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  1. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    Batman: Arkham City is simply the total package Batman fans, and avid video game players. It improves over Arkham Asylum in every way. Just to name a few; Arkham City is a huge environment, with enemies that constantly chatter, making the city seem real. There are more gadgets, and none of them feel contrived. The Catwoman DLC (free) is a blast. The voice actors of this game are theBatman: Arkham City is simply the total package Batman fans, and avid video game players. It improves over Arkham Asylum in every way. Just to name a few; Arkham City is a huge environment, with enemies that constantly chatter, making the city seem real. There are more gadgets, and none of them feel contrived. The Catwoman DLC (free) is a blast. The voice actors of this game are the definitive voices for the characters, and it will be an immense challenge for anyone to ever top Mark Hamill as Joker. But the most important reason to play the game is to experience the story. Without spoiling anything, events occur that could never happen in the mainstream DC Universe, and it is fascinating to watch the events play out. For a casual fan, I recommend trying the combat once if you're on the fence about buying the game-the combat system in this game is perhaps the most fluid in any action game. For the hardcore fans, there are plenty of Easter Eggs. Overall, Arkham City is a simply astounding experience. I can not recommend it highly enough. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    9
    Fantastic super hero game with lots to see and do. A must have in any collection. would like to have seen more in the multilayer side of things but that isn't a big issue with a game of this quality.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    I LOVE this game. its a great combination of stealth and action, its got a long story and hours of side missions. There's tons of things to unlock, ranging from 3D art to character bios, and to unlock these you have to collect riddler trophies. Thinking like a detective while beating up crooks seems like a wierd combination, but Rocksteady masters it. And the challenge room have never beenI LOVE this game. its a great combination of stealth and action, its got a long story and hours of side missions. There's tons of things to unlock, ranging from 3D art to character bios, and to unlock these you have to collect riddler trophies. Thinking like a detective while beating up crooks seems like a wierd combination, but Rocksteady masters it. And the challenge room have never been better.

    In Short
    + Epic story
    + Good bosses
    + Hours of side missions
    + Lots of challenge room that never gets old
    +- Will leave you hungry for more

    i dont always give 10/10, but when i do. its BATMAN!
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  4. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    This game simply is a fantastic and flawless follow up to Arkham Asylum. We as gamers sometimes take for granted how difficult it is to follow up one of the best games produced for any platform. In Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady has done an incredible job. A few new features have been added. New gadgets give you an array of choices when fending off enemies. If you played the previousThis game simply is a fantastic and flawless follow up to Arkham Asylum. We as gamers sometimes take for granted how difficult it is to follow up one of the best games produced for any platform. In Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady has done an incredible job. A few new features have been added. New gadgets give you an array of choices when fending off enemies. If you played the previous game, gliding and grappling has a similar feel but features a new way to attack foes and to navigate the immense city. The combat "free flow" system is once again near perfection and crushing foes to senseless piles of meat never gets old. The voice acting is superb as was the first. I certainly am going to miss Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) as he said that this is his last voice act for The Joker. Here is a pretty cool vid I found on youtube on his Joker voice acting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gBWpWwIBKw. He's phenomenal as are Quinn, Strange, Catwoman and the others. The story is engrossing, addictive and keeps your interest with worthwhile side missions that gently divert you from the main story. It is extremely easy however to refocus to the main story at any time. Boss fights are challenging but somewhat predictable at any difficulty and the new "game plus" mode will challenge the most experienced gamers skills. The online "challenge modes" are a little repetitive as you fight waves of enemies. It is good however to hone in your hand to hand combat skills. This game has a monster amount of Riddler trophies that make you use your noggin, some of them are extremely difficult to solve but are extremely rewarding once you solve them. In conclusion this game will immerse you with it's genius storytelling, voice acting, free flow combat system, graphics and game mechanics. A genuine GOTY contender and a must play! Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    This game was very exciting. I dropped tears of joy when i first unwrapped the game. I then started to play it, and again dropped tears of joy. :D TOT worth $ 66.40
  6. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    This game is so good I actually had to punch myself in the face to stop playing so that I could make the experience last longer. Being Batman never felt so good (except for that one Halloween in '95 when I got really drunk). There are tons of gadgets to play around with, a huge city to explore, tons of villains, cat woman's butt, and loads of puzzles to solve. Once I wake up from myThis game is so good I actually had to punch myself in the face to stop playing so that I could make the experience last longer. Being Batman never felt so good (except for that one Halloween in '95 when I got really drunk). There are tons of gadgets to play around with, a huge city to explore, tons of villains, cat woman's butt, and loads of puzzles to solve. Once I wake up from my coma, I'll be playing this game again and once I beat it I'll boot it back up for new game plus. Expand
  7. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    Do yourself a favor. Buy this game. So much fun. Combat is amazing when you get really good at it. I was amazing at arkham asylum, so the new enemy types really add a new degree of challenge. Love this game.
  8. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    The best game I've played this year so far. The game has a brilliant and engaging storyline, tons of gadgets, a fight system that has been refined and so many great characters from the universe that it truly is remarkable. For me to give something a 10 is a pretty big deal, I don't throw them around. But this game is addictive, immersing, clever, beautiful and huge. The main story is aThe best game I've played this year so far. The game has a brilliant and engaging storyline, tons of gadgets, a fight system that has been refined and so many great characters from the universe that it truly is remarkable. For me to give something a 10 is a pretty big deal, I don't throw them around. But this game is addictive, immersing, clever, beautiful and huge. The main story is a little brief but with what feels like a thousand side missions it makes it feel so much bigger. The addition of Catwoman is great, she is unique and has her own little story. Though this is where my only gripe with the game is. She feels a little bit tagged on, her story is way too short, she has no gadgets worth anything except her whip. Her combat though is way smoother and faster than Batman's which makes her combat enjoyable. Her stealth element is so frustrating at times, so in respect to Catwoman more of her in every way.

