Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition - Wii U

Release Date:

30 November 2012

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Also on USA.


Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the enhanced version of the award-winning blockbuster videogame. The Wii U version delivers the same impactful story and gameplay as the original title, this time with enhanced gameplay mechanics and features made possible with the Wii U and the Wii U GamePad. The game is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is set in Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others.

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For many people, myself included, Batman Arkham Asylum was a real eye-opener when it came to licensed superhero games. Rocksteady was able to create a Batman game that was not only a good game, but was able to truly capture how it might feel to be Batman through its combat system. In fact, the combat system of Arkham Asylum was so good that it has been cloned into infinity by this point in countless games, though none of them do it quite as well as the original.

But now, we finally get a sequel to Arkham Asylum in the form of Batman Arkham City. The Wii U version of this game, which is referred to by the publisher as the Armored Edition, contains all of the DLC from the other versions of the game, as well as a new "Battle Armored Tech mode that allows the player to divert energy to specific parts of the suit during Battle.

Sadly, these additional Wii U features don't end up amounting to anything, and like most other early Wii U games, it feels tacked on and relatively useless. For example, when talking to someone on the radio, it only comes out of the gamepad, which is about as annoying as it could possibly get. Otherwise, the screen is used for maps and quick access to different powers, neither of which is all that necessary or useful. Even worse, the framerate in this version is horrific, particularly when it comes to the part where it is the most important, during combat sequences.

Perhaps the most important question off the bat for Arkham City is whether or not it can capture that same spark that Arkham Asylum did, and when it comes to the combat, it certainly can. Arkham City doesn't waste much time throwing you into the hectic combat scenarios it is known for, and they're just as good as ever. That said, I do wish some more meaningful changes had been made to the system, but the system remains the best on the market as-is.

At least the game's story is much improved when compared to that of Arkham Asylum. Whereas the previous story was generic superhero schlock all the way through and ended with a terrible, nonsensical boss battle, Arkham City makes it the continuous threat throughout the game very believable, and its ending is particularly poignant, something you do not see all that often, especially when it comes to licensed superhero games.

If you didn't pick up Arkham City on another platform when it came out earlier, Batman Arkham City Armored Edition is a competent enough port if you can deal with framerate issues. If you can't deal with the framerate issues or the strange uses of the touchpad, you should probably consider picking this one up on another platform if you own one. If you don't own anything other than a Wii U, though, the game's issues can be suffered through, its just not all that preferable.

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