Batman: Arkham City Review

Arkham City is a high quality game with many high points and a small assortment of low points. I can't say it's perfect, but if you want a game that provides fun in most occasions, this is it.

Pros- Arkham City is suitable for almost all game type preferences. For example, if you like stealth there's predator mode. Or if you like FPS games, you could overuse Batarangs. The game also has great graphics, especially in cutscenes. Challenge Mode (Riddler's Revenge) is great if you want to play a specific room from the campaign again, or just want to sharpen your skills. New Game Plus allows you to replay the game with all your upgrades, although you can't see the counter indicator above your enemies' heads, allowing for a totally different experience. It has good length to it as well. On hard it took me a good 3 1/2 days, and I'd already played it twice. The easter eggs in this game are few, but are great all the same. It has a good storyline, and the voice acting really sends it home.

Cons- I've experienced a few small glitches (not game-breaking, mind you) that made me restart from checkpoint, laugh my ass off, and/or get run over by a helicopter. For example, I've stepped on a box and gone flying into the sky. The lack of sociopathic emaciated wierdos saddened me, but they're corpses hanging from chains in a location I will not reveal (to prevent spoilers) did give me an explanation.

Overall, I'd give this title 4-out-of-5 stars.

Burchy's picture

This review gives your very basic opinion on the game, which in some ways is nice. However, it simply seems that you have wrote 2 separate introductions with no main body to the review itself.

Veemon3449's picture


I did that so people would have a short summary of the game, which is how I would talk to a friend. I don’t usually try to flesh out my descriptions of games for fear of giving out spoilers. I’ll try to make my next one longer and see how it goes.

Josh Kowbel's picture

While this may be fine for a community review, this is not what I'm looking for in an official review - the reason being the lack of any explanatory body paragraphs. Personally, it's hard for me to take any written review seriously without a detailed rundown of a game's faults and merits. The goal here is to be objective as possible. Writing in such an informal matter is definitely frowned upon by professionals.

There are way of avoiding spoilers in reviews though. For examples, you can read my Arkham City review which does avoid many of the major twists.  

Adam Page's picture

This is a recommendation not a review. You're not writing a review for your friends, you're writing it for everyone. Listing what is good and bad without saying why is one of the most confusing things for a reader to deal with

Veemon3449's picture

I will be writing a review for Tomb Raider when it comes out, and It will hopefully be higher quality. I will follow the advice the three of you have given me, and I think it will meet the professional standard for video game reviews. I will also write as if the readers are my clients, not my friends. Thanks for the tips.

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