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Batman: Arkham City Signature Series [Paperback]

Warner Bros
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Oct. 14 2011 Bradygames Signature Guides
Join the Dark Night as he soars into this sequel to "Arkham Asylum". "Batman Arkham City Signature Series Guide takes" you on a tour of Arkham City, in this open world action video game. Visit the new maximum security home and meet all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. A complete walkthrough chapter covers hints and tips on how to subdue the villains attempting to stop Batman. Become the invisible predator. Uncover the ultimate path through each level and the best tactics to employ including all the gadgets and maps of all item locations. "Batman Arkham City Signature Series Guide" features all your favourite Batman heroes and villains, from Catwoman and the Riddler - it's a must have for DC Comics fans.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine guide but lots of mistakes April 28 2012
By H-F
Format:Paperback
I always keep my reviews plain and simple: straight to what you need to know.

Pros:

- Chronologically written walkthrough.
- Some good strategies given for some missions.
- Maps for the collectibles.

Cons:

- A few Riddler trophies are not marked on the maps.
- Some explanations are not clear or doesn't make sense (i.e. A paragraph would start "To find the body, walk to the church and star searching on the west side...", seriously?! From where do I start walking?)
- Some of Riddler's puzzles are missing the solution and I had to search them on the internet.
- Many mistakes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff Dec 19 2011
Format:Paperback
great stuff if you want to find all in batman that what you need to complete this faboulous game or to simply read the bios of all the characters
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moyen Aug. 22 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bien fait mais il manque des information
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Oct. 27 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
thanks for sending the book so fast, it already has improved my game play, i look forward to getting mor items from you in the future.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Guide for an Absolutely HUGE Game Nov. 3 2011
By Nemesis296 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First thing you should know about this book is that it is NOT 352 pages. In fact, it is only 272 pages, which is quite a big difference from what was advertised. Once you put that disappointment aside, this book is halfway decent. There's a pretty thorough campaign walkthrough, and it tries to minimize the spoilers which is nice. I will not give anything away about the game here, as that would just be cruel to not let you experience it yourself! There is a section on bios which details all of the villains (this does contain some spoilers though, so I suggest you don't read it thoroughly until you complete the main story) and gives you their backstory for Arkham City.

The best part about this book is that it tells you (in more words or less) how to obtain every last Riddler trophy (All 440 of them) in the game. There are parts of this that I wish were a bit more descriptive or had a few more screenshots, but overall this guide is pretty easy to use if you have a goal in mind. That said, it will be very difficult to find some of the trophies if they aren't marked on your map. There are little maps drawn with numbers over the positions of the trophies, but it can be hard to navigate to the exact spot in some areas. It also suffers from "From the platform where you got Trophy #5", assuming that you will not be picking up any Riddler trophies until you have the ability to get them all after the story's conclusion.

There is also a section that is dedicated to the challenge maps (combat/predator) and gives you tips on how to fight each enemy type. There is also a full writeup on strategy for freeflow combat, which can be very helpful for beginners. I don't have the book on hand at the moment, but I'll update this review if I come up with anything else that I can remember about the book.

By the way, if you're thinking about buying this book you may want to get it sooner rather than later. I preordered it 2 months in advance and somehow my preorder got backordered by Amazon and I had to wait an additional week to get my book. Who knows how many of these they actually printed, and when they're gone they're gone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman guide Sept. 17 2012
By Thomas Obrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I got stuck and needed a hint, this magazine was exactly what I needed. Got me unstuck and I finished the game. Excellent product.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the game even more fun. Jan. 13 2012
By Jerry So.Cal. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not a big fan of game guides in general because games typically don't require them. I have beaten all the games i've purchased just by playing and figuring things out. The reason i wanted a guide for Arkham City is because the game is huge. I knew that if i simply played and tried to figure things out on my own, i would never get to experience the entire game.
For example, after saving Catwoman from Two-face, i left the building through the nearest door and continued on my way. After i bought the book, i replayed that scene and it told me to take a different door, head down the stairs where i could find Calendar Man. Without the book, i never would have thought to take a different door and i never would have found Calendar Man(which also has an associated trophy). This little tidbit isn't needed to beat the game, but it does allow me to experience more of the game. And for such a huge game, i don't want to miss anything.
The book is well laid out. It gives you some good tips on combat, and it also suggests which upgrades you should get first. This little tip alone helped me to increase my xp points tremendously during battle. Then it goes through a complete walk-through of the game. Finally, it explains how to find all of the Riddler trophies.
The only downside so far is that it doesn't tell you which buttons specifically to press. For example, instead of stating "press the square button," it'll say "press the punching button." Instead of saying "press the triangle button," it'll say press the counter button. Or press the glide button, press the crouch button, etc. Without having the little manual that came with the game, you won't know which button the guide is referring to. The guide states the reason they left out the specific buttons is because xbox and PS3 have different buttons. So what? Just include both options like all other manuals do.
I didn't want to drop my rating for that negative aspect alone. The guide helps you get your money's worth out of the game and will help you see things you might not have known were there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A godsend! Feb. 13 2013
By Bruticus Maximus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm glad that Arkham City's core game is exactly the same since I bought this for use with the 360 version of Arkham City. The walkthrough for the Riddler's challenges saved me from just tossing the game aside after beating it. Worth buying!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, I LOVE IT Dec 12 2012
By LJTaylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great guide, full of great information. Really helps you get through game.
I reccommend this book to all that have the game
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