and the game is superb! Such smooth gameplay and the scenes of Gotham City are amazing as you hit the rooftops and crane gantry's! Totally immersive gameplay - You can stick to the one mission or you can allow yourself to be distracted by various smaller challenges and investigations.Personally, allowing the sub-missions to vary my game and leaving the collection of Riddler Trophies until the end. If you liked Arkham Asylum then you'll love this game - The city appears massive! Buy it and enjoy!
Batman: Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition is a bigger and better game than its already excellent predecessor. The game is absolutely filled with things to do, and the new open world nature of AC is a blessing. There are almost too many upgrades, gadgets and secrets in the game and trying to remember combos is a challenging, but welcome, exercise in hand-eye coordination at times. Adding to a decent length campaign are hundreds of Riddler challenges, numerous side missions, balloon popping, dive bombing, challenge maps and a short, fun stint as Catwoman. Amazing!
To put it simply, Batman: Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition far exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect it to be so easy to get used to the controls. The fight system is one of the highlights of the game, it's easy to get used to but not so easy to master. Graphically, the game is above average. They didn't blow me away, but more than adequately were up to the task. I would recommend this game both to fans of the Batman franchise and to newcomers alike.
I bought the original version (Steel book not GOTY) on release as I was a big fan of Arkham Asylum. Whilst not quite as focussed due to the much more 'open world' of Gotham, everything else is as good if not better than the original. Arkham City is quite vast and you can glide practically all over it without ever touching the ground. The story is ok, but felt a little broken due to the side missions (which could be left out but on the whole most are good fun) It was great to be able to play as Catwoman and prowl around Arkham City... In my opinion this was definitely my game of the year so it was nice to see them release this version. With this version you also get the DLC content too (not sure if it is all content). The extra content equates to Robin & NIghtfire combat challenges and a new addition to the story - 'Harley's Revenge' Although I am not a big fan of the combat missions in general, these 2 additions however add a few new arenas/areas (including the Batcave) as well as the opportunity to fight/stealth your way as Robin or Nightfire. The combat areas/arenas are the same for all 4 characters (Batman & Catwoman too) but they do have a few unique moves. Harleys Revenge continues the story directly after the end of Arkham City's and will give you a few more hours worth. Without giving away spoilers - you get to play as Robin as well as Batman in this mission. Overall I thought the original package was worth getting on release, (and worth getting anyway!!) however this is the most definitive and best version!
Batman: Arkham City was one of the best games of 2011 for various reasons. The story is great, with some awesome twists and links in well with the first game, but playing Arkham Asylum isn't essential to enjoy Arkham City. The game improves upon the mechanics of the series with more gadgets and combos at your disposal to tackle old and new enemies, combining stealth and action very nicely. A nice touch is that all the gadgets from the first are already unlocked straight away in this one so you don't feel like its a repeat. The game of the year edition comes with all the DLC at a cheap price so it is really good value for money.
Batman: Arkham City: Game of the Year Edition is a very cool game. The first time I played this game was with without the DLC's, like Catwoman. I wanted more and so I bought this G.O.T.Y. Edition from Zavvi at a very good price. Disc 1 is the Game-CD and Disc 2 contains all DLC's, which is great because after I finished the game I shared it with my friend so he could play the DLCs too. Now to the game... Normally you begin the story with Bruce who is captured by bad guys and you have escape and rescue Catwoman, but when you install the Catwoman DLC you begin the story with Catwoman and you see how she gets herself in trouble. It's really good how the story switches between Batman and Catwoman's point of view. The story of both characters are nice and you have a lot of equipment for batman to unlock. The controls are good. There are many easy short-cuts to find cool equipment which can come in handy against enemies. After the story you have the chance to play a little story with Robin.. in this story you have to rescue Batman from Harley Quinn. I think Batman Arkham City is a good game and the DLCs are important for the full story.
I just finished the game and it's amazing. This is a what every batman game should be like. The atmosphere is dark and the game-play is good, even if in the beginning it appears rigid. There are many secondary quests which are interesting and with a good storyline. Regarding the GOTY edition, the DLC are good even if they are not essentials. But you can play with Robin and Catwoman in these DLC.
Batman: Arkham Asylum set the bar way too high for both comic book based video games and third person action adventures. Like a musical artist, the second coming is never easy but Rocksteady amazingly managed to outdo themselves with Arkham City. Everything is better than its predecessor, the way a sequel should be done. This is easily one of the best video games of all time and one of the defining titles of the current generation.
At first I was apprehensive about this purchase but for a great price for all the DLC included I couldn't go wrong. In the first 5 minutes I was hooked, it has great cut scenes, story lines and bios that are accurately based on the comics rather than in the films. The open world is amazing! Fighting groups of bad guys, hanging from vantage points, what more could I want.