Postat: 22 februarie
My review of Batman: Arkham City will be based on 3 categories: Performance, Gameplay,
. As a summary, Rocksteady Studios delivers another astonishing single-player experience unlike any other in the form of Batman: Arkham City setting an even higher standard than its older brother for action-adventure games to come. It is a very huge improvement in comparison to it's predecessor with a new open world setting, improved gameplay, and an epic story.Recommended for
- People who are fans of the action-adventure genre
- Comic book fans - especially Batman (obviously)
- People who want loads and loads of end-game content and meaningful achievements
- Those who like a challenge
: Amazing!Why you'll like it
: A game that almost everyone can enjoy thanks to it being a great port
.Why you won't
: Leans more on Nvidia's side - which isn't a bad thing but it would be preferable if Rocksteady implemented AMD technology as well.
Batman: Arkham City is a very good port and generally has the same graphics options as Arkham Asylum but with added support for DX11, which is a system hog and so poorly implemented that Rocksteady even acknowledged it, urging the players to use DX9 instead. The difference is minimal anyway and the game looks equally good in DX9. Performance on a FX-6300 processor, R9 270 GPU, and 8 GB of RAM in ultra settings, V-Sync on and PhysX off, in a 1080p resolution gives an average of 58 FPS and minimum of 38 FPS.Graphics options available
Standard PC options like subtitles, music sliders, and rebindable keys are also present. Also, for those with Nvidia cards, you get PC exclusive features like Stereoscopic 3D and PhysX.
No bugs or crashes experienced during playthrough but graphical glitches like deformed enemies are present although they rarely appear. There's also a slight stuttering issue especially in the open map. Should you encounter bugs or crashes of the sort, refer to this page[pcgamingwiki.com]
for a list of possible fixes.
: Amazing!Why you'll like it
: It's a Batman simulator done right. For Arkham Asylum fans, new features and mechanics await you as well as tons more content than the previous game.Why you won't
: Still isn't noob-friendly. Those who didn't play the first game or experienced a similar combat system will have a hard time getting used to the dynamic gameplay.
The gameplay is a HUGE
improvement over Arkham Asylum. The game is now set on an open world setting and as such, Batman's gadgets and moves have been updated to better suit the new environment. The platforming elements are still the same as AA's albeit with a few minor tweaks like being able to use the Batclaw in mid-air or sliding to cross gaps in the floor. The UI went from a comic book style to futuristic-looking - what it actually looks like inside Batman's cowl. Sidequests have been added to the game as a complement to its setting, all of them involving Batman's allies and enemies, and is focused more on puzzle solving and item collecting. Surprisingly, the quality of the puzzles isn't affected by the new setting. Unlike other open world games where the puzzles are so laughably easy and the collectibles are just there for you to pick up, Arkham City's variety of puzzles require the player to think and employ Batman's gadgets and abilities. Bonus challenges also make a comeback with more variations and stages. Very good end-game content that is sure to take up loads of your time.
Combat is smoother, faster, and more responsive than the previous game. It's easier to fill up the combo meter thanks to the updated moveset and this one weird but cool move where Batman can reach enemies up to 50 feet away and pummel them. Countering enemies is pretty much the same as AA's but they added this feature where you can counter three enemies at once due to the mob count being higher. Finally, the knockdown moves got expanded to better suit the waves of mobs that will attack you.
The stealth segments got huge updates making it more immersive and realistic rather than the one we got during Arkham Asylum. The new variations of silent takedowns let you incapacitate your enemies be it from the top, bottom, and side to side. The stealth-focused locations remains the same; the level design is still tight and compact but it's more harder because of certain restrictions like not being able to use x-ray vision or tactical mines surrounding the entire area.
The boss fights are bigger in scope and much more epic than AA's especially the battle with Mr. Freeze which require you to take him down without repeating a single move ever. It's very innovative and memorable. I hope Rocksteady continues to do this type of boss fights in their future games.
: Amazing!Why you'll like it: An epic story that features Batman's most fearsome foes and a surprising ending that will make you wonder why.Why you won't
: Just like the first game, the campaign can be completed in one sitting.
Batman: Arkham City's story is a very huge leap than it's predecessor and what's surprising is that it elevates the story of Arkham Asylum to a whole new level. What may look like simple oversights in the first game are given great importance and value in Arkham City. The events that happened in the asylum are given more explanation and even reveals a mastermind that's hiding in the shadows and pulling the strings. Arkham City differs from other sequels in the sense that it complements the first game very well and not just the usual 'one year after...'
or 'after the events of...'
The villains who didn't appear in the first game appear in Arkham city as boss fights in both story mode and sidequest missions. Surprisingly, some of them even become his allies.
Just like in the first game, the story and character backgrounds is expanded through the use of audio tapes scattered throughout the world only this time there isn't any filler content and every character in the glossary really appears.Overall score
: 4/4 = double recommended
And there you have it. Batman: Arkham City is a must buy and is highly recommended. Gamers should really try this game at least once because it has loads of content for almsot everybody be it players looking for a new open world experience, achievement hunters, and comic book fans.