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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.
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 your ultimate experience as 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.
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.
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.
Catwoman is a fully playable character in Batman: Arkham City with her own storyline in the main game, interwoven with Batman's story. Her navigation skills, combat moves and gadgetry have been specifically designed and animated to deliver a fully featured and unique experience.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.
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Pros: Arkham City is a really good GTA clone with the various super villains and their thugs filling in as the gangs. The stealth gameplay is well done. The fighting system is superb as well. At @$40, the value of all the DLC stuff in the GOTY version makes it a steal. Kevin Controy voices Batman and Mark Hamil does the Joker.
Cons: The story is weak. Go ahead and downvote me for saying so, but its true. There are cliched parts where Batman comes across as amateurish getting knocked over the head unconscious and mentally ill going out of his way to save evil violent murderers. Also comes dangerously close to campy as the supervillain's gang members are all wearing silly themed costumes much like the 60's TV Batman. The Catwoman DLC also feels crudely tacked on to the main story and doesn't mesh well. Voice wise, NONE of the other villains have their original TV VA's which is a shame.
Other Thoughts: still a fantastic game. Strange to play a game that is skating the edge of an M rating but going out of its way to stay in T territory. You'll know what I mean by listening to the idle chatter between the street punks.
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