Batman: Arkham City won't be here until October 18, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate more details, right?

Rocksteady provides fans with more info at the UK Arkham City site , and they talk about length, side quests, and more. First and foremost, game director Sefton Hill says the story mode is "designed to be story-driven while remaining open-world," so it's kind of a blend. Secondly, the main plot will take about 12-15 hours to complete but for the record, that's "less than half the game." Thirdly, he mentions the Arkham City Missions:

"These tell the story of what happens when Gotham’s most notorious super villains are locked up together. These run concurrently to the main story and can be tackled whenever you find them in the city streets. Some of my favourite moments are in these missions, including tracking down a deranged serial killer, solving a murder mystery, forming an alliance with a one-time villain and confronting the Riddler as he attempts to prove once and for all he is better than Batman."

Sounds awesome. Then there are riddles to solve and secrets to locate, which should be like catnip for all the adventuring completionist types. See, the Riddler has "definitely raised his game" this time around, so it's not just about finding the secrets; nearly every "riddle" requires that you "use your gadgets in inventive and interesting ways." So what does all this mean?

Well, it means what he said above- if you want to rush right through, the length is 12-15 hours. If you actually want to do everything the game has to offer, it's more like 25-30 hours.

Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham City

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Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

back in the day I rented both batman and infamous at the same time and tried both before i devoted my time. i was hooked on infamous and bats was left hanging. i haven't been able to go back to bats ever since =(

but anyhow this batman game looks pretty cool.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

You've got to make time for Arkham Asylum man. It is the best Batman game ever made.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

While I agree that it is the best batman game ever made, that really isn't saying much since most batman games suck horribly.

Arkham asylum uses the unreal engine and it's obvious when you play. It turned out to be an ok game compared to other ps3 games.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Arkham Asylum was more then just an ok game..Also it wasn't just the best Batman game ever made it's the Best Super Hero game made. I'm not sure what exactly about it made it just a "ok" game..just curious

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Batman AA wasn't an "OK" game…Batman AA in many minds including mine see Batman ahead of Infamous. If anything, their are only a few PS3 exclusives that crack my favorite games of all time. Outside of the MGS series, Uncharted series and maybe GOW, franchises like AC, Bioshock, Fallout, Mass Effect, and GTA have kept my attention forever. Even though PS3 exclusive have quality, they don't always satsify preference.

Batman AA is a great game and definitely one of my favorite games. Give it a chance

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Yes I know some people are so in love with batman they couldn't see the glaring flaws the game had.

I'm discussed it before and don't really see the need to go into again, but if someone thought that Batman AA was better than Infamous you are really delusional.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Way to sh*t all over other peoples' opinions Kraygen. Geeze.

But anyways, I think its hard to compare Batman:AA and Infamous. One is an open-world non-comic-book superhero game, the other is a linear comic-book superhero game. But since both games had their fair share of technical issues, I'd say they're about equally great IMO.

Although since Batman:AC is gonna be open-world, it'll be a lot easier to compare the two. Let's just hope both I2 and Batman:AC are gonna be great.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Back tracking doesn't make a game open world. That being said, the game has great visuals (hardly any slow down, no screen-tearing, rich texture-work and detail, elaborate animations) great variety in gameplay (mallet, projectiles, traps, stealth, platforming, puzzles, and if it had the batmobile and batwing, it would've been AAA in my book), excellent production values and voice-acting. Only weakness was it's strength: Unreal engine. Batman controlled like a truck.

InFamous, on the other hand, is an open-world. However, if we were to compare them straight up as single-player video games, I'd say inFamous has an addictive quality to it, which Batman:AA doesn't, IMHO, most definitely having to do with controls and mobility.

I'm looking forward to Arkham City (especially if it has the batmobile and batwing in a true open-world). But my expectations from inFamous 2 are sky-high, and totally at a different level.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

btw guys, I wasn't trying to imply that I didn't think Batman was good when I tried it. I liked it, in fact. It's just once I started playing Infamous the game really sucked me in, don't know why. It just did. The control playability of the game is simply outstanding. The Sly Cooper stuff must've given Sucker Punch a lot of experience because Infamous controls so very very well.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Batman: AA was great but not inFamous great.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

I hear ya, Sensei Temjin and Jawknee. My sentiments are identical. I was even going to mention Cole handled like a unscrupulous but diesel racoon, when I mentioned Batman handled like a truck.

___________
___________
9 years ago

no, batman begins is the best batman game!
AA was good, but it was far too repetitive and did not have many gadgets.
thats who batman is, without his million and one gadgets his nothing!
thats what id love to see rocksteady do after arkham city, do a HD remake of batman begins.
one of the very few video games based on a movie license which did not suck!

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I really don't think you can actually compare Batman and InFamous. They're two completely different games…InFamous isn't really a super hero game. InFamous is more so compared with Prototype then Batman

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

that translates from developer speak to 8 hrs for the main story.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Not too sure about that. This is a single player only game so it's completely feasible for this game to be 12-15 hours in length.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

comes down to what difficulty setting you put it on really.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

@Kraygen totally agree with that. To me, the harder the difficulty the better

Teddie9
Teddie9
9 years ago

If that was the case, then do the extra stuff 🙂

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I think some people misunderstood what I was saying. Some people are saying the game will take only 8 hours and some are saying 15.

