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  • Summary: DC Comics' Dark Knight clashes with the Joker again in this sequel from Warner Bros. and Rocksteady Games.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
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  1. Jan 9, 2012
    100
    Batman: Arkham City is one of those games that rightly garnered much attention with the end of 2011 Game of the Year lists. Maybe it didn't get as much attention from PC gamers, but it should. If you want to have the definitive Arkham City experience, I'd say PC is the way to go.
  2. Nov 23, 2011
    100
    It's tough to sum up everything that makes Arkham City work as well as it does. If Arkham Asylum was a fun-house chock-full of Batman's most famous foes with a decent dose of fanservice for Dark Knight die-hards, this is a sprawling theme park that plumbs the depths of his case files.
  3. Nov 30, 2011
    95
    The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight -- these are the things that standout looking back. I've beaten this thing twice and still want to call in sick and chase Riddler Trophies.
  4. Dec 7, 2011
    91
    Batman: Arkham City is the best superhero game ever produced and it's a title well earned. It manages to capture the very essence of The Dark Knight and transform not just him, but his entire world into a playable experience.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Jan 9, 2012
    90
    DX11 and DRM issues aside, Arkham City is not just Batman at his best, it's a brilliant game in its own right. [Jan 2012, p.42]
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    90
    The almost perfect sequel to an almost perfect game.
  7. Dec 13, 2011
    75
    Batman: Arkham City is what you get when a studio isn't trying and is content to rest on its laurels. Other than the half-hearted attempt at an open world setting, nothing stands out as being an improvement on the previous game and many things that Arkham Asylum did well were completely fumbled here.

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  1. Negative: 28 out of 363
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    I can't believe people voting this a 0, but I guess there are haters everywhere. Yes the game was a month late, yes DX11 features will slowI can't believe people voting this a 0, but I guess there are haters everywhere. Yes the game was a month late, yes DX11 features will slow down your game, when it should, in fact, speed it up, yes there is SecuRom, and yes its on GWFL. However, none of that really matters, a month later? Who fricking cares, yes I had some of it spoiled, but I should have kept away from the batman forums to be sure. Still the story keeps me intrigued, the combat is insanely good, and the atmosphere is amazing. Can't do much about GFWL and SecuRom, they don't make the game worse, they are just bad choiced to safeguard against people playing without paying. The DX11 thing is something that they already are aware of, and they will fix it. So, if your that angered by it, wait before you buy it, or if you already bought it, don't play until the patch is out. Until that patch there are lots of goodies to play meanwhile, like Skyrim and Battlefield 3.
    As stated earlier this games combat is awesome, and works even better on mouse and keyboard than its predecessor. I have had no troubles whatsoever, and the troubles I did have came from me not being used to the combat system, not because it was bad.
    The graphics are gorgeous beyond belief, even in DX9 it looks good, I can also run at almost max with max PhysX on my GTX460, only thing I have turned down is AA at 16x .
    The sound is awesome, including the voice acting, The Joker is especially, like last game, really good. But most all of the voice acting done here is awesome.
    I can't find any fault with this game other than the DX11 problem, and that will be fixed, so a solid 10/10 and this game leaves me wondering what will be GOTY. To me it is between this, battlefield 3 (the MP is sooooo solid), The Witcher 2 and Skyrim. All are 9 or 10 out of 10 in my book.
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  2. Mar 12, 2021
    10
    When I finished Batman: Arkham Asylum, I was clear that this was the best Batman game ever released, so I didn't expect Arkham City to beatWhen I finished Batman: Arkham Asylum, I was clear that this was the best Batman game ever released, so I didn't expect Arkham City to beat the previous episode. But I was wrong and Batman: Arkham City is even better. The developers probably already had a plan to continue at that time, because what they prepared for us here several times surpasses the previous part. Batman is back in all his beauty with the Joker. I've already praised both of these characters enough in Arkham Asylum, and it's not different here in Arkham City. Harley Quinn is also back, along with a few new characters, such as Penguin and Hugo Strange. They also do not lag behind and are quality characters. What I praised in the previous part was that the game had a perfect atmosphere. It is also here and is perhaps even better, because this time we have not only a small insane asylum, but the whole city, which is already bigger and therefore we have a greater opportunity, with the fact that there are still secondary tasks. The story is excellent and is even better than the one from the previous part. I would also like to mention the battles themselves, which are even better and especially with Catwomen you will massacre enemas like butter. Again, I try to avoid spoilers, but right at the beginning we get the opportunity to play for Catwoman and I can gladly tell you that this is not the last time we get the opportunity to play for this character. Catwoman is terribly OP and she plays with her better in my opinion than under Batman, but that's purely my opinion and I'm a little away from the main topic. So apart from the new playable character, the story is even better than the one from the previous game, and will we even see a few, say, battered moments of Batman, which I might compare a little to Far Cry? That sounds pretty crazy, doesn't it? You better not take the comparison seriously and just take it that there are parts in the game in the style of Scarecrow's passages from the previous part, they are just even better here. In short, the game takes what worked in the previous one and improves it to the maximum and adds a few new features. An excellent game for me and perfection for Batman fans. I recommend it, especially to Batman fans, but I also believe that ordinary players will enjoy the game. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2012
    10
    Absolutely perfect! A game like this have big chances to disappoint the fans because of the big success of the predecessor. But Arkham City isAbsolutely perfect! A game like this have big chances to disappoint the fans because of the big success of the predecessor. But Arkham City is just incredible. The developers took the best of the first game and evolved the other aspects like the gameplay to make a perfect game. The story is brilliantly written and the gameplay is really good. The Riddler received more spotlights in this game, and didn't disappoint. The possibility of switch characters too Catwoman was a great ideia, because it brings more time to develop the game without being boring. Is just great to switch characters with Robin and Nightwing in the Riddler's Revenge too. A great game in all aspects and with no big errors. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2018
    9
    Great gameplay, cool story and a lot of things to do in game :) And of course, BATMAN!
  5. Jan 2, 2016
    9
    Best Superhero game ever. Excellent batman story. Dark atmosphere with excellent combat.

    Graphics: 10 Game play : 9 Combat: 9 World
    Best Superhero game ever. Excellent batman story. Dark atmosphere with excellent combat.

    Graphics: 10
    Game play : 9
    Combat: 9
    World Design: 9
    Content: 8
    Immersion: 10
    Story: 10
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  6. Jul 15, 2021
    8
    Arkham City is a great experience. This game has great gameplay and an interesting and unique story with a great ending. A wide variety ofArkham City is a great experience. This game has great gameplay and an interesting and unique story with a great ending. A wide variety of options to tackle each encounter that really makes this game's combat unique. However, the world sometimes feels empty and some side missions aren't that interesting. However, the game makes up for it's mistakes by being a fun experience that you should experience. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2013
    0
    very boring!!!!!!!

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