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If you are looking at this review, I assume you have played Batman Arkham Asylum. If not, go get it, come back, read this review and get Batman Arkham City.
Batman Arkham City (B:AC) is the best Batman game I have played. Hell, its one of the best depictions of Batman aswell in my opinion.
The story for B:AC is flawless. From the moment you step into Bruce Waynes shoes it is a non stop adventure through the game, beating up bad guys and saving people. The world is full with references to various characters in the comics, both good and bad, ones you know and ones you might not. But regardless of whether they are your favourite or not, every character looks amazing, especially The Joker (Who is voiced by Mark Hamill, who many consider to be THE voice of The Joker).
Gameplay is great, the combat is smooth and the missions are varied. At some points you swap from playing as Batman to Catwoman, which I actually didn't like and I found unnecessary. She has pretty much the exact same abilities as Batman, so what's the advantage of playing as her? Aside from running around Arkham City in a ultra skin tight leather suit. If that's your thing. As I said before, combat is great. Its a great feeling when you manage to take on 30 armed guys using nothing but your fists, and you manage to not get hit, which results in a high combo, which results in lots of points.
While Arkham city isn't that big in comparison to other games maps, it is still big enough for you to feel like you are The Batman, using gadgets to swing from roof top to roof top, gliding down to beat up some bad guy. But the world seems a bit empty. A bit to empty.
The graphics aren't the most realistic, but I don't expect realism from a comic book game. All of the characters are amazing detailed and you can really tell they looked to the comics for inspiration.
Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game, its not the best but it is definitely the best comic book game I have played for a long time.