I'm saying if you play it on easy it'll probably only take you 8 hours, but if you play it on hard it'll probably take you 15.

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
9 years ago

Same thing was said about GOWIII, Slugga. I also have that estimate of 8hrs. @ least I won't be disappointed if i'm wrong 🙂

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I don't remember that being said about GoW III. Even so, I remember GoW III to be pretty long. If I remember correctly Arkham Asylum was longer then 8 hours..not sure though..been over a year so it's a little fuzzy

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

The devs said GoWIII would take 22 hours… We all see how that worked out. Although B:AA took me about 12, so if this is shorter, considering the larger scope, I'll be very let down.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

If I remember correctly, their later pre-release, E3 estimates were between GOW1 and GOW2. Shorter than the second, but longer than the first. In reality, I think it was closer to the first, if not shorter.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

If they were indeed changes in the length estimates, I'm sure it had to do with the change of leadership during development. Corey Barlog handed over the reigns of leadership to Stig Asmussen (former art-lead, and level designer). Stig still did a tremendous job. He changed the focus from trying to make it be the be-all/end-all, to focusing on breathe-taking assets and visuals not before possible.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

God of War III on chaos can take up to 22 hours. haha

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

22 hours on Chaos mode means you're a pro. I think it took me about that long to beat Poseidon! I kid, I kid. Maybe half that long :S

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

The more time needed to complete this game the better. I can't wait for this game. Especially seeing the new trailer..so can't wait..Glad to see Joker back…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

25 to 30 hours to complete will be well appreciated in my book, and might warrant a purchase from me.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I'd be more excited if I actually believed that the sidequests were going to be interesting. In the first game they were more just annoying than anything else.

I hope they have changed them quite a bit like they are making it sound, because I really don't want to spend 15 hours looking for little green question marks behind destructible walls.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

For this game, "side quests" doesn't mean just the Riddler puzzles. He means real side quests, so I don't see how you don't think they'll be interesting given what they've told us.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

As far as sidequests go, about all they've said is that the game will have them and they'll be better than Batman AA.

As for listening to what they've told us, read the article Ben posted just before this one about how developers lie about their games.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Woohoo!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Nice
Arkham asylum was a pleasant surprise that turned out to be one the best games this gen so far.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

D1P! Batman Arkham Asylum was GOTY material not just the best super hero game. It was a massive fan service. This will be a platinum effort for sure. I am predicting a tough plat. If you haven't played AA you are missing out. It's like a good book and will suck you in and not let go. (Blushing) I beat it on the Xbot way back before I fell head over heals for the PS3. May have to give AA a go some time this summer.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Good number. I always do like me a project that'll take up a bit of time. Not too much time though, else I fall behind.
Peace.

Minishmaru
Minishmaru
9 years ago

Bah, don't tell me about the game length. As long as I get to enjoy it i'll determine the length myself!

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Can't wait to play it on my new "72"in HDTV this game is gonna be so awesome.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

Nice!!! That sounds sweet! I have a 65 and it took me away from gaming on my PC. Everything is PS3 PS3 PS3 now! 🙂

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Well I'm jealous. I just have a 46". Still great though.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

@Paste2TheNuggs

Well look at it this way some people still aren't fortunate enough to buy an HDTV so consider yourself lucky that you have one no matter what size it is.

I plan on getting a sweet projector somewhere down the line as I've wanting one fro some time now.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 3/17/2011 7:44:25 PM

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

By the looks of the game so far, I don't think I'll be able to stop playing it.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Man I replayed Batman AA more than any other game outside of Demons Souls. I love Batman and I love what Rocksteady did with their game. If the new game is on the same lines as the last…then I will be impressed. This was already a day 1 purchase for me.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Everything Rocksteady says about this game screams "twice as good as Arkham Asylum." Its one of the only multiplats I'm looking forward to this year tbh.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

Yay, Batman! I'm very excited about this game on so many levels. I loved every minute of Arkham Asylum. It was the first licensed game that I thought held its own against other properties that are primarily from video games.

___________
___________
9 years ago

wish they would delve more into the story.
have not mentioned much about the characters either.
have not even mentioned what happens to the joker after his, well, unfortunate incident in AA.

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Sanji_Himura
Sanji_Himura
9 years ago

1. I'll admit that I am one of the very few that passed on AA due to the reputation that all of the batman games before it failed and failed hard, but I will not pass on AC.

2. This is to those who think that AA was a bad game compared to InFAMOUS. Get over yourself. You are deliberately saying that one game is better than the other because one was an exclusive(and first party to boot). News flash genus, despite what you may think, it is the third parties that provide the lifeblood of a console and right now, most of them, Like WB, are seeing that developing for multiple platforms is better for their bottom line because of the discrepancy of console popularity on a global scale.