Monday, November 7, 2011

Batman: Arkham City Review

I figured I would get a quick review in of the game that has dominated my life for the past two weeks. So far it's pretty great. According to my progress report I am roughly 15% through the game, and have probably logged about 20 hours of play or so. I know that's not as good as the prepubescent kids that rock 20 hours a day, but for a full time doctor, it's about all the time I can put in. The graphics and sounds are great. The actors that do the voices of the Batman characters all do an amazing job that makes the story much more interesting. The plot of the game is that a portion of Gotham City has been walled off, and all of the criminals are just thrown in to fend for themselves. It's a great way to work all of the classic villains into the story, and the game provides character bios if you are not familiar with some of them. There are a lot of side missions throughout the game as you follow the main story line. Some of the side missions overlap with the story so you can take care of both at once, others are a nice break from the main story to go do something else. The city itself is extremely well designed with lots of places to grapple onto or jump from one roof and glide to another. Speaking of jumping, gliding, and grappling, the controls take some time to get used to. Every button on the controller is utilized and sometimes a combination of several buttons at once is needed to accomplish a task. There is a hint option that is very nice, it tells you what button to hit if you find yourself getting bludgeoned to death to give you a chance to escape or retaliate. Overall, it is one of the better games I have played lately. My only fear is that it will now sit unused for several weeks since Modern Warfare 3 comes out tomorrow.