Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

Common Sense Media says

Combative Dark Knight game has some blood and death.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game has mixed messages. On one hand, you play as a superhero who is fighting evil and protecting innocent civilians, but on the flipside Batman doles out plenty of violence in the game.

Positive role models

Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, is a positive role model because he wants to clean up Gotham City and protect innocent civilians. But when Wayne dons the cape he uses fists, kicks, weapons, and gadgets to take down the villains and their henchmen. Also, gamers can play as Catwoman, who is a "supervillainess," according to DC Comics.

Ease of play

Using the Wii U GamePad, this game is fairly easy to control but there will be a slight learning curve as it's a new console. Plus, players can access parts of the game on the touchscreen, too.

Violence

While fitting for a comic book- and movie-inspired superhero game, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition has plenty of violence, some blood, and scenes of death. Players can use hand-to-hand combat, weapons, and gadgets to maim or kill enemies, and is often dramatized with close-up camera angles, slow-motion effects, and screams of agony. Some of the cut-scene sequences show hostages who die.

Sex

Many of the female characters wear tight-fitting outfits that reveal a lot of cleavage. Some of the references are also sexual, such as villains who mutter phrases like "sure could go for some porn right about now" and "...hints of repressed sexual tension." One neon sign in the game says "Live Nudes."

 

Language

While not over-the-top, some of the characters use words like "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

Batman is based on a comic book character, and arguably this game was heavily influenced by the darker The Dark Knight movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few isolated references to smoking and drinking in this game. One scene shows a character smoking a cigar, while references to alcohol include "I'd give anything for a nice cold beer right about now" and "She got a little drunk and killed her classmates."

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence
  • investigation

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

When it comes to fun and engaging, this game delivers. While not created with educational intent, it's design, graphics and gameplay make it engaging.

Learning Approach

This game offers some depth -- such as the strategic "Detective" mode -- as well as requiring some smarts to remain stealthy in many missions. Players must assess each level and through trial and error, tackle the mission.

Support

There isn't much help offered other than a tutorial and a screen that outlines misisons and the controller setup.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence
  • investigation

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn problem solving, goal achievement, and cooperation by playing Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. In its Detective mode, gamers scour an area for clues, collect and analyze the evidence, and use the information to complete the objective. The GamePad controller can also be used to look for items in the environment as it's a real-time map. While mainly a role-playing game with superhero combat, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition challenges kids to solve problems and cooperate if playing with others.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Developed for Wii U by WB Games Montreal, the game offers additional content introduced by the game’s original developer, Rocksteady Studios. For one, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition introduces the Battle Armored Tech (B.A.T.) mode and new Armored Suits for both Batman and Catwoman. This allows the characters to build up kinetic energy during fight scenes and then enter B.A.T. mode to dole out more damage and experienced heightened awareness. The Wii U GamePad, which houses a 6.2-inch touchscreen, is now your Batcomputer, which lets you tap to access objectives, select gadgets, upgrade gear, detonate explosive gel, and scour the area for forensic evidence in Detective mode. In fact, this second screen is now a real-time map of Gotham you can call up at any time. And as previously mentioned, this version of Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition houses all previously released downloadable content, namely: Catwoman Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack, Challenge Map Pack, and Arkham City Skins Pack. Gamers who haven’t yet played this game will no doubt fall for this refined Armored Edition exclusive for the Wii U console. The Bat is back.
 

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
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 (Nintendo Wii U)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybatman4567 December 8, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

GOOD GAME

This game is a good batman game. The game is like the dark knight but a little bit darker. I'm Ten and i have this game. Give your kid this game if they want it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bySovaso March 27, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Welcome To Arkham City: Population: 200 Inmates 50 Political Prisoners and 1 Bat

Arkham City. This game redefined the combat system, open world adventure and more. It's great. The game relays the message that perserverence is key. The game also says that fighting evil and tyranny is good. Batman is a good role model in this game. He perservers throughout the game. The game can be very violent. You punch, kick, batarang and interrogate foes throughout the game. You (Batman) also are on the verge of death the entire game. Several side quests also depict classic Batman character (Riddler, Zsasz, Deadshot, ect.) finding and killing targets in you fail the side mission. The game can also be scary. Several side missions are timed and, excuse my language, but you feel like crap if you fail. However, you can skip these missions. Just tell you kids never to pick up a ringing payphone (Zsasz) or talk to the person on the roof at the top of one of the Bowery buildings (Deadshot). The suggestive themes in this game are little but they are there. Harley Quinn, Posion Ivy and Catwoman show cleaveage. Also, an easter egg in the game shows a pregancy test showing positive by Harley Quinns outfit. The Penguin and Two-Face use the most colorful language such as "D*mn, H*ll, B*st*rd and *ss". Catwoman is refered to as a B*tch" throughout the game.This game has several Batman characters such as Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Posion Ivy, Catwoman, Zsasz, Killer Croc, Clayface and of course, the infamous Joker. This gives a high comsumerism value. I even got out my old Batman toys and started playing with them. I'm fourteen! Last but not least, Penguin smokes a cigar and there are references to beer in the game. overall the game has slightly questionable thing in each catogory, but its a great game. I give this game a 9.5 out of 10. It's just that great. pause for fourteen though!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byStephen the great December 26, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Good for kids

This is a great game. Good for kids because batman never kills people. Still it is pretty violent. (no gore at all).
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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