Must-watch Batman: Arkham City video has 12 minutes of gameplay to drool over

Every new scrap of information we get pertaining to Batman: Arkham City makes us even more eager for the sequel to GR’s 2009 Game of the Year. Recently we’ve heard about Robin and Riddler, plus we saw Catwoman playable at E3, but today the developers released possibly the largest amount of raw data about the game to date. Feast your eyes on 12 full minutes of gameplay straight from the anticipated title.

If you’ve been reading our coverage, some of this may look a little familiar to those that caught our preview a few months ago, as this features the previously described scene of Batman saving Catwoman from Two-Face and his gang. But despite the familiar elements, a few things stuck with us:

- Now that we know Catwoman is playable, we get to see how Two-Face catches her in the first place.

 - Instead of just finding a boring map, Batman beats information on Riddler’s secrets out of his henchmen.

- Bats’ radio exchanges with Alfred are more lively than the talks with Oracle is Asylum

- Jack Ryder is in Arkham City, so perhaps we’ll see him become Creeper.

Above: Jack Ryder has seen better days

- The HUD looks improved, and just seeing the city in action has us very impressed.

- The superb combat of the first game already appears deeper, and we’re assuming this footage takes place very early in the campaign before many new moves have been unlocked.

- Why is the Joker out to kill Catwoman? Just to be a dick?

- What’s the deal with censored dialogue around 10:55 mark? Who or what is Batman looking for? What plot point are they concealing?

We’re surprised that the devs were so giving with this exciting footage, and it makes us slightly suspicious that this section might become at least part of a future downloadable demo. In the meantime, did this video increase your excitement for Arkham City, or (though it seems highly unlikely) did it let you down in some capacity?

Jul 1, 2011


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  • oni - July 8, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Looks amazing. But the Catwoman fight is strange. Those thugs are beaten by slaps! All I hear and see are big grown men being owned by a woman dressed in a cat suit slapping them silly with the back of her hands! Plus, Catwoman is so FLIPPY, getting off from one man to another with so much ease. I get it that she's supposed to be flexible but it looked so unnatural (considering she doesn't have alien or mutant superpowers). Even Batman seemed faster and jumpier than before but at least not as rubbery as Catwoman. I've always played Batman in AA as cool headed, calculating, close quarter, hand to hand combat master instead of a twitchy Devil May Cry wannabe. Hope they'll tone it down at launch.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 4, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Might sound weird, but this reminded me a lot of Spider Man 2, being able to move freely around the city with no restrictions. Anyway, gonna go pre order it now.
  • NelosAngelos - July 4, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    I noticed you could see individual snow flakes hit the back of his cape and cowl, and watch as the little flakes started to melt, and his cape started to look more noticeably moist as he stayed out in the snow. They really did pay attention to every detail, nice. Everything looks so pretty as you're kicking inmates between the legs.
  • TopNewt - July 4, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Looking Good!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 3, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Protocol Ten...I can think of three possibilities. Either that's what created Arkham City in the first place, it's a plan to expand Arkham further into Gotham, or it's something in Park Row.
  • onewheeled999 - July 3, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    That "Two guns, bitch!" comment sold this game for me. I like that the developers have made the combat look even better in this game. It's like they took the brutal realism that made the first game's fights so memorable, and combined it with the more comic-y feel of this new city. It's all so over-the-top, and it's going to be amazing, I know it.
  • CJB95 - July 2, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    is it just me or does the heavy set henchman att he beginning sound like David Hayter and Hugh Jackman's Snake and Wolverine combined?
  • BadLadJon - July 2, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    i pre-oredered as soon as it was available, i love the first one so much!
  • md1292 - July 2, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Since it's reveal at the 2009 VGA's, this has been a must-buy for me. I've been thinking that this will be a demo too, seeing as how arkham asylum had a demo of one of the first few predator rooms in the campaign.
  • fleadip - July 2, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    Oh so good! Makes me glad I already placed my pre-order. Too bad October is still a few months away. These little tidbits of information just make me hungrier.
  • Bornlucky25 - July 2, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Looking epic. Everything in it looks better, which i didn't even think possible. Good chance the long wait to this is going to cause me to spiral into a deep depression. :( Damn you Batman!
  • philipshaw - July 2, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    This game is going to be a contender for GOTY
  • SideOfBeef - July 2, 2011 7:29 a.m.

    "Two guns, bitch"
  • AlpineGuy - July 2, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    I have so many boners right now. This game looks too good to be true.
  • TwilightBlaze - July 2, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    For the "censored" bits, try playing it backwards and see what you get.
  • BlindMarksman - July 2, 2011 3:52 a.m.

    Who is this so called "Nessnawgeruf"? Why is Batman looking for him? I need answers dangit! P.S: What an inventive name.
  • Sleuth - July 2, 2011 3:20 a.m.

    Man, I can't wait for this to come out in October!
  • darkrider105 - July 2, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Can't wait for Arkham City!
  • elpolloloco500 - July 2, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    the censored part said "protocol ten" i wonder what it means.....
  • Yaro - July 2, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Second henchman Brian Bloom. Nolan North, Liam O'Brian and Brian Bloom. Those guys are everywhere...I'm not complaining either =)

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