Batman Arkham City Game Review
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Batman Arkham City Game Review

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Sometimes it’s hard to review a game. You may not see all the hidden gems until you’ve played the game over and over. Playing the game once doesn’t do it justice. After finishing Batman: Arkham City for the first time, I thought there were way too many bad guys and the game resembled the first one too much. Batman moved about rigidly and I was left disappointed.

I played the game every day and found that it was actually quite good. The more I played the more I liked it. Soon I realized the little problems inherent in the game were minor glitches and overall the game was fantastic.

If you’ve followed the stories, Arkham City is a follow up of Asylum. Quincy Sharp is now the mayor of Gotham and he’s transferred all the prisoners from Blackgate Prison to the city center. Dr Hugo Strange is in charge of the new prison but strange things are happening inside and Batman is assigned to look into the matter. It’s a fabulous story and the opening scenes are brilliant and probably the best you’ve ever seen. The game is purely addictive. From start to finish this action packed comic book saga will hook you.

Players who enjoyed Asylum will get right into the game without any introduction. This new version is far better than Asylum and there is a vast improvement in the graphics and artwork. The controls have been improved and you can brawl, jump, crouch, counter, block and perform just about any action. Batman has a range of new moves and he is more devastating in this sequel. His new gadgets are easily deployed and the diversity is astounding. You can sneak past the villains or choose to engage them. The fighting is so good you may forget your mission and opt for fighting rather than proceeding logically to your end goal. You have numerous upgrades and cool stuff to collect, but again, you are tempted to ignore them and concentrate on dislocating another shoulder instead.

Special enemies are guys dressed in armored outfits and armed with stun rods. Some of them wield broken bottles and each enemy has to be dealt with in a different way. Batman has to continually asses his situation and inventory in order to survive. The boss fights are challenging but easy enough to overcome and gives you a feeling of being a real comic book hero after you vanquish them. Some attacks can only be used once and you will wish you had a cheat code to make your life easier. Batman always has a plan to beat his enemies and his cool demeanor and ice cold attitude makes you want to be Batman in real life too. You soon realize Batman is the ultimate hero.

You can even play Riddler Campaigns. These campaigns offer low health, time constraints and a host of other interesting limitations that can challenge Batman to his limits. You’ll be glad they’re there as they encourage you to master each move and improve your skills, before you begin the next campaign.

Playing the character of the Dark Knight is one of the most exciting gaming experiences you will ever have. Batman: Arkham City is the best Batman ever released to date.

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