Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the 2009 smash hit “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” and is one of the most anticipated games of 2011 for fanboys everywhere. Arkham Asylum was a huge release selling well over 3 million units worldwide, and was the winner of countless Game of the Year awards all over the industry. Arkham City looks to build upon the success of Arkham Asylum, this time giving you a much bigger landscape to traverse and explore as The Caped Crusader.
Along for this ride this time will be a few new characters, Catwoman and a very mature looking Robin(pictured above) have both been confirmed as playable characters, Catwoman will be available for play in the main story whereas Robin will have his own mini game challenge maps similar to the ones that the Joker saw in Arkham Asylum. Nightwing has also been rumored to appear in some capacity as a playable, either in the main story or in the mini games. Arkham Asylum will also have a plethora of new villains, expanding quite a bit from what you were up against in the first game. This time around Batman will be tormented by the likes of Two-Face, The Penguin, The Mad Hatter and Hugo Stange. Die-hard Batman fans will not be disappointed as these new characters will be added to the cast that was in the first game, so the Dark Knight will surely have his hands full this fall.
Rocksteady games is also boasting some new features in Arkham City, you will have some smaller side missions in addition to the main missions of the story. The new game will also feature an upgraded “Detective Mode,” which was a staple from the first game, that developers have described more like an augmented reality. All of Batman’s gadgets will be available in Arkham City, although most of them will see some new upgrades making them more useful. Arkham City will also feature an interesting stereoscopic 3D mode allowing for optimal 3D viewing for those with the appropriate equipment.
All of the best parts of Arkham Asylum are also intact here. The combat for the most part remains the same, which is a good thing, with a few upgrades to the hit detection system to allow for a more fluid and realistic combat system. The Riddler’s challenge maps also return, this time with 436 in total.
Batman: Arkham City looks to be one of the biggest releases of the year, combining the best parts of Arkham Asylum with a few tweeks here and there. The game will be getting a full release on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and eventually Wii U.