The best new action-adventure video game this Christmas 2011, the one everybody wants for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is Batman: Arkham City from Warner Bros. It’s available for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 platforms, and also for Microsoft Windows. If you know somebody who is a gamer, or even just enjoys the occasional video game, this is the title they want. If you ARE the gamer, this is already on your wish list - just admit it! This 2011 game is a sequel to the 2009 title Batman: Arkham Asylum, using the Batman superhero character made famous of course by DC Comics. This is the best new video game for 2011 Christmas. Batman: Arkham City is definitely something gamers will enjoy playing for all of 2012 and beyond!
BATMAN: Arkham City GAME CHARACTERS
There are many great characters in this new game and a huge cast including Batman (Kevin Conroy, who was also in Arkham Asylum), the Joker (Mark Hamill, from Star Wars fame), and characters like Quincy Sharp, Victor Zsasz, Jack Ryder, Bane, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Commissioner Gordon, Two-Face, Alfred Pennyworth, and more. In addition to Batman, playable characters include Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman who has her own kind of Detective Mode called “Thief Vision”. Her combat mode is based on acrobatics and is just as fun to play as Batman’s.
ARKHAM CITY MISSIONS AND WEAPONS
The city of Arkham in this game is over five times bigger a location than the earlier Asylum game, giving the user more area to explore and more action and adventure in the main storyline and “primary story mission”, the side missions, and the subplots. More city landscape also means more room for villians and bad guys and more fun with the improved Freeflow combat system. Sonic Batarangs, Batclaw, Explosive Gel, and Batman’s line launcher capabilities are among the great aspects of this game.
BATMAN GAME DEVELOPMENT
The amazing Batman: Arkham City game was developed by Rocksteady Studios and is published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and Square Enix (in Japan). It was written by Paul Dini, and directed by Sefton Hill and utilizes the Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) developed by Epic Games. The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were released in October 2011. The Microsoft Windows version should be available before Thanksgiving for all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sales and deals. Expect a Wii U version in early 2012. This Dark Knight single-player action-adventure game, stealth and beat ‘em up game is rated T for teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
MUSIC AND COMIC SERIES
The Batman: Arkham City Original Video Game Score soundtrack is also available on WaterTower Music and available from iTunes and Amazon MP3. The music is by Ron Fish and Nick Arundel, the same composers who worked on the game Batman: Arkham Asylum. There’s also a limited edition six-issue comic series by Paul Dini and Carlos D’Anda that bridges the storylines and plot between Akham Asylum and Arkham City.
The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Batman: Arkham City feature a special stereoscopic 3D mode for HDTVs with 3D capability. With Inficolor 3D glasses this mode is also available for use on HDTVs with 2D only. This is the best new video game available for Christmas 2011. Get your copy of Batman: Arkham City -- don’t wait for Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals when you could be playing this game today!