Reviewed on April 1st, 2012
If it wasn't a Batman game it wouldn't be the best game ever, but it is a Batman game, so it is the best game ever.

By Traitor Magnus

This Review is for the PS3, XBox 360 and PC releases of Batman: Arkham City.

If you bother to play Batman: Arkham City for any period of time you'll be inundated with a slew of factoids about villains and other characters from the DC universe that you didn't even know you didn't want to know. If you get a perfect score in one of the Catwoman DLC levels for example, you'll be "treated" with a pizza recipe (more about that for paid subscribers here.) When you're not getting interesting new recipes or learning that Joker prefers briefs to boxers, you spend a great deal of time punching bad guys in the face. When your fists get tired there's always a conveniently placed pipe or cinder block that can be picked up and used.

And then you've got enough toys to make both Inspector Gadget and pornstars blush. I hope you enjoy rooting through equipment prompts and whatnot because that's what you'll be doing for probably 20% of the game. And there are more Riddler statues than a person could ever realisticly shake an angry fist at in a lifetime, but you're playing as fucking Batman so you can handle it, like all the other ancillary details and stuff that would otherwise hamper a good experience. If you do get bored, you can always just bounce a batarang off some criminal's head to pass the time.

I know I don't sound very excited about this game, but it's more fun than stuff like L.A. Noire and that poopy, terrible Dark Souls game, so Arkham City will probably be the GiantBpwn GOTY 2012. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch Mortal Kombat: Legacy for review and wash my mouth out.

General Information

Game Name Batman: Arkham City
Platform(s) XBox 360
PlayStation 3
PC
Wii U
Publishers(s) Square Enix
Developer(s) WB Games
Genres Platformer
Action-Adventure
Brawler
Themes Crime
Superhero
Comic Book
Release October 18, 2011
Aliases Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
OFLC OFLC: M
ESRB CERO: C
ESRB ESRB: T
PEGI BBFC: 15