METHOD IN MADNESS
The Caped Crusader has returned and this time all the action takes place under the open skies of Arkham City, a closed section of Gotham that incarcerates evil masterminds. Unlike in Arkhamasylum, the previous edition, where you had to make your way through claustrophobic rooms of the loony bin, in Arkhamcity, Batman uses his detective skills to find the mysterious psychiatrist Hugo Strange and stop this mad district from spiralling out of control. This is a multi-starred game with mindboggling challenges thrown at you by the Riddler and the usual suspects—the Penguin, Two-face and Catwoman. Hardcore fans of Batman and Stana Katic (best known for playing Detective Kate Beckett in TV serial Castle) will be happy to know that the beauteous actor will voice the character of Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman’s archenemy Ras al Ghul.
Realism is the key to Arkhamcity— our hero can take only a few bullet shots before Game Over starts flashing on the screen. The game has a storyline but you are not bound to stick to it; you are free to wander around, seeking out hidden secrets, side missions, or simply beating the living daylights out of Gotham’s vilest residents. There’s always something to do, and as you progress through the game you’ll unlock new equipment and abilities that enable you to visit areas previously inaccessible.
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new moves and gizmos. Batman’s new stun gun is awesome. Stun an opponent and you get a special assault move that increases the combo meter and unlocks more special moves (knocking out a single enemy, permanently breaking an enemy’s weapon, knocking all nearby enemies down). The stealth mode—a key combat skill—is especially engaging. Some situations also require special tactics, such as hostage situations. The good old jumping down on foes from building rooftops never gets old, and the street crawling while confronting increasingly difficult foes adds to the punch—literally. As Batman remains a pacifist superhero and refuses to kill under any circumstances, this idealistic approach can backfire at times… a previously defeated maniac can reappear at any time.
With his faithful butler Alfred helping analyse data and sending additional equipment, you can be sure Arkhamcity will not mark the death of Batman as a hero. Commissioner Gordon’s daughter acts as a guide and researcher and the cavalry—catwoman, Robin, Nightwing—all offer help in times of need. If Arkhamasylum was a ground breaking game, Arkhamcity bests its predecessor and can easily be titled as one of the most outstanding Batman games ever. The jaw dropping graphics and impressive lip syncing should makes everyone take up a