Field Notes: Batman Arkham City, Page 6

This is the sixth and final entry on my play through of Batman: Arkham City. Be ye warned that there will be spoilers for as far as I’ve played and please avoid spoilers for me if you have any comments concerning future segments of the game

Since the Joker’s death at the end of Arkham City, Harley Quinn has been grieving in her own way by taking over the gang and planning a trap for the Dark Knight.

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Grieving her own way

While being even more silent then usual at the conclusion of City proper, neither Robin or Oracle has heard from Batman since he went into the Joker’s recent haunts to stop whatever Quinn was up to.

Stage set for the DLC Harley Quinn’s Revenge, a short but worthwhile romp back into Arkham City.

The Boy Wonder

Playing as Robin was more fun then I thought it would be, which is to say I didn’t know what to expect but thought it wouldn’t be as cool as Batman’s kit. Wrong. The subtle differences in movement, gliding, costume and personality all added to Robin’s character someone I enjoyed spending time with and wanted more of.

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Bo Stick. Respect.

It should be noted that the bo stick was awesome.

Both Robin and Oracle’s open concern for Bruce added to my own concern for Batman and the story as it progressed, and it was a nice change to hear something heartfelt right as the adventure began.

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The way the two threads (Robin/Oracle and Batman/Harley) stacked and played off one another was a well done feature.

Robin leaping into an area where you had just been as Batman allowed you to see where the story beats fit together and kept things from getting confusing. Good pacing all around I thought.

Keeps Himself to Himself

At the end of the tale we see Harley stopped and more importantly we see a perspective of Batman from another hero character. Contrasting Robin’s ease in communicating genuine care to someone over Bruce’s flat responses give us pause and makes you ask – just how is he holding up? Where does Batman end up after these latest events in Arkham City?

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In the shadow of madness

We do not get the answer in Harley Quinn’s Revenge, but perhaps Arkham Knight will show the player what becomes of the Dark Knight’s purpose and resolve.

After seeing the Arkham Batman universe through Asylum and City I’m excited to see where the Dark Knight goes next.

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On a personal note this collection of Batman: Arkham City field notes is the first time I’ve completed a write-through of a game I’ve recently played or currently playing.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and is extremely gratifying. Thanks for reading!

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