Saturday Morning Gaming: Going Back To Gotham


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  1. Dan Miller says:

    Arkham City was the best in the series by far–Knight was dragged down by the poorly integrated Batmobile. The stealth combat in all of them is so fun though.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Dan Miller says:

      I loved Knight and didn’t mind the Batmobile parts (though the Riddler races kinda sucked).

      I want to go back and play Origins but… it’s only available as part of Playstation’s subscription service and I have this weird thing where I don’t want to pay for that for just one game (even though a 3 month subscription is $25 and I could probably be talked into shelling out $25 for a physical copy of the PS4 remaster of the game).Report

  2. DensityDuck says:

    A friend let me try out Asylum at his place, and my biggest complaint was that I didn’t really feel like *Batman*, because it felt like I would try to do a “cool swooping takedown and fade into the shadows” move, and instead I’d throw a Batarang through a window then step off a ledge and faceplant in front of a thug who’d promptly shotgun the logo off my chest.

    So if City makes it easier to do the first thing instead of the second thing, that sounds great!Report

    • Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

      The game benefits from being replayed. Where I am now, I can get into a fight with 20ish thugs and beat them on the first try. Back when I first got it, it took me days to do it. (Bonus: the Middle Earth games use the same basic combat layout. So you can finish playing Batman and then go to Middle Earth and use the same muscle memory.)Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    I’m in the middle of finishing off the 440(!) Riddler trophies/challenges and I am amazed at the depth of the game.

    It’s got a dozen side quests from protecting political prisoners to capturing Zsasz to destroying the various cameras around the city and if you ever get bored doing one thing, you can go off and do another.

    I think my favorite thing about the game as seen through the lens of Arkham Asylum, when you were getting the mere 200ish things for Riddler, he would leave maps lying around and then complain that you were finding stuff. In Arkham City, he has associates who tell you stuff. You have to fight a crowd of 3 or 5 or 14 thugs and one of them is a Riddler Associate and you have to defeat him last. If you do, he’ll tell you the location of one of the trophies or Joker Balloons or whatever. And so when Riddler is yelling about you getting some trophy or other that he thought you wouldn’t have been able to, you aren’t thinking “YOU GAVE ME A MAP” but “hire better associates next time.”Report