    But Batman is perfected, he is better than ever and considering this is Batman's story all credit goes to the game for making Batman so perfect. Now I'm gonna go glide around the city, as I have perfected how to do it and its so much fun!
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  9. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    After playing Arkham Asylum, I had high expectations for Arkham City. All were met as Arkham City is better than its predecessor in all ways. First off, flying is amazing! With a pull of the right trigger, you dive down and gain speed. When you pull up, that speed is transferred into forward momentum. After getting the grapnel boost upgrade, experienced flyers can fly indefinitely. TheAfter playing Arkham Asylum, I had high expectations for Arkham City. All were met as Arkham City is better than its predecessor in all ways. First off, flying is amazing! With a pull of the right trigger, you dive down and gain speed. When you pull up, that speed is transferred into forward momentum. After getting the grapnel boost upgrade, experienced flyers can fly indefinitely. The story? It's full of twist, turns, and not to mention cameos from Batman's old friends. Catwoman is playable, however she doesn't steal the show. My only issue is that if you buy B:AC used, you have to pony up $10 to play as her. She has her own arsenal of weapons, and is definitely fun to play as. The story is fairly short, but not only is there a new game +, there's a whole lot of side missions! Most are easy, but the Riddler's side mission will take quite a while. Not only are there 400 trophies/challenges, but he has 5 hostages hidden all over Arkham for you to save. Once you finish that, there are a multitude of "campaigns" to play through (Essentially the challenge maps from AA). A must buy, as well as a GOTY contender. Keep it up Rocksteady! Expand
  10. Nov 13, 2011
    9
    This game was amazing this is 10times better than arkham asylum the map was bigger the graphics were amazing the gameplay was phenomenal only thing that let's it down is replay value you do not get the same feeling it feels completely different overall amazing
  11. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    just a awesome game. nothing else i can really say. great buy. beat the campaign and still have tons of more to do. if your debating on getting it, just do it.
  12. Nov 7, 2012
    10
    This game is definately worthy of a 10/10 it is how a game should be, the pc version plays extremely well with a gamepad but it is still just as enjoyable with a keyboard and mouse, even if you are not into super heroes (like myself) it is still a must buy.
  13. Nov 14, 2011
    9
    loved the first one and this is an even better version of that. More areas to explore and cool enhancements, a must have game for any xbox owner. The combat alone is worth the price of entry alone. It is so fluid and fun just bashing people with their own bats or throwing a smoke pellet and flee from incoming bullets. A great game with a great story !
  14. Nov 14, 2011
    9
    Great story, stellar voice cast, and brilliant setting, Arkham Asylum was one of the sleeper hits of 2009, and Rocksteady showing once more they can make it with the big boys. This game is a must for any gamer, not just comic junkie, loads of variety, and hard to put down, my only complaint is that they could have made the world slightly bigger, as opening upgrades means you can get acrossGreat story, stellar voice cast, and brilliant setting, Arkham Asylum was one of the sleeper hits of 2009, and Rocksteady showing once more they can make it with the big boys. This game is a must for any gamer, not just comic junkie, loads of variety, and hard to put down, my only complaint is that they could have made the world slightly bigger, as opening upgrades means you can get across it a little too quick, but the future is bright for this franchise.. Expand
  15. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best Super Hero games of all time gets an even better sequel. Batman: Arkham City had a lot of hype to live up to and it delivers big time. The story is not only excellent but it is one of the best Batman stories told and that includes the comics. The voice acting once again is superb thanks to the great cast of actors including Mark Hamill (Joker) and Kevin Conroy (Batman). Graphically the game is refined over its predecessor and Arkham Asylum was a great looking game. The musical score is fantastic as it transitions between a light moody track to an intense orchestral piece flawlessly and at the right moments. Now the most important thing about a game is the game play and Arkham City takes an already intuitive combat system and adds more to it. Chaining combos and using gadgets has never felt so satisfying and perfect. There's nothing like taking on a dozen enemies and being able to handle them without a single problem only to finish them off with a takedown. But that's not the only thing that is great about the gameplay. Gliding around the immense city is handled in a way that it feels natural. Being able to move swiftly and engage in combat as well as puzzles is both fun and it makes you feel like The Dark Knight himself. Arkham City also gives you the Ability to play as Catwoman. She is playable for a few missions during the main story and she has her own challenge mode. Now this is probably the only complain I might have against the game but after moving around the city with Batman, Catwoman feels somewhat limited and it makes for some weird things that you didn't want. One example was when I was trying to solve a puzzle but due to her limited mobility I ended up landing on top of a building with armed guards who in return shot me to death. But as limited as her movements are while moving around the city her combat is still very good, even though she has less gadgets than Batman she can still hold her own against any number of enemies. Overall Batman: Arkham City is not only a fantastic game but one of the best of the year. Rocksteady set out to outdo themselves over Arkhan Asylum and they accomplished it brilliantly. Where Rocksteady and Batman go from here is not yet clear but now they have an even bigger challenge ahead and if they show the same passion and care they did with Arkham City I'm sure they will be successful. Expand
  16. Nov 15, 2011
    9
    All the facts in this game are 10/10 Graphics, sound, gameplay, story, everything is great... but i set 9 cause i wanted more and more and more... but main story was kinda short to me.
  17. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    Got the game yesterday and instantly love it! I enjoyed the first game and found myself playing for hours on end, but im even more impressed with the follow up and find myself losing all track of time whilst playing. Overall a fantastic sequel and i hope there's more to come!
  18. Jun 29, 2012
    9
    One of the best superhero video game of all time is back, and this time it offers a more vastly bigger environment. Great action, superb controls (with a little bit of a learning curve) and superb production values are staples. What makes it the best super hero game series is its ability to make the player 'become' the Dark Knight himself. Highly recommended.
  19. Jul 12, 2012
    10
    One of the greatest games.. Bigger and a lot better then Batman Arkham Asylum... And now we have the Game of the year edition.. Greatest hero game ever made
  20. Nov 17, 2011
    9
    I've been waiting for this game ever since I completed Arkham asylum which is over 2 years. And I can say that it is an excellent game in every aspect. The game length can be as long as you want it to be because there are so many side missions. You dont have to complete them but if you dont then you miss out on A LOT of the story. An example is the Riddler missions, I missed them outI've been waiting for this game ever since I completed Arkham asylum which is over 2 years. And I can say that it is an excellent game in every aspect. The game length can be as long as you want it to be because there are so many side missions. You dont have to complete them but if you dont then you miss out on A LOT of the story. An example is the Riddler missions, I missed them out completely on my 1st play though... and missed out on the story. My only complaints with the game and the reason I gave it 9 not 10 is because I was dissapointed with the ending, the game seems to just end with no indication as to weather or not there will be a 3rd game. Also I miss the Scarecrow... He was fantastic in Arkham asylum. Expand
  21. Nov 17, 2011
    10
    Batman: Arkham City has got to be _the_ most immersive, engaging video game I have ever played through. After finishing, there were actually chills and tears over the storyline. Several times, I was actually stunned at the plot twists. The ending left me without longing... except for a sequel.
  22. Dec 15, 2011
    10
    Arkham City took everything I loved about Asylum and blew it out of the water! Instead of confined corridors, Batman now has an entire city full of charismatic villains played by top notch actors, beautiful graphics, a great score, excellent gameplay and lots of re-playability! My definite GOTY!
  23. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    I have to say coming into this game I had very high hopes for it I loved Arkham Asylum and with the exception of two little parts mediocre boss fights and the end it was a near perfect game. It improves upon the previous game immensely. the sheer size alone is aw inspiring when you first set your eyes on Arkham City it can be a tad overwhelming but the first time I grappled along theI have to say coming into this game I had very high hopes for it I loved Arkham Asylum and with the exception of two little parts mediocre boss fights and the end it was a near perfect game. It improves upon the previous game immensely. the sheer size alone is aw inspiring when you first set your eyes on Arkham City it can be a tad overwhelming but the first time I grappled along the rooftops and started zipping along the city taking out thugs and finding those freaking riddlers trophies I felt right at home as Batman. The voice acting of all the major players is top notch and the story is pretty seamless and flowing. Yes you can do the plethora of side quests along side the main one but I did find myself always getting drawn back into the main story line wondering what happened next and who I would run into next. I won't spoil anything but its hard not to run into some bat villain either main stream or obscure to the bat universe. The boss fights are more varied and a much improvement over the last game and the ending just wow which is all I will say. After the game is done there was still plenty of to do and finish up. My only real criticisms of the game is are minor ones but its what keeps the game from being a 10 in my opinion. The catwoman stages are not bad but they feel a bit tacked on and detract a little bit from the main story and that last part is a giant pain in the rear. The only part is those Riddler trophies I have about 1/2 of them complete but kinda lost the desire to finish them off its just a tad overwhelming. But that aside the whole game is a complete package and a must play for any Batfan Expand
  24. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    I absolutely love this game. I've been a huge Batman fan all my life, and this is the perfect game for any fans out there who want to feel what it is like to be Batman. The campaign has a decent length, the side missions and Riddler challenges are abundant, and the voice acting is superb. Hopefully Rocksteady can give us another great Bats game in the next view years, or maybe giveI absolutely love this game. I've been a huge Batman fan all my life, and this is the perfect game for any fans out there who want to feel what it is like to be Batman. The campaign has a decent length, the side missions and Riddler challenges are abundant, and the voice acting is superb. Hopefully Rocksteady can give us another great Bats game in the next view years, or maybe give another hero that has been plagued by bad games a chance *cough* Superman *cough* Expand
  25. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Arkham city takes the same successful game and builds on it. Rocksteady deserves a large pat on the back as they deliver a stunning game I will never forget. From the exciting start to the unforgettable ending and credits, the game is always exciting. My only complaints are that the story is too short, and some villains are thrown in there for no reason. Other than that, the graphics, andArkham city takes the same successful game and builds on it. Rocksteady deserves a large pat on the back as they deliver a stunning game I will never forget. From the exciting start to the unforgettable ending and credits, the game is always exciting. My only complaints are that the story is too short, and some villains are thrown in there for no reason. Other than that, the graphics, and the voice acting are perfect. Every villains presence is exciting and batman shows his true colors as gothams hero. The flaws are unnoticable from how much fun you will be having, go buy this game NOW. If you are readying this rocksteady, thank you for a classic game that will go down in history. Expand
  26. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    This game is my Game of the Year! it has an amazing story with some amazing side missions. If you liked the first game, then you'll love this one. it brings back the epic combat from arkham asylum, and and adds the free-roam capability. also, if you don't feel like playing the story mode there are other modes that you can play. you can either play as batman or catwoman in riddlers revenge.This game is my Game of the Year! it has an amazing story with some amazing side missions. If you liked the first game, then you'll love this one. it brings back the epic combat from arkham asylum, and and adds the free-roam capability. also, if you don't feel like playing the story mode there are other modes that you can play. you can either play as batman or catwoman in riddlers revenge. which pretty much you beating up a whole bunch of bad guys during each wave. also there are dlc for the game. there is the nightwing and the robin dlc. overall, this game is amazing. you need to get it! Expand
  27. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. WOW. What a freaking blast! Batman:AA redefined what it meant to be Batman, This game only improves upon the format. Excellent in every way. Including some of the more memorable villians in Batman's rogues gallery was a great move, and the only complaint I have is that Bats never really got to beat the crap out of two-face, and left that to catwoman. SPOILER ALERT ***** Joker dying, and Batman walking out through the gates of the city with him in his arms.... EPIC. Expand
  28. Nov 20, 2011
    7
    This is one of the best games I have ever played. I enjoy the combat, the story and use of gadgets and more advanced riddler challenges. The open world is also fun to explore. With all that being said, I have a big problem with this game, and it's not just me. Some peoples game data is being deleted on xbox 360 versions of the game. If it was just happening to me, then I wouldn't put itThis is one of the best games I have ever played. I enjoy the combat, the story and use of gadgets and more advanced riddler challenges. The open world is also fun to explore. With all that being said, I have a big problem with this game, and it's not just me. Some peoples game data is being deleted on xbox 360 versions of the game. If it was just happening to me, then I wouldn't put it in the review, but because it is happening to many people, i see it as a major flaw in the game. I put many hours into this game and now I have to start from the beginning and make a back up save data just in case this happens again. I hope they can fix this problem soon because I really do enjoy this game. Expand
