Geplaatst: 22 januari
Batman: Arkham City is the definitive Batman experience for any fan of anything Batman-related. Saw The Animated Series when you were young? Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Batman and The Joker for that good old nostalgic feel. Watched the movies and want to beat up some thugs just so you can say "I'm Batman!" at the end? This game has a great free flow combat with challenge maps that will suck HOURS out of your playtime. The open world is big enough to have enough activities and cameos from your favorite villains, yet also small enough so you don't feel bored when navigating it. The combat begins nice and easy and as the game progresses, you get to fight harder opponents for which you have to develop certain strategies to beat, for which it offers you gadgets and special moves that you can mix up and find new combinations. The sound when you punch someone in the face, when Batman swoops around Arkham City, when you stun someone using the cape, the voice acting, the music arrangement, are all fantastic.
The Riddler challenges and trophies are fun to play and collect. There are only so many obvious ones, as there are hidden, yet for some unexplainable reason, missing from the other games I play, I want to collect them. The side missions: Investigating and stopping murders, taking out TITAN Containers with venom, saving hostages or political prisoners, flying challenges, finding Mr. Freeze's wife, stopping Victor Zsasz, and so many others I'm still aiming to complete. Arkham City is full of content to explore and you'll want to do most of it if you're a Batman fan, and even if you aren't, and just want to be Batman for a while. The Developers knew what they were doing and it's quite clear they want to do this game and serve it justice. And I'm not even mentioning the New Game Plus, Harley Quinn's revenge and the Robin/Nightwing DLC characters for challenge mode, in which you can either take on combat challenges or predator challenges. All of that comes included if you have the GOTY edition which is a standard on Steam now.
I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much fun in an open world game. Arkham Asylum is in my eyes a masterpiece. Although Rocksteady's first game in a totally different genre and direction they were used to, it managed to tell a Batman story and to be a great game, only because the Developers love Batman as much as we do. They didn't want to just make their payday. No, they became passionate about the series which is why we became passionate about it. Arkham City increases the size and threat to a whole new level, and it manages to do that almost seemingly with ease. If you haven't gotten this game yet, I cannot recommend it enough! If you want to play through the story and follow through though, I would recommend getting Asylum before Arkham City. And if you don't mind a slightly similar with not so many improvements prequel to both games, I'd say grab Arkham Origins as well (although if you're a fan and you're just in it for the "I'm Batman" vibe, you needn't do it). I can only hope Arkham Knight is the end of this franchise and the time Rocksteady took to make it pays off. I have really high hopes and I truly believe that it will set a whole new level to the Batman games forever.