9 years ago
Half of the time, unless the game is from Nintendo, sequels either surpass their predecessor, feel the same as the last game, or just plain suck. Mostly, they tend to suck. Most of the time as well, games based on either movies or franchises tend to suck and rarely does a gem shine on the market.
Batman Arkham City manages to break both curses in style!
The controls are as tight as ever, the graphics only got better, and the voice acting is still top notch. In addition to all the things you loved about Batman: Arkham Asylum, there are side-quests that are so heavily ingrained into the Batman universe as well as the story itself, and thus doesn't feel like a bunch of pointless wastes of time that have you running around collecting items. There is also the ability to play as Catwoman in certain parts of the game. I'm sure fans of the femme fatale enjoyed whatever small chances they had playing as her. Also, the world is more wide open than ever. Rather than just jump one location to the next in some cramped areas, you can just fly/swing/grapple all the way towards your destination and actually feel like Batman, defending a city from criminals in the cover of the night. Better yet, the game world is MUCH larger than Arkham Asylum.
Just a fair warning: the hardware requirements are rather steep and the game demands slightly steeper hardware requirements than Batman: Arkham Asylum. It'll be even more steep if you want to use the NVIDIA 3D Vision feature that allows you to use special 3D glasses. However, the game is still fun without this feature, and the game being fun is what matters most.
Also, whatever you do, DO NOT exit your game while it is auto-saving! If you do, your save data will be erased! This is a major bug this game has, but it is easily avoidable for the most part.
I didn't think the guys at Rocksteady and WB Games could pull it off, but they did; they made a sequel that surpasses the original, which was already a pretty awesome and tight game. In other words, this game is fantastic! Now I feel silly about the doubts I had about this game in my preview buzz.
yes: I recommend this product