May 23, 2012
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Written by Micah Messer
Back in August 2009, comic book fans everywhere rejoiced. Batman: Arkham Asylum was released, and Batman fans finally had a high quality game that accurately portrayed the Dark Knight in all his glory. It was fun, innovative, and if you were a pre-existing batman fan, it was a dream come true. Many called Batman: Arkham Asylum the greatest comic book game to be released thus far. With Arkham Asylum being the critically acclaimed success that it was, naturally a sequel was immanent. Rocksteady games attempts to recreate their success with yet another adventure in the Batman universe.
The premise of Arkham City is a serious head scratcher.Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum, is now the mayor of Gotham City. Now, old Sharpy thought it would be a good idea to move all of the inmates from Arkham Aslyum and Blackgate Prison into a blocked-off area right in the middle of Gotham, and call it Arkham City. Brilliant plan, right? Sharp hands the reigns of this train wreck of an idea over to Dr. Hugo Strange. Bruce Wayne actually ends up getting arrested and thrown into Arkham City, thus starting another “I can’t leave Arkham until I find out what’s happening” adventure. The rest of the game’s story is actually pretty good, but the way that you’re eased into it is kind of silly, as the idea of an “Arkham City” is very obviously a fucking stupid one.