Batman: Arkham City (PS3)

James / August 26th, 2012

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  • Bior

    August 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I wish you’d use embeded youtube vids for stuff like this. It really sucks for people like me who have very crappy internet so we have to deal with constant buffering or wait an hour for it to load since we can’t just set a lower quality like youtube lets us :/

    • Guillaume Beck

      June 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Hmmm … but as a matter of fact you CAN set a lower quality, so what’s wrong ?
      By the way I guess stuff like this do not end up on youtube both because uploading and managing videos for cinemassacre must be faster and easier for them, AND ‘cuz youtube policies just suck. James and Mike use plenty copyrighted material and if you’ve ever experienced problems with youtube policies you can understand why they don’t use it that much.

  • August 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I agree with Bior! Just use embeded youtube videos! This sucks

  • z

    August 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm


  • pro

    August 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    LOL, Mike says, not to spoil anything, then goes ahead and spoils it. Good review tho.

  • pro

    August 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    get retro Batman games free at …

  • pro

    August 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    although I have decent internet and don’t have the buffering issues most of the time, it does happen, so I agree with the embed suggestion.

  • August 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    hey mike, there’s gonna be actually a sequel, but not on ps4 neither xbox 720, and as you, i really wish some batmobile, and actually drive it, it would be awesome!

  • jdshald

    August 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    good review.

  • tenacityman

    August 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Mike you mentioned the explosive gel being similar to the bombs in Zelda. In fact, there were a few times when playing this that i thought about the Zelda franchise; most notable the ‘ice stage’ (3:30 in your video), that seemed like something straight out of zelda – in a good way.

  • s1y1n1

    August 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The buffering issue has been brought up time and time again so I’m sure he’s aware of it. Whether he’ll ever resolve the situation is another story.

  • rschott

    August 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Two things on the player. I know for a fact that Ad blockers can cause the player not to work. It’s a good idea to disable them when trying to watch videos. I don’t see that limitation as being something Springboard would fix. As far as buffering and other player issues, Mike usually brings them to my attention and I pass any feedback to our rep at SpringBoard. I’ve been assured they’re doing everything they can to improve the player.

  • luisthebeast

    August 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    love the review, you mentioned that Mark Hamill did the Joker voice, but you forgot to mention that Kevin Conroy did the Batman voice, he did the voice for batman in the animated series, which makes the game even more awesome and nostalgic

  • Murray Ass

    August 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    You know, it’s not Cinemassacre’s problem if YOU have a shit computer.

  • August 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Nice Video, man! Keep up the good work!

  • scythedd7

    August 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    As for the Batmoblie, it would have been awesome had it been in the game, but they might have been working with the fact that he wrecked it in the previous game, and the whole area was walled off, so who knows.

  • majikman19

    August 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    pretty much all the characters are voiced by the same people as in animated series, just so you know

  • RKOredux

    August 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    The Joker is watching “The Terror” because it stars “Basil Karlo”, who in the Bat verse is Clayface. There are posters for the film throughout the city. Given the scene that follows, it makes sense.

  • Eltanin

    August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You may wanna put an spoiler alert early next time lol. Anyway great review, I would love to hear your opinion on more current gen games like this.


  • Recoil

    August 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Nice catch on that scene featuring “The Terror”, Mike. I never would have caught that. And hey, as far as I’m concerned, you’re reviewing a game that’s nearly a year old–you don’t need to worry about spoiler alerts at this point.

  • darkvare

    August 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    the batmobile is missing cause is under repairs due to the events of the first game

  • kunedog

    August 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    “You know, it’s not Cinemassacre’s problem if YOU have a shit computer.”

    You missed the part where youtube always works for everyone. I know I was thrilled to see this load in the YT player instead of SB.

  • zUkUu

    August 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    One of the best well-rounded games I’ve ever playerd. purely enjoyable and I’m not really into those kind of games.

    GOTY 2011

  • Batmat01

    August 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love Batman Arkham City, I still play it as The Animated Series Batman.

  • Nebuchadnezzaurus

    August 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Great review as always. Good to see you’re also interested in contemporary videogames. Keep up the good work!

