G2A Game of the Week: Batman - Arkham City

February 07 2015
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Every week, Team Liquid will supply you with their pick for the G2A Game of the Week, which you can buy at an extremely discounted rate thanks to the G2A Weekly Sale. This week, we’ve chosen Batman: Arkham City. You can get the game right now at www.g2a.com/weeklysale for $3.68, a whopping 82% off its current price.

The Review: Batman: Arkham City

“No escape from Arkham City, the sprawling mega-prison in the heart of Gotham City, home to its most violent thugs and most notorious super-villains.”

Batman: Arkham City, sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, gives players the opportunity to once again see through the eyes of Batman, and several other playable characters, in an attempt to stop the dark deeds that may be occurring in the dark prison world known as Arkham City. Complete with every super-villain in the book, all the gadgets in your arsenal, and the utilities that allow you to be the greatest detective in the world, the game makes you feel as if you’re actually Batman himself.

A big picture game

The characters are done flawlessly and everyone’s personalities and profiles are detailed down to the last dime. All the super-villains are exactly as I would picture them. The Joker is the definition of insanity and the Riddler is a well-thought out maniac. The voice acting is stunning and the sound the game has to offer is very immersive. The game really brings you into the world of Batman. As an added bonus, the renditions of the characters used in the game are that of the original comic-book versions.

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Batman is a complex guy with his big ego, fancy gadgets, and kick-butt fighting style. Despite this, the game makes him so simple to use which is great. This means there’s a very minimal learning curve to simply play the game. There are only 3 real combat buttons; Strike, counter,and stun and a combination of the three executes some crazy combos. His quick-use gadgets such as the batarang and batclaw can easily be switched around with the d-pad and be used with the fast action of the triggers in-combat.

Of course, the more advanced and technical player will enjoy the vast array of bat combos, which you can learn to master and abuse in-order to take down bad guys in the most epic of ways. There’s a vast array of bat moves that are waiting to be unlocked. Giant chain combos from one move into another grant bonuses and it’s also an achievement, or trophy, to use all his moves in one fight. Other than that, all you need to know is the strike and counter button and you’re golden.

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There’s a tool for everything

The game gives you full access to some of Batman’s most famous gadgets. From the Batarang to Explosive Gel, it makes you wonder how his belt fits everything. He also comes with a slew of “passive” gadgets. You don’t really have physical access to these items but they’re always active on your HUD. As you explore the world of Arkham city, you automatically tune into nearby people’s conversations, and monitor their heart-rates. In certain missions, he’ll even pull out another tech-item that happens to be perfect for the situation, such as the call-tracer for missions with Victor Zsasz.
A lot of the conversations heard in the game aren’t necessary to the main plot line but it adds a whole new depth to the game. It can sometimes feel good to thwart a mugger’s attempts from stealing from innocent political inmates or just listen in to how many people are actually afraid of you, which seems to be everyone. After you’ve revealed yourself, their heart rates shoot up and their status turns to “nervous”, which is a bonus.
You can also go into “detective mode” which allows you to see through walls, listen-in to conversations, and help analyze a crime scene. There’s a side mission involving the hired mercenary Deadshot, who assassinates an innocent inmate. Using Batman’s detective skills, you’re able to analyze the penetration of the bullet and use the trajectory to track him down.

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Gliding and grappling, the full explorer’s experience

The game is a Sandbox title after all, and thus, gives players the full right to explore and travel around Arkham City as they please. There’s nothing more classic than having batman perch up on the edge of a building, surveying everything around him, picking-and-choosing his battles. It’s pretty neat because the world around you is alive. You can listen in to people’s conversations and perhaps stop an on-going mugging or gang fight.
Aside from the main story involved with the joker, there are tons of fun side-quests you can do to further enhance your overall-experience. There are side missions involving Deadshot, Zsasz, The Riddler, and even the previous game’s antagonist, Bane. There are even small side-missions that just spontaneously happen like “Go check out a distress flare on a roof” or something of the sorts.

The Rundown

The game is impressive. Enough said. It does everything it intends on doing which makes the player feel like they’re in the Batman world. There are tons of things to do and the game fit everything into one nice package. Tons of characters make their debut as well as their return and full use of Batman’s arsenal makes your life an epic breeze.

Writer: Ken Serra
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