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Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition

Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition Review | The Wii U's Opening Batsman

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Ray Willmott
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Reviews
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive, Wii U games

Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition Review | The Wii U's Opening Batsman

Platforms: Wii U

Developers: Rocksteady Studios

Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive

The sign of a truly great character is one that transcends generations and remains interesting and relevant, no matter the time period. The Bat-Man first appeared back in 1939, debuting to a surging comic-book audience as a crime-fighting detective. While those core character foundations still remain intact today, it’s fair to say the Caped Crusader has become more a ‘Dark Knight’ in 2013.

And man, we couldn’t be happier. It’s not just incredible comics and gripping movies. We also get some pretty epic games. Arkham City, perhaps, being the best of the bunch.

Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition Review | The Wii U's Opening Batsman

With the arrival of Wii U, Rocksteady have taken the liberty of re-releasing Arkham City for Nintendo’s newbie, but this time dubbing it ‘Armoured Edition’. Amazingly, their work actually makes the game feel fresh and engaging, one year after release. It also makes some of the best use of the Wii U gamepad to date.

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Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition | Wii U Hands-on Preview

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Gamescom 2012, Hands-On Preview, Rocksteady Studios, Wii U games

Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition | Wii U Hands-on Preview

Platforms: Wii U

Developer: Rocksteady

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Wii U versions of core multiplatform titles are going to play a big part in the console’s future. Nintendo wants to compete directly with Microsoft and Sony this time rather than settle for a casual market. The Wii versions of regular titles always felt like poor ports, so what better way to convince gamers you’re serious this time around than starting with one of last year’s biggest action titles, Arkham City.

Our hands-on demo begins during the Ra’s Al Ghul section of the game where Batman has been poisoned and he’s tracking down a ninja to try to find the antidote. This session served the purpose of showing us a broad selection of the unique Wii U features.

Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition | Wii U Hands-on Preview

This new take on the game has allowed Rocksteady to add elements that they may have regretted not including in the original. For example, those of you who wanted to detonate explosive gel traps individually rather than simultaneously are now free to do so. Batman sets them the same way, but now you use the Wii U Game Pad to survey the scene in Detective Mode and then tap the specific gel trap on-screen that you would like to detonate. This allows you to manipulate groups of enemies with much more precision. One explosion will take out one guard while the others run away, hopefully right towards one of your other traps. It’s one of the more satisfying elements to take advantage of the Game Pad and the precise inputs via the screen mean you’ll always select the right one and at exactly the time you want.

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