Batman: Arkham City Review

 
I just finished playing this game and I wanted to give some impressions. Well, first and foremost, it is fucking incredibly epically amazing and I love the shit out of it. Okay, we have that out of the way.

The hype was definitely huge for this game, especially after following the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum, which quickly became the definitive Batman game and gave us an experience in gameplay as the universally popular hero that has gone unmatched and thoroughly topped any and all Batman video games that preceded it. Arkham City manages to top it. I can’t express my joy for that.

As with most successful sequels, it brings us elements that we already loved from the original, improves upon what needed improvement, kept what worked just fine, and added on more in terms of story and characters. Arkham City is much more gigantic in its scale: the story, the environments, the gadgets, the fighting moves, the villains, the overall experience is all bigger and better. I have completed the story mode and I’m only at 38% completion. I’ve barely scratched the surface with the side missions, I haven’t touched a single bonus challenge, and I have yet to play as Catwoman. There’s still shitloads more to explore. I have a feeling I will lose plenty more hours than I already have to this game. It’s so detailed in all respects, something as minute as listening in on small-talk between the thugs has great value to it. They complain about their bosses, about the weather, share stories, I recall one goon going off on a story about how his mother murdered her entire graduating class on prom night. I mean, wow.

The story to Batman: Arkham Asylum, though exciting, was fairly straight forward: The Joker has taken over the asylum and it’s up to Batman to stop him. Arkham City has much more villainy to encounter and an evil plot that is infinitely more threatening and goes deeper than you could possibly imagine. The way it weaves its epic plot together involving villains such as The Joker, Hugo Strange, Rhas Al Guhl, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, and (believe me) tons more is nothing short of masterful. It’s not just great fan service to match up against your favourite villains, it is truly put together in such a way that feels completely justified for the story, full of twists and turns and surprises along the way. Any future Batman-screenwriters should take note. This is how it’s fucking done.

Batman: Arkham City isn’t just an amazing and exciting gaming experience, but it is a uniquely great Batman adventure period. I think in the last 10 years or so video games have gotten so good that they can be respected on the same levels as other media such as comic books, novels, books, television, and movies. With that in mind I think Batman: Arkham City is a classic Batman Story. Bravo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mass Tweet Movie Review: The Dark Knight (2008)

Wow, it’s hard to believe that The Dark Knight was released almost 2 years ago! Time really flies. Anyway, the movie has been making its rounds on HBO lately and reminding a lot of people of how awesome the movie still is, and since we all know that most regular Twitter Users will let the entire world know when they wipe their nose, naturally a lot of people had things to say about this very popular movie.

So I have collected some screen shots of random Tweets that had anything to do with The Dark Knight– some insightful, some funny, some incoherent. Enjoy!

This is a movie that causes excitement.

Y SO SRYS LOL OMFG ROFL!

That part is awesome.

The Dark Knight: It goes great with lobster.

This has neither been confirmed nor denied.

No work is more important than watching The Dark Knight. Fact.

General consensus is that Ledger did an amazing job as The Joker.

General consensus is that Batman’s voice is silly.

Batman as the spokesman for “Fisherman’s Friend” is marketing Heaven.

The consensus on Batman’s voice is that it’s silly. There are exceptions, however.

The Dark Knight: More important than sleep and you know it!

Still better than Katie Holmes.

The Dark Knight: A thought-provoking film if there ever was one.

FUN FACT: Batman, Joker, and the mayor all use the same eye makeup remover brand!

Make it happen, YouTube!

I’m not entirely sure what this means.

Women have been attracted to men in ridiculous makeup since the 70’s, so no. Yeah, suck it, Gene Simmons!

So true.

Also true.

This Tweet needs some rephrasing.

Harvey Dent: He could use a band-aid or two.

“Dick move, Alfred!”

I’ll see you in Hell, Danny Boyle!

The Dark Knight: Still better than the highest grossing film of all time.

One Hell of a recommendation.

We’re getting pretty profound at 140 characters or less…

Okay, that’s it.These screens were all taken last night. And it’s just further proof of how awesome and universally loved this movie is.

If you own The Dark Knight on DVD or Blu-Ray, make sure to watch it at least once a week to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.  Take care, folks.