Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Lee Davies
Review: Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition (Wii U)
Format reviewed: Wii U eShop
Developer: Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montreal
Publisher: Warner Brothers Games
Website: Official Site
Released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 to high critical acclaim, Batman: Arkham City received a Wii U updated port a year later entitled Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition, including all previous DLC and a few additional extras making this the definitive version.
Played out in a mega-prison that incorporates the urban slums of Gotham City, Batman must undercover the mystery surrounding ‘Protocol 10’. Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition incorporates all the best elements of action adventures and throws in a massive dose of stealth elements and a free-flowing combat system that makes you feel like the ultimate badass himself whilst taking down legions of enemies and super villains alike.
Glide through a third-person open-world that recreates a linear detective story with the freedom to challenge yourself in optional side-quests to achieve additional resources and equipment. You are free to roam the city prison within its limits and bring down your own brand of justice, but storyline elements are mostly furthered through dungeon-like buildings where progression returns to a more stealth/puzzle linear orientated experience. Both styles of gameplay seamlessly blend together to create a hard-hitting overall package that does include the occasional frame-rate hiccup, but nothing major to detract from the sheer exhilaration of swooping down out of the shadows and taking out 10 weapon wielding enemies with precision offensive and counter-offensive melee attacks.
This is pretty much the same game as on other systems, but almost all of the changes that have occurred are about the GamePad integration. And they make the vast majority of Nintendo’s efforts look sedentary in comparison. The ability to scroll through an ever present map and place way-points at your own pace, the way that weapons, sub-weapons and scanning devices all integrate with quick precise touches, and gyroscopic tilting, in real-time only add to the immersion of the feeling that you are the Batman is unreal. Add to that Off-TV play and this is the ultimate package of an already amazing experience.
Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition
Summary: Playing a lot like a cross over of Metroid and Zelda, this is the best action/stealth adventure that can be played outside of Nintendo’s own franchises on the Wii U.