Battastic – Batman: Arkham City reviews get rounded up

Friday, 14th October 2011 14:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Boom. Ahead of next week’s release, Warner’s lifted the reviews embargo of Batman: Arkham City. Protip: scores are looking very, very, very good right now.

We got our copy this morning – I say we, I actually mean me, Pat’s still waiting on his copy – and the press kit is detailed from every corner.

I’ll get a video that shows you it up on the site soon.

Get the latest scores below. If you have any scores to add, do so below.

It’s out in the US next Tuesday and next Friday in the UK for PS3 and 360. The PC version launches next month.

A Wii U version will release eventually.



  1. f1r3storm – 9/10

    #1 3 years ago
  2. StolenGlory went with 9/10 also.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    IGN with 9.5.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    Videogamer with 10/10:

    #4 3 years ago
  5. daytripper

    Winged freak terrorizes? Wait till they get a load of me ….

    #5 3 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    Joystiq with 4.5/5:

    #6 3 years ago
  7. StolenGlory

    CVG with 9.5:

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk


    #8 3 years ago
  9. daytripper

    did anyone doubt the quality of this title though? rocksteady are awesome.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Ringquelle

    GamersNET gave it a 9.5:

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sneak-Out


    #11 3 years ago
  12. moobs007

    IncGamers gave it 9/10. – awesome review as well.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Hell-Raiser-85 – 9.3

    #13 3 years ago
  14. viralshag

    Pathetic reviews! Where are the 10s! I want all the 10s! GIVE ME THE 10s DAMMIT! ;)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    @12 Could do with a link innit.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. IL DUCE

    Come on dtoid…you guys are cool but do you gotta give it the only score under a 9 lol

    #16 3 years ago
  17. moobs007

    @#15 Johnny Cullen:

    #17 3 years ago
  18. daytripper

    @16 they usually do it, when i listen to some of their podcasts and they try to explain the reasons behind their opinion of a game, sometimes the reasons are baffling. i like jim sterling but some of his opinions just confuse me at times. 8.5 is still a great score however.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Anders

    Oh yes. I’m fucking pumped to play this.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. pamelapatty (italian) 9.7

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Erthazus LOL


    #21 3 years ago
  22. jnms

    Can someone explain to me the reason for “review embargos”? Is it to prevent spoilers getting out there? Or is there something more sinister to it?

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Fin


    There’s a few different reasons – making sure everyone has some time to play it, that there isn’t a rush to be first; making sure hype builds up at the right time; having all publications release at the same time regardless of geographical location, etc.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. StolenGlory

    This looks… rather good.

    To say the fucking least.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    Is the combat still as skill-less as the first game? Nice animations do not depth make.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    Michael – Having played it at Eurogamer a few weeks back (I’m still to touch my PS3 promo), I can safely say yes.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Gizkata

    Not a review but got the launch trailer here.

    So pumped for this game.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. DSB

    Soooo… When is this launching on Steam? I got a code from a graphics card, and Steam accepted it, but it seems the game isn’t being sold yet :P


    Oh, it got pushed back right? Shiz.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @26 Pity. The previous game has stunning art design, a great visual flair, and a sense of scale that’s hard to beat, but it’s combat was boring as hell and devoid of all depth, and the story was absolutely atrocious.

    I get the impression this will be pretty much the same, just on a larger scale. So about a 7 out of 10.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Johnny Cullen

    Ah, I just read your comment again. I’m seriously getting dyslexic: thought you said skilled. :S For the record, and to clarify, I enjoyed the combat from when I played it at Eurogamer.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. KL

    @29 exactly
    combat and story were as boring as it could get at least on the first one.
    stealth,gadgets and riddler puzzles where appreciated though

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Aimless

    I suspect anyone that found Arkham Asylum‘s combat boring also played through Bioshock using nothing but the wrench and Electro Shock.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. daytripper

    i found the combat in arkham asylum very satisfying, loved the motion capture, the way batman reacts quickly to enemies surrounding him, never got bored with it. each to their own i suppose.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Dralen

    Is anyone else getting this for PC?? The last one was great on PC, so I’m really hoping for good things this time round.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Hunam

    The PC version has been delayed, the same as it was with the original. I’d imagine they’re doing to same top notch job with the PC version again.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    I would have bought it for the PC but its coming the same month as Skyrim and no game other than Skyrim will be played that month.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Dralen

    @35 Thanks Hunan. I just noticed my pre-order had changed dates. Unfortunately, I am very impatient when it comes to games; so I’ve changed my order to the 360 version. have a very nice price if anyone is looking for a last minute purchase.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Hunam

    I’ve got tons to play anyway and the PC version will run like gold on my new PC :)

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Ireland Michael

    @32 Or played tonnes of games over the years with combat systems that actually had depth.

    The combat animations for the games are undeniably spectacular looking, but they’re drawn out, pre-set animations which offer you no space to manoeuvre or improvise on the fly. It’s fun to look at, but there’s no depth to it at all.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. StolenGlory


    The Hut have a very good offer on for it too (assuming you don’t want it on launch day of course ;)).

