The Definitive Dark Knight?
In 2011, the sequel to the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum released, Batman: Arkham City. It had a larger open world setting, much more to do, and a broader cast of Batman heroes and villains. The game was so good that it won the Multi-platform Game of the 2011 award at the SPC Best of 2011 Awards. Now that game is getting a prequel with Batman: Arkham Origins. The same team that is currently working on that game worked on the Wii U port, an enhanced version with system exclusive features known as Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition. Do new features make for a good reason to take a second trip to Arkham City?
Bruce Wayne becomes captured by a task force working under Hugo Strange and gets locked up within the confines of Arkham City, a place where only the darkest of the dark outcasts and prisoners prowl. While tied up, Strange reveals scarce yet ominous information regarding something called Protocol 10. Strange also tells him that if Batman tries to interfere, he vows that he will tell the world the Dark Knight's secret, that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Wayne escapes and has Alfred remotely drop off his Batsuit via the air. Can whatever Protocol 10 is be stopped before Hugo Strange has his way, or will Batman's secret be broadcast to the world? The plot of the game keeps players engaged, and I found myself consistently wanting to play just to see the story's next twist and which character I would come across next, as Arkham City houses a who's-who of Batman universe players.
The structure of Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition has players running, jumping, climbing, and gliding across city streets, rooftops, and waters as they go from specified area to specified area to progress the story.
|Did someone ask for a detective?|
Even the coldest villain in Mr. Freeze
sports his own heat signature.
|The Batman stalks his prey.|
Combat in Arkham City was so good that
games like The Amazing Spider-Man couldn't
help but be inspired by it!
|Be one with the bat in this game's combat.|
As Mortal Kombat's Scorpion
would say, "Get over here!"
Catwoman has her own part to play
in the story of Arkham City.
The Wii U version of Batman: Arkham City holds all of the downloadable content that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners had to pay for and download digitally already on the disc, such as playing as Catwoman and the epilogue to the game's story, Harley Quinn's Revenge. The Armored Edition intermingles Catwoman sections with Batman sections of the story. The woman with nine lives also has her own set of Riddler trophies to find, and plays similarly to Batman, save for the ability to glide. All of the unlockable costumes like the Batman costume from the 1990's animated series and Year One Batman are included too.
|The nostalgia... I feel it so bad.|
One of the many convenient uses of
the Wii U GamePad.
[SPC Says: 9.5/10]