Batman: Arkham City - finally, an actual gameplay preview

Finally, it was time to hop off the helicopter and go check out the church that the shot came from. As Batman glided down from the chopper, he showed off one of his new attacks - the midair throat grab. It's just as brutal as it sounds, with Bats floating down from above, grabbing onto his target's throat, and slamming them into the ground.

Of course, that's not the only new move in his upgraded arsenal. For the new, armored foes, there's the powerful Beat Down move, which involves breaking down their defenses and landing dozens of punches in quick succession. It really adds to the cinematic combat from the first game, and we're excited to see what else they'll be bringing to the table for combat.

After beating down on the thugs outside, Bats headed inside, only to meet up with Harley Quinn and a group of heavily armed guards. After the aforementioned scuffle with the Joker's helper, she left the gunmen to guard the big bad Bat. Strangely, simply standing there being guarded was our favorite part of the demo. The four men stood around, arguing over what they should do about this superhero standing in front of them, with hilarious dialog and fabulous voice acting throughout. Their arguments went on for a good two or three minutes, making us laugh the whole time. It shows the deep amount of attention to detail that Rocksteady has committed to giving us in their titles.

Finally, just before they decided to blow away Mr. Wayne, a smoke bomb came down, allowing for a quick escape to the oh-so-familiar gargoyles. What followed was more of what we loved about the first game: stealth takedowns from above (including a new, hanging chokehold utilizing the bat-feet), and seamless combat. Batman can even punch through weak walls in order to grab enemies who have taken refuge with hostages in, say, a confessional.

After disposing of the riffraff, a quick exploration of the tower from which the gunshot was fired revealed that the Joker had been controlling the gun remotely. Knowing Batman, the grinning one could predict that he would go check it out and laid out explosives to take out the Caped Crusader. After his signature taunting of his perpetual arch nemesis, the Joker started a countdown to detonation. Needless to say, Batman escaped through the nearest stained glass window and glided down to a nearby rooftop, just in time to watch the tower he had just escaped go up in flames.

And that's where our demo ended, but not before raising one more question. On a billboard next to the final rooftop, someone had painted a large number of green question marks surrounding a mysterious message, the meaning of which we couldn't get out of anyone: "Turn on, tune in before someone checks out. 275.00 325.00". Well, we're convinced.

Feb 25, 2011


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  • Cruddi - March 8, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    this game will kick a**, i 100% the last batman and i WILL 100% this one on the ps3
  • IRIsH - March 1, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    i want to see the footage but it sounds sooooooooooooooooooooo good i cant wait for this game. day one pure and simple
  • nerdemon - February 28, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Batman Arkham Asylum was my personal choice for game of the year in 2009 and something tells me that Arkham City will be my choice for 2011. I LOVE DETECTIVE MODE!
  • Sleuth - February 28, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Man, this game is going to be outstanding!
  • Yeager1122 - February 27, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    Looking more and more like a day one purchase.
  • EdDeRs1 - February 27, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    i still say it needs Judge Dredd to come through from his universe like in the comics
  • l_eden_l - February 27, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    I wasn't big on Arkham Asylum (which is weird considering my Batman obsession, but maybe it was just hype backlash), but the gliding mechanic alone has me bought. And can I say that's the best Harley Quinn design ever?
  • Fr00b - February 27, 2011 6:31 a.m.

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  • tdomg - February 27, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    So stoked
  • FreedomPhantom - February 26, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Is the detective mode still blue?? or whatever color it was? In the last game it seemed like you never needed to take off the detective mode. I would be playing for a while and realize that everything was monotone and people were skeletons at which point I would turn it off. Otherwise Arkham Asylum was one of my favorite games for my 360 ever! I'm really excited for this :)
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  • NightCrawler_358 - February 26, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    it'll be like a dark, gritty, spider-man 2! Gliding around the city does sound fun, but a bat-plane sounds even funner.
  • soranamineforever - February 26, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    In my opinion, an open-world sort of setting suits Batman moreso than a bunch of cramped corridors. Don't get me wrong, I loved the original, but the way it had Arkham Island set-up was really underwhelming. Now, set loose in a (relatively) huge city, I think the game can accomplish the Batman feel even better. I really feel that this game can reach GOTY status, even against Zelda, Uncharted, and Mass Effect.
  • IceBlueKirby - February 26, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    This has just become my second most anticipated upcoming title, after Skyrim. I mean, I wanted it for sure already, but after reading this, I HAVE TO HAVE IT.
  • Hecticvoodu - February 26, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    "By examining the bullet's entry point through a window and where it landed on the floor, Batman was able to deduce that it came directly from the tower of a church a few blocks away." GEEKGASM
  • batmanboy11 - February 25, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Can't wait for this game.
  • sgloomy - February 25, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    I really can't wait for this game to come out. I loved the first game and it sounds like this one will be just as good if not better.
  • GillaMobstaYBD - February 25, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    This looks really exiting i cant wait till it drops.
  • JADENkOTOR - February 25, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    This looks absolutely incredible... It looks like they have fixed many of the major issues with the highly overrated Arkham Asylum, and have listened to what people would like to see from this franchise.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - February 25, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    I agree with Canaryfarmer. I'm sure that The Riddler will have his own radio show (maybe along the lines of Fallout 3?) in which he'll probably give clues to where hostages have been taken.

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