Batman: Arkham City is one hell of a badass video game that gamers are going to enjoy. I thought Batman: Arkham Asylum was awesome, it's one of my favorite games, but Arkham City takes Batman to a whole new level. You can read my E3 2011 first impression review of the game here. I can't wait to pick up a copy of the game and play through it. There's no doubt this game is going to be a huge hit.
We recently showed you some previous box art for the game, but that obviously wasn't approved art, because what we have here is completely different, but still awesome. The game is set to hit the streets on October 18th on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Here's the detailed story synopsis:
The story for Arkham City takes place about one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum, has taken credit for stopping the Joker, and used the notoriety to become mayor of Gotham City. As neither Arkham nor Blackgate Prison are in any condition to detain inmates, Sharp buys out a large section of Gotham's slums and arms the perimeter with private military contractors from a group called Tyger in order to create "Arkham City". The prisoners are brought into Arkham City and are given free rein, as long as they do not attempt escape. To oversee the city, Sharp hires psychiatrist Hugo Strange who appears to have his own secret agenda for the city. Batman maintains a vigil over the city, worried that the situation may get out of hand. Part of the setup for "Arkham City" was contained in plans in a hidden room in Sharp's office in Arkham Asylum.
The events of the game are set in motion when Two-Face, seeking to gain notoriety among the inmates and other villains outside the city, devises a plan to publicly execute Catwoman. Batman decides for both the safety of Gotham and of his past relationship with Catwoman that he must stop the execution by entering Arkham City.
A teaser trailer was released that featured Joker being nursed by Harley Quinn from the effects of the Titan formula while Gotham descends into chaos. The sequel was confirmed by Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy to be "really, really dark". While relating the game's dark nature to the animated movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Conroy also said, "It involves a lot of the villains and it goes to that area – it's that dark."