Додано: 20 грудня
This is an extended review on Batman: Arkham City.
With a 15+ hours of campaign story, challenges - DLC ones included, character trophies, concept art, character bios and stories in-game which you can read or listen to and Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC (which is a 1-2 hours story for what happened after the events of the game) you have in your hands a 30+ hours (or more) of gameplay that can easily be expanded upon with the "New Game Plus" option. Plenty of value here.
There is a small improvement over Arkham Asylum's visuals here, not that it matters though! This game is visually excellent and its strong even when you dont compare it to the prequel game. Great detail at max settings for a console port.
The gritty environment of an abandoned city-prison is perfectly caught here. There is high detail at every turn so as Batman you feel at home!
- Sound Quality: Excellent. Just that.
- Soundtrack: The score in this game is much stonger than it was on Asylum. A lot of work and passion has been given in this division of this game. Simply put, gorgeous.
- Lip synching: Improved since Asylum, now its one of the best out there.
(note: I've had problems with the 7.1 sound of the game, it simply doesnt work. I had to tone it down to 5.1 through my speaker's panel. It may be just my system or my Logitech G430 but i still mention this so buyers should be aware. Research it first if you are annoyed by these kids of problems.)
PC Port: 9/10
- Display Settings: Not only nothing is missing from the standards, such as AA, Ambient Occlusion, Dynamic Shadows etc, but there is an option for the DX11 to be fully taken advantage of, which is great for enthusiasts. Although the DX11 is fairly heavy on this game.
- Controls: Fully rebindable keys and this time it seems they took their time to make certain actions not being binded to a key that another action is already binded to. And those who are do not make any problems in the gameplay whatsoever. Controller is completely optional here in my opinion.
- Optimization: This game has been tested and completed using an Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Edition. With AA set to 16Q CSAA (cause 32Q is an overkill and doesnt look much better either), Motion Blur turned off and DX11 features turned off, this game was running smoothly on max settings at 1080p 60fps. Great optimization.
After the events of Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn breaks out with her "puddin" (Joker) and establish themselves in Arkham City. A city-prison in which everything goes wrong once the Joker sets foot in. Batman is there to stop the three factions from destroying themselves and Arkham City (Joker, Penguin and Two Face) when a scientist there called Hugo Strange has set in motion something called "Protocol 10". Its up to Batman to stop the madness. All of that while Catwoman tries to steal jewelry and valuables from Two Face and Hugo Strange.
- Combat: The combat mode of Arkham CIty has been streamlined into an even smoother experience than what it was in Arkham Asylum. Its the same "Attack-Defense-Special move when ready" deal but this time its even faster, more responsive and the slew amount of Bat-gadgets that are available in this game make it an even better experience.
- Non-Combat: This is an "Open Park" game. Meaning that the distance you have to cover is a lot more than Asylum. Dont worry though, the "Augmented Reality Training" that is available early on in the game teaches you how to make the best of your Bat-gadgets when traversing the City and they reward you with upgrades that will help you doing that. The Riddler makes a return in this game alongside his infamous riddles and trophies that you need to find. In Arkham Asylum you could just find a map and reveal everything Riddler related in your map. This time they mark certain prisoners that you can interrogate and reveal pieces of Riddler's stuff on your map. Makes you work harder for concept art and character trophies.
- And of course the dedective mode (or thief mode when you're playing Catwoman). Useful in combat as it is out of combat. Helping you to find weaknesses in enemies or find Riddler's trophies. As with Asylum you unlock new gear while through progressing through the game, some of which are essential in order to get to some Riddler trophies.
The game is 90% Batman content and 10% Catwoman content. Makes for a nice change of pace and a deep breath when it happens. Bonus points for that.
All in all, Batman: Arkham City is both a great standalone game and a huge leap from Arkham Asylum, with more content, streamlined and improved gameplay and an excellent written story (for which the fanbase is devided as to which is better - Asylum or City? - pushing the boundaries right here). Full price or on a Steam sale this game is worth more than your money, but unfortunately that's all you can provide them!
My rating: Recommended