Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of those rare games that upon release won near critical acclaim from every media outlet and everyone who played it. Sure, the game had a few issues and there were some flat out haters out there, but developer Rocksteady simply created a game that from top to bottom was entertaining and more importantly it felt like the Batman simulator we were all wishing for.
Currently our expectations for Batman: Arkham City are rather high considering it’s a sequel and because at this point we’re all aching for some new Batman goodness. What we’ve heard about Batman: Arkham City definitely sounded good, but reading hands-off impressions or looking at some screenshots can’t replicate the experience of seeing the game in motion. After diligently waiting and having to settle for a well-produced but almost pointless CG trailer, we finally have our first look at the newest adventure of the Dark Knight.
This trailer basically shows us everything we wanted to see out of Arkham City. We have Batman kicking copious amounts of ass and using new glide abilities that are required for doing actions like avoiding gunfire from helicopters. Despite the brief runtime of the trailer, we’re treated to some nice scenery of Arkham City and have a better sense of the scope of the world and how Batman can navigate it, which if I may add is like an absolute boss. After knowing about them for almost half a year, we also have our first glimpses of both Two-Face and Catwoman in motion and their respective voice actors. As much as I wanted voice actor David Kaye to voice Two-Face, that doesn’t seem to be the case as the character has a more gruff voice like that in the Batman animated cartoon from the 1990s, though actor Richard Mull isn’t doing the voice for the character.
One thing that could become an issue for hardcore Batman fans is how actress Arleen Sorkin is not reprising her role as Harley Quinn in the game. The replacement actress for Harley Quinn sounds good based on the brief snippet that’s heard of her in the trailer, but things may not seem quite the same as Arleen has voiced the character since the animated series back in the day.
I’m impressed in every possible way after watching this new Arkham City trailer and the only thing I disliked was the extremely out of place song that played during the trailer. When I watch a Batman trailer I expect an orchestral score and not something that sounds like it’s trying to imitate what Rockstar Games does with some of their trailers.
The potentially glorious experience that is Batman: Arkham City will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America on October 18th and Europe in October 21st.