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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
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 377
  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. Apr 6, 2021
    10
    I just finished playing Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and I absolutely loved it. Batman has always been an interestingI just finished playing Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and I absolutely loved it. Batman has always been an interesting character and the Arkhamverse is able to bring out the joy of being the caped crusader. While Batman: Arkham Asylum was a great game in itself, after playing this game Asylum just seems like a demo.

    Once again we have Batman pitted against Joker, and this time he's dying because of the Venom that he had taken in a huge dose in the boss level of Arkham Asylum. And he tricked Batman into catching him and injecting him with his blood, such that Batman also gets infected. Joker also sent his blood into all the hospitals of Gotham, which could cause everyone to die. Meanwhile the events take place in Arkham City, a prototype city that is set up by Wayne Enterprises.

    Unlike the previous game, we are already given many gadgets. We have to either discover the other ones later on or they are occasionally disabled to add to the challenge. Some levels also require to use a huge arsenal of gadgets and strategies like in battling Mr Freeze or Clayface. We also get to control Catwoman. She's hard to adapt to in the beginning, but eventually you get the hang of it.

    The only problem I had was that there was too much to do here, unlike Arkham Asylum where I could at least keep track of the events. I didn't even get the time to play the extra stories of Nightwing and attempting the challenges since I had other games to play, and I didn't want to waste time here since I had already completed the story. But these are just subjective opinions. I'm really happy I got this game on Epic when it was given out. Now that I have completed it I will try out Arkham Knight next and tell how I felt playing that game.
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  3. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    The Greatest Batman Experience Ever. Becoming The Dark Knight himself has never been so easy and so satisfying as it has been in Rocksteady'sThe Greatest Batman Experience Ever. Becoming The Dark Knight himself has never been so easy and so satisfying as it has been in Rocksteady's Batman Game series. both Asylum and City are Phenomenal. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2018
    9
    Great gameplay, cool story and a lot of things to do in game :) And of course, BATMAN!
  5. Mar 14, 2014
    9
    Batman: Arkham City, the definitive Superhero game! (In my opinion)

    Pros: Stunningly fantastic visuals and effects Perfect Voice acting
    Batman: Arkham City, the definitive Superhero game! (In my opinion)

    Pros:
    Stunningly fantastic visuals and effects
    Perfect Voice acting
    Lots of side missions
    Excellent and well paced combat

    Cons:
    The world is slightly too small

    Despite the slightly small open-world, this game has everything you would expect from a superhero game!
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  6. Jun 18, 2021
    8
    Одна из лучших супергеройских игр.
    3 повторных перепрохождения.
  7. Feb 24, 2014
    0
    Simply horrible, linear to the extreme, just horrible experience.
    Extremely "stupidified" gameplay for non demanding players.
    This is the
    Simply horrible, linear to the extreme, just horrible experience.
    Extremely "stupidified" gameplay for non demanding players.
    This is the most disappointing game I had ever played.
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