Batman: Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge Review

Batman: Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge Review

After the release of Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Rocksteady studios proved they had what it takes to make a Batman game that fans would love. Still with as much love and attention put into the story, they still left some questions for fans to ponder about following its conclusion. This downloadable episode hopes to fill in some of those questions.

If you haven't finished the main story yet, please note that we're going to delve into some spoilers. Gameplay will be spoiler free, so just skip the next paragraph if you're worried about seeing something you shouldn't.

Harley Quinn's Revenge picks up after the events of Arkham City with the Joker, Talia Al Ghul, and Hugo Strange all dead. This has changed Batman into a different person, making him seem even more shut off and distant than ever before. Batman isn't the only person affected by these events either; Harley Quinn has now turned into a grieving widow over Joker's death. Quinn is now crazier than ever and this time she is in total control over Jokers gang. For some unexplained reason she is kidnapping cops and holding them hostage in the abandoned steel mill factory of old Arkham City. Batman decided to go in and rescue the cops and stop Quinn on his own and he has now been missing for two days.

You start off by playing as Robin, who is looking for Batman and the still missing cops. This story takes many different turns as you go back and see what happened to Batman two days ago and what happens to Robin as he also tries to stop Harley. The story has a great pace to it, but by the end nothing really happens that will make you excited for the future of the franchise. Yes, it was a good story that will have you engaged, but when it comes down to it there is no closure for how Batman is coping.

The gameplay is a good mixture of familiar and new since Batman and Robin have many different options to use. It makes playing as either hero feel quite fresh. The basics for gameplay are still the same with the ability to punch, stun, and counter enemies in the free flow combat system. This allows you to take on many enemies and move from one to the other without any hassle at all.

It isn't all about brute force though; stealth is always the best way to take out armed enemies. All the different tools the player is given let you choose how to take on all the different thugs sent your way. That adds a nice bit of customization allowing you to use a lot of zip kicks as Robin, while you might use Batman's exploding gel to take out more people.


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