|Batman Arkham City 3D Vision Game Review|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Games|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 17 December 2011|
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Batman: Arkham City Gameplay
If you've played Batman: Arkham Asylum there's not much of a learning curve to mastering Batman: Arkham City. Most combat tactics remain essentially unchanged, with improvements made to combos, counters, and gadgets. But if you're new to the series have no fear, because button mashing seems to work well enough for Batman to survive most enemy encounters. For truly effective combat, however, you'll need to avoid repeatedly pressing buttons at random and replace them with carefully timed attacks. By isolating and disabling villains one at a time, you maximize Batman's ability to oppose a greater number of enemies all at once.
Aerial combat is something relatively new to the Batman series. As you progress Batman's combat skill, certain attacks can be made on villains while gliding or dive bombing. This can become especially effective when you're heavily outnumbered, or need to stun multiple enemies all at once to concentrate on one villain.
Safe From Thugs, Not From Guns (3D Version)
Hand-to-hand combat is easy enough to master with practice, but gadgets are something entirely different. For the advanced player, skillfully timing a coordinated gadget attack will not only dispatch villains faster but it will also earn you more points. More points per battle means promoting ranks faster, which allows you to upgrade skills and equipment for Batman, Catwoman, or any downloadable add-on characters you purchase.
Speaking of Guns...
Batman is the world's greatest detective, and besides the Riddler's often-difficult puzzles scattered throughout the city, you can also expect to solve problems while navigating through each mission. Some super-villains in Batman: Arkham City require using special tactics to defeat them, such as Deadeye (above). Expect every super-villain to demand it's own unique combination of moves necessary to inflict damage, which can occasionally be items in the scenery.
Clayface: Invulnerable to Direct Attacks
The storyline offers a lot of flexibility, allowing you to pursue leads on one case while putting the mission on hold, but there are some people who have a date with destiny. To be honest, by the time I finished this game there were still two missions that never started, and many others that waited incomplete. The goal might seem like it's the Joker, but there are countless other characters you must navigate (or negotiate) in order to reach him. It might also seem like Batman does nothing but fight villains, which is mostly true, but behind the cowl he's still a man... a man with needs.
Risk Has Special Rewards
In Batman: Arkham City you'll meet all kinds of people: some are enemies, others are neutral, and some will become friends... friends with benefits. Bruce Wayne may be a millionaire bachelor with plenty of potential love interests, but only one woman has really ever captured his heart: Talia al Ghul, daughter to Ra's al Ghul and League of Assassins heiress. Batman's on-and-off relationship with Talia is put to the test in Arkham City, and the Dark Knight is forced to play his hand at love. There's a happy ending in this game, but you'll have to play it for yourself to see where Talia's settles in with Batman's future.
The Batman Likey :)
The best strategy I can offer for Batman: Arkham City is to play it at your own pace. The game won't push you to end the story on a deadline, and there are lots of side missions to keep you gainfully occupied. Riddler's trophy collection is a challenge worthy of bragging rights, especially considering how I concluded the game with only 40 of 440 collected. Other aspects of the game require patience, since a few super-villains rarely show themselves to Batman, or won't be accessible unless you play as Catwoman.
In the next and final section, I discuss how NVIDIA 3D Vision technology can change the way you play Batman: Arkham City. For those gaming enthusiasts equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision or similar 3D gaming hardware, Benchmark Reviews offers 2D and 3D comparison images to help entice you into adding realism to your video games...