Painted Dog Games Revue: Arkham City

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Game Reviews
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I'm not going to make a joke about "pussy whipped" here.
Batman and Catwoman in Arkham City

This week I’m playing Batman: Arkham City. It’s a bit of a treat to play a brand new game. It’s a huge treat to be playing this particular game. I’m tearing myself away from this game to write this review. Frankly, I’m going to have a hard time finding anything critical to say about it.

The setting is Arkham City. It’s more Escape From New York than it is No Man’s Land (for those of you who remember that story arc from the Batman comics). The city has been walled off from the rest of Gotham and is inhabited solely by criminals. The voice acting is flawless. This is Mark Hamil’s final “appearance” as the Joker and he is playing it full to the hilt. The combat mechanics are brilliantly fluid. Everything about the game is immersive. You forget you’re playing a game. You simply are the Batman.

Like Arkam Asylum, the game is aimed at fans of Batman: The Animated Series. It shares the same voice actors, character design, and the signature “dark deco” aesthetic. But it’s definitely for a grown up audiance that expects more edge in their games.

Normally it’s storyline that keeps me going in a game. I want to know what’s around the next corner and what’s at the end. Arkham City is a break from that. My favorite part of the game is swinging around the city. Like the combat, the mechanics are very intuitive and simple, letting you make beautifully balletic movements without having to know fifty thousand button combos. This is really what takes it from being a good game to really being an incredible experience.

This is a short piece but honestly everything about the game is so good that if I were to break it apart piece by piece we’d be here all weekend (I may take the time to do this in the future after a few more playthroughs). The only criticisims I can really make have more to do with the nature of the beast that is downloadable content as opposed to anything actually in the game.

On a scale from one to ten, I give this Arkham City a “this should be the next game you purchase.”

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