  29. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    So i gave Skyrim a 9, and that makes me want to give this game a 9...after all both games have a few problems. But looking back on my experience playing AC, i just couldnt put it down until i finished the game. The story and setting are just that good. Now the story does stumble here and there but overall its just awesome! Gameplay is some of the best of this generation. Hope this helped!
  30. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    This game is a batman fans dream. There is so much stuff in this game that is ridiculous. The main story is awesome. There are surprises and shocking moments. They touch on every major batman villain in some way. Easter eggs all over the place for players to discover.
  31. Nov 21, 2011
    9
    Great game the story was good and i found it easier to follow doing the side missions after the main story. the combat was smooth but i never found myself using any quickfire gadgets except for the batclaw. some of the riddler challenges were challenging until you thought of it like a detective. a lot of the Super-criminals received the short end of the stick but others were perfect. theGreat game the story was good and i found it easier to follow doing the side missions after the main story. the combat was smooth but i never found myself using any quickfire gadgets except for the batclaw. some of the riddler challenges were challenging until you thought of it like a detective. a lot of the Super-criminals received the short end of the stick but others were perfect. the beginning and the ending were fantastic and moving around the city was great once I got gliding down and it fit in perfectly for Batman and if i got tired of it i would zip-line around. I felt like i actually had a boss battle something that hasn't worked for me in along time. The riddler was probably the most satisfying enemy because i really felt like i had to work for it. if you don't like collecting things don't but i thought it worked greatly. I am a bit of an achievement hunter and was looking forward to collecting all of them when i noticed that one you have to have Robin which i didnt preorder and you have to buy Nightwing which doesn't seem fair those achievements should have been downloaded after you downloaded the characters. Just a minor setback for a fantastic game definitely one of the need to buy games of the year even if you don't like Batman because i didn't really care for it until I played Arkham Asylum and i have learned that Batman is the best super hero because he doesn't have superpower. Amazing follow up to an amazing original Rocksteady keep up the great work Expand
  32. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Easily one of the best experiences I have ever played. It is as amazing as the first time I played through FFVII. Batman is hands down my favorite super hero of all time and that definitely added to experience. The game starts out with a bang and just gets the player feeling the rush of gliding through the city. Combat is once again just fluent as can be with some awesome additions toEasily one of the best experiences I have ever played. It is as amazing as the first time I played through FFVII. Batman is hands down my favorite super hero of all time and that definitely added to experience. The game starts out with a bang and just gets the player feeling the rush of gliding through the city. Combat is once again just fluent as can be with some awesome additions to the combos and gadgets. Graphics were outstanding from every alley way to every building top. The story was amazing and showed how this is its own take on Batman while still keeping true to source materials. What blew my mind was the ability for them to weave so many villains into the game without it feeling like it was forced presence. The way Batman allied with villains for a mutual gain was amazing. I loved the whole side mission involving Jervis. The surprise villain at the end was jawdropping for me. Bottom line with the way Nightwing and Robin got their own playable challenge maps I would love to see mini campaigns that involved both that would tie them into the next game. Expand
  33. Nov 23, 2011
    9
    A really fun adventure through the Batman universe with a great twist ending! Once again Rocksteady Studios nails it! The combat has been improved with cool new tricks for Batman as well as new gadgets. There are far more villains to take down and not to mention the ability to play as Catwoman which adds a new twist on things! Mark Hamel also does a spectacular job playing the Joker.A really fun adventure through the Batman universe with a great twist ending! Once again Rocksteady Studios nails it! The combat has been improved with cool new tricks for Batman as well as new gadgets. There are far more villains to take down and not to mention the ability to play as Catwoman which adds a new twist on things! Mark Hamel also does a spectacular job playing the Joker. Actually most of the voice cast does a great job voicing the heroes and villains. There are some unpolished character models and areas and at times it feels like they put too many villains in for you to wrap your head around. Either way this is the best superhero game to date! Expand
  34. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Batman: Arkham City is amazing! The bosses, the story, the surprises and the fighting in a open world! I don't want to tell you much or ill rune the game for you. This is how you change a game so its not repetitive like the first and still keep the heart of the original. The only fault I see in the game is the fighting, its decent but something feels off at lest for Arkham city. CatwomenBatman: Arkham City is amazing! The bosses, the story, the surprises and the fighting in a open world! I don't want to tell you much or ill rune the game for you. This is how you change a game so its not repetitive like the first and still keep the heart of the original. The only fault I see in the game is the fighting, its decent but something feels off at lest for Arkham city. Catwomen I could of done without. Don't get me wrong she was fun to try however in the end she wasn't necessary. I would pass on the DLC's your not missing much. I would say not only the best batman game out there, but best story as well, The game reminds me of the animated series and makes The Dark Knight not so epic after all. In order to love this game you have to love The Dark Knight and the Animated series. If you love both of those you will see what Arkham city built and why this is the best superhero game ever. Arkham asylum was a horror story two different styles of games, get over it change is good people, your there reason why we have **** remakes of movies ;). P.S don't skip the credits surprise! Expand
  35. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    This is the best game of 2011 for sure and probably one of the best Xbox 360 titles ever. The Arkham series have created a perfect adaptation of Batman pulling from his roots as a detective and a crime fighter rather than an action hero. The combat is great and I love the aspect of looking for clues and solving riddles. I truly feel that I am button mashing with a purpose in this game.This is the best game of 2011 for sure and probably one of the best Xbox 360 titles ever. The Arkham series have created a perfect adaptation of Batman pulling from his roots as a detective and a crime fighter rather than an action hero. The combat is great and I love the aspect of looking for clues and solving riddles. I truly feel that I am button mashing with a purpose in this game. This game is packed full of content (i beat the game and am only 40% done), the graphics are pretty good, game play is almost perfect (a little stiff sometimes) and the characters and story is fun and keeps you interested. 100% Recommend this one. Expand
  36. Nov 22, 2011
    8
    Very good gameplay, I enjoyed the storyline as well. The fighting is very smooth, but tends to be the same thing over and over again. I do like how it incorporates most if not all the villains. Better than the first which is good and a def must have for most gamers.
  37. Nov 24, 2011
    10
    Batman: Arkham City is sweet on the eyes, and even sweeter on anyone who has the most basic grasp on the DC universe. It's bigger in terms of sheer size, content and entertainment value than its' predecessor - and if you'd believe it: even darker and grittier than Arkham Asylum. Amidst turf wars, a race against time on Batman's personal level and the many challenges found within the game,Batman: Arkham City is sweet on the eyes, and even sweeter on anyone who has the most basic grasp on the DC universe. It's bigger in terms of sheer size, content and entertainment value than its' predecessor - and if you'd believe it: even darker and grittier than Arkham Asylum. Amidst turf wars, a race against time on Batman's personal level and the many challenges found within the game, there's a constant sense of urgency. As it should be. While a great game, it sometimes feel as if some of the many challenge modes and smaller challenges are discreetly put aside, in favor of the main story. Add to that, that while there's a bundle of alternate characters and costumes, only a select few are available in more than a few modes of gameplay... It came off as lazy. 9/10 Expand
  38. Nov 26, 2011
    8
    after playing arkham asylum i was looking forward to the second installment,i bought the game with high hopes and i was not dissapointed,the story is excellent and the end is mind-blowing!the riddler challenges are life-consuming finding all 400 isn't easy,but it's not like collecting hidden packages from gta,they are fun to get!the only flaw is that once you complete the game,all that'safter playing arkham asylum i was looking forward to the second installment,i bought the game with high hopes and i was not dissapointed,the story is excellent and the end is mind-blowing!the riddler challenges are life-consuming finding all 400 isn't easy,but it's not like collecting hidden packages from gta,they are fun to get!the only flaw is that once you complete the game,all that's left is the riddler challenge maps,which are good but get boring fast.excellent game but boring after completion. Expand
  39. Nov 26, 2011
    9
    Arkham City is great game, the graphics are second to none, the acting is oscar worthy, the game play is just fun. Everything that is Batman is depicted in this game and the one before it. Rocksteady studios is doing a great job and I will pay attention to any future releases they have coming out. They are a really hard working team that really puts their all into a project. You can seeArkham City is great game, the graphics are second to none, the acting is oscar worthy, the game play is just fun. Everything that is Batman is depicted in this game and the one before it. Rocksteady studios is doing a great job and I will pay attention to any future releases they have coming out. They are a really hard working team that really puts their all into a project. You can see how much care was put into every detail of this game, and it goes to show hard work pays off. Expand
  40. Nov 27, 2011
    9
    Combat is satisfying and uniquely rhythmic, as it was in Arkham Asylum, but additional combat moves make free-flow the best melee combat gameplay in any recent game. The additional take-downs and gadgets make predator far more interesting too. The biggest change, however, is the gliding system, which makes navigating the beautifully rendered city a lot of fun. The voice acting isCombat is satisfying and uniquely rhythmic, as it was in Arkham Asylum, but additional combat moves make free-flow the best melee combat gameplay in any recent game. The additional take-downs and gadgets make predator far more interesting too. The biggest change, however, is the gliding system, which makes navigating the beautifully rendered city a lot of fun. The voice acting is phenomenal, aside from the fact that all the thugs seem to be played by the same 3 voice actors. My only other complaint is that many characters did not get the time they deserved. Expand
  41. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    An outstanding game that features epic scale and dramatic scope. It has a bit of a learning curve in terms of control and gameplay, but the narrative is strong and the production design is outstanding. As someone who finished the game and has claimed the Riddler Rewards, I should have stopped at the end of the original campaign. It's a major time consumer to solve the Riddles and get allAn outstanding game that features epic scale and dramatic scope. It has a bit of a learning curve in terms of control and gameplay, but the narrative is strong and the production design is outstanding. As someone who finished the game and has claimed the Riddler Rewards, I should have stopped at the end of the original campaign. It's a major time consumer to solve the Riddles and get all of the Rewards. It's a highly rewarding game experience, that could have used a touch of more emotional pull. Batman kicks ass, but the depth could have made this near perfect. Expand
  42. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Batman: Arkham City is one of the best, if not the best, video games of 2011 and probably one of the top games ever. Arkham City continues the story (and success) of Batman: Arkham Asylum, with the Mayor creating an Arkham City for the biggest criminals of Gotham City. Seeing villains like the Joker, Doctor Strange, Mr. Freeze (who possesses one of the best boss fights ever!), Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Penguin, and Ra's al Ghul was really fun, though I would have liked it if some of the villains to have a little more screen time (i.e. Two-Face, Mad-Hatter, etc.). Catwoman as a playable character (as well as Robin and Nightwing in DLC) was a really good addition for the game as she possesses a unique set of moves. The gameplay is smoother than ever as gaining combos is easier as you can continue combos even when you counter. The stealth gameplay is even better than before as with the new items and the upgrades you have gained. The collectables and challenges have increased in quantity, thus making this game bigger than Asylum. Overall, this was a great game that improves pretty much everything from the first game. Expand
  43. Dec 5, 2011
    8
    Overall Arkham City is Arkham Asylum only bigger, better, more polished and well deserving of the 9 out of 10 score I was going to give it ... until I reached the ending. Like a good anecdote which should gradually build into a joke deserving of the prolonged build up the game was building up nicely only for the punch line to be forgotten to the disappointment of those whom had beenOverall Arkham City is Arkham Asylum only bigger, better, more polished and well deserving of the 9 out of 10 score I was going to give it ... until I reached the ending. Like a good anecdote which should gradually build into a joke deserving of the prolonged build up the game was building up nicely only for the punch line to be forgotten to the disappointment of those whom had been gripped only to be let down at the finale. The ending was such a disappointment for me that I verbally exclaimed "WTF? Bull!"Â Expand
  44. Jan 19, 2012
    8
    I feel it improved from the first game but it also featured a lot more problems. The world is bigger and because of it there is lag and a very noticeable drop in frame-rates when you get to certain areas. I liked how great the environments look and how every character has dropped their bodybuilder look for something more original. There are a ton more challenge maps ,which is good andI feel it improved from the first game but it also featured a lot more problems. The world is bigger and because of it there is lag and a very noticeable drop in frame-rates when you get to certain areas. I liked how great the environments look and how every character has dropped their bodybuilder look for something more original. There are a ton more challenge maps ,which is good and annoying, that are a lot tougher to complete. A ton more riddler challenges as well (which I love doing) that are a lot harder then the first game.

