Video Game Review: Arkham City
The Good:Amazing voice acting, and killer gameplay. There are very few things as fun in video games, as fighting off wave after wave of henchman as the Batman.
The Bad:Sometimes it seems as if you're constantly in Detective Mode, which can get old. Not enough variety in the henchman you fight.
Arkham Asylum (Arkham City’s predecessor) was one of my favorite games of ALL TIME. That’s a bold statement coming from me. I was raised on video games from a very young age. I grew up in the true golden age of video games. I was about 5 years old when Super Mario Bros. came out and I’ve been hooked on video games ever since. I was right in the middle of Nintendo vs. Sega debate. Nintendo, duh. I couldn’t even understand kids that were on the Sega side of the debate. Sure, Sonic was cool but Nintendo had legend after legend, games that are still being made to this day, 25 years later. But that’s not what I want to talk to you about.
Batman’s back. From the moment I heard that Arkham Asylum would have a sequel I was counting the days for it to come out. I’ve been telling my friends for years that they could make sure an amazing Batman game but they were just dropping the ball. I even played out scenarios in my head, cool features that would make for an amazing Batman video game. Then something incredible happened, Arkham Asylum came out and it exceeded any expectation I had in my wildest imagination.
Arkham City is carrying on that tradition and taking it to the next level. Arkham City will go down as the best super hero video game ever, and if it doesn’t then it’s a travesty. Arkham City takes an already amazing game in Arkham Asylum and makes it better. You actually FEEL like you’re Batman which feels amazing. When you see 20 thugs coming at you knowing that you’re about to mop the floor with them without taking so much as a single scratch, there aren’t many better feelings in all of video gaming.
The combat in Arkham City is not button mashing brute force like you find in many games, it’s an art form. An art form that once perfected, is absolutely addictive. Once you master the art of combat in Arkham City you actually get pissed off if an enemy is lucky enough to land a punch on you. Batman’s not supposed to get hit. Not my Batman. Not the Batman that I control who dreams of a world where wave after wave of henchmen holding wrench comes to take their best shot at the Caped Crusader.
Go buy Arkham City, right now. What are you waiting for?