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  • Summary: Developed by WB Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the enhanced version of the game created by Rocksteady Studios. The Wii U version delivers the same impactful story and gameplay as the original title, this time with enhanced gameplay mechanics and features made possibleDeveloped by WB Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the enhanced version of the game created by Rocksteady Studios. The Wii U version delivers the same impactful story and gameplay as the original title, this time with enhanced gameplay mechanics and features made possible with the Wii U and its unique GamePad. Batman: Arkham City is set in the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an vast Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    100
    Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games ever created, no matter the platform. It’s engaging from beginning to end, the production values are first rate, and on Wii U there’s an extra level of depth to the experience. You can't go wrong with an outright purchase.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 23, 2013
    92
    Armoured Edition is an excellent superhero's sandbox. The BatGamePad-gadgets work nicely. [Jan 2013]
  3. 90
    Even if you don't play Batman's story again, just the extra content is enough to justify the purchase.
  4. Dec 2, 2012
    85
    It looks like Nintendo have finally grown a pair and are willing to partake in an older gamer's market - delivering mature, dark, and often violent titles like Arkham City. It is also a comforting display of loyalty from a brilliant studio like Rocksteady, who haven't just ported the game, but honestly had some genuine fun with the new hardware of the Wii U.
  5. Games Master UK
    Jan 15, 2013
    84
    A treat for the dedicated Nintendo-heads. Others should stick to 360/PS3 GOTY edition. [Feb 2013, p.74]
  6. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    An outstanding experience that will throw the player into Arkham's sombre environments. This game is able to turn nearly everyone into a Batman follower, whether they're ready or not. An essential title which perfectly ties exquisite story-telling with near-perfect gameplay mechanics.
  7. Nov 18, 2012
    70
    It took things that already worked perfectly and shook them until they cracked. Not shattered completely, but undoubtedly broken, just a little bit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Nov 20, 2012
    10
    This is the best Wii U launch game by so far. Yeah, maybe it's one year later, and it's suppose that there is not going to be anyone to playThis is the best Wii U launch game by so far. Yeah, maybe it's one year later, and it's suppose that there is not going to be anyone to play this one. Anyway, it's the same game, simply the great and brilliant game released on 2011. Nothing changes, even the technical aspect. But if you've played another versions, specially the GOTY one, you are going to waste your money shamelessly. This game is great for those who haven't played the game, or simply are Nintendo-Batman fans. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    Must have for a Wii U owner, Nintendo need more games like this, it uses the gamepad in the best way and have extras like harley queensMust have for a Wii U owner, Nintendo need more games like this, it uses the gamepad in the best way and have extras like harley queens revenge or riddler puzzles give a lot of hours of gamaplay. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    10
    one of the best WIIU launch titles for sure. a match between this and zombiu... maybe mario as well. overall the gameplay is far superior thanone of the best WIIU launch titles for sure. a match between this and zombiu... maybe mario as well. overall the gameplay is far superior than could be on any non-interactive console. wonderful title! Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    9
    Excellent Gameplay, stunning visuals, great story; an excellent sequel to Arkham Asylum.
    Fantastic usage of the Gamepad, it absolutely feels
    Excellent Gameplay, stunning visuals, great story; an excellent sequel to Arkham Asylum.
    Fantastic usage of the Gamepad, it absolutely feels amazing to turn yourself to look behind you.

    A must have.
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  5. Nov 20, 2012
    9
    IF you have already played it, there is no need to play again, but, for people who have not played it, the wiiu is the definitive version ofIF you have already played it, there is no need to play again, but, for people who have not played it, the wiiu is the definitive version of 2011's GOTY, including all DLC, and it looks pretty much the same as the other versions. However, the gamepad isnt really done well. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2015
    9
    When I first got Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, I was expecting a great game. Thankfully, I was not disappointed and the game fullyWhen I first got Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, I was expecting a great game. Thankfully, I was not disappointed and the game fully delivered!

    The Wii U GamePad is used many times in the game: you can track down enemies if they are in a different room, B.A.T. Mode can be accessed easily, and the map is a great and helpful addition. Speaking of B.A.T. Mode, this was helpful even if I didn't use it that much since at the time, I had already played the prequel Batman: Arkham Origins.

    The story was pretty good. Some of the highlights of the story were the parts when Batman and the Joker interacted. Their relationship at times interfered with what they were tasked to do which was funny. The characters weren't boring at all and their personalities from the comics and films really shined. The most interesting of the characters was Batman. It really felt like you were being Batman because of the GamePad and how it was used mainly.

    The gadgets in the game are the same as Origins but they used the GamePad much more in order to differentiate Armored Edition from other versions of City. The open world was pretty big but you can explore it all pretty quickly. It doesn't quite feel like you are actually in the Arkham City. The combat was pretty easy to master. However, there aren't that much moves for Batman to perform in the game. It would have been nice to see him get out his weapons in combat.

    The bosses were also pretty unique. They seem like they're both a puzzle and a boss at the same time, reminding me of The Legend of Zelda. You really had to use your brain to figure out how to defeat some of these villains. The game has a pretty big amount of replayability. There's tons of side missions to do but it never quite feels like its own story unlike the Assassin's Creed series.

    Overall, Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition is great fun with a huge open world (even if the story mode is pretty short compared to other games). The GamePad usage is a perfect example of how other Wii U developers should be handling the console and it really feels like you're in Batman's shoes. Even if the side missions seem a bit rushed, the game's still worth picking up.
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  7. Sep 30, 2014
    5
    I played Asylum on the 360 and thought it was one of last gen's best games. The Wii U version is a buggy mess. There are framerate issues andI played Asylum on the 360 and thought it was one of last gen's best games. The Wii U version is a buggy mess. There are framerate issues and all around it looks like a very lazy port from WB Montreal (that's right...Rocksteady couldn't be bothered to do it themselves) just like most 3rd party games on the Wii U. What I think happens is they port straight over from the 360 and that's it...no optimization, effects, shading, nothing! So it just looks off. I tried the PS3 version and it looks and runs better so I know it's just the Wii U version. But performance not withstanding...this does not messure up to AA in the slightest. It's probably a game that didn't need to be made but they had to. Expand

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