    There are a ton of new bosses in the game. Although i hated how the boss fights were over almost as soon as they started (literally one punch for some of them), It took away from what made the first game so good (a few bosses but all with their original boss fights).

    Overall, I liked it almost as much as the first game but it didnt really capture me the way the first game did.
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  45. Dec 1, 2011
    10
    Batman: Arkham City is by far my top contender for game of the year. The Freeflow combat system was so much fun. It is one of those combate systems that is easy to learn, but hard to master. The story was completely faithful to batman fans, the characters are all voiced by ther respective actors,(except harley quinn and catwoman) and it feels like I am actually batman. Of course this is myBatman: Arkham City is by far my top contender for game of the year. The Freeflow combat system was so much fun. It is one of those combate systems that is easy to learn, but hard to master. The story was completely faithful to batman fans, the characters are all voiced by ther respective actors,(except harley quinn and catwoman) and it feels like I am actually batman. Of course this is my review for the original Arkham, but they made it some much bigger with so much more stuff to do. Although the dialogue is a little bit more cheesy than the original. If I could give this game and 11, I would. Call of duty: Modern Warfare 3 can kiss Batmans Caped ass. Expand
  46. Dec 2, 2011
    10
    Arkham City has everything you want in a game; exciting storyline, good combat, free roaming and plenty of side missions. On top of this put battle arenas, riddles and some exceptionable voice acting, this has everything you could want in a game. Whether a fan of Batman or not, buy this game!
  47. Dec 4, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is not better than AA except for a few places. I really hope they take a break from Batman and do something else otherwise I fear the next game will kill this otherwise good series.

    The pluses: area is bigger, the side missions are generally fun, the combat is slightly better, the story is more interesting for the most part.

    The negatives: the ending is horrible (reminds me of the X-Men series), the pit battle is so anti-batman that it is just plain stupid, the AR missions (you're on a tight timeline, you get some new gear and...you do training in the middle of a prison), the riddle puzzles force you to use techniques that you'll never, ever use elsewhere just to show off the mechanisms, catwoman parts, robin's appearance.

    I don't understand why publishers feel that movie, comic, TV show writers are bragging points when it comes to a game's narrative. The medias are different. AC has one of the stupider endings I've played in a long time.

    I also think they went way overboard on the combat stuff this time. I think they were trying to show off or something. The combat just didn't feel as fun in AC.

