It features a main plot and side-missions that develop their own sub-plots. He must now stop mishaps occurring around this chaotic enclosure, mainly caused by his arch-nemesis, the Joker.
The game has received universal critical acclaim, making it one of the highest rated video games released in The universal acclaim led to a final sequel in called Batman: Arkham Knight.
Arkham City is an open world action video game that incorporates elements of stealth and predator tactics. All of the gadgets previously obtained in the first game are present at the start of Arkham City with the exception of the Line Launcher and the Ultra Batclaw , which is replaced with the regular Batclaw and Sonic Batarangs.
Most of them have improved or have new capabilities; for example, the Cryptographic Sequencer can also track signals, the line launcher now can be deployed as a tightrope and has a feature that allows Batman to flip over and launch another zipline, switching directions. The remote control Batarang now has a built in brake and boost, and the grappling gun can now be used while gliding to boost Batman further up into the air.
Three additional gadgets have been revealed: smoke pellets to confuse armed enemies when spotted by them, the Remote Electrical Charge which is a sniper-like taser gun used to power generators and shock enemies, and ice grenades used to freeze enemies and make pathways through water.
The player also has access to a criminal database that tracks several investigations across the city and the forensic puzzles much like the first game, as well as an extensive communications interception and tracing network. After a certain number of trophies are found, Batman must go rescue a hostage that the Riddler has captured, which requires him to disable death traps set by the Riddler. The player controls Batman, making his way around Arkham City to complete mission objectives.
In addition to the primary mission, the game introduces various secondary missions, which are not required, featuring a number of key characters and their stories. The player can opt to move silently, avoiding inmates and other enemies using a combination of gadgets to sneak up on enemies to incapacitate them.
At other times, the player may be forced to fight inmates using an improved version of the Freeflow combat system from Arkham Asylum , allowing for multiple simultaneous counters, the ability to counter thrown objects, jump attacks, powerful multi-strike beat-downs, upgraded Batarang and Batclaw attacks, and the ability to use gadgets such as the Explosive Gel and line launcher in freeflow.
Movement about the city is made difficult due to the formation of gangs and territory between rival villains, such as Two-Face, The Penguin, and the Joker, that causes in-fighting that Batman has the option of avoiding. Catwoman is also a playable character with her own heist-focused storyline at specific points in the game. Her combat is more acrobatics-oriented and features her claws, whip, and bolas. She has her own version of Detective Mode called "Thief Vision" to locate items for stealing.
Dax Ginn recently revealed at Gamescom that the game has about 40 hours of gameplay with the main campaign lasting 25 hours and 15 hours for the side missions.
The game also contains Riddler challenges, which make up one of the multiple side missions that players can embark on at any given point in the game. Rather than rely on maps, the player can mark riddler puzzles as they are found, if the player does not have the necessary equipment to complete them.
A portion of the puzzles are also specific to Catwoman, and can only be completed by her. All Arkham City gameplay and cinematics have S3D support. Arkham City features a large ensemble cast of characters pulled from the history of Batman comics. Returning characters from Arkham Asylum include:. The events of Arkham City take place somewhere between six and eighteen months after Batman: Arkham Asylum. The facility is placed in the care of genius psychiatrist Hugo Strange — who is secretly manipulating Sharp — and guarded by a squad of heavily-armed mercenaries hired from a rogue private military firm, TYGER Security.
The inmates are given free rein as long as they do not attempt to escape. Batman maintains a vigil over the detention city, concerned that the chaotic situation there will get out of hand.
Meanwhile, the Joker is stricken with a potentially fatal disease, mutated by his consumption of, and subsequent transformation by, the Titan formula—an unstable steroid serum which has the ability to turn men into maddened monsters. New Arkham City inmate and rising warlord, Two-Face devises a plan to publicly execute fellow prisoner Catwoman after she tries to steal back some of her ill-gotten gains from his hideout.
Meanwhile, Gotham City itself has degenerated into a police state managed by Mayor Sharp, where citizens with the slightest trace of a criminal record find themselves shipped to the prison district. Among these is Bruce Wayne , who holds a rally attacking the proposal of turning half his city into a walled-off reserve for criminally inclined persons.
Segregated from society, he argues, they have become responsible for their own survival in an anarchic urban hell which is characterized by bloody gang wars. Making his way there, the Dark Knight comes upon her standing trial before a kangaroo court, with Two-Face as judge and executioner. The latter is subsequently able to capture Batman and perform a blood transfusion, thereby striking him with the same potentially fatal disease.
He uses this as leverage against the Caped Crusader, forcing him to find a cure for him or they perish together. Batman deduces that Mr. To complicate matters, Harley Quinn steals the formula once it has been completed, leading to a head-on battle with the Joker, who wishes to stabilize his own condition while allowing Batman to die.
Hugo Strange, meanwhile, initiates Protocol A scheme to wipe out the entire inmate population of Arkham City and thus, "save" Gotham from its criminal element. TYGER troops, who have been brainwashed to serve only Strange and his insane interests, begin mass executions of political prisoners while launching air strikes on Arkham from attack helicopters. There are two Jokers present, however, and the real twin explains that his double is Clayface , who has been impersonating him for some time.
In the struggle that follows the theater is destroyed, although Batman is able to retrieve the formula and save himself. Joker attacks him, causing the remaining antidote to spill. He succumbs to his illness while Batman looks on, maintaining that he would have saved his foe. Catwoman successfully infiltrates the vault and attempts to escape with the ill-gotten gains, but abandons this plan when she stops to help save Batman from the Joker.
