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Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
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Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Advantages: Excellent gameplay
Disadvantages: Main story too short, city is too small
I used to be a heavy gamer, however in recent years I have rarely bought any games. Arkham City received universal acclaim upon its release and hence I finally splashed out on a new PS3 game and can say I have no regrets.
Arkham City is aptly based in Arkham which is on the outskirts of Gotham where of course Bruce Wayne grew up and became the legend that is Batman. It is a follow up to the highly successful game Arkham Asylum. It was released back in November 2011 and became one of the fastest selling games of all time selling around 2 million copies worldwide.
So needless to say you play as Batman and strictly Batman. Your job is to clean up Arkham and there is a main plot as well as plenty of side missions. Without ruining too much of the story, the joker is poisoned with a deadly virus and he tricks Batman in to getting poisoned as well in order for Batman to then go and hunt down the cure. This takes Batman along a route involving many different classic Batman characters like Penguin, Mr Freeze and Bane just to name a few. I have to say the cut scenes in this game really are excellent and almost in the same league as the God Of War cut scenes.
It is open world so much like Grand Theft Auto and many other games these days, however the one problem here is the world is quite small. It is probably the only map where you can literally know your way around the city without ever needing to look at the map. This is a criticism just to be clear, some people don't see it as one but I do. Also whilst on criticisms the main mission is way too short. There are side missions to keep you accomplished for many hours, the problem here though is when there is a main mission I really don't care about the side missions and they get neglected. A more positive thing would have been for the creators to take some of the side missions and put them in to the main game as this would have extended playability.
The fighting and gliding is where this game really shines. It is pristine and they have pretty much perfected the system. Essentially you have an attack, jump and a button for your gadgets which you can access with short cuts. The more attacks you make without getting struck in between will increase your combo, which increases your power and special moves that can be performed. The gliding is just beautiful, and only when you realise that you can dive bomb to the ground and then go straight in to a glide of the speed that you build up dive bombing does the game really hit the next level of appreciation.
Graphics wise this is great, although not perfect but there is a lot of detail in this game. The creators really have covered most angles and I can see why this has got critical acclaim. Personally I will give it four stars but I can see why plenty of people have stated that it is the best game they have ever played.
Summary: An almost perfect game
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