The game has earned a Metacritic rating of 96 out of 100, putting it contention for many gamers’ favorite title of the year — so far, anyway.
There’s been high praise for the gameplay, story and atmosphere of the game, though some reviewers, such as IGN’s Greg Miller, have noted that the studio may have put too many villains in the pot.
But a more open format lets you eavesdrop on the radio chatter in Arkham City, making it easy to pursue — or not pursue — sidequests and other extra challenges. “[The] prisoner-run district may not be the largest open world ever explored in a game,” wrote Joystiq’s Griffin McElroy, “but with an ecosystem of sidequests, challenges and secrets that blanket every square inch of the region, it might just be the densest.”
Game Informer reviewer Andrew Reiner gave the title a 10 out of 10, saying that the game has great replay value not only because it’s so packed with content but also because it offers up a “game plus” mode that takes you through the story again on hard mode — this time with all your equipment.
Alert gamers will note (for extra geek cred) that “Batman: The Animated Series” voice actor Kevin Conroy returns as chief protagonist and Mark Hamill (Yes, that Mark Hamill) is back for another turn as the Joker. The game even offered up an Animated Series Batman skin for those who pre-ordered as a nod to ’90s after-school nostalgia.
The game is out for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, though the PC version has hit delays. It will be out on Nov. 15 in the U.S.
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