    Overall it is still a good game but not better than AA. I just hope they don't try to continue the series anytime soon because the next one will probably suck.
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  48. Dec 9, 2011
    10
    I've been playing video games since about 1992 and this is hands down the best video game I've ever played. If you consider yourself and avid gamer you are seriously missing out if you don't buy this game.
  49. Dec 27, 2011
    10
    Since the creation of gaming, Superhero games have all suffered the same treatment of cheap, short, repetitve games which struggle to keep even the most casual of gamers hooked. That was until 2009s Batman Arkham Asylum. The in depth and truth in the characters created the greatest superhero game of that decade. So, the sequel was under a lot of pressure to be great, and undeniably, it isSince the creation of gaming, Superhero games have all suffered the same treatment of cheap, short, repetitve games which struggle to keep even the most casual of gamers hooked. That was until 2009s Batman Arkham Asylum. The in depth and truth in the characters created the greatest superhero game of that decade. So, the sequel was under a lot of pressure to be great, and undeniably, it is 10x much more than that! Who knew that to create the game with the most in-depth characters would be from a superhero game? The story is probaly the weakest aspect of the game nd even that alone alone deserves a rating of 9. The combat is as great as ever with a host of new moves. There are new moves and now sub-missions to fit the larger scope of the urban playground. And there is the return of riddles (hoorah)! I would put this up there with the customisation of Skyrim and the addictiveness of MW3 as one of the greatest games of the is year. Enjoy! Expand
  50. Dec 27, 2011
    10
    Arkham Asylum was fun because it reminded the world why Batman is awesome. Fighting rooms full of thugs, stealthing armed thugs, and having full access to Batman's toys was the name of the game, and it was undeniably fun. Arkham City took everything we loved in the old game and made it better. Expanded combat options, more techniques to use against armed guards, and even more toys are allArkham Asylum was fun because it reminded the world why Batman is awesome. Fighting rooms full of thugs, stealthing armed thugs, and having full access to Batman's toys was the name of the game, and it was undeniably fun. Arkham City took everything we loved in the old game and made it better. Expanded combat options, more techniques to use against armed guards, and even more toys are all present, but of course that's not all. The linearity of the old game was completely removed in favor of a sandbox full of sidequests, collectibles, and tons of bad guys. top that off with an excellent story with a dynamite ending, and you have a game that is worthy of being owned and praised by gamers for years to come. Expand
  51. Dec 22, 2011
    10
    WwowW: Ask and ye shall receive!!! I just reviewed Batman: Arkham City a few days ago and one of my comments was that it would have "been nice to change outfits within the main game (I got tired of running around in a dirty, shredded out uniform!!!)''. Now Rocksteady has not only given us gamers a free dlc Batman, Inc. uniform to wear, but also made each of Batman's dlc costumes availableWwowW: Ask and ye shall receive!!! I just reviewed Batman: Arkham City a few days ago and one of my comments was that it would have "been nice to change outfits within the main game (I got tired of running around in a dirty, shredded out uniform!!!)''. Now Rocksteady has not only given us gamers a free dlc Batman, Inc. uniform to wear, but also made each of Batman's dlc costumes available for wear during the regular gameplay campaign too (not just in the challenge mode). No more "running around in a dirty, shredded out uniform"! Another request of mine, the Batcave, has also been made accessible via dlc (for Challenge mode only)!! VERY NICE, Rocksteady!!! Kudos!!! This game keeps getting better and better!! Expand
  52. Jul 25, 2013
    8
    Batman: Arkham City is a little difficult to review, because there are a lot of things it does right, but it also has a lot of flaws. It's certainly larger than Arkham Asylum was, but that size doesn't seem to really pay off like it was supposed to, because on the whole the decision to make the game a sandbox was to the detriment of the experience. I appreciate sandbox gameplay, don't getBatman: Arkham City is a little difficult to review, because there are a lot of things it does right, but it also has a lot of flaws. It's certainly larger than Arkham Asylum was, but that size doesn't seem to really pay off like it was supposed to, because on the whole the decision to make the game a sandbox was to the detriment of the experience. I appreciate sandbox gameplay, don't get me wrong, but it's only compatible with certain types of gameplay, and as I progressed through Arkham City it became clear that Rocksteady's Batman gameplay is not one of those types. That said, the gameplay itself is even better than the first one, with both the predator and combat mechanics expanded upon wonderfully, adding even more enjoyment to encounters. Furthermore, the story is also greatly improved, with the dialogue now feeling at least somewhat original. The biggest improvement would have to be the boss fights, which are actually really good now. The one that everyone mentions is the fight with Mr. Freeze, which is certainly a great battle that deserves attention, but my personal favorite was the one against Ra's Al Ghul. That said, even with the new additions to your repertoire of traversal skills, getting from place to place in Arkham City just isn't very engaging. There's more than one time when I thought that I'd honestly enjoy the game more if it were linear like Arkham Asylum was. However, the biggest issue with this game is its anti-piracy policy. If you didn't buy the game new, or if you just don't have Xbox Live, you can't play the Catwoman segments, which are a rather large part of the game. To Rocksteady's credit, even if you miss out on the Catwoman parts the story will still make sense, but it's a bit annoying to have Catwoman make an appearance near the beginning of the game, and then disappear until the final cuscene. But, mentioning the final cutscene gives me a convenient segue into easily the best part of this game: the ending. I won't spoil anything, but let's just say that the ending is shocking in the best possible way, and one particular reveal provides a wonderful payoff to lots of subtle foreshadowing throughout the latter parts of the game. Now, in point of fairness, I'm not entirely certain that that foreshadowing was intentional, it may have just been coincidence, but if it was intentional then that proves right there that Rocksteady understand subtlety: they can foreshadow so subtly that it's unclear whether they're actually doing it or not. In view of this, I'm prepared to forgive this game for a lot, even for locking off half its content. It's not perfect, but it's definitely at least as good as Arkham Asylum, if not better, and at the same time manages to feel like its own game, and for these reasons it's definitely worth playing. Expand
  53. Dec 20, 2011
    9
    Batman: Arkham City is a very good game. It's not great such as a Batman: Arkham Asylum, but this sequel is maybe one of the best games of 2011.It wasn't made for money. It was made for gamers and players. I really recommend this game.
  54. Dec 20, 2011
    8
    Great story, great sound, great voice acting and most importantly great to play. It just didnt last long enough for me. Hopefully we can get some DLC to extend the life of this because id love to have a reason to go back to Arkham City
  55. Dec 20, 2011
    9
    I may not be the biggest superhero fan but this game is incredible the graphics the dlc the side missons and of course catwoman This game needs the catwoman opening because thats how the game should really kicked off
  56. Dec 22, 2011
    9
    This game is great. The visuals, gameplay, story, and characters are great. I wish some of the other villains had more screen time, but it all adheres to the DC Universe quite well. I'm playing through for a second time, and I found a ton of stuff that I missed the first time. It's a linear open world, but I like games with a story to be a little bit linear. Overall great game.
  57. Dec 23, 2011
    8
    Great game. The only downside is the lack of endgame content theres not much to do after you've completed the story and theres no incentive to carry on playing but when youre in the full swing of the story you'll fall in love with this game! Stunning graphics too!
  58. Jan 6, 2012
    9
    Rocksteady went through a hell of a lot of work to bring this one. Batman: Arkham City is essentially Batman: Arkham Asylum on steroids, with a bigger world, side content besides picking up trophies, and an amazing story. Firstly, the game play. As with Arkham Asylum, Batman will be going from hand-to-hand combat against thugs, and criminals, and stealth based game play against armedRocksteady went through a hell of a lot of work to bring this one. Batman: Arkham City is essentially Batman: Arkham Asylum on steroids, with a bigger world, side content besides picking up trophies, and an amazing story. Firstly, the game play. As with Arkham Asylum, Batman will be going from hand-to-hand combat against thugs, and criminals, and stealth based game play against armed men,both of which employ a variety of gadgets, and strategies to overcome the intimidating odds. While that was the majority of Arkham Asylum, this time around Batman has even more gadgets, and a massive open world to run around in. Before, the transitions between combat, and stealth were obvious, but Arkham City does this with smooth transitions, that unless prepared for it doesn't appear as a change at all. This serves to create a very believable environment, adding to the realistic, grittiness of the game, which is one of the reasons Arkham Asylum was so popular. As well as this, for this instalment, Batman is not the only playable character as a very attractive, and curvy Catwoman is playable for a few missions of the game, and indefinitely once the story is completed and a "free play" mode is possible. While this serves for a change in game play (slight, but still refreshing), it also serves to feed all the hormone pumped geeks, like myself, hungry for some virtual boob. The game is also stunning in the graphical, and sound department. I encountered no obvious game bugs, or glitches during my playthrough, a very shocking, and unlikely thing to occur in an open world game. The voice acting, like the the last game is spectacular with the voices from the last game such as Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker the most notable, being The Joker. As well as that, there is a ton of content in the form of radio communication, and audio tapes that do nothing, but add to the amount of basis on the original Batman comics. Now with all the good there must also be some bad. Many of the added features, such as the new gadgets are unnecessary beyond the one or two puzzles they're needed for, and one can still easily make it through the game without many of the upgrades you can get. That being said however, the game does have a significant amount of upgrades for Batman, and very few for Catwoman, making it apparent that she was not put into the game beyond the occasional switch up to keep interest, and another selling point. My biggest gripe however is the addition of downloadable characters. Catwoman, Robin, and Nightwing all can be currently bought, and used in the challenge mode of the game, but that's it. Robin does make an appearance in the campaign of the game, but both him and Nightwing are only usable for a quick combat or stealth section of the challenge mode, making them again just an addition for more money to be made. This is a huge disappointment to me as I would have enjoying roaming the entirety of Arkham City as either Robin, or Nightwing, and onto that, why bother have Robin appear in the game at all if he wasn't going to do anything? But I digress, Batman: Arkham City is by far a fantastic game, and had a fantastic... well everything. A game with such a emphasis on the original comics, with such entertaining content, and riveting story make it a must buy. A well deserved 9, and indeed almost a perfect score. Expand
  59. Dec 30, 2011
    8
    A really great game. Pros: Fantastic Graphics
    Great storyline
    Tons of side quests
    Amazing gameplay

