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Batman Arkham City is not like all other games you might have played. At least it is a mix between a lot of other games. The one I am reviewing is the Game of the Year Edition, so it is not the same one as the original. This doesn't mean that this game is not giving you the same stuff you might think of, but instead is just like a remake. I really like the combats, because you could move flawlessly and in the same time you can counter-attack. It seemed nearly identical to Sleeping Dogs and Spider Man as a fighting system, so there is no surprise I guess.
The graphics where astonishing for a game released in 2011 and that is the best graphics you could get in 2011, which even nowadays is very concurrent to other games. Even though we see a lot of similarities from other games, this doesn't mean that it is going to be a bad game, but it is clear that it might get boring because gameplay becomes repetitive. The graphics though are an exception and you can't do without using the latest DirectX 11 if you want to keep up with the other games.
If you really want nice graphics, lightning and textures, this game is for you. At first you might think that this game is going to be like the old 2D game which was like fighting with a baterang and other stuff Batman used, but in 3D the game is another experience and I personally liked it, much more than Spider Man to say the truth. The game though, was a bit dark and the environments where somewhat boring. The idea of making it open world, makes it exceptionally great, because Batman as a hero, could go wherever he wanted to and that is the basic idea the player gets when starting to play.
Whatever you might think though, the optimization, story and the game idea were very good, in a lot of ways, but there are bad stuff like his clothe which moved really weird when he was moving around. There are bugs in every game, so we can't blame this one, which is really big, why did they made such errors. No matter what, the game is known as the Game Of the Year for 2011 and this is really good, because it might have really deserved it.
Talking about optimization, the game is, first of all, programmed with DirectX 11 graphics, which is the latest graphics technology. Second, the game didn't really have any major bugs which stopped the game, or ruined any save files. Third, the game story had a lot of sense, which puts it in between the idea and optimization.
When it comes to the idea, Batman is reknown as one of the best Warner Bros franchises, so there is nothing wrong expecting a lot from the story and you will really learn a lot from it! The animations and the counter attacks slow motions are very nice, but as I said before this is no surprise since other games are already implementing this kind of algorythm.
Overall, this game really deserves its reknown title, especially for the graphics, since that is the maximum you can expect. Though, you will need a very powerful GPU to play this game smoothly.
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