    Console wise, their offer is the game for £34.85 solus-style. £35.85 for the game with a DVD twin-pack of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight or £36.85 for the game with a twin-pack of those films but in Blu-Ray format.

    The game for £35 and Batman Begins/TDK on Blu-Ray for £2 seems like a steal to me :) And yep, you can combine the Blu-Ray offer with the 360 version if you want.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Aimless

    @39 What constitutes “depth” for you?

    Batman‘s combat isn’t complex, but it offers plenty of options to the player and it definitely requires skill to master. It’s all about rhythm, crowd control and knowing which move to use in order to keep your combo going. And the latter is the challenge, not actually incapacitating goons; you’re the Batman, a gang of armed thugs is just fodder.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Hunam


    Um… really? I’ve delved exceptionally deep into the combat of the first one, and well, it’s pretty damn deep. It easy to get to grips with, but getting a 40 hit combo with all 9 moves is a feat and a half.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    @41 Something more than a series of drawn out animations that lose you control of your character until they’re done. They’re slow and monotonous, and half the time I feel like I’m sitting there waiting so I can take my next move.

    @42 That’s funny, because I managed to get both the “Perfect Combo” and “40 hit combo” achievements fairly easily, at the points in the game where they become possible to get. And I wasn’t even trying.

    I’m not trying to boost about it either. I’m far from the most hardcore of game players out there, not by a long shot. Then again, I remember the Vanquish thread, where everyone was frustrated at how ridiculously hard the game while I was waltzing through it…

    #43 3 years ago
  44. uomoartificiale

    @43 you’re so good michael. I knew it already but now I just can’t resist you anymore. You’re great. No, really, you’re just the best of all. And you were not even trying. It must be lonely up there….

    #44 3 years ago
  45. viralshag

    I loved the combat in Batman. It’s one aspect I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with again. That and pretty much EVERYTHING ELSE!

    #45 3 years ago
  46. Ireland Michael

    @44 No, I’m serious.

    I’d say every single person on the planet could probably kick my ass at the likes of Starcraft, and I will probably suck at most first person shooters for the rest of my life.

    #46 3 years ago
  47. DSB

    Different strokes for different folks.

    The satisfaction of the combat was in using your reflexes, and of course, enjoying those badass animations. I didn’t bother to analyze it that much at the time, I just enjoyed it personally.

    Pretty much the only gripe I had with Arkham Asylum was that every encounter tended to be a repeat of the last one. They might gimmick it up a little, but it was pretty much always “gang of thugs-stealth section-gang of thugs with giants-scarecrow-repeat”

    Still, I enjoyed it hugely. I think Rocksteady deserves the praise they got. For once :D

    #47 3 years ago
  48. viralshag

    @47, I’m with you on that one. The game flowed great and the combat encounters just meshed in well and added to the experience for me. I actually looked forward to getting into the next brawl.

    #48 3 years ago
  49. Gheritt White


    #49 3 years ago
  50. Edo

    Was there any doubt that it’s a masterpiece!?

    #50 3 years ago
  51. Erthazus

    Oh dear and i forgot that it is delayed to november for the PC…

    Oh lol…

    Well, Heroes of Might and Magic VI for me i guess until this will come out. But still i could play it until Battlefield 3…

    #51 3 years ago
  52. Christopher Jack

    Still can’t get hyped for this game despite it’s critical acclaim.

    #52 3 years ago
  53. Erthazus

    @52, than you are not Batman


    You didn’t liked the first game? Reviews say that it is much better than the first. for me it’s insta buy.

    #53 3 years ago
  54. JamieSI

    10/10 from Strategy Informer –

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Johnny Cullen

    Just played the first hour or so. Can’t actually say what the opening bit is all about due to the NDA, but OH. MY. WORD. :O

    #55 3 years ago
  56. freedoms_stain

    I loved the combat in AA. Turn off the attack warnings and keeping your combo going is a good challenge.

    #56 3 years ago
  57. ninjanutta

    After playing around 3 or 4 hrs,this is the best batman or superhero game period,even a GOTY contender for 360.Masterpeice.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. TD_Monstrous69

    Reading this earlier made me glad that I already got my collector’s edition of this paid for. October 18th, can’t wait.

    #58 3 years ago
  59. CityCobra

    GamingXP (german)

    X360: 91%

    PS3: 90%

    Great sequel to a already great game. Lots of variety, all of the tools Batman has to offer, great graphics, a stunning atmosphere transform this into a must-have title for Batman fans.

    #59 3 years ago
  60. Psychotext

    This may be the only game I make time for between now and the middle of next year. I hope it’s not too long.

    #60 3 years ago
  61. Edo

    They still haven’t announced release date for the PC version?

    #61 3 years ago
  62. bluffbluff03

    giga (german): 88/100

    #62 3 years ago
  63. Gc-Freak


    #63 3 years ago

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