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Batman: Arkham City Trailer

I just saw this trailer for the first time last week and I can safely say that I am completely hyped for it. After the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, there was no chance that this game was not going to get a sequel. This trailer first popped up at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards alongside trailers for other sequels including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Portal 2 and the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. All of these trailers were pretty awesome, but Batman had probably the best trailer of them all. The animation is so good, it almost looks like live action and that is awesome. It also reveals who one of the main antagonists of the game will be. That villain is Dr. Hugo Strange, an evil doctor who is a classic character in the comics. It’s good to see that they added a villain who doesn’t rely completely on brute force and that is a complete breath of fresh air after the first game. It was also cool that in one of the other trailers, The Joker was shown to be still alive and that hopefully means that he will still play a very big role in the game. Anyways, since this trailer, all sorts of new information about the game was released, some good and some bad. Apparently, the game will stay at it’s roots of being an action game with elements of stealth and predator tactics which was definitely what made the first game great. One thing that I am extremely ecstatic about is the fact that all the weapons and gadgets from the first game will be available from the beginning of the game, which is awesome, but quite a few of them will receive upgrades throughout. But new gadgets will also be made available throughout the game. The game will also be much more puzzle based which makes me happy as I think that the puzzles in Arkham Asylum were extremely engaging and were one of the high points of the first game. I hope to see a lot more of that kind of stuff in the sequel. Rocksteady has announced that Batman’s detective mode will be much more prominent in this game then it’s predecessor as it will be used to forensically scan crime scenes to find the origin of objects such as shotgun rounds used against a victim. I think that this is an interesting concept that can be used really well and in a lot of ways. The Riddler trophies from the first game will be present here too. But, they will require much more effort to get as they will require tactics such as interrogation of men that are loyal to the Riddler. I think that this is a welcome addition as things like this were not in the first game and I am looking forward to this as it sounds like a really cool feature that has a lot of potential. Apparently this game has introduced a secondary missions mode that will take place in various places throughout Arkham City. I think that this is a great addition as one of my favorite part of any game is having side missions to do. I think that these could be like a mini campaign where you could do a few missions that would feature Batman fighting against a different villain each time. You could have Penguin, Riddler, Victor Zsasz and even Scarecrow. They could have a story that shows the origins of Scarecrow’s toxins. That would be extremely epic and actually is a story that makes sense. The plot of the game has been released and actually sounds really engaging. Quincy Sharp, the former warden of Arkham Asylum and a relatively prominent character in the first game, has taken credit for Batman stopping the Joker and used his notoriety to run for mayor. Neither Arkham Asylum nor Blackgate Prison inmates have any holding place, Sharp buys out the Gotham slums and transforms it into a large city for prisoners. He places military officers around the perimeter and gives prisoners free rein as long as they don’t try to escape. To oversee the city, Sharp hires Dr. Hugo Strange who has his own agenda for the city which by the looks of the trailer has something to do with some sort of toxin. Two- Face, an inmate in the former Arkham Asylum, is looking to gain status above the rest of the inmates in Arkham City, so he devises a plan to publicly execute Catwoman who is another great addition to the game. Then Batman swings in to save the day. Apparently, the Joker and Two- Face are members of two warring factions in Arkham City. Batman voice actor, Kevin Conroy has compared the sequel to Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker which is one of my all time favorite Batman movies. If the plot is like that film, done, bought, sold! I was going to buy it anyway, but this only makes the content better. The game has an open world that has been made to give the game that “Batman in Gotham City” feel which I think is something that Batman fans haven’t felt yet in a Batman game. I always thought that a Batman game that is open world is a great concept, especially after I played Spider-Man 2 for the Gamecube. This game is what I always felt a Batman game should feel like. Apparently, Arkham City is going to have a virtual footprint that is 5 times bigger than that of Arkham Asylum. Arkham Asylum was not exactly a small game, so this game looks to be MASSIVE! I’m glad that they have chosen to do a swinging between building mechanic in this game because you really do have to feel like you are Batman. Since this is an open world game, I felt that they should have added more villains to keep the game going when you are not following the primary story mission. They have fixed this to make this game chock full of little surprises that will make the game that much more fun. I’m glad that they chose Dr. Strange as their antagonist because he will be the one with the power over the lockdown when Batman arrives, just as the Joker was in Arkham Asylum. He will also make Batman feel vulnerable because of the fact that Strange knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne as said in the trailer. The presence of online multiplayer was quickly shot down by Rocksteady who said that they wouldn’t be able to produce a good single player campaign if they put all their effort into creating an online multiplayer mode. I am not saying that  I want online in a Batman game, but I don’t really think that Rocksteady’s comments make sense. I mean Uncharted 2 had great online and a great campaign. I just think that this comment is very wrong. They have also said that you get the experience of each villain when you enter their territory. For instance, if you enter the Joker’s territory, you get a very Jokerized feel which is great. I was afraid that all territories in the game would be bland and drab. Apparently, all the artwork and graffiti on the sides of buildings would all have some sort of Joker sort of feel. They say that this really helps the player feel like they are entering from one emotional space to the next. This game is schedules for release on the week of October 18th 2011 and looks to be an amazing game filled with lots of extra content that keeps the game going for more than one playthrough. What do you think of the trailer? Will the game be better than the first or will it fall short? Leave your responses in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and I will see you next time

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