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- Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman's tortured psychology
- Play as Catwoman with her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman's story arc
- Experience advanced freeflow combat as Batman's melee abilities ratchet up to match that of AI enemies
- Put new gadgets, and new functionality for existing gadgets to work that expand the range of Batman's abilities
- Enjoy a wealth of collectible bonus items exclusively available to Collector's Edition owners
- Platform: Xbox 360
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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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 Citys 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 third-person Action-Adventure game that delivers an authentic Dark Knight experience rooted in an original and engrossing story as well as a combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. A sequel to 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City features the full range of classic enemies seen in the previous game, in addition to Catwoman, who is a playable character and has her own storyline in the new release. Additional features include: a range of new gadgets, an increased number of possible melee opponents and a range of movement options for Batman that include leaping, sliding, gliding and the grapple hook.
In addition to the game for play on Xbox 360, the Batman: Arkham City Collector's Edition contains a wealth of exclusive items fit for collectors and fans alike. See the complete list of these items below.
The Ultimate Experience of the Dark Knight
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. The game features an unique combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. 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 Collector's Edition Contents
Key Game Features
- 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.
- Play as Catwoman - Catwoman is a fully playable character in Batman: Arkham City who has her own storyline in the main game which is seamlessly interwoven with Batman's story arc. Her navigation skills, combat moves and gadgetry have been specifically designed to deliver a fully featured and unique experience.
- 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, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Victor Zsasz, Calendar Man, The Joker, The Riddler and other iconic characters yet to be revealed.
- Featured VO Talent - Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.
New gadgets to utilize.
A playable Catwoman character.
Expanded melee combat play.
Signature Batman stealth.
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**UPDATE since writing the original review (which can be found at the end of the update)**
Since writing this review, I have beaten the game and loved every minute of it. There are definitely some intellectual challenges that I honestly wouldn't have been able to overcome if I hadn't had the game guide (which I highly recommend as well).
But, my opinion of the game did not deteriorate at all as the game progressed. It was fun, stimulating, and challenging. Once again, I think it is worth the money.
**END OF UPDATE - original review below**
Normally, I don't play super hero games, because normally, they stink. But, my wife got me Batman Arkham Asylum for my birthday last year and I ended up loving it. So, I was definitely looking forward to this sequel when I heard about it. The trailers and reviews were not misleading. The introductory screen shots and (showing the companies that produced/designed the game - i.e. WB, Rocksteady) impressed me. The main menus are also eye candy.
As far as gameplay, it feels more or less the exact same as the first game - which is good. The combat system in this game is fun, fluid, and intuitive. But, they did make improvements. Batman has some new moves and takedowns and combos and it isn't any more complicated of a system to utilize.
The storyline so far (I haven't beaten yet) is fun and well thought out. Rocksteady did a really good job bringing Batman's reality into our reality. There was a lot of attention to detail with regard to the relationships and backstories of all of the characters.
As far as the Collector's Editition packaging and contents: I do not at all regret spending the extra $40 on this at all. I got some cool DLC codes (Batman the Animated Series skin and two Catwoman skins, as well as a downloadable sound track exclusive to the Collector's Edition). The statue is really good quality and looks good on my shelf with my other game collectibles. I do want to mirror the only complaint I've seen about this edition of the game so far and that is that the game disc is in the back of the art book. I do wish the game disc had an actual XBox 360 game case. But, this is honestly a minor complaint in my book.
It took me a couple of weeks and experinces just to produce the thought of reviewing this game and get it posted. In all honesty I'm actually terrified to post this review but WTH I'll just get over it & be done.
A year has passed since the incident in Arkham Asylum and now the prison has been moved within the city of Gotham. Gathring the criminals and put them all in a huge prison called Arkham City controlled by Hugo Strange and his troops of mercinaries. Before the game was released, I have thought and speculated many times & yet I never guessed the exact plot. When I thought that things got complicated from the looks of the trailers well it gets worse once I started it even at few minutes in. And yet the dark knight's adventrue begins as he unfolds and show you the darkness of that world.
My appreciation kicked in at the game menu, the music in the background & its visuals were impressive enough to get me in the mood to start it. In game, there are tons to appreciate about the dark corners. When I first checked the map I was left with astonishment and asked myself on how will I proceed and what should I do first (actually it was like "WTH is this!? Now I feel so small" but in a good way.). There were like 400 Riddler trophies scattered in the area and that alone left me scratch headed.
Just like the previous title, it's well appreciated from little things like ripped off bat suit after taking amount of damage from enemies all the way to wall marks when deactivating the Detective Mode (I usually put on detective vision but without it showed me wonders of my surroundings). Each territory and area handled by certain villain and at some area will also give trivia from a certain character from the series. Fans of the Batman world will stop in a corner for a moment and figure out the surroundings for clues and what references that may might find in every corner & that alone wows me.
