Donlan said that Robin was "enormous fun to play", but criticized the DLC for not offering anything not present in the main game. Totilo said it presented an emotionless, inconclusive journey, composed of unused material from the main game. Arkham City is one of the fastest selling games in history. During the first week of sales in the United Kingdom, Batman: Arkham City became the number-one selling game on all available formats, replacing FIFA 12 atop the charts for PlayStation 3,  Xbox ,  and all-format  games.
It became the biggest UK game launch in the history of Warner Bros. The Daily Telegraph awarded the game Best Original Score Nick Arundel and Game of the Year, with a statement that said: "as a video game, it's a magnificent piece of work, but it also shines as a unique, lovingly-crafted slice of Batman fiction.
Games Game of the Year awards. According to Metacritic, the PlayStation 3 version of the game was the highest-rated game of ; and across all formats, the game was tied with the role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the highest-rated game of Batman: Arkham City appeared on several lists of the top video games of , including these: number 1 by E!
It's also hard to imagine a better video game in general. During launch week, issues were found to exist in the code-restricted content. Some customers discovered the code to be missing from their copy, preventing them from obtaining the Catwoman story missions. In early November , Rocksteady confirmed that it was investigating reports by numerous users that save files for the Xbox version of the game were being erased without prompting, resulting in players losing their progress and being unable to complete the game.
Set several years before the events of Arkham Asylum , Arkham Origins follows a younger and less experienced Batman on Christmas Eve on the streets of Gotham City as he faces off against eight deadly assassins. Arkham Knight is set one year after the events of Arkham City and follows Batman as he confronts an assault on Gotham City by the Scarecrow , and his ally, the Arkham Knight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Random House. You can draw from this feature very easily. This mechanic alone can elevate the gameplay variety. Batman Arkham has done amazing with the enemies we encounter. Due to the batmobile experience, our community would agree that more freedom to overcome the challenges we face as Batman is what we want. Arkham Knight introduces enemy medics who can shield enemies in electrified fields and revive unconscious ones,  sword-wielding enemies, and brutes who are resistant to damage and must be stunned before they can be attacked; brutes wielding Gatling guns , tasers, and blades require additional steps to defeat.
Throughout the city, Batman encounters enemy watchtowers, guard posts, aerial drones, and explosive mines embedded in the city streets. Some drones can be hacked and turned against their allies by using the Remote Hacking Device. Arkham Knight features side missions, known as "Most Wanted" missions, which can be attempted at any time and feature prominent characters from the Batman universe. These challenges consist of collecting trophies hidden throughout the city, through the use of gadgets or Batman's car, the Batmobile , to disable traps and barriers, and completing timed races.
Batman can investigate crimes such as murders, using his Detective Vision to reconstruct the crimes to locate clues and identify the perpetrators,   or use his Tissue Scanner to investigate a victim's skin, muscle, and bones for clues. The game introduces the Batmobile as a drivable vehicle. Batman can eject from the Batmobile and immediately begin gliding around Gotham City.
Most enemies will flee at the sight of the vehicle, eliminating the need for Batman to fight them, and enemies attacking the car can be subdued by its automated taser defenses. The Batmobile has two modes, which can be switched at any time: Pursuit and Battle. Pursuit is for moving from area to area and completing specific driving challenges. In Battle mode, the Batmobile becomes more tank than car, allowing a full degree range of movement, including strafing in any direction, while revealing the multiple weapon systems on board, including a Vulcan chain gun for quick damage, a 60mm hypervelocity cannon for fire support, anti-tank guided missiles for wide-ranging damage against multiple targets, and a non-lethal riot suppressor.
Additional upgrades to the vehicle include an EMP device, which releases an electric pulse used to temporarily stun enemy drones; and the "drone virus," which allows the player to override the weapon systems of enemy vehicles and cause them to attack each other. Arkham Knight features a large ensemble cast of characters from the history of Batman comics.
The main character is Batman Kevin Conroy —a superhero trained to the peak of human physical and mental perfection and an expert in martial arts.
