It’s encouraging to see some premium downloadable content that attempts to expand on the single-player experience of a game. Like many games, Batman: Arkham City has seen more than its fair share of extra costumes and challenges for characters like Robin, Catwoman and Nightwing. But after the huge events at the end of Arkham City, fans will be excited to jump over the prison wall again to ruff up the inmates. As a warning, this DLC review contains spoilers for the end of the main game, so consider yourselves warned.
We begin the game as Robin, looking for Batman after he disappeared a few days ago. Bats went looking for some kidnapped cops and never came out. The Joker’s adoring follower, Harley Quinn is really losing it after his death and has taken over his steel works hideout. She’s even got a gang of goons, all kitted out in red and black to fit in with her style. Following a relatively tiny role in the main game, it’s good to see such an entertaining character get a better share of the limelight. After getting smashed down after playfully cart wheeling towards Batman in the church back in October, it comes as no surprise that she’s playing for keeps this time around.
After Robin’s intro, we get to play as Batman in the events leading up to his disappearance. For the most part though, this is Robin’s game. Chances are quite a few of you groaned then and fair enough, Robin is a complete tool. But let’s take a look at what he brings to the game. His fighting retains the same; attack/dodge/counter style that makes Rocksteady’s Batman feel so satisfyingly intense in combat. Robin being a bit soft requires him to use a Bo staff to take on enemies rather rely on unarmed skills like Batman and Catwoman. He does have a few cool takedown moves though, especially the double takedown on unsuspecting pairs. His single silent takedowns, choking thugs out on top of his back, takes a bit too long though and sometimes results in getting spotted.Click here to read more...
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
When Arkham Asylum came out it blew everybody's expectations out of the water and gave us a truly great cat and mouse chase between The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince Of Crime. It also catered for just about every type of Batman fan out there, from those who just casually drift in and out of his adventures to those who religiously follow the graphic novels, by cramming a rich and long history into one game. Now if you're anything like me, you've probably played the original numerous times and despite knowing what's going to happen it's still a cracking way to spend a large chunk of time because the narrative is so wonderful to be a part of. The announcement of a sequel was a great day, but it was also a worrying one; could Rocksteady deliver the same high quality entertainment and make improvements at the same time?
Well, that's exactly what they've done!Click here to read more...