BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Out: Spring 2011 The Dark Knight has been the star of some pretty awful video games throughout the years, but 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was an exception: a cleverly crafted action adventure that offered players hand-to-hand combat, mysteries to solve and a utility belt crammed with gadgets.
Arkham City, its sequel, is promising all that and more.
The Caped Crusader’s latest adventure sees Gotham City’s most devious criminals relocated into the heart of the metropolis.
Incumbent Mayor Quincy Sharp has cordoned off a section of the city’s slums for the likes of the Joker and the Riddler to run wild away from the general populace, but Batman is forced to intervene when Two-Face devises a plan to execute Catwoman.
While the previous game drip-fed players with Bat gadgets as they progressed, Arkham City hands over the full complement of Bat-a-majigs from the get-go and thrusts them into a sprawling cityscape with danger lurking around every corner.
Each gadget can be upgraded with new capabilities and, in order to quickly traverse a game world five times the size of the previous game, Batman is able to fly using a momentumbased gliding system.
Villains will be the subjects of multi-faceted sub-quests, giving the game more of a free-form narrative feel.
With the next Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film not out until well into 2012, Batman: Arkham City will be just the tonic for hungry Dark Knight fans when it’s launched later this year.
Bigger and better: be prepared for the new Batman game.