Throughout the city, Batman is faced with several supervillains: he must overcome Scarecrow 's John Noble plot to threaten Gotham City,   dismantle the Penguin 's Nolan North weapon dealing operation, put an end to Two-Face 's Troy Baker bank heists,  conquer the Riddler 's Wally Wingert challenges,  capture the plant-controlling Poison Ivy Tasia Valenza ,   and subdue Harley Quinn Tara Strong ,  who wants revenge against Batman for the death of the Joker Mark Hamill , Batman's psychopathic nemesis.
Arkham Knight also features appearances and voice cameos by various characters drawn from the history of Batman comics and the previous Arkham games, including pharmaceutical businessman Simon Stagg ,  reporters Vicki Vale and Jack Ryder ,   police officer Aaron Cash,  corporate businessman Lex Luthor Keith Silverstein ,  crimefighter Kate Kane ,  serial killer Calendar Man ,  and mutated gangster Killer Croc ,  while the game's downloadable content features appearances by Mad Hatter Peter MacNicol ,   Black Mask , Starro , Mr.
However, this gives Batman's enemies, including Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, a chance to unite with the singular goal of killing Batman. On Halloween night, Scarecrow threatens the city with his newly created strain of fear toxin and bombs planted throughout Gotham, forcing the evacuation of the city's six million civilians. The game takes place in the center of the city, which is split into three islands: Bleake, Founders, and Miagani,  with various districts such as the neon-tinged Chinatown, and the industrial shipping yard.
On Halloween, Scarecrow forces the civilian evacuation of Gotham City after threatening to unleash his potent new fear toxin. Batman tracks Scarecrow to a hideout where he rescues the imprisoned Poison Ivy, who had refused to join Batman's other rogues in Scarecrow's plot. Batman meets with Oracle, who identifies Ace Chemicals as the source of Scarecrow's toxin. Batman investigates the facility but encounters the Arkham Knight and his heavily armed militia.
Batman overcomes the forces and locates Scarecrow, who has transformed the entire building into a toxin bomb. Scarecrow reveals that he has kidnapped Oracle, and exposes Batman to the toxin before escaping. Batman inhibits the bomb's blast radius before he is confronted by the Joker. A flashback reveals that before the Joker died, his infected blood was used in blood transfusions , infecting five people including Batman; Batman, concealing his infection from others, imprisoned the four other recipients who were physically and mentally transforming into the Joker.
The Joker, now existing as a mental projection produced by the infected blood and fear toxin, frequently appears to taunt Batman, and manipulate his perception of the world around him.
Batman learns that Scarecrow recruited businessman Simon Stagg to build the "Cloudburst"—a mass dispersal device for the fear toxin. Aboard Stagg's airship, Batman interrogates Stagg and finds Scarecrow, but a dose of fear toxin allows the Joker to temporarily assume control of Batman's body while the Arkham Knight extracts the Cloudburst. Recovering, Batman locates Oracle in Scarecrow's hideout, but when he arrives she is exposed to the fear toxin, and commits suicide in terror.
Harley Quinn seizes Batman's base in the Panessa movie studio to rescue the Joker-ized patients. Batman and Robin capture Harley and the infected, but one of the patients, Henry Adams, kills the others, before committing suicide, believing that Batman will become the perfect Joker.
Realizing that Batman is infected, Robin attempts to imprison him before the Joker takes control, but is instead imprisoned by Batman, who refuses to stop until Scarecrow is caught.
The Arkham Knight activates the Cloudburst, flooding the city with fear toxin. Batman destroys the Cloudburst and convinces Ivy to empower an ancient tree that can neutralize the toxin; she succeeds and saves Gotham, but the exertion kills her, while Batman's exposure to the toxin strengthens Joker's control.
Batman pursues the Arkham Knight to a construction site to rescue Gordon. The Knight reveals himself as Jason Todd ,  the previous Robin, who was seemingly murdered by the Joker, and has been left traumatized by torture at the Joker's hands.
