Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

GAME DETAILS
Released
03 December 2012
Format
Wii
Developer
Rocksteady/WB Games Montreal

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Lego: The Hobbit
4 Star Empire Rating
Elder Scrolls Online, The
4 Star Empire Rating
inFAMOUS: Second Son
3 Star Empire Rating
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
4 Star Empire Rating
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Titanfall
5 Star Empire Rating
Dark Souls II
5 Star Empire Rating
Forza Motorsport 5
5 Star Empire Rating
Super Mario 3D World
5 Star Empire Rating
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
5 Star Empire Rating

Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition


submit to reddit

Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition (2012)
Review
Batman: Arkham Asylum raised the bar for video games based on comic books back in 2009. Two years later London-based developer Rocksteady Games kicked that same bar into the outer reaches of space with Batman: Arkham City, a pseudo open-world epic that pushed the Caped Crusader into all new realms of brilliance. And now, in 2012, Rocksteady’s open world epic has been remoulded and retooled for Nintendo’s new fun box, the Wii U, by the code boffins at Warner Bros Montreal.

The basics remain unchanged: Mayor Quincy has jettisoned the four-wall and steel bars mantra of Arkham Asylum, and gobbled up chunks of Gotham’s slums to craft Arkham City, a walled-in penitentiary bursting at the seams with Gotham’s criminally insane. From here Rocksteady thrusts you into the cape and cowl as you take on a mammoth roster of super villains, while solving a steady stream of brilliantly constructed mysteries. Like we said, the core of the game remains untouched, but what has changed is how Warner Bros. Montreal has managed to weave many of the Wii U’s nifty features into Arkham City with varying degrees of success.

Radio messages pour out through the Gamepad’s speakers, the equipment menu has transitioned from TV to touchscreen, and you’re now tasked with searching crime scenes by pointing it at your telly box. It’s an interesting control method, but nowhere near as comfortable as a playing the game using a traditional game pad. Still, what you do get is best Batman game, a huge serving of the game’s downloadable content – including the impressive Harley Quinn’s Revenge – and the ability to play through the entire campaign using just the Gamepad’s screen. So then, not quite the definitive edition of the game, but an inspiring attempt nonetheless.


Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

The Remake Report: Hollywood's Do-Overs Coming Our Way
The redoes, remakes, reboots, reworkings and reimaginings headed our way…

The Nebraska Playlist
Alexander Payne programmes a movie marathon for us

More Found Footage: Another 25 Trailers That Tease Missing Scenes
Further sequences that disappeared between promo and final cut

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)