When DC Comics, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios teamed up to release Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms in 2009, fans of the Dark Knight were blown away by the killer graphics, a rich story and most important of all, the chance to actually be Batman in a video game.
Many fans were so taken with the game’s free-flowing combat, challenge maps and multitude of Bat gadgets that they didn’t think Arkham Asylum could be improved upon.
Enter 2011’s sequel, Batman: Arkham City.
Like the first game, Arkham City features a story written by Paul Dini, one of the primary architects behind the much-loved Batman: The Animated Series. Expanding on just about everything from the first game, Arkham City increases the game playing field three times over, expands the number and quality of side missions and villains for Batman to handle, and even allows you to take control of such fan-favourite characters as Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing through downloadable content.
In every way, shape and form, Batman: Arkham City is a vast improvement on the near-perfect gaming experience of the original. It’s a strong contender for game of the year, and worth every penny. Giving the gift of a stay in Arkham City this holiday season will make you a winner come Christmas morning.
Batman: Arkham City is available on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and retails for $69.99 in most video game stores and online via Amazon.ca.