The New Omniverse DC Blog Issue #3 Be The Batman: An Arkham Retrospective Part 3
Sup g1’s We are back again with another and also the final installment in the blog series, Be The Batman: An Arkham Retrospective.
In this last blog of the series we are going to be covering the second game in the series Batman: Arkham City.
Released in 2011 Arkham City was the mind blowing sequel that dropped jaws almost instantly. Similar to its predecessor but also very different. The control scheme was the same but the world had changed from an isolated island asylum to a crime revenged mega prison. Taking place one year after the events of Arkham Asylum, Arkham City begins with grim days in Gotham City as a large portion of the city has been walled off and turned into a mega prison that holds both prisoners of Blackgate Prison and the former Asylum inmates. Quincy Sharp the former warden of Arkham Asylum is now the Mayor of Gotham City and the psychotic Hugo Strange is running the show in Arkham City with TYGER security as his police force. Bruce Wayne is publicly against the construction and is subsequently thrown inside to his doom. Suiting up and preparing to take down Strange, Batman must also uncover the mystery of Protocol 10 and obtain an antidote to save the Joker...That’s right save the Joker! Batman has been injected with the Joker’s blood making him infected with the same disease as a result of the drug Titan so he now must save his enemy to save himself. Minor spoilers but really the best way to set up the story.
After playing Arkham Asylum I couldn’t wait to see what it’s sequel would have in store and it was better than anyone could have expected. Besides the main story there was so many fun side missions to go through including a coinciding storyline for Catwoman. One of my favorite side missions is “Identity Thief” which has Batman investigating a series of murders in which the victims’ faces are partially removed. Other great side missions are “Shot in the Dark” which involves the assassination of political prisoners thrown into Arkham City by Strange and “Cold Call Killer” which pits Batman against the clock and a serial killer. There’s so many Riddler puzzles in this game its baffling and many require a lot of thought, such as using gadgets in ways you wouldn’t normally think of. As expressed by my excitement in our Origins retrospective and disappointment in our Asylum retrospective it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite parts is the ability to change costumes there are many classics from batman history in this game, but my personal favorite is the Sinestro Corps Batsuit. The ending of this game is great but of course I won’t spoil it. There’s also a DLC story called Harley Quinn’s Revenge, which you can play as Batman or Robin it takes place 2 weeks after the main story and is definitely recommended since it expands the Arkham games storyline.
Side note, you can play as Red Robin and that’s just beyond insanely cool. The challenge maps allow you to play as Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. All with multiple skins that are awesome. There are skins in the style of Batman the animated series, which is something that most if not all caped crusader fans hold in high regard. Have to mention my favorite Catwoman skin, which is the Long Halloween skin from the Batman story of the same name if you haven’t read it, READ IT NOW and play this game because its AWESOME!
I'm not going to lie. I have been waiting for this one since we started this series. Arkham City is, without a doubt, My favorite game in the Arkham Series. After playing most of Arkham Asylum and absolutely loving it, I flipped out when Arkham City's release date was announced. I preordered it the second I could and traded in many games. I ended up only having to pay a couple dollars for the game and I was ecstatic! I immediately went home and started playing. Rocksteady had One up'd Arkham Asylum and I couldn't be more addicted to a game than I was to Arkham City. Like I have said in the previous two blogs, the atmosphere in each game is always my favorite part. For me Arkham City was truly the best in this aspect. You are in an entire section of Gotham that was separated from the rest of the city and turned into a prison for this game. That is what it felt like too. Not just a random, open world style, cookie cutter city, but a secluded place where you were the one who the odds were stacked against. Thugs and henchmen of villains like joker, Penguin, Two face, and others, out in the streets, gliding through the city, and just the overall ominous feeling that follows you throughout the game. All of these things just add to the already awe-inspiring atmosphere that the game possessed. One of my favorite parts of this game was the fight with Mr. Freeze. I don't want to spoil anything for you so I will just leave it at eventually you square off with him. The fight has you in a room with multiple approaches to attack Mr. freeze. However as the fight continues, Mr. Freeze learns from the last approach you took and adapts. Often by destroying or altering sections of the room and taking different approaches himself. Ultimately the fight not only becomes a battle of strength, but a battle of wits.
Arkham City was truly, in my opinion, the best of the series. Rocksteady not only passed the bar that Asyulm set, but completely shattered it. This game is is well worth the ten dollar price tag it has now. If you don't already own this game, then you need to go,without hesitation, and find the first copy you can!
Thanks for reading g1s. We have had a great time writing and sharing this series of blogs with you. We are extremely Hyped for the release of Arkham Knight and can't wait to see how big of a bang the Arkham Series goes out with! Also although we are unsure of when there will be an Arkham Knight review in the future so keep an eye out for that.
Until next time. From the Omniverse crew,
KenfromSF and RenegadeForGod