Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and the second installment in the Batman: Arkham series. The story follows Batman as he investigates an incident that leads him into a vast conspiracy against his several enemies in Gotham City. This time around, players spend much of their time exploring outside on foot or driving select Batmobiles from Bruce Wayne’s collection through open environments with minor missions sprinkled throughout.
The game was released worldwide on October 18th, 2011 after being delayed from its original release date of late October 2010 due to quality concerns; it received critical acclaim with many reviewers praising it as one of the best superhero games ever made.
The game is presented from a third-person perspective, with a primary focus on Batman’s combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets for traversing the game’s open world. While similar to its predecessor in gameplay mechanics, Arkham City introduces several new additions, including the ability to glide freely around Gotham City usingBatman’s cape, enhanced FreeFlow Combat system, counterattacks, and environmental attacks. These elements were first introduced in previous Rocksteady titles.
The Riddler returns as a prominent character, adding more than 400 optional riddles for players to solve as they progress through the main story. Helping Batman solve these puzzles are newly introduced Catwoman, who is also a playable character through the main campaign with her own set of abilities and an independent storyline, as well as Robin and Nightwing for the first time in the series, who become playable characters in challenge maps that are unlocked after completing specific missions in the main campaign.
The game’s main villains are Hugo Strange, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Two-Face, and The Joker; while Batman’s allies include Commissioner Gordon, Lucius Fox, Oracle (Barbara Gordon), and Alfred Pennyworth.
Open-world action-adventure game:
Batman: Arkham City is an open-world action-adventure game that incorporates elements of stealth gameplay. As such, it is possible to encounter situations where combat can be avoided by utilizing Batman’s stealth abilities to silently take out enemies one by one. When stealth is not an option, players can rely on Batman’s combat abilities to take down multiple foes at once. The player has access to an array of Bat-gadgets which can be used in both traversal and combat.
The game introduces a new FreeFlow Combat system that allows players to seamlessly transition from one enemy encounter to another without losing momentum. The player can string together unlimited combos using a variety of moves and gadgets, as well as unleash powerful \”Cape Stun\” attacks by pressing the counter button at the precise moment an enemy is about to attack. Environmental objects such as electric generators can also be used as part of combat strategy.
In addition, the game features a \”Predator\” mode where players take on the role of Batman’s enemies in a series of stealth-based challenges. These include taking out multiple targets without being detected, achieving specific goals within a time limit, and defeating enemies using only specific gadgets.
The game also features an extensive collection of Batman’s costumes, many of which are unlockable through gameplay, with each suit having its unique abilities.
Costumes included in the game are: The Animated Series Batman Batwoman Beyond Blackest Night Dark Knight Returns Earth One Electric Blue Elseworlds Frank Miller Golden Age Injustice Insurgency Long Halloween New 52 One Year Later Son of the Demon Superman/Batman Thousand Cranes War Drums White Knight World’s Finest Year One
The Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the game feature exclusive content, such as the ability to play as Robin and Nightwing in the main campaign, and additional challenge maps. The Switch version also includes motion controls for combat and gadgets, as well as HD Rumble support.
Minimum System Requirements:
- OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
- Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 GHz
- Memory: 2GB RAM (XP), 3GB RAM (Vista, 7)
- Graphics: 512MB Graphics Memory
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Hard Drive: 17 GB free disk space
- Sound: DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card
Batman: Arkham City is an excellent addition to the Batman Arkham series. It features a great story, new and improved gameplay mechanics, and a wealth of extra content to keep players busy for hours on end. If you’re a fan of the series, or simply looking for a great action-adventure game, this is one title you don’t want to miss.