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Batman: Arkham City receives perfect score in world’s first review

Monday, 3rd October 2011 00:42 GMT By Matt Williams

The first official review of Batman: Arkham City has been published, awarding Rocksteady’s latest effort a flawless rating.

Appearing in the pages of Official PlayStation Magazine Australia, the magazine awarded the eagerly anticipated title full marks with a score of ten out of ten.

The magazine justified the perfect score by stating that “Batman: Arkham City is not only the best superhero game ever made, it’s one of the best games ever made full-stop”.

Comparing the title to its predecessor, 2009′s Arkham Asylum, OPMA explained that Arkham CIty shines so brightly as “[i]t takes the already superlative original and gloriously expands on it. It’s a deeper game, more complex, more inventive, more mature. It brings the caped crusader’s world to life better than any comic, movie or television show before it.”

The magazine’s final score breakdown is as follows:

“Presentation: Endlessly creative, perfectly moody, and technically flawless. This is Epic’s Unreal engine pushed to its absolute limit.

Sound: Alternatively foreboding and frantic, the game’s orchestral soundtrack matches the on-sccreen action perfectly. Voice acting is brilliant.

Controls: Complex and initially overwhelming but also logical and responsive. It’ll take a while to get used to them, but once you do it feels perfectly natural flinging Batman around.

Replay Value: Immense. A massive main quest, dozens of side missions, Riddler challenges, secondary game modes, and DLC will keep most people occupied for months.

VERDICT: We can’t imagine how a superhero game could be better than this. Absolutely sublime.”

Thanks, CVG.

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15 Comments

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  1. Ireland Michael

    The first ever review giving Arkham City a perfect score is about as meaningful as the first person to ever hear Lady Gaga saying that she’s a talented music artist.

    I have no doubt its going to be a great title, but this review is ultimately meaningless. They were obviously given an exclusive in return for a perfect score.

    #1 3 years ago
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  3. James Mac

    @1 I think they also get some allowances because they’re print media, and they have to have their reviews done in time for the same month the game goes on sale.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ShiroGamer

    what Michael said

    #4 3 years ago
  5. HauntaVirus

    I hope the PC version isn’t a botch job.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. XurrionHun

    @6 if u’ve played the first one you know that’s very unlikely to happen and besides, they delayed the PC probably to prevent that from happening. I just wish they would put it up on steam already :( i wanna give them my monies

    #6 3 years ago
  7. HauntaVirus

    @7

    Ya, so it’s looking like November for PC. I’m not sure if it’s going to be on steam at all. It would be up by now wouldn’t it?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Colin Gallacher

    @6 & @8 Well you know it uses GFWL right? :D

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Takeshi

    @1: True, but with a game like Arkham City I wouldn’t be surprised if the following reviews also gave it a 10/10 or at least 9/10. I haven’t seen anything yet that makes me iffy about this title. Everything about just looks awesome.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin

    The first review from an “Official” magazine means even less.

    Also, sort out captcha on user registration or something. Too much spam.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. jnms

    @11, It’s the easiest thing in the world to get spam past captcha.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Fin

    @12

    I stuck a captcha on my own WordPress when I was getting a lot of spam, and since (maybe 2 years ago?) not one spam comment.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    The text for the spam link is always the same as well, so copy and pasting some of the common phrases it’s using in the blacklist should completely eliminate the problem anyway. Is Akismet even installed on this WordPress? That should have stopped these no problems.

    My site gets a fair amount of traffic (nowhere near VG247 mind), and thousands of spam every day, and maybe two or three at most ever actually get through the filter. The repetition of this bots phrases should have stopped it ages ago. Are you marking them as spam instead of just deleting them Pat? Seriously, this one particular spambot should *not* be causing this much trouble.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    Oh, and that reviewer uses way too many fucking adjectives. Christ.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. jnms

    @13 – There’s a little service called decaptcha that will get past that. If your blog isn’t getting spammed it’s because it isn’t being ‘targetted’ by spammers who have access to that service.

    @14 – It certainly does seem strange that those comments would be getting past Akismet though. Then again, who knows what methods those spammers have available. They are a tricky bunch with some very, very smart programs.

    #15 3 years ago