    Cons: Expected a larger environment from all of the hype
    Irritated by the ammount of dlc downloads.
    I think the skins should be unlockable instead of dlc.
  60. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    Batman Arkham Asylum was almost perfect, but Batman Arkham City was the perfect sequel!! It has fantastic graphics; memorable villains; a bigger world to explore; there are more than hard riddles to complete, but challenges; you can control Catwoman in her own story mode; DLCs with Robin and Nightwing are great, but could have a story mode for them too; Batman is still a hero, he doesn'tBatman Arkham Asylum was almost perfect, but Batman Arkham City was the perfect sequel!! It has fantastic graphics; memorable villains; a bigger world to explore; there are more than hard riddles to complete, but challenges; you can control Catwoman in her own story mode; DLCs with Robin and Nightwing are great, but could have a story mode for them too; Batman is still a hero, he doesn't kill anyone; we don't get tired to play it again and again; this game marked 2011 forever, and we will still play it till the other game to be released!! Thank you Rocksteady, for this great and fun game, you certainly deserve all the prices you've won!!! Expand
  61. Jan 10, 2012
    10
    This is the best under-M rated game of the year (the best M-rated is Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim). Not only is this the best superhero game ever, but the most intuitive and mind-racking game that challenges you to use your wits with an arsenal of improved and new gadgets from Batman: Arkham Asylum. To be honest, I had never heard of Rocksteady Studios before Batman: Arkham Asylum, but now I'mThis is the best under-M rated game of the year (the best M-rated is Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim). Not only is this the best superhero game ever, but the most intuitive and mind-racking game that challenges you to use your wits with an arsenal of improved and new gadgets from Batman: Arkham Asylum. To be honest, I had never heard of Rocksteady Studios before Batman: Arkham Asylum, but now I'm like, "Why hadn't I heard of this before?!" Oh, and one last thing: It runs on Unreal Technology. YAY!!!! Expand
  62. Feb 23, 2012
    9
    Words cannot describe the fun and excitement that I had playing Batman Arkham City. An already amazing predecessor and even better sequel. Let me begin with the graphics. They are exceptionally well designed from top to bottom. Not a single time I looked around and found something that I didn't like. The gameplay. A little sketchy at some points to be honest because the gadgets areWords cannot describe the fun and excitement that I had playing Batman Arkham City. An already amazing predecessor and even better sequel. Let me begin with the graphics. They are exceptionally well designed from top to bottom. Not a single time I looked around and found something that I didn't like. The gameplay. A little sketchy at some points to be honest because the gadgets are sometimes a pain to get to in time of need and at certain times, overall movement isn't all that responsive. But believe me, the game makes up with everything else for these stupid little things that I'm pointing out. Through out the campaign, the game does a great job keeping you busy with secondary missions and side objectives while the game progresses. A nice way to keep you entertained without finishing the campaign in 2 - 3 days (general time I complete the base story for a game). Batman: Arkham City does a relatively good job keeping you entertained and on track with the story with the story, but I find myself walking through the same hallways over and over again during a primary objective. But like I said the game always makes up for it afterwards. Arkham City blew my mind, it's not good, it's not really good. It's amazing. It's Batman: Arkham City. Expand
  63. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    I'll rarely give out a 10 star rating but this games amazing. from game play to voice acting, its real good. I don't know why people gave it such a low grade other than they don't know games. anyways, awesome game, highly recommend
  64. Feb 9, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Arkham city has so much content that will keep you coming back for months, but i did came across some glitches on accident, but those are minor nitpicks, I have been wanting to play this game for a long time. The ending is one of the best i have seen, and i expected no less from paul dini. A 10/10, go buy this game. Expand
  65. Feb 14, 2012
    8
    superb game in almost every aspect, the aspect this game really lacks in is the level design, i have never been forced to watch youtube so much as i did playing through this game. sometimes its impossible to find certain things throughout the game. other then that, splended visualls, voiceacting and gameplay. this game is solid and its guarenteed you will have a blast, batman fan or not.
  66. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    got this game just a few days after it was released. I never had Arkham Asylum or even the demo so didn't have a clue what to expect. I had never bought a game before purely off reviews due to the fact that if I did I could make a mistake. However with this game when I saw gameplay I thought it looked, average. I decided to buy it with some spare money and it actually turned out to be onegot this game just a few days after it was released. I never had Arkham Asylum or even the demo so didn't have a clue what to expect. I had never bought a game before purely off reviews due to the fact that if I did I could make a mistake. However with this game when I saw gameplay I thought it looked, average. I decided to buy it with some spare money and it actually turned out to be one of the best games I have ever played. The graphics are up-to-date and the story is so magnetic you can't stay away from it. Due to buying this game I ended up buying Arkham Asylum and you can clearly see the improvements from Arkham Asylum. The map feels fun to explore and Rocksteady have clearly put a lot of effort into this production. If you are pondering whether to buy this game, buy it or rent it, don't hesitate. The only bad thing I would say is that the story just isn't that long. If you really wanted to you could finish the story in a day but I do not think that is such a bad thing due to the pure quality and atmosphere that this story brings to your homes so I have to rate this game a 10 Expand
  67. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    Wow, I am out of words on how fantastic this game was. It not only fixes every fault of the first game, but adds more fun things. Arkham City is huge and you can explore it at your own will whenever you want. There are many collectibles to be found such as the riddler trophies. This game is definitely an example of what superhero games should be like. The story is very interesting withWow, I am out of words on how fantastic this game was. It not only fixes every fault of the first game, but adds more fun things. Arkham City is huge and you can explore it at your own will whenever you want. There are many collectibles to be found such as the riddler trophies. This game is definitely an example of what superhero games should be like. The story is very interesting with many twists and turns. Once you finish the game it is not over as the world is loitered with hundreds of side quests, and even once you finish them you can still travel around the city and fight thugs. The gadgets are a blast to use. The riddle challenges and maps are very fun. Catwoman missions are extremely fun and traveling around the world while playing her is also a blast. This games graphics are breathtaking. Batman Arkham City is one of the best games I have ever played. Expand
  68. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    Overrated and overhyped. I expected much more from a game that so many claimed would be game of the year. The campaign quickly becomes repetitive and has done little to move forward from Arkham Asylum. It brings nothing new to the table aside from the expansion into a city. All this expansion has done, however, is made it easier to draw comparisons between Arkham City and Assassins Creed,Overrated and overhyped. I expected much more from a game that so many claimed would be game of the year. The campaign quickly becomes repetitive and has done little to move forward from Arkham Asylum. It brings nothing new to the table aside from the expansion into a city. All this expansion has done, however, is made it easier to draw comparisons between Arkham City and Assassins Creed, with Assassins Creed doing the job much better and well before. The only truly enjoyable part of the game was the Riddler's side missions. If this game receives anywhere near the number of accolades it's predecessor did then it shall be a great misjustice. Expand