  • August 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This is probably my favorite game of the 360/PS3 era. I’ve played it over and over…

  • z_thompson

    August 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Something strange about the player. I was just about to ask what you guys were complaining about because I had the option to change to a lower resolution, but now when I logged in to my account to post this comment, the option is no longer there!!

    However, you can just “view in youtube” and change the quality yourself, so you just need to be smarter than the computer. Don’t blame cinemassacre cause you’re being lazy.

  • Kevin XI

    August 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Joker’s rendition of “Only You” , with the ambience of the end credits “music”, was actually kind of bittersweet and chilling. Mark Hamill is a better Joker than a Jedi.

    This late in the game, you should have got the GOTY edition. Cheaper and more content. I suppose you’ve had this on your to-do list for a while or something, though. Anyway, I love this game. Except for the AR training and the riddler trophies.

  • Gage

    August 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

    XBOX 360 didnt have as many problems from what i hear im not a Microsoft fanboy in fact i play ps3 more but most games that are on both seem to run smother on Xbox because of the relatively comparable programing to computers.

  • hammerhorrortexas

    August 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

    The reason the game can show the Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson film is because it is in public domain. That is why you see that movie on a bunch of classic film dvd collections at the used movie stores. Great review Mike!

  • opszanski

    August 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Hearing “Only You” sung by Mark Hamill after a sombre conclusion to one of the best games ever made was an experience like no other.

  • Eagle7D8

    August 27, 2012 at 1:47 am

    A little late for this game.

  • Aaron1375

    August 27, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Nice review, those damned stun gun guys annoyed the piss out of me too. I wish the Batmobile was in this one too, it would be cool to drive around Gotham, but overall I enjoyed the game. I think I actually enjoyed Arkham Asylum a bit more though as I am more into linear games and it was a hell of a lot easier to get all the Riddler trophies in that one. But while I did enjoy the review, I am a bit saddened that you have not done a monster movie review in a while. I like those a bit more than the gaming ones.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    August 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

    You kinda wasted money now, because there’s gonna be a better with more power ups and dlcs included version on the Wii U now of this game.

  • August 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Did you play Arkham Asylum? Both games are great, but I actually prefered the first one. Structured more like a Metroidvania than an open world. I also finished that 100% before fighting the final boss, without feeling like I had to go out of my way to hunt trophies for hours. Arkham City had a lot more villains though…

  • Senna4ever

    August 27, 2012 at 4:26 am

    While it is a good game, no where near as good as AA.

    This was too “open” and did not suit this style of game. The map was 5 times bigger then the first game…but it was an empty map so no need to be 5 times bigger to begin with. As Mike pointed out, most of the game is filler via the Riddler bit, and my main gripe with that outside of the filler element was. After hours of collecting the Riddler bits, the final confrontation with the Riddler was inane. Walk around a bit, press one button and you take him out…after all the work you put in, that was all you get? Mind you, the puzzle rooms of the Riddler before you get to him were great and really get you using your wits…so why wasn’t the last room like this? More Riddler rooms, less running around collecting trophies next time.
    The boss fights are dull all of them, except the Mr Freeze one and that boss fight could be one of the best ever in a game…and it’s even better on the harder settings.

    Now don’t get me wrong, AA had it’s problems too. But it was the first attempt at this franchise, so of course it could have been “improved”. So I had high hopes for the sequel…and it just did not deliver. They didn’t really “improve” anything.
    Plus in this you start out with pretty much all of your equipment and gadgets from the off. In AA you have to build up Batman and that added another layer of gameplay sadly missing in the sequel.

    Just top finish, the sequel is also much shorter than the first game too. Just as a test I did a speed run of the 2 games. Only sticking to the story and not doing any side quests, skipping cinematics too. This way I was just timing the actual gameplay of the game itself.
    I could finish the sequel in just under 5 hours. Now bearing in mind I’ve only played AC 3 times. Once when I first played, again on the hardest setting and then to do the speed run. However I played AA many, many times over the last few years. So I know the first game far better then the sequel. Anyway…5 hours for the sequel to finish from start to end. 8 hours for AA to be completed.
    The sequel was just released as a cash-in after the success of the first game, where as the first game was made with passion…and it shows.

    I just fear the next game will be even “bigger”(possibly even fully open world)…but bigger does not mean better, as this sequel has proven.


