Official FAQ: Batman: Arkham City
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
NA: October 18, 2011
JP: November 23, 2011
EU: October 21, 2011
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U
Graphics Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to one of the best superhero games ever created, 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum. It involves a lot of detective work and a lot of hand to hand combat. Arkham City takes place one year after the Arkham Asylum events in a secluded part of Gotham City. In this secluded area, it acts as a giant prison for the criminally insane and city’s worst scum.
It’s a 3rd-person action adventure title much like the Uncharted or Tomb Raider series. While a lot of the game requires detective work (finding clues, tracking down whomever), there’s a lot of combat. The combat consist of streaming a series of hits and blocks to help level the Dark Knight up, unlocking more moves and abilities. One cool thing about Arkham City is that the Bats will not not be required to find the equipment he found in his previous adventure at the asylum.
There Will Be Blood – None…yet.
“Gaming’s greatest melee combat system gets even better with a few key improvements, while the rest of Arkham City gives the existing Batman formula some extra size and scope to keep things interesting. ” -Jeff Gerstmann
“Batman: Arkham City isn’t perfect, but listing the little things I didn’t like gets in the way of all the stuff I adored. The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight — these are the things that standout looking back. I’ve beaten this thing twice and still want to call in sick and chase Riddler Trophies. Batman: Arkham City isn’t just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it’s better than most games on the market.” -Greg Miller
“Arkham City serves as one of those sequels that renders its predecessor wholly obsolete.” -Thierry Nguyen
“Batman: Arkham City’s irresistible world, joyous movement, rewarding combat, and varied side quests make it an exceptional adventure game.” -Carolyn Petit
“Batman: Arkham Asylum was the greatest superhero game of all time. The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, is five times bigger and about a billion times better. You do the math.” -Charlie Barratt
According to Joystiq:
Batman: Arkham City‘s DLC launch dates and prices were apparently posted on GameStop.com before somebody came along and ruined the party. The bat-eyed (roll with it!) folks of ArkhamCity.co.uk, who have been ever-vigilant of Arkham City details, captured the information before the web pages were taken down.
A “Nightwing character pack” was dated November 1, for $6.99. The site also listed a “Robin bundle” will hit on November 22 for $6.99, with a nondescript “Skins pack” to swoop in on December 6 for $4.99.