Whenever we want to point you in the direction of an accurate, well-written review we check out IGN – we find that their scores are usually very fair, so this is why we are amazed to see that Batman: Arkham City scored 9.5 / 10 in their review, this suggests that it is one of, if not the best title so far in 2011.
Any game which gets this score from IGN deserves some attention, in recent times other games which got the same score are Portal 2, Halo: Reach, Forza Motorsport 4, Mass Effect 2 and Gears of War 2 – as you can see it is on par with some very impressive games.
You can see the two-page review here, they reviewed the PS3 version of the game, however we doubt that the review score would have varied massively on other platforms – we will now summarize some of the main points raised.
IGN scored the game’s gameplay 9.5, like its predecessor the controls are great, but this time round everything has been tweaked and improved, also the game was given 9.5 out of 10 for lasting appeal – apparently you will have to play the game twice to fully appreciated it, but then you have lots of Riddler Challenges, challenge maps and side missions to play through – let’s not forget that Rocksteady Studios will probably roll out more missions via DLC.
In terms of presentation and sound IGN score it 9.0 for both of these, apparently the story, setting and villains make it great, whilst the music and effects are very fitting, that said some of the voice acting is sometime questionable. The lowest score was for graphics, 8.5 is nothing to be ashamed of, however at times lip-syncing was not quit in-sync with the dialogue, also sometimes there was noticeable texture pop-in, but that said IGN’s Greg Miller didn’t have anything really bad to say about the visuals. He ends his review with this comment (you can see the video review below).
Batman: Arkham City isn’t just better than Batman: Arkham Asylum, it’s better than most games on the market.
Will you buy Arkham City based on this review?