Being a hard to please gamer its nice to come across a title thats very hard to fault. People may look at Batman Arkham City and say youre just swinging and gliding your way through a city despatching bad guys on your way to a boss fight but its testament to Rocksteady in making this concept so enjoyable to play.
Having only played the demo version of Batman: Arkham Asylum and not being overly impressed with it, I was only intending to buy this game as a stop gap for a week to trade it in for Battlefield 3 the following Friday but that didnt happen as im well and truly hooked and this will be staying in my limited collection.
Graphically I wasnt thinking Arkham City wouldnt be up to much as im not a huge fan of the Unreal engine but it definitely works well in this dark title. Swinging and gliding your way around Gotham looks fantastic and although this is a little tricky at first to get to grips with, it doesnt take long before it becomes second nature and then its a dream.
Hearing much about the combat system when the first title came out I was expecting much and I definitely have not been disappointed and for me its on par with the Assassins system. The special combos took a little while longer to perfect but again, when you master them, its great to see batman (and catwoman) pulling of those moves.
The game is long enough, being about 12 or so hours long in my opinion and that was without completing any of the side missions.
I have just completed the Plus mode (playing with all your gadgets from the previous game) and enjoyed it even more. Anyone know how to play again this way as I only seem to be able to play it once from the start.
Rating Arkham City out of ten I would give it a 9 as I would like to see the Batmobile, Batwing and Batbike in the next one....am I asking too much?
Great game Rocksteady, looking forward to more caped crusading in Batman3