    August 27, 2012 at 4:38 am

    WHY THE FUCK do they insist in making Batman’s suit gray?? if in the movies its always BLACK and looks so COOL, then make it BLACK for Gods sake!

  • Senna4ever

    August 27, 2012 at 4:41 am

    @ darkvare

    “the batmobile is missing cause is under repairs due to the events of the first game”

    The sequel is set just over one year after the events of the first game…and you are telling me Bruce has not got the car fixed up in over 12 months?

    The Batmobile is not in this game cos…it’s set in a prison. Why would Batman’s car be sitting around in in the prison?
    It’s in the first game as we see him drive to Arkham, makes sense the Batmobile would be there.
    He does not drive to Arkham City prison in the Batmobile, he turns up as Bruce Wayne and is thrown into the prison.

    I’m not saying it couldn’t have been in the game as Mike said, Alfred could have dropped it off.
    Just that the reason you gave for it not being in the game is inane.

    It’s not in the game as it’s set in a prison and has no “reason” to be there.

  • Senna4ever

    August 27, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I just wanted to add to my comment (why can’t we edit?)

    The best thing about this game was actually Catwoman.
    I’d like to see a full game with her as the star next time instead of another Batman game. Give Bats a rest and let’s open up the game’s universe a bit.

    It could even be a prequel/origin story of how Catwoman came to be and her relationship with Two-Face. Bats could have a cameo or two and pop up in the game periodically.

    I think a stealth based game starring Catwoman sneaking around, stealing, etc could be far more interesting than churning out another Batman title.

  • Snejku

    August 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Ironic, I was talking about this game to a buddy of mine yesterday who have still to play this game. I liked this review, I disagreed on some aspects but that’s how it goes with most people, the lesser quality of the video didn’t bother me either. Everyone’s so damn spoiled these days when it comes to video quality, all in all good job.

  • August 27, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I’m hoping they’re saving the Batmobile for the next sequel. I personally liked the open-world design of the series and the next game should take place in Gotham City where you can drive the car and fly the Batwing.

  • crazygamer4life

    August 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I have the GOTY edition of Batman Arkham City for PS3… and i haven’t had any problems with it other then a one time issue of playing the game for too long and have it freeze while it loaded the textures of the area… but that only happened once and hasn’t since. . .This game ais awesome..the first game was too …although i hope they take a break from batman and make a game with another DC Comic superhero.. maybe Green Arrow? or how about Deathstroke the terminator?

  • AnKun

    August 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Oh, did you mention the joker….


    … dies in this game? JOKER FUCKING DIES IN A BATMAN STORY!!!

    How is that?

  • Jenslyn87

    August 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Very good review, Mike! Apart from the spoiler disclaimer followed by the actual spoiler, lol :D Not that it’s a big deal.

    This review actually made me really interested in the game. Thanks for contributing good material to James’s site :)

  • Hollow835

    August 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    weak…. should have been James or AVGN

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    its in 3d need i say more!

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    james is busy editing for the next decade.

  • Derelictus

    August 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm


    Joker has died in Batman stories before, in SPOILERS:

    The 1989 Batman movie, for one. Also the animated film Batman: Revenge of the Joker (or was it Return? Can’t remember)

  • EvilDead159

    August 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Ive never gotten glitched in that game myself, Anyway yeah love the arkham series disappointed about the golden era squeal but w.e, and the amazing spiderman game was freakin awesome too, best spidey game in a VERY LONG TIME lol u can tell that they took some ideas from the arkham series, but thats a good thing, even tho i takes place after the movie and obviously goes with a film id def love to see sequels to it, hopefully to go with the sequels to the movie.

  • August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    @ EvilDead159

    I’ve heard about them setting the next game during the golden era, but I think that’s just a rumour. They’ve already set up future events with the Hush and Azriel storylines from AC.

    But, wouldn’t that be cool, though? Really? Batman in the 1940s battling mobsters in pinstripe suits? I personally think that would be awesome and a nice fresh change for the Batman franchise.

    Actually, I’d prefer that setting for the next film over a videogame, especially since I’m really sick of the Christopher Nolan treatment. (Christian Bale as Batman? I’d take Keaton or West any fuckin’ day!)

  • BakaYoshi

    August 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    it says spoilers, he means it. he shows pretty much the ending of the game. so if you havent played it yet, do not watch this right now!

