BATMAN ARKHAM CITY is the sequel to the video game BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM. In that game, Joker had masterminded a scheme that trapped Batman in Arkham while the inmates ran loose. It ended in a climatic showdown between Joker and Batman. BATMAN ARKHAM CITY takes places a year later. Arkham Asylum has been razed and Hugo Strange in partnership with Mayor Quincy Sharp (the former warden of Arkham Asylum) has bought much of old Gotham City and transformed it into a massive prison for criminals and the clinically insane alike. However, anyone who opposes the prison are kidnapped and sent to Arkham City themselves. At a protest event against the facility and Strange's announcement of an unknown event called Protocol 10, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped and sent inside. It's all a part of Batman's master plan to find out exactly what is going on. His adventure over the night brings him face to face with Two Face, the Penguin, Joker, Ra al Ghul, and Mister Freeze just to name a few. There's also side missions that bring Batman in contact with characters as diverse as Azrael, Hush, and Deadshot. In addition, the Riddler has a role to play as Arkham City is loaded with trophies to collect, riddles to solve, and puzzles to complete.
The voice acting is some of the finest of all time. Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman and Mark Hamill give his final performance as Joker. Several animated series and video games later, these two actors are the definite vocal performers of the roles. The other villains and characters are well-done, too.
The graphics for the game are top-notch. This looks and feels like you are in the world of Batman. This is perhaps, the best representation in any medium of Gotham City and the world in which Batman lives. Never before has Gotham looked so menacing, threatening, and real.
Control is relatively easy and some the only flaw from BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM, odd camera angles, has been fixed. The gameplay is fairly easy, though as the game progresses it might prove challenging for a complete beginner. All the weapons from ASYLUM are back, but there are new ones and some of the old ones can be upgraded to make them even more useful.
The voice acting is some of the finest of all time. Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman and Mark Hamill give his final performance as Joker. Several animated series and video games later, these two actors are the definite vocal performers of the roles.
Besides the main game storyline, there is also a separate storyline with Catwoman. At the time of the release of the game, only those who buy the game or buy the code can play the Catwoman story. I have no doubt that eventually this storyline as well as the soon-to-be-released storylines of Robin and Nightwing will all be available on a "Greatest Hit" or "Game of the Year" version of the game.
Overall, BATMAN ARKHAM CITY is a fine video game. It's one of the best video game sequels ever, surpassing the original. It is, perhaps, the best video game based upon a comic book ever made.
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Batman: Arkham City is the upcoming sequel to action-adventure stealth video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on DC Comics' Batman for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. The game was officially announced during the beginning of the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards. It is currently scheduled to be released in Q3 2011.