If you know me, you know I love Batman and I love video games. With Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Games proved that a great video game can come from a comic book title. This year, they’re upping the ante with Arkham City. The game is just as it sounds, Arkham’s borders have been pushed out to the entire slums of Gotham, it’s a city within a city. The only real rule, as I understand it, is that prisoners (aren’t they really patients?) will be gunned down if they attempt to break out. It’s like a less happy Escape from New York. I don’t know why Batman’s been called in this time, I presume it isn’t to rescue the President’s daughter, but we’ll see.
What matters about this game is that it must stay true to the formula that made Asylum work so well. And in the video, it definitely appears that they have made every attempt to make that happen.
With all such games, though there needs to be new content as well. In this game, they’ve sampled deeper from the Rogues Gallery – Hugo Strange may be the ultimate baddie and Two Face seems to have a real role in the game. But the trailer lets slip something great.
If you haven’t started watching the trailer, why not? Arkham City will be released October 18, 2011 and can already be pre-ordered from most vendors.