  • Grizly

    August 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Well done Mike, as usual i check in and see new material all the time! Much thanks to you, James and the crew for all the entertainment. I cannot explain the feeling of nostalgia i get everytime i come to cinemassacre *Cheers!

  • August 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Mother Fucker! I am 6 months away from releasing Joe City, I’ll sue!!!

  • Slayer_Boxer

    August 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Well detective mode in arkham city is better compared to asylum,
    when u play through asylum detective mode was constantly on

  • Kenshiroh

    August 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    What the hell were Spider-man’s webs attaching to?

  • donbonpoopon

    August 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Love this game. Good review Mike keep em coming.

  • Lauriz

    August 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Really cool review Mike, I love this game! There is one cool thing in the fight against Joker you showed that foreshadows the ending a bit (and a few other scenes as well). If you switch on the detective mode and look at Joker you will see no skeleton structure as the Joker is in fact Clayface. Little things like these and the New Game Plus really makes a replay worth while!

  • Skeletor

    August 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Mike you should play the first one! It is actually better in many ways. Atleast the story.

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 28, 2012 at 2:04 am

    i for one think its cool to review whatever your in the mood to review,

    games > movies, tho-

  • mossimo80

    August 28, 2012 at 5:19 am

    The joker is not singing to Batman at the end of the game. He is singing to his unborn child. There are clues to support this in the game. You think the game designers are just going to let the Joker just die and never be heard From again?

  • BatDan

    August 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Play the first game Mike. It’s really damn good, better in some parts too. It’s not a sandbox game, it’s more Metroidvania, allowing for 100% completion to be a lot easier.
    The Scarecrow sequences alone are worth the price. Plus, you’ll understand exactly why the Joker is sick if you play the first game.

  • Senna4ever

    August 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    @ Mike.

    I agree that detective mode “ruins” the amazing graphics of the game, however…
    The thing about DM is, you use it as much or as little as you choose to.
    I’ve actually finished both games and only used DM when the game forced me to. Other then that, it’s you the player that uses it at will…so don’t use it so much if you don’t like it.
    Not only does playing this way make the game more pretty to look at, it makes it more of a challenge too.

    Plus I agree, it does not mater how “old” a game/movie is. Review what you want to review.

  • August 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    @Mike That guy is wrong I didn’t have to have the detective mode on that much.

  • BaconBoozer

    August 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome review Mike, you always put up great content!

  • klsadfj sklfj

    August 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    i wanna see a super metroid review!!!!! would be killer.

  • CStyles

    August 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I love how Oracle warns Batman not to take on Mr.Freeze head on, and then the boss fight ends with Batman grabbing that mother fucker and punching through his helmet, and he wasn’t gonna stop hitting Freeze until he started hallucinating.

  • Spaceball1

    August 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Detective mode is not constantly on during Asylum. It’s the same as City.

  • Samick

    August 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I am playing this game on PC and it is really an awesome game.

    I think it is a good idea, reviewing new games as well.

    Thank you!

  • Xago

    August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I like all your reviews Mike very good job especially when giving details of features in games, I would like you do more reviews of current games that have stolen your attention, even though im inclined by shooters like Uncharted or Black ops also I like to listen and watch those roll games or platform ones, I hope someday play something online and livestream you and James of curse that will be awesome. greetings and good luck modafckersss

  • stevejke

    August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Cool review. Good job, Mike! I was entertained all the way through.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    August 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Great game, though I really liked Asylum better. It was much more focused and the pacing was spot on. I did everything possible in Asylum and it was awesome, with City I beat the main quest and was sick of it by then.

  • August 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I think you should review The Darkness and maybe compare it to The Darkness II. It’s based on comics and at some point, in the comics the main character (Jackie Estacado) meets Batman.

  • AVGNfan1

    August 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    a very good game i just finished it a few hours later

  • August 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Clayface is not last boss material. Mike Tyson is last boss material. Clayface is like third level boss at best.

  • Braindanger

    August 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hey mike i added you on steam i am not sher if it is actually you but could you tell me if that is you. My user name for steam is [BDF]Braindanger could you see if i am on your friends list.

