Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition (PS3)
Publishers: Rocksteady Studios, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, et al.
Other Platforms: Xbox360
A little heads up
This review will focus on the new content that the GOTY Edition has added from the main game (Catwoman, Robin, Nightwing DLCs as well as the Harley Quinns’s Revenge DLC).
Game of the Year? Hell yeah!
After the end of the year 2011, Batman: Arkham City earned a lot of awards and nominations, most notably the ‘Game of the Year’ awards from several outlets (GameTrailers.com, Spike Video Game Awards, etc). With that said, this GOTY edition was a way for the developers to give a big thank you to the gamer community.
Inside Batman: Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition, the player will find a large number of key additions. The biggest addition to the main game for the GOTY edition is the inclusion of ALL the previous DLCs the game had. So if you’re a cheap gamer (like me) and wouldn’t be bothered to shell out additional money for the Catwoman and other DLCs for Arkham City, this game is for you. This edition has the Catwoman, Nightwing, Robin DLCs as well as the Arkham City Challenges and Skins DLCs. The biggest addition to this GOTY edition, however, would be the side-game entitled “Harley’s Revenge”…which takes place days after the story of Batman: Arkham City.
The Catwoman DLC adds around 4 chapters to the main Batman: Arkham City game. If you will play the main game in the GOTY Edition, you’d notice at certain points in the game, it automatically switches between the main story and the catwoman DLC storyline. It delivers a smooth transition, story-wise and gives the players the point of view of Catwoman. The additional content also gives the players the option to play as the Catwoman in the Riddler Challenge Maps.
Handling Catwoman is slightly trickier than the dark knight. You’d love the perks of having the ability to climb onto certain ceilings, but her defense is obviously weaker than the Dark Knight when it comes to combat. Her feline vision is an awesome add-on but it makes some gamers miss the Predator mode wherein it shows me the number of armed/unarmed threats in the vicinity.
Nightwing’s DLC package is very interesting. From the get-go you know that he will give the gamers something to talk about after playing as him. He’s equipped with two escrima sticks that can add more range to his ‘stun’ function against the bad guys. Furthermore, his move set is a bit more unique with some MMA-style grappling and what not. The only gripe I got about this feature is that he’s only available in the Riddler Challenges. Unlike Catwoman and Robin (with the latter playing a good chuck of the Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC story), he’s not in any of the game’s main story arc. So if you want to play Nightwing, you can only do so at Riddler’s Challenge…which isn’t such a bad thing. Though yeah, they could’ve given him more face/play time like the other two characters.
The Robin DLC is pretty much one of my favorite DLC packages so far due to the fact that I love his arsenal in the game. The zip licks and shield bash from the boy wonder are the two favorite moves that this author love to spam during the Riddler Challenge and the Harley’s Revenge story arc.
Harley Quinn’s Revenge (Main Game Spoilers…ahoy!)
After the recent events of Batman: Arkham City, Halrey Quinn plots revenge on the Caped Crusader. Still happening inside Arkham City, this mini-story game gives the players a chance to play as both Batman and Robin on separate occasions. I’d love to spoil it more but I’ll let you, the players, get into it once you play this mini-game.
The thing I loved about Harley’s Revenge is the fact that you get to play as Robin at select parts of the game. This time, he’s out from the Riddler Challenges and is actually INSIDE the game map itself. The other fact that I love about this DLC is that it’s can be seen as some sort of extra storyline that you can play post Arkham City. You’d get to see how certain characters are doing after the fallout of Joker’s apparent demise.
What I didn’t like about it is that, storywise, the DLC doesn’t help close out things at all. So with Joker gone, it just shows that Arkham City still kept calm, moved on, and now has certain parts being run by Harley. It’s still a divided city as it once was in the main game. Certain storyline questions such as the status on Mister Freeze, Two-Face, Catwoman, and even Talia Al Ghul are still shrouded in mystery. So if you wanted to know how the rest of the cast are doing sans Harley, Batman, and Robin…this DLC won’t be for you.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t download this DLC. This is still a solid add-on to the Arkham City game since it adds around 3-4 hours of extra Batman and Robin time to your console.
Overall: Buy the Game of the Year Edition. Why? Because you don’t have to spend more by purchasing them individually online….that’s why.
Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition (PS3) – A Review