Batman: Arkham City (Series) Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and a dwindling reputation, in a large open world with side missions and huge areas to explore.

The game starts with Bruce Wayne preparing to start a press conference to talk about the new Arkham City prisons, he is quickly detained and imprisoned in the city as a political prisoner. He contacts Alfred to gather his resources and becomes, Batman.

Batman: Arkham City expands on the open-world and combat from the first game. The full district of Gotham is five times bigger than Arkham Asylum. There is more to explore, more thugs to fight, more villainous plans to quash, and more space for the Riddler to openly challenge you.

Core gameplay is similar, except that you can now you can play as Catwoman. She is required to complete some areas with her unique skill set. This provides more dynamic gameplay in comparison to the first game.

Batman: Arkham City is a part of the Batman: Arkham series. Other games in the series include:
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) PC, PS3, Xbox One
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) PC, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS
  • Batman: Arkham VR (2016) PS4, PC

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @RocksteadyGames

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete. The game contains lots of extra content beyond the main story that expands duration considerable.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Rereleased versions of Arkham City come bundle with in-game purchases, although the exact offer depends on the platform it is being purchased on.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16+ for moderate violence. The game features realistic violence throughout. During gameplay, this consists mainly of hand-to-hand combat as Batman takes down multiple enemies non-lethally. Realistic violence also features in the cut scenes and includes people being shot and stabbed.

Rated ESRB TEEN for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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