A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is a darker and more violent side to Batman. He inflicts pain on enemies with kicks, punches, acrobatic moves, melee and range weapon, and gadgets; and if Batman fails to save innocent civilians, they could die. Along with violence and a bit of blood, the game also has some sexual references and suggestive imagery, profanity, and some references to alcohol and smoking.
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What's it about?
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY ARMORED EDITION is a lengthy single-player adventure that builds upon the original 2011 game by including all downloadable content already preloaded on the disc, along with exclusive features that take advantage of the new Wii U GamePad controller. Without giving too much away, the dark story is about Gotham City sealed off and used as a maximum security prison for all of Arkham City's criminal masterminds: Penguin, The Joker, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Two-Face and Mr. Freeze. As you might expect, it's not easy to contain these villains. In addition to the Caped Crusader, you get to play other familiar faces, including the likes of Robin, Catwoman, and Darkwing.
Is it any good?
Yes, most definitely. As with last year’s game, this third-person adventure folds in many kinds of gameplay, including stealth, melee and ranged combat, gadgets (beginning with your Bat Grappler), exploration (even while soaring from rooftops) and some puzzle-solving. Along with multiple areas to explore – including city streets, a museum, abandoned subway, and old courthouse -- side missions, secrets, and role-playing game (RPG)-like upgrades help keep the game interesting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether the second screen really adds to the gameplay. How do you feel playing on the Wii U GamePad -- a tablet-like controller that shows information that compliments what's onscreen?
Families can also discuss the impact of media violence. Does it matter that the violence is portrayed in a comic book world?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, investigation, solving puzzles
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together
Self-Direction: achieving goals
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: November 20, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence
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