Todd blames Batman for abandoning him, and although Batman offers to help Todd recover, he escapes. Batman and Gordon confront Scarecrow on the building's roof, where Oracle is revealed to be alive, and her suicide the result of a hallucination. Batman and Oracle neutralize the militia, but Scarecrow uses the distraction to kidnap Robin. Scarecrow reveals Batman's secret identity, Bruce Wayne, to the world on television,  before repeatedly injecting Batman with the fear toxin to break him before the public.
After Batman ensures that Gotham is safe, Gordon dispatches the police to reclaim the streets, and Batman activates the "Knightfall Protocol" to protect his loved ones. Surrounded by reporters, Batman returns home to Wayne Manor where he is greeted by Alfred. As the pair enter the manor, it explodes, seemingly killing them both. Elsewhere, two muggers attack a family in an alley but are confronted by a nightmarish figure resembling Batman.
In August , Paul Dini , writer of the first two games in the Arkham series , said he would not be involved in writing a sequel to Arkham City. He did not write that game's story-based " Harley Quinn's Revenge " downloadable content, and said that Warner Bros.
Development of Arkham Knight began in after completion of work on Arkham City , and took four years to finish. Arkham Knight is described as the concluding chapter of the Arkham series from Rocksteady; they had a finale for the series in mind since the development of Arkham City.
This statement led to speculation that he would reprise his role as Batman in Arkham Origins , the only Arkham game known to be in development at the time, which was not the case. Rocksteady decided early on in development to make Arkham Knight only for the then-upcoming next-generation of consoles, which was considered to allow them to focus on using the system resources to their fullest without reining in their ideas to accommodate the older generation systems.
Arkham Knight is the first in the series to use the Apex physics simulation engine to have items like cloth, such as Batman's cape, react realistically to movement or wind. Unlike Arkham Origins , the game does not feature a multiplayer component. As Hill explained, the development team knew the single-player game would take the team's full effort, with their "focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We [did not] feel that it [needed] a multiplayer element.
Warner Bros. Batman's Batmobile was an aspect of the character that Rocksteady had wanted to include in its other Arkham games, but were limited by technical constraints. During early development, Rocksteady placed a prototype Batmobile in the existing Arkham City map, and learned that the claustrophobic city designed for Batman to glide and grapple did not work well for driving a vehicle. Alongside minor elements like neon lights, billboard advertising, and American-style cars, the team developed ideas for shops that could be found in the city, while retaining a grimy, dystopian theme.
Describing the design, Hego said: "every kind of element we've added in there You couldn't pinpoint whether it's twenty years ago, now or in ten years time. In writing for Batman, Hill considered that a fundamental aspect of the character was how he interacts with his villains, allies, and the city around him. Hill said: "You know, what does it mean to be Batman?
How does it affect Batman when things happen to him? What is his psychological make up? Those are the influences behind the game The design also added armor over Batman's shoulders, covering the previously exposed cape, to make it appear more feasible that it could hold Batman's weight without failing during gliding.
I think the incredibly poor wording when you finish the game that costumes are unlocked is confusing a lot of people. Costumes are unlocked, if you have any. You don't get any for free with a vanilla version of the game. User Info: thunderloins. I have beaten the story and it does not give me the option to change costumes when I load the campaign It just loads the campaign. Alternate outfits for extra characters are included on their DLC packs. Unlike the previous games, all costumes can be used before beating the game, without using cheat codes, with the exception of DLC Batmobiles that are not based on the default Batmobile.
While inspecting a character model, pressing "attack" turns on Black and White filter Characters or Battle Mode Batmobiles. Pressing "counter" turns on slow motion. In gameplay, Azrael plays exactly like Batman, although he has less gadgets in Predator Mode.
Playable in Batman: Arkham Knight. The clown princess of crime. After the Joker's death, Harley's combat skills improved, and she learned to track her enemies through walls. Harley's Moveset. Unlocked by purchasing the Harley Quinn Story Pack. Paul, me too! Batman with a belly, knocking down enemies with a Robin talking to him "Holy thugs, Batman" would be priceless!
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