Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Review
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Pub: Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Montreal
Release: November 18, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence

The only substantial issue I noticed with the GamePad implementation is that the screen is not a multi-touch surface, and scrolling through data screens and Batman lore gets irritating when you can't flip pages because you didn't swipe your finger hard or far enough. These menu screens would have greatly benefitted from a smaller font size and more icons on each page. Setting custom objective points is just as irritating, as it requires a double tap, which usually ends up scrolling the map rather than placing a checkpoint.

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Apart from the GamePad, there is a noticeable drop in frame rate when compared with other versions, which isn't a monumental flaw, but it does interrupt the rhythm of the action more often than I'd like. Also, I was frequently met with slowdown every time I switched from Detective Mode to the regular perspective. Considering how often I scrutinize my surroundings via Detective Mode, this was an issue that really pulled me out of the fiction.

The main campaign has enough side quests and Riddler puzzles to keep you busy for many hours, but Armored Edition also gives you all the extras. The Catwoman episodes, Robin and Nightwing bundle packs, Harley Quinn's Revenge, and all the DLC character skins are present. There's even Riddler's Revenge, with an extra 213 medals to obtain through a series of entertaining challenge maps that require the use of all your combat, stealth, and gadget skills. You can even customize your own challenge maps, creating almost endless possibilities.

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A lot of people are saying that Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is only a worthwhile purchase for those who haven't previously played it. I will only agree to that supposition for those gamers who’ve already purchased all the DLC or have picked up the Game of the Year Edition. But if you've only played through the original campaign, the Wii U version should be on your gift list. Even if you don't play Batman's story again, just the extra content is enough to justify the purchase. But I have a sneaky suspicion that once you've played around with the GamePad features, you'll want to return to the main campaign and liberate Arkham City once again.

By
Sean Engemann
Freelance Writer
Date: December 3, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Armored Edition is just as sharp looking as any other console version. However, lag and frame rate are issues on the Wii U; they’re not game-breaking, but they’re definitely noticeable.
3.8
Control
There are a few issues with the GamePad’s touchscreen, but exploration and combat are as fluid as it is gets.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Top-notch voice acting, satisfying combat effects, and perfect use of the GamePad speakers make Armored Edition one of the best sounding games out there.
5.0
Play Value
An open world adventure with tons to do outside the main story. Tack on all the DLC content and it's more than worth the asking price.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Battle Armored Tech Mode (B.A.T. Mode) – A new upgraded battle suit for both Batman and Catwoman gives players an additional power-up by allowing them to build up kinetic energy during combat. When activated, Batman enters B.A.T. mode, whereby he doles out more damage and has a heighted sense of enemy locations.
  • Wii U™ GamePad Functionality – The GamePad touchscreen allows players to truly be The World’s Greatest Detective with the newly designed, wrist-mounted Batcomputer. Players can select their gadget, track evidence, upgrade their gear, set and detonate explosive gel, and more, all without ever leaving the game.
  • Reimagined Gadgets – All gadgets have been reimagined to utilize the power of the GamePad. For example, players can now use the new Sonar mode that enables Batman to quickly probe his surroundings to develop the tactics needed for success. Players can then select, customize and equip their preferred gadget loadout, as well as access a real-time map of Gotham without ever leaving the action of the game. The new controller also allows for an unprecedented level of accuracy when using the Batarang and scanning for clues.
  • GamePad Only Mode – The full game can be played directly on the GamePad; no TV is required.
  • Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition Content – Included on disc are all previously released downloadable content: Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack, Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack.

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