Batman: Arkham City - new detective mode to change how players solve The Riddler’s challenges

Batman’s detective mode is going to get an overhaul in Batman: Arkham City. Speaking to PSM3, game director Sefton Hill explained how the tweaks will change the way players approach and solve The Riddler’s challenges.

“As with nearly every area of the game we’re enhancing it. One example is the criminal database coupled with the new interrogation mechanic… The Riddler continues to taunt the Dark Knight with mind-bending puzzles and exploration challenges, but the location of his biggest secrets are known only to him and people he’s told. Rather than unlocking their locations using maps, Batman will be able to scan a gang of thugs to find a potential informant,” explains Hill.

It sounds great, but Hill warns players that keeping the informant alive while beating down thugs around him could be tough. “This is the guy you need to question, but first you’ll have to take down all the other gang members while sparing the one you want. That can be tough when Batman’s in a seamless FreeFlow combo chain,” says Hill.

Above: We’re guessing that the orange guy is an informant. Be sure not to go too crazy with your FreeFlow combos

We’re wondering if keeping the informant out of harm’s way will be more annoying than tough. We can just see ourselves screaming ‘Noooooooo!’ as we watch Batman deliver a finishing blow to the informant in slow-motion as we mash the start button to find the load game option.

Earlier this year at the Develop Conference, Arkham Asylum art director David Hego expressed regrets about how powerful the detective mode was in the original game. According to Hego, it was so useful that many players went through the whole game with it on, missing out on the finer details in the game’s gorgeously gritty setting.

Sep 29, 2010

Source: CVG

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  • Murderapolis612 - October 2, 2010 7:08 a.m.

    ^^ The Joker? He was in the first game.
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 1, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    also i think that villain that was supposed to be the polar opposite of batman (i forget his name) would have been perfect for the main villain of this game or even as a side villain as it is called Arkham City...
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 1, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    "yeah, the orange guy is armed, even we can see he's aiming at Batman with something like a rifle." this isnt the first game... they could have changed how things worked as you can clearly see a blue guy with a yellow sword ready to make bat chunks out of bats...clearly the orange guy is armed but isnt it wrong to just assume that hes NOT the informant when, as stated, this is a new game with possibly new rules, game play, and mechanics? i could very well be wrong and i could very well be right...if we are lucky he IS an informant and thats why he is orange...there may even be an achievement or a trophy for realizing he is the informant and not being tricked by the detective mode :)
  • RUSSO - September 30, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    @DynamicJul- yeah, the orange guy is armed, even we can see he's aiming at Batman with something like a rifle. I will want there to be some sort of riddle or something where you have to collect particular objects that have to be with some or other villain. So maybe the game asks you to get Madhatter hat or Penguin's umbrella or something like that, and you will have to scan some areas to get sort of that. That will be cool.
  • DynamicJul - September 30, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    I'm guessing the orange guy is armed 0_0 duh. Just like in Arkham Asylum. He isn't the informant.
  • infernox - September 30, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    i just finished arkham asylum. i hardly ever used detective mode unless i needed to.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - September 30, 2010 4:50 a.m.

    I turned it off most of the time except when just needing to know where each baddie is. The visuals of the last game were amazing. I can't wait to see how this riddler system works. I hope it is not just beat a guy to a pulp kind of deal for info.
  • ShaneCedt - September 30, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Yes, some brain-dead monkey with a IQ of 60 knows one of the Riddler's secrets. Come on. Once I start fighting thugs I can't stop.
  • JD_Method - September 30, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    @Redeater I'm not quite sure what you missed when detective vision was off. Riddler trophies? They glowed bright green. Breakable walls? They looked different anyway. Gargoyles? Just look up. Enemies? Switch it on, then off when you know where they are. The only times you had to keep it on (and even then you didn't have to) was when you were following a trail.
  • Killshot - September 30, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Lookin good, but i hope theres some variety in the riddlers henchmen
  • FauxFurry - September 30, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Riddle me this, Dark Knight: Why don't you just beat this Edward Nygma guy stupid so he can't taunt you with insane riddles anymore? Seriously, I would have rather they give one of Bats' more obscure villains or an all-new face the mini-game/sub-quest challenge spotlight this time around, maybe the Clock King or Clayface. It's already bad enough that the Joker and Harley Quinn are back in prominent roles in the main story,so some variety elsewhere would be welcome. I'd rather even the KGBeast or Firebug or the Dumpster Slasher,for goodness sake, than see them reuse those two so quickly. How about giving Bane a proper go this time or use Hush or Deathstroke(hey, if it takes all of the Teen Titans to tackle him, he must be good at being bad)or Red Hood(even if that ackowleges the more supernatural side of the DC Universe)? Holding out for Owl Man might be hoping for too much,though.
  • batmanboy11 - September 30, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    Looks awesome.
  • Redeater - September 30, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    I don't want to have to play the whole game in detective mode again. If I wanted to play Batman with 2 colours I would dust off my gameboy. While I know you don't have to leave it on you missed damn near everything with it off.
  • Sedd - September 30, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Can't wait until this drops!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 30, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    No, I'm pretty sure that orange guy is orange because he has a gun.
  • ElAmmoBandito - September 30, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Hmmm maybe I'll pick up the first one.Seems like its really good after all.
  • ventanger - September 30, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Dangit I thought I threw that dickhole in jail. Batman needs to incorporate a "3 strikes then I cut your legs off" policy.
  • RazorRaptor9 - September 30, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Cool, I never played the first one but I might pick this up when it comes out.

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