  69. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    My review is a review of this game, but it is also for anyone who has never played Batman: Arkham Asylum first..........I'm going to try to stay away from what's been said ad naseum here, but a little may be repetetive, to sum up: Batman: Arkham City is the best game I have ever played. this review is for us casual gamers, that likes to try something new, or loves Batman, or is trying outMy review is a review of this game, but it is also for anyone who has never played Batman: Arkham Asylum first..........I'm going to try to stay away from what's been said ad naseum here, but a little may be repetetive, to sum up: Batman: Arkham City is the best game I have ever played. this review is for us casual gamers, that likes to try something new, or loves Batman, or is trying out highly scored titles, like me. I have never played an open world, or sandbox, game like it. The visuals and voice acting is unparalleled (mark hamill as joker, and he's amazing? are u kidding me?!!?), the flying around, grappling, was amazing, and once you get the hang of it is fun in and of itself. However, to me the golden goose of the game, besides the Dark Knight himself, is the combat. And by combat, I don't just mean combat style, but the weapons and tools you get to work with in these combats, not to mention the interesting combos and perks earned. I LOVE the combat style. What some have called button mashing is actually a free flow artistic dance that rewards you for timing of your hits and counters more than anything, I can say that anyone saying the combat is too simplistic would be saying that it is too difficult to master had it been a little more developed. Now, getting to my two points that i havent seen made that clearly need to be: 1. DO NOT, as a casual gamer or otherwise, play Asylum after playing City and think that it will be a similarly entertaining experience, because unfortunately it won't be, at all. If i were to give Asylum a grade, it would be lower than it's worth for the sole reason that I am comparing it to City, and that isn't right at all, it is the sequel's job to improve on the predecessor. I am saddened by the fact that because of what I played first Asylum felt like a completely watered down version of City. (It amazes me what was upgraded,polished, and refined in less than two years! I'm sorry, but anyone saying they are in the same league are almost as crazy as those saying that Asylum was better) and 2. COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE DLC PACKS: dlc's are almost single handedly ruining the gaming experience. We know this. It's bad enough we pay 60 dollars a game......but they are leaving things out of games now just to get more money from us, and that is every game, and we as gamers need to do the only thing we can do: stop buying games we are completely unsure of enjoying or wanting. DLC needs to stop, or made into gifts given as u get better or go farther in games. HAVING SAID THAT: this is not a game where complaints can be made concerning dlc!!!! Why? because the game is the best I've ever played even without a single DLC, and the game is not hampered at all by not having a DLC, and it is in this exact game that i say 'bring on the DLC for more and more fun at a price thats deserving! Any other game I would say stop making DLC and use that time and money to make better games, better consoles, and better UI.
    Summary: Arkham City is the best game of the year, but do yourself a favor if you haven't played either and play Asylum first, you will probably love and appreciate both.
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  70. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    Arkham city is an amazing game that reinnovates and reillustrates the traditional batman games that were out years ago, it is great, even for the people who would rather not watch man dressed in a tight, most probably latex bat suit. The action is great and non super hero fans will love this game
  71. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    The best comic book game of all time hands down, it continues on the story and expands the universe introducing a number of new characters whilst maintaining the personal stories of the old ones
  72. Mar 22, 2012
    10
    One of the best games of the year for me. I had such a great time playing this. I couldn't put down the controller! The voice acting was excellent, and the story was a good one. Beating up bad guys is as fun as ever. Lots of great fan service to those that have read the stories. Can't wait for the next game!
  73. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    I loved Arkham Asylum and now I really love Arkham City! The Batman experience is captured masterfully in this superb game. Wield all of Batman's gadgets as you glide over the streets of Arkham City taming the wild criminals that make it their home. Fight criminals like Dr. Freeze, Joker, Clay-Face, Harley, Penguin, and many more. The game offers impressive graphics as well as goodI loved Arkham Asylum and now I really love Arkham City! The Batman experience is captured masterfully in this superb game. Wield all of Batman's gadgets as you glide over the streets of Arkham City taming the wild criminals that make it their home. Fight criminals like Dr. Freeze, Joker, Clay-Face, Harley, Penguin, and many more. The game offers impressive graphics as well as good character models. Rocksteady brings the Batman world to life in this legendary game. Expand
  74. Mar 13, 2012
    9
    Arkham Asylum was good, but in this you are the Bat! Either engaged in street level combat or soaring above the rooftops and chimneys of old Arkham City every inch of this game is perfect
  75. Mar 14, 2012
    9
    The core game was great! There were plenty of interesting side quests to complete on top of an awesome main campaign. Many characters from the Batman universe were included and it was cool to see how each one had entrenched themself in Arkham City. Possibly my only complaints could be the ridiculous pre-order and post-launch DLC. Besides that, it is satisfying to zip around the cityThe core game was great! There were plenty of interesting side quests to complete on top of an awesome main campaign. Many characters from the Batman universe were included and it was cool to see how each one had entrenched themself in Arkham City. Possibly my only complaints could be the ridiculous pre-order and post-launch DLC. Besides that, it is satisfying to zip around the city feeling like Batman! Expand
  76. Mar 16, 2012
    9
    Arkham Asylum is a near perfect game, the only flaw being low re-playability value. It has something to offer to every type of video game player, so if you don't already own this gem, make sure to hurry out to pick it up!
  77. Sep 19, 2012
    10
    This is probably my favorite game of all time. After playing and completing arkum asylum i couldnt wait to play this game only to find out its nothing like arkum asylum. This is an open world game with tons of stuff to do. The main story is more interesting this time around with multiple plot points. Im not going to spoil anything but the end is awesome.Besides the main story you can doThis is probably my favorite game of all time. After playing and completing arkum asylum i couldnt wait to play this game only to find out its nothing like arkum asylum. This is an open world game with tons of stuff to do. The main story is more interesting this time around with multiple plot points. Im not going to spoil anything but the end is awesome.Besides the main story you can do some side missions,you have to fly around arkham city to discover them then u find them on your map and go to work. They are long and can take up to a couple hours to complete. And if thats not enough you can try to find the 400 riddler trophies and riddles. This game is sweet and most defitley one of the best games of all time Expand
  78. jc3
    Mar 23, 2012
    10
    An awesome game. Captivating. You cannot get much better than this. Period.
    The people who give thisgame negative reviews are retarded. Even if its not your genre, you have to appreciate the mastery of its designers.
  79. Apr 16, 2013
    9
    1. Incredible atmosphere and graphics
    2. Awesome mechanics for fighting, grappling and gliding
    3. Engaged me to achieve 100% completion (not once feeling like a chore)
  80. Apr 9, 2012
    9
    Batman Arkham City was amazing game by far the best superhero game of all time, even better than Batman Arkham Asylum which was amazing. The story line was fantastic. Many bad guys in it. Rider challenges are fun as hell and a supprise at the end. Campain 9/10 Rider challenges 9/10 Batman Arkham City 9.8/10
  81. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    I'm a huge Batman fan. Love all the films, and considered Arkham Asylum to be my game of the year when it was released. That being said Arkham City is better and bigger then it's predecessor in nearly every way. The story is one of the Batmans best, and that's saying something. The rouge gallery is packed full of fan favorites such as; The Joker, Two Face, Catwoman, Dr.Freeze, HarleyI'm a huge Batman fan. Love all the films, and considered Arkham Asylum to be my game of the year when it was released. That being said Arkham City is better and bigger then it's predecessor in nearly every way. The story is one of the Batmans best, and that's saying something. The rouge gallery is packed full of fan favorites such as; The Joker, Two Face, Catwoman, Dr.Freeze, Harley Quinn, Penguin, and much more. The main story is strong in it's own right, but if you get bored of that or just need more then your in luck. The game has many side quests that expand the experience, tons of Riddler Tropys, and many easter eggs. Combat remains the same, and thats a good thing. Beating criminals never gets old. The sound and voice acting is phenomanle with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill leading the pack. It isn't game of the year. IT ranks around my 3rd fav game of the year (2nd Skyrim, and 1st Portal 2) but thats a pretty good ranking considering the plethora of good games released this year. Expand
  82. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    Brilliant. This game is an incredible monument in the superhero genre and I would not hesitate in saying that it is the best on the market. Freeflow is easily the most fun in a combat system I have ever experienced and the plot to the game is intruiging. The whole experience is always a fun Batman package.
  83. May 23, 2012
    9
    Good game. Good ambiance and really beautiful. A lot of secondary mission to do.
    I think it's less perfect than the first one. It's just maybe because the surprise is no more here, or maybe it's because this one is more open world so sometimes you don't know what you have to do.
  84. Oct 28, 2013
    8
    Its not 'better' than Arkham Asylum. They're two very different games in design. 'Asylum' was a much more well-rounded, better paced game. 'City' is like an episode of Batman The Animated Adventure, with little sense of direction and much more of an episodical nature, focused on encountering all your favorite characters rather than telling a story. In fact, the ending of 'City' is blandIts not 'better' than Arkham Asylum. They're two very different games in design. 'Asylum' was a much more well-rounded, better paced game. 'City' is like an episode of Batman The Animated Adventure, with little sense of direction and much more of an episodical nature, focused on encountering all your favorite characters rather than telling a story. In fact, the ending of 'City' is bland and disappointing. The pacing in-between is far-fetched, trope filled, and drags on.

