So the very first post of The SteamWorks will be a review of Batman: Arkham City! Ready? Here we go:
Let me give you some backround of Batman: Arkham City in case you don't know what it is. Released on October 18th 2011, Batman: Arkham City was the follow-up on the most critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum game. I have not played Batman Arkham Asylum, however, needing to play the past game doesn't seem to be a big issue if you at least have a general idea of what happened in the last game and even just an overall understanding of Batman and the characters seen in his adventures.
That being said, I sorta jumped into the game not sure what to expect. I was warmly greeted by a visually dynamic and amazing combat style that not only fit Batman extremely well but was easy to adapt to and fun to use. Seeing the Bat fly across the street, round-house kick an enemy, flip all the way back to the other side of the street and kick that other guy's ass gave me a really warm feeling inside. The "goons" say some really funny things, and I never get tired of eavesdropping on their discussions.
I don't want to spoil the story for anyone that wants to play it but hasn't had the chance to pick it up yet, so I wont get too into that. What I will tell you though is that it's a brilliant story arc filled with more twists than a crushed water-bottle (I know, that's weak, but I couldn't really think of much else). The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was playing, and on an average five minutes I'd scream, "OH MY GOD WHAT?!"
In reality, I still haven't finished the game yet; there are still a crap load of achievements, side quests, and equipment upgrades to earn. If I had to rate this game on a scale of 1-10, it'd definitely get a 9. Why not a 10? Well, as you read my reviews, you'll notice that even if a game is unlike anything we've ever seen before, I'll never rate anything a 10. Because 10 means it's perfect, it can never be a 10 because a game can never be perfect.
Do I recommend the game? ABSOLUTELY! If you're the type of gamer that loves mystery games, loves story development, or simply likes taking names while hiding in the shadows, you'll love this game like it's your own child. However, please be cautious if you are under the age of 13 when buying this game; there's blood, violence, profanity, weapons, and sexual environments. It's not quite enough to make the game "M" rated, but it's still present.
Hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did!
Peter V, The Steamworks