Golly Gotham

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ONE of the most an­tic­i­pated ti­tles of 2011 is un­doubt­edly Bat­man: Arkham City, in which the Caped Cru­sader will re­turn to bring jus­tice to the streets of Gotham City. Switched On spoke to Dax Ginn, from Rock­steady Stu­dios, to find out more about the game. What’s Arkham City all about? We’re tak­ing the ac­tion out on to the streets of Gotham as Bat­man goes head-to-head with an in­cred­i­ble range of char­ac­ters from the clas­sic Bat­man rogues’ gallery. Gotham it­self has al­ways been rid­dled with crime, and this is the new mayor’s so­lu­tion to that: wall off a huge district of the city and throw all of the in­mates from Arkham Asy­lum and Black­gate prison in there.

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Take a snap of this im­age us­ing the Wimo app for iPhone or An­droid to see Deus Ex: Hu­man Revo­lu­tion. Howdoes that change the game­play? The size and scale of this new game world has fun­da­men­tally changed ev­ery as­pect of the de­sign, so we’ve rethought nav­i­ga­tion, com­bat, forensics, cin­e­mat­ics and sto­ry­telling. Ev­ery­thing is on the ta­ble and has been rethought from the ground up, so play­ers are go­ing to find an in­cred­i­ble new ex­pe­ri­ence. Howwill play­ers move about the city? Nav­i­ga­tion is a mas­sive com­po­nent of the game, so run­ning off rooftops and us­ing Bat­man’s cape to glide down and build mo­men­tum, carve be­tween build­ings, the prom­ise of free-form nav­i­ga­tion within Gotham City is some­thing I think a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to love. Which vil­lains are in the game? The Joker, Har­ley Quinn, Two-Face, Cat­woman, Calendar Man, Szasz, Hugo Strange and Rid­dler are all present in Arkham City and we have more an­nounce­ments to make.

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