    Don't get me wrong, it has plenty of good parts. But nothing in the game ever feels complete. Even when the game ends you never really feel like you accomplished or even finished anything, because the nature of the story-telling is so oblique (not in an artistic way) and generally lacking depth. Even completing the game 100% is unsatisfying, unlike the last game. The story between Cat Woman and Two-Face feels like it was translated from Korean into Serbian, then back into English on Bablefish. The Cat Woman parts, especially her interaction with Batman, rarely make sense.

    The design and atmosphere of Gotham is nice, if at times seeming unrealistic/fantastic, small, and strangely laid out.

    The combat has made a slight improvement from 'Asylum', and there are new gadgets, but few really get used in any remarkable or new way. The detective mode is still simply looking around the room until your cursor changes.

    There are plenty of bugs with combat, goons, and frustrating areas.

    I did enjoy this game, but it was quite disappointing for me. The length was nice, but the whole thing seemed rushed and poorly thought out, and gives the impression that it was the combination of several different development project. I'm calling this one a franchise milk. Its not nearly the open world wonder it claims to be, and where it excels just barely surpasses where it flounders.
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  85. May 26, 2012
    9
    Batman Arkham City is no doubt the best superhero game of all time, and one of the best video games of 2011. Every fight is an intense battle that you will never want to end. The game features everything you would want to do if you were Batman. With a storyline full of twists and turns, action unparallelled in the world of video games, and epic boss fights. Even when you select Easy,Batman Arkham City is no doubt the best superhero game of all time, and one of the best video games of 2011. Every fight is an intense battle that you will never want to end. The game features everything you would want to do if you were Batman. With a storyline full of twists and turns, action unparallelled in the world of video games, and epic boss fights. Even when you select Easy, Arkham City is still very challenging. Anyone that has either a PS3 of an Xbox 360 should get the game. Expand
  86. May 27, 2012
    10
    One of my favorite games of all time. You feel like you are really batman. The controls in this game are superb. Better than any batman movie ive ever seen.
  87. Jun 12, 2012
    10
    Definitely one of my favorite games of the year so far. I played the first one and enjoyed it a lot. I actually didn't realize that they released a sequel! When I found the game in a Wal-mart I pretty much screamed like a girl! I really really enjoyed this game a lot. The story, the add-ons, the fighting, the graphics, everything! I really loved the campaign and the fighting a lot. I lovedDefinitely one of my favorite games of the year so far. I played the first one and enjoyed it a lot. I actually didn't realize that they released a sequel! When I found the game in a Wal-mart I pretty much screamed like a girl! I really really enjoyed this game a lot. The story, the add-ons, the fighting, the graphics, everything! I really loved the campaign and the fighting a lot. I loved how Batman always had such awesome and slick moves. I enjoyed the fact that Arkham City was A LOT, bigger than Arkham Asylum, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. Definitely a game everyone should at least try out, but play the first one first because there are some parts in the story where you may not understand what happened if you haven't completed the first game yet. Expand
  88. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    By far one of the top 5 games i have ever played. Rocksteady did a phenominal job once again with the dark knight, and i definitely hope there is another one in the future
  89. Jul 7, 2012
    10
    Amazing!!!!!!! Great characters, sound, story, and lasting appeal. All Batman fans will love this. Just any gamer will like it. A great sandbox game that you can play at any age.
  90. Jul 15, 2012
    9
    Batman: Arkham City gives you an open, Easter Egg-filled world that holds on to you and never lets you go, even after you've beaten the 20+ hour storyline, found all the Riddler Trophies and beaten all the challenges! The massive amount of Easter Eggs show how much developer Rocksteady cares about the game-series. Altough the world isn't as dark as Arkham Asylum and - in my opinion - thereBatman: Arkham City gives you an open, Easter Egg-filled world that holds on to you and never lets you go, even after you've beaten the 20+ hour storyline, found all the Riddler Trophies and beaten all the challenges! The massive amount of Easter Eggs show how much developer Rocksteady cares about the game-series. Altough the world isn't as dark as Arkham Asylum and - in my opinion - there is a lack of the Joker. But to make up for that, Rocksteady gives you over 400 Riddler Trophies, 12 Combat Challenges, Predator Challenges and Arkham City Campaigns and lots of gadgets and upgrades! Expand
  91. Jul 15, 2012
    10
    The best licenced game ever made. There is almost nothing i did not like about this game. It is in my opinion one of the best 3 games of the year. It is better than the first game in every way possible, and will keep you coming back for a long time. I applaud you rocksteady
  92. Sep 27, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is easily one of the greatest games ever made. Why not a ten? The boss fights are too easy, especially if you are doing a second play through and even on the hardest difficulty, and new game plus this game can at times be too easy. This does not mean it is not challenging, but I think it should be harder. The combat is exquisite. The controls are really easy to learn, but hard to master (hence the easy to learn , hard to master). But what makes combat is the AI. Your enemies react to you when fighting. Some will run and pick something up to throw at you, others will run and hide, etc. The stealth gameplay in this game is incredible. They are more responsive and smarter than they were in Arkham Asylum. When you swing away on gargoyles, they don't just lose you and then continue walking around. They will shoot down the gargoyles making it harder to take everyone down. All the nay-sayers are lame, and just want to hop on the "batman games suck" bandwagon. There is no debate. This is a great game. Expand
  93. Oct 11, 2013
    10
    The best thing about the game is the fact that the map is bigger and their is more to do, sadly that is also the biggest issue i have with the game, it just feels so goddamn overwhelming in fact it can be at times so overwhelming that i feel like im about to be sick, seriously though i can only play this game for s certain amount of time without feeling sick, still captures the sameThe best thing about the game is the fact that the map is bigger and their is more to do, sadly that is also the biggest issue i have with the game, it just feels so goddamn overwhelming in fact it can be at times so overwhelming that i feel like im about to be sick, seriously though i can only play this game for s certain amount of time without feeling sick, still captures the same experience of the first game and the story is captivating and interesting, and very UN predictable yet because everything feels like a big fat man is throwing stuff at you the game gets very overwhelming Expand
  94. Oct 4, 2012
    9
    Batman: Arkham City, is a masterpiece. A perfect example of not NEEDING multiplayer in a game to make it great. It has great gameplay, polished graphics, a rich and detailed story that makes any comic fanatic pleased, and you can spend well over 40+ hours playing it. The only thing holding this game back from being a perfect ten is sometimes the controls can get a little awkward and theBatman: Arkham City, is a masterpiece. A perfect example of not NEEDING multiplayer in a game to make it great. It has great gameplay, polished graphics, a rich and detailed story that makes any comic fanatic pleased, and you can spend well over 40+ hours playing it. The only thing holding this game back from being a perfect ten is sometimes the controls can get a little awkward and the camera angles can become frustrating. You need to own this game! Expand
  95. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    This was the biggest surprise of a game to me. When I first got it, I thought it would be another lame comic book game, but when I started playing I was astounded. It has a great story, great performances by the voice cast( particularly Mark Hamil), great graphics, a well crafted open world, a plethora of side missions for replay ability, and, most importantly, a fun, innovative, andThis was the biggest surprise of a game to me. When I first got it, I thought it would be another lame comic book game, but when I started playing I was astounded. It has a great story, great performances by the voice cast( particularly Mark Hamil), great graphics, a well crafted open world, a plethora of side missions for replay ability, and, most importantly, a fun, innovative, and genius combat system and an addicting stealth combat system. This is a perfect super hero game that makes you feel like you are Batman, get this game. Expand
  96. Oct 11, 2012
    9
    This game really did improve a lot on Arkham Asylum. I love you have a lot of gadgets right out the gate and you are instantly flying around Arkham City. The story was definitely a strong point for this game and really sucked you in once I got going. I thought the main storyline was superb in how it incorporated so many people and antagonists without feeling like "okay, on to the nextThis game really did improve a lot on Arkham Asylum. I love you have a lot of gadgets right out the gate and you are instantly flying around Arkham City. The story was definitely a strong point for this game and really sucked you in once I got going. I thought the main storyline was superb in how it incorporated so many people and antagonists without feeling like "okay, on to the next one". I didn't really play around with the side missions that much so I cannot really speak to the overall quality of those but I did find the few I did to fit in well with the story and the scenario without them feeling like a stray to-do list. I know everyone has mentioned this already, but the controls really are a huge improvement over the AA; combat felt tight and controllable. It seemed as though the gunmen were not as powerful this time around and the fist fighters were more powerful. In my opinion this leveled and prolonged the combat. Visually the game was a huge improvement over AA, and coupled with the 3D capabilities it was awesome. The depth of the 3D is perfect (although adjustable) and it definitely adds to the immersion without it feeling gimmicky in any way. The music was fantastic as well. I was really surprised how seamless the music was from flying around to being noticed by a helicopter and the pace picking up to it then calming down. It was extremely responsive and worked really well at invoking emotions in me that correlated with the scenario. The one thing that was bothersome at times was the open-world. I really enjoyed flying around but it got frustrating when I felt like I was going from one side of the city and then back again only to give off the impression that Arkham was a big place. I also a little annoyed with the cat woman sequences. They didn't really seem to serve a purpose to the overall story, and other than the combat I thought the sequences were rather boring. Nonetheless, these aspects did not take away that much from my experience and what I like was beyond memorable. I'll probably pick the game back up in the near future and play some of the extra content and side missions but for now I am satisfied with completing the main storyline. Expand
  97. May 5, 2016
    10
    I had no idea how Rocksteady could make Arkham City better than Arkham Asylum...but they did. The story, setting and list of characters is much bigger and NONE of it is wasted at all. Another great story filled with even more villains and even more memorable sequences, some which leave in you in awe. More secrets, more side quests, more gadgets, more gameplay mechanics - there's so much toI had no idea how Rocksteady could make Arkham City better than Arkham Asylum...but they did. The story, setting and list of characters is much bigger and NONE of it is wasted at all. Another great story filled with even more villains and even more memorable sequences, some which leave in you in awe. More secrets, more side quests, more gadgets, more gameplay mechanics - there's so much to see and do in Arkham City. It's one of the best comic book video games ever made! Expand
  98. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    Amazing game better then aslyum in every way bigger place to be batman in the story is awesome joker is more crazier then ever in this one. Combat as fun and fluent as ever. Plus with all the gadgets u can play with just fun as hell graphics are gorgeous batman has never looked so badass in a game before or handled so well. The cast of characters that was in this game is amazing and theAmazing game better then aslyum in every way bigger place to be batman in the story is awesome joker is more crazier then ever in this one. Combat as fun and fluent as ever. Plus with all the gadgets u can play with just fun as hell graphics are gorgeous batman has never looked so badass in a game before or handled so well. The cast of characters that was in this game is amazing and the boss fights are fun I especially loved the last boss fight. Not much bad can be said about this game 9.5/10 only thing bad was the dlc. I think that should be in the game from the start. Expand
  99. Nov 22, 2012
    10
    the real game there this year. Beautiful graphics, side missions and main rock. Take away the idea of ​​linear games, giving several possibilities in a rich universe of Batman. Several mecânias and choices can change the course in Arkham City, with the most varied types of mission
  100. Mar 9, 2013
    10
    Following the masterpiece that Arkham Asylum was, could Arkham City deliver on it's promises? Did it improve the core mechanics of the game?

    It did. In fact, it surpassed my very high expectations. Arkham City is huge, gorgeous, and offers one of the greatest video game endings in the past few years.
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 87 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 87
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 87
  3. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    95
    Improved gameplay, new mechanics, and an even stronger story denote whether you care about Batman or not, it's still a game worthy of your time. With some easter eggs possibly hinting at plots for a third game, let's hope Rocksteady isn't quite done with the Dark Knight.
  2. games(TM)
    Dec 1, 2011
    90
    Arkham City handles its side-stories gloriously. [Christmas 2011, p.102]
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    95
    All in all, outside of a few minor issues, I couldn't ask for a better Batman experience. If Arkham City was a graphic novel, it would be considered a classic.