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Batman: Arkham City

Released on 07 December 2011

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

New from £11.41

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.

Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

  • Batman: Arkham City is the follow-up to the award-winning hit video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and delivers an authentic and gritty Batman experience
  • Become the Dark Knight: Batman: Arkham City delivers a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level: high-impact street brawls, nail-biting stealth, multifaceted forensic investigation, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman's tortured psychology
  • Advanced FreeFlow combat: Batman faces highly coordinated, simultaneous attacks from every direction as Arkham's gangs bring heavy weapons and all-new AI to the fight, but Batman steps it up with twice the number of combat animations and double the range of attacks, counters and takedowns
  • New gadgets: Batman has access to new gadgets such as the Cryptographic Sequencer V2 and Smoke Pellets, as well as new functionality for existing gadgets that expand the range of Batman's abilities without adding extra weight to his Utility Belt
  • New story: Five-time Emmy-Award-winner Paul Dini returns to pen a brand-new story for Batman: Arkham City, taking gamers deep inside the diseased heart of Gotham
  • Arkham has moved: Following the closure of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison, Gotham's new mayor, Quincy Sharp ordered the relocation of all inmates to Arkham City - a sprawling new super-prison five times bigger than Arkham Island, enclosing a wide variety of industrial districts, iconic locations and Gotham landmarks
  • Huge cast of characters: Players encounter numerous characters from the Batman universe, including Catwoman, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and other iconic characters yet to be revealed
  • Play as Catwoman: Players will have a chance to indulge in their darker side and explore Arkham City as the infamous feline femme fatale. Complete with her own storyline in the main game, Catwoman's adventure complements Batman's central role and is seamlessly interwoven with his main story arc. She will also be playable in the challenge maps with her own unique combat moves, gadgetry and signature 'takedowns'
  • Featured voice over talent: Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 best game of 2011 and best game for me in 3d

| | See all j17yog's reviews (4)

batman arkham city is one of the best games i have ever played in my life. Catwoman looks hot...some good gadgets too. I am proud to have this game in my home especially in 3d.

 best game 2011

| | See all themysterons's reviews (4)

i played the first batman game and thought it was ok but this is in a different league,quite simply the best game of the year 2011

 Arkham Pretty

| | See all Mirrorkissers's reviews (23)

This game is good. In a nutshell, if you enjoyed the first title (Arkham Asylum) this sequel is an expansive, gritty, grey, dark big brother to the first game. Bigger, badder and better, with more side missions, villains, riddler missions, easter eggs, clues and so much more. It really is stunning, the gameplay is smooth, the map is so large that I lost myself a few times and was actually frustrated that I couldn't find my way out. While Batman roams the skies, gangs patrol the street level, much like lunatics and jokers henchmen controlled the asylum. I found myself immersed in hours of entertainment, however this is a "once play through" game for me. When I had completed the game, I never touched it again. Great game but no online features at all. Shame really, as this game is GOOD.

 Good but something doesn't feel right.

| | See all branstoneboy's reviews (12)

The last game was an epic which I suggest everybody play whether they play this or not. This seemed to be missing something.
The equipment list has doubled in size and it's all available at once which might not throw you too much if you've played the last game but this game doesn't even give you a chance to get used to it. The introduction to the story has so many issues. The story line being one of them but the game play is another major part as it's mostly cut scenes with occasional buttons to press. And then after an extremely brief and bad introduction to combat you're left to your devices and wished good luck without explaining most things in game. There are other issues I won't delve into such as the storyline and the areas that are locked for the start of the game and then sealed off to the end of the game giving you an incredibly short time to access them (yes, just like the last game).
Don't think this is an all bad report. The batman games are very nearly unique and are unmatched (if you haven't played any AC that is). Combat in them is still great as you try to get high combos but all the special moves and quick equipment moves in battle get confusing and you forget nearly all of them. The transport method is still fun to play with and take-downs are still fun to play around with as well. Riddler's trophies come into the game a lot more which is challenging like you wouldn't believe. It's just all round good but please play the first one first to get used to it and once you're used to the bad storyline and other minor flaws it soon becomes worth it.
Buy it, play it but don't expect miracles.

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Rating15+ (BBFC)