Good news for all you Batman and DC comics fans, as there is a new release; a sequel to possibly one of the best games known to mankind; the 'Arkham Asylum'. And the very first thing you notice is that, the 'Batman: Arkham City', the latest addition to the series, may possibly replace the predecessor to be the best game ever made.
The game puts forward some stunning graphics and mind-blowing moves to carry away the player into a totally different world. The well scripted story by DC comics along WB's and Rocksteady's involvement in the games development, also have helped them to put forward a master-piece.
They help provide a movie like feel to the game, still keeping the user-friendliness of its predecessor. Combos and various other moves are quite easy to perform on console controllers, but the keyboard and mouse combination does a fair job too, although it may take some time to master. But no big fuss-there.
This installment also marks the return of Batman's most revered villain; Joker, along with a host of others like Poison Ivy, Penguin, Riddler, Two-face, etc. Another impressive feat is the addition of Catwoman to the series. There will be a change in gameplay, and a separate set of missions are put forward. It all sounds distracting, but Catwoman’s aerobic fighting skills certainly make up for it. Users will have to download the add-on though.
Players will be further rewarded by the hard-hitting combat, which will show a whole range attacking shots, and the slow-motion and amazing graphics really put you in for a treat, be it Batman, Catwoman or Robin.
But rather shocking, I must say is that the boss levels come fast and easy, so not a lot of effort must be put in, to progress. Although, challenges are improved and fine-tuned in later levels or in progressive player level mode. A slight bit of disappointment also arises, when Riddler’s puzzles are put forward, as it gets a bit boring and unrewarding over time. It takes the player back to completed levels, and also plays a part in detaching Batman/ Catwoman from their allotted missions.
Nevertheless, the game makes up for it with some neat gadgetry and unlockables, as we progress. Adding to that, we also have the ability to go around town fighting crime, if you get a bit bored with the missions. But after the completion of the story mode, the game sends you back into the start in a higher difficulty mode, but you are cocooned by your sophisticated gadgetry, achieved earlier in the game, so there will not be much of an issue there. At this point I must also add the incredible voice-acting in the game because it certainly plays an important role in adding the incredible-ness magic to the whole story.
Batman: Arkham City is currently available in Xbox, PS3 and PC platforms. But the latter lags behind its console counterparts, due to addition of powerful graphics. So PC’s with high requirements will only be able to manage the game. But still it is one of those games which you should upgrade your PC for, believe me.
UPDATE: Rocksteady have officially released the expansion DLC packs for Arkham City. To keep track of the updates click here...