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Batman: Arkham City Signature Series Guide Paperback – Oct 18 2011


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: BradyGames (Oct. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074401316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744013160
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H-F on April 28 2012
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 By Sebastien on 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 By Annick Miller on Aug. 22 2014
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Bien fait mais il manque des information
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Whittingham on Oct. 27 2011
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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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Decent Guide for an Absolutely HUGE Game Nov. 3 2011
By Nemesis296 - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A godsend! Feb. 13 2013
By Bruticus Maximus - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
Nice guide for a positively massive game Jan. 25 2012
By M. Gattus - Published on Amazon.com
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Arkham City is one seriously huge sandbox to play in. It's non linear in that you can explore huge areas of the map before fighting the next set piece battle, which gives you a chance to get really good at the combat system. The guide offers an entire chapter on enemies types as well as bosses, which does contain spoilers on the boss parts. My solution was to only read the section about Normal enemies. You also get a chapter that goes into great detail on the free flow combat system, which is great if you're like me and didn't okay Arkham Asylum - each move you start with and can unlock are explained in very nice detail, with the pros and cons and practical applications of each attack. The guide also offers a guide to collect all 400+ collectibles, which I recommend doing after you've actually beaten the game - it's just a whole lot easier and much quicker to follow jthe guide while collecting them, and the guide seems to assume you've already completed the game.

All in all, the author of the guide goes out of their way to avoid spoilers while still providing an excellent walkthrough of the game. I highly recommend this book, especially at its $12 price point compared to $25 at GameStop.


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