Intending to return for her belongings, she goes on to fight a rematch with Two-Face and his henchmen. Arkham Asylum was completed with the sequel in mind in both story and gameplay; as found by several players, a secret room in Arkham Asylum shows plans for Arkham City, purposely included to help link the story between the two games.
As part of the "Batman in Gotham" design philosophy, the arsenal of moves and actions that the player could use as Batman was expanded. Although the team developed several ideas for new moves, gadgets, and abilities to be included, they only went forward with those that they felt would be authentic to Batman.
The studio also reviewed the play and combat systems used in Arkham Asylum , and built the new moves as natural extensions of the existing system as a means to "add even more depth and gameplay instead of changing them fundamentally". Another means of giving the player the Batman experience was through the larger game world.
Arkham City has a virtual footprint five times larger than that of Arkham Asylum , and the navigational aspects have been improved to give the player the experience of "the freedom and exhilaration of gliding down alleyways and soaring above the skyline". Though the concepts have been compared to an open-world game, Hill notes that such freeform nature would not be appropriate for a Batman game, and have designed Arkham City to challenge the player to think like Batman to survive in the game.
To counterbalance the larger game world, the developers also sought to include more challenges and side missions, while keeping the player alert as to the primary story mission, such that the players constantly are aware of "extreme pressure of the challenges that they face". With the open game world, Rocksteady included more villains not simply to populate the city, but purposely selected those that would create challenges for the player in the role of Batman.
Hugo Strange was selected as a primary antagonist as his power and control help to maintain the lockdown on Arkham City when Batman enters it. Catwoman was also included due to the long history between Batman and her, although she brings her own agenda to the events within Arkham City. The developers had considered adding a multiplayer element to the game, but ultimately decided against this. According to Hill, they asked themselves "If we use all of the energy that is required to create multiplayer and instead focus this on the single player, would that deliver a better overall game?
Developers at Rocksteady have also assured players that they can experience variety as each part of the city has been taken over by a certain villain and each territory is villain-specific.
A limited series five-issue monthly comic series, also titled Batman: Arkham City was released on May 11, The series bridges the plot between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. A special Xbox console was eventually revealed. Warner Bros. The content was only made available by pre-ordering the game with a specific retailer or purchasing a product such as a NOS energy drink beverage to obtain an unlockable code.
The latter remaining copies of Arkham City could be purchased at the event, although the player is unable to be entered into the contest. Australian retailers EB Games and Game broke the official release date two days early, selling the game on October The Windows version had been scheduled for simultaneous release with other versions but in September, its release was pushed back to November 18 with no explanation given. A PS3-exclusive Sinestro Corps outfit was revealed in August , that can initially only be unlocked via a unique code obtained with the purchase of the extended cut edition of the Warner Bros.
In the United Kingdom, the Robin Edition was announced for sale exclusively through the retailers Game and Gamestation, containing the game and all of the Robin pre-order content including the playable character, skins and challenge maps.
A series of "Steelbook Edition" versions of the game were also made available, featuring the standard game with a metallic case. A fourth steelbook featuring Catwoman was released, containing the Batman: Earth One alternative skin for Batman.
Additionally, a bundle containing these items and a Kinect controller was also released. It was a launch title for the console, others being New Super Mario Bros. Mode for Batman and Catwoman. New purchases of the game are provided with a unique code that unlocks the Catwoman downloadable content DLC that enables a series of missions in the story campaign that can be played as Catwoman, with weapons and moves unique to the character.
Although the missions were presented as part of the main game, on October 13, , Warner Bros. Users can also purchase the content separately.
It was later announced that pre-owned copies purchased from GameStop would also contain the necessary unlock code. A Warner Bros. Additional DLC packs are also available or scheduled for release. The second pack is set to support the Catwoman story campaign by adding four new story-missions. The Robin pack, is scheduled for November 22, , and contains the Robin pre-order content: the playable character, alternate appearance skins and challenge maps.
A Skins pack containing all of the alternate Batman pre-order skins is scheduled for release on December 6, During the launch week, issues were found to exist in the code-restricted content supplied with new purchases, with some customers discovering the code to be missing from their game, preventing them from obtaining the Catwoman story missions.
The problem was reported by customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Upon release in the United Kingdom, a technical issue rendered the game unplayable for some players, booting them from the game with an error message that the "downloadable content is corrupt. Batman: Arkham City received universal acclaim by critics and, as of October 29, is the best-reviewed game of according to review aggregator Metacritic.
Metacritic provides an average score of 97 out of for the PS3 version, based on 35 reviews, and 95 out of for the Xbox version, based on 73 reviews. Fellow aggregator GameRankings provides an average score of Game Informer also gave a perfect 10 score, labeling it ""the best licensed video game ever made" and stating " Arkham City not only lives up to the standards set by Arkham Asylum , it bests its predecessor.
Eurogamer awarded a score of 9 out of 10, lamenting that it lacks the same "surprise" as its predecessor, but praising the detailed world, the wide cast, and the variety of activities and missions. Worldwide, the game sold 2 million units in its first week of approximately 4. This made Arkham City one of the fastest selling games ever. Noire , and Warner Bros. Start a Wiki. It is the sequel to the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.