  • ptbibble25

    August 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    mike if you haven’t already you should get the harley quin’s revenge dlc, it continues the story a little bit more, oh btw i realized something… yur name starts with the letter m, ~laughs like Butt Head~ don’t worry i’m just bored

  • d0x

    September 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the spoiler about the Joker! I understand the game has been out for a while but I havent had time to beat it yet. One of the hooks of the game was the Joker seems to be dying due to what happened in Asylum. I guess I know he doesnt die now. Gah!

  • Strooodle

    September 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Great review, but you seriously gave away 3/4 of the game’s plot. Being someone who 100% completed the Riddler puzzles in Arkham Asylum. I can say that they were equal in story content, but the original had less randomness and more object based appeal (scenes from Batman comics that were like rumble left over). There was also a Batmobile in the original, but it didn’t run. I feel AC had more content to its boss battles as well. But you gave a lot of the game away. I personally feel it as the best Superhero game to come out and would love to have a sequel. You should review the first if you already haven’t.

  • Marty123

    September 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    The voice talent behind Batman is also in Batman the Animated Series and I think he’s great. I grew up on the animated series and just kind of associate the voices of Batman and Joker with the actors on that series; I’m really glad they used them in these games! I agree with you that while I love detective mode, it really takes away from the beauty of the graphics. I actually thought this same thing throughout both of the Arkham games. I have to say though that I feel like I enjoyed Arkham Asylum more than Arkham City. I loved the more focused narrative, and there were levels in which you had to battle Scarecrow in a dream state. He would be a towering monster and Batman would have to evade his sight and get around him. Definitely classic. Arkham City has more content but I would have to say that as an experience Arkham Asylum left me more satisfied.

  • smoss469

    September 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    The game contains a bug that the developers still haven’t fixed almost a year later. The game will corrupt saves on the 360. I was over 20-24 hours into the game when my save got eaten and haven’t played it since. That plus the HORRIBLE auto-save feature doesn’t allow you to have multiple saves as your own work around.. nice R&D assholes.

  • MadHitz

    September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    *Spoiler alert*

    One thing I thought was odd was at the end when Batman confronts Hugo Strange, he doesn’t even put up a fight. In the character bio section, it says that Strange is built to physical perfection, so I’m confused as to why he just stands there and let’s Batman beat the crap out of him.

  • Guy on a Buffalo

    September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    When his mouth isn’t moving it means he’s thinking these things.

  • jimmythechief

    September 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Awesom review Mike, and your right about the Riddler trophies, I’ve only collected about a third of them, but you gotta be a true fan to get all of them, which is rediculous. Some of them, in my opinion, are next to impossible to get. Well, just wanted to say thanks. Batman is my favorite superhero, I grew up with him. Especially with the animated series, the Tim Burton movies, and the NES titles. I shit my pants when Arkham Asylum and Arkham City came out, and I can’t wait for another rendition. Great Review.

    I also wanted to make a request for either you or James to review Batman Vengeance. I think this game sucks, and it would be great if you guys went AVGN on it. Just a suggestion.

  • September 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Actually The Horror was pretty what described clayface’s backstory in the comics, that’s why it shows clayface joker watching the horror

  • The Ascended Saiyan

    February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    That retro games idea is fantastic, why has no one else suggested this?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I don’t have much to add, other than that game looks awesome! I’ll have to get it sometime down the road. Thanks for the informative review.

  • May 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    First time commenting on the Cinemassacre website but have been watching the videos for years. I really enjoy Mike’s videos and think that he’s infinitely better than those IGN, Gamespot chumps.


  • thatrandomperson

    July 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I gotten both Arkham City and Asylum very recently. I prefer Arkham City due to the fact there is more to explore. I find that doing the gliding where Mike mentioned is a pain to do sometimes. Overall, it’s a great game and a review from Mike.

  • Dave Eitle

    September 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Arkham City ruled, but I liked Arkham Asylum better I think.

  • James Reed

    January 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    One thing I hated about this game was the damn challenges where you have so many medals to get for the other characters available to play.

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Lol, ”xbox 720” :-P Great review man, i’ve never played any of the Batman Arkham games but wow… Very impressive with all of the highlighted tidbits you had in this video

  • April 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    What the f&*% i combed that game and never found Killer Croc i mean yes i heard mention but never found out how to encounter him. ….. and the scare crow hints are great love how he took over in next game.

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