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Batman: Arkham City Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . The Dark Knight is back and ready to clean up the streets of Arkham City. This time around Professor Hugo Strange, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Ra's al Ghul and even the Joker are ready to rid the city of Batman's meddling. When not battling a non-stop parade of well-known baddies, Batman is piecing together a mystery that will have you guessing until the very end. Arkham City is not just one of the best games of the year, but also one of the greatest comic book games of all time! Rating: 85%
Batman: Arkham City
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Arkham City is the type of place you only see in the pages of comic books. The idea of turning a giant chunk of a major metropolitan area into an insane asylum sounds like the single worst city planning idea of all time, especially given a sky high crime rate. Even with the economy tumbling out of control, it's hard to believe any city doing that in real life. And yet, that's exactly what Gotham City has done at the start of this brand new Batman adventure. Now it's your turn to do your part and clean up this closed-off city/prison/warzone.

The Dark Knight hasn't had much time to relax since his last run in with the Joker. It's been six months since he ripped Arkham Asylum inside-out battling everybody from Bane to the Scarecrow to Killer Croc. He may have won that fight, but clearly he hasn't prevailed in the war against super villainy. It's time for round two; complete with bigger, badder foes and a villainous plan that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)

This time around it's Professor Hugo Strange who has stepped up to kill the Bat. From the get-go we learn that Strange knows Batman's secret identity and used it to kidnap Bruce Wayne. After all, the easiest way to get rid of Batman is to kill his alter ego. But you manage to break free and escape his evil clutches. From there it doesn't take long to snag your trusty bat suit, let everybody know where you are and get to the work of defeating Strange.

It turns out that Hugo Strange is hardly the only person in Arkham City gunning for your demise. This time around our hero is harassed by the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Ra's al Ghul and many, many more. The word on the street is that the Joker is dying after his last bout with Batman. The Titan formula he pumped into his blood is slowly killing him and he's been searching for a cure. The good news is that he is poisoned and there's a good chance he might die tonight. Unfortunately, the bad news is that he injected our hero with the same poison. It's up to you to track down the cure and save yourself and the city.

Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)

Of course, that's going to be easier said than done. It turns out that everybody in Arkham City has their own agenda. Mr. Freeze wants the Penguin, Two Face wants Catwoman and the Riddler just wants to play a game. And don't even get me started on all of the villains that only show up for a few minutes, like Poison Ivy, Calendar Man, Deadshot, Victor Zsasz and Harley Quinn. It's going to take everything Batman has to track down the cure, arrest every last villain and get out of Arkham City alive. Needless to say, it's going to be a long night.

Batman: Arkham City doesn't deviate far from the Arkham Asylum formula. While there are certainly more villains to battle this time around (including some I have completely forgotten to mention), the story still unfolds in a linear fashion. You are still swooping through the night beating up thugs, sneaking up on armed guards and using all of those wonderful toys. The only real difference is the location, which is significantly larger and more open.
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