07/11/2011

Batman Arkham City - Great Expectations - Completed

Easily my most wanted title this year, I booked the day off work & not even a bout of man flu could stop me buying this game on release.

Starting the game you get thrown straight into the action with no in game tutorial reminding you of the buttons you need to press to perform certain actions. The storyline continues from the first game in that now a section of Gotham has been turned into a prison & it's up to you to figure out why & what is going on. Along the way you get your usual upgrades to gadgets & combos skills by levelling up. You can now glide all over Arkham City to swoop down on your enemies to take them out.

In my previous post I complained about the sheer number of these enemies which I felt at times was aggravating my RSI pain. The access to all the playing world from the beginning makes this game feel more like a GTA type affair unlike Arkham Asylum which played more like a Metroid or Castlevania game. Firstly let me say I did enjoy playing the game especially the storyline, voice acting & boss fights but I hated the large fight sequences with lots of enemies, the number of riddler trophies to collect nearing 400 !! & the side quests I completed the boss fights on them were way too easy. When you complete the game you can continue to complete the side quests or start new game plus which lets you play the game again on a harder setting.

I had great expectations for this game but I'm sorry to say they were not met, I don't quite understand the 9/10 & 10/10 reviews because to me at best this is an 8. Don't get me wrong it is a very good game but some of the magic from the first game has gone.

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