I will have to describe the game in three things. First Action Adventure: where you're given several missions to explore and discover the main plot of the game by using your starting gadgets and unlocking more to get better grip and effects plus getting more gadgets too. Second is Beat'em up, when engaging a fight, the mode will automatically shifts itself with commands to take down certain enemies, this time there are more combos to execute and most of them are pretty cool in which defines Batman a master in close counter combats. And third is Stealth, whereas you as the hunter and they're the hunted. A feel of Tenchu and Metal Gear style though with his own awesome tool that helps him to perform awesome stealth takedowns at your disposal and given areas that will help you improvise based on your creativity. Aside from playing as the Detective, you will also play as Catwoman, Robin & Nightwing (as DLCs) with their own cool perspectives. Overall the gameplay is fairly as solid as from Arkham Asylum but with additional gadgets & characters to control.
Props to all who voice acted but I personally give a bit more to Mark Hamill who is back as Joker and to me he alone stole the show in terms of voice acting & to me, that alone is epic. I'm actually an OST junky so like when engaging enemies, the background music can transcend when action intensifies itself and they sounded awesome
Batman Arkham City is bigger in terms of exploration, customization and discoveries; a lot more to the gadgets and things to do. So far, it's been nothing short but epic journey in the world of Arkham City and with so many surprises. Some friends asks me how good is the game and I usually reply them that there's too many good things in the game to mention but giving them away means a spoiler by itself; it has surpassed my expectations so I'll leave it to that. I would say that it's for those who are interested to find out so that I would not spoil anything especially my co fans of the hero. However, for new comers, if you have some extra cash I suggest to play the previous one if you want to get more juice from the storyline.
So many surprises along the way
Creative stealth kills at its best
Great Collector's Edition perks
Art book and statue are love notes for the fans
So many Riddler trophies to look for
Minor camera angle issues
The game itself is splendid with a story that pulls you along, including a few twists here and there that make it a little less predictable than your standard fare entertainment. Batman has enough enemies to fill several video games so even though there are some return visits from Arkham Asylum, you get a chance to engage a plethora of new foes so that it doesn't feel like you've been here before. Surprisingly, even though the surface area of the game is larger, it felt to me like there was more to see and do in Arkham Asylum itself, but that could just be me. It's a lot of fun playing through the catwoman missions and using her rapid strikes and agility as an offset to Batman's brutal, no-holds-barred approach. One disappointment was that purchasing the character packs didn't open any new in game missions only challenge maps. It would have been fun to run around Gotham as Nightwing or Tim Drake. But I was able to take out my frustration at this oversight on a bunch of goons in the challenge maps.
If you like Arkham Asylum, buying Arkham City is a no-brainer. If you somehow missed the first game and you're a Batman fan (or a video game fan in general) you owe it to yourself to pick up both. Just try to avoid the temptation to build a homemade batsuit and talk with a gravelly voice. Leave it to the pros (or if you must...pick up Gotham City Imposters).
The first thing you notice when opening it is that it is very well designed from a packaging standpoint: The statue fits within a fold down diorama and clear plastic casing. Fitting the game's graphical feel, the backdrop and statue are in shades of black and grey. The back portion of the diorama is a hard sleeve holding the book. The bottom portion of the diorama cube has a pull out tray to hold the download codes and miscellaneous paperwork for the game. All 4 sides of the diorama are hard-cover-book quality glossy material with an inside laminate of the Gotham City/Arkham City background laminated onto it.
The Batman statue is not a cheap afterthought. It is a solid, very heavy, polyvinyl type of material that is highly detailed - the tiny ribbed texture of the Batsuit is finely sculpted and in raised relief. That you could see the fine texture of the bat suit was the most impressive part of this statue - but really, everything from the boots to the utility belt are finely detailed. In addition, it is beautifully painted - careful shadowing brings out physique details in the form fitting costume. Batman is crouched on a round base with the words "Arkham City" in red on it. The statue is solid but doesn't feel breakable at all as with a resin type of sculpture. In all, the statue is beautifully detailed and makes a great display when you fold up the diorama sides and then place the clear cube display box cover over it.
The book it comes with is gorgeous. It is a finely bound, glossy paper, full color, high quality item. Inside, the Arkham City key concept art, character sheets, drawings, and Batman equipment are displayed. Also shown are the propaganda posters seen in the game and the creative visual art used as inspiration for the settings. There is some very beautiful work in there.
This Collector's Edition is a real treat for Batman fans. It treats the source material with the love and respect it deserves - and doesn't cheap out in any part of the presentation of this great game.
And the game itself - excellent! Easily as good as its predecessor. And the Catwoman character is too much fun as well.