In my review of Batman: Arkham Asylum for OS X, I called the game “… the most satisfying Macintosh game experience I’ve had in a long, long time.” If reviews of the console version are correct, I suspect I’ll feel the same about Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, which Feral Interactive is bringing to Mac gamers tomorrow.
Like its predecessor, Batman: Arkham City was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles and PC. Mac users are getting it late, of course, but with benefits; Feral’s release will come fully loaded with all the previously released downloadable content (DLC), including the Harley Quinn’s Revenge pack.
The foundation of Batman: Arkham City is similar the Arkham Asylum game—intense action combined with puzzle solving and stealth elements in a dark, atmospheric setting—but the game world here is five time larger. Arkham City is, after all, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.
Arkham City is a vast, open world, gothic metropolis hiding a deep assortment of side missions, secrets and puzzles that Batman will need all of his skills and gadgets to discover and solve. Along the way, players will use Batman’s signature Free Flow™ combat system to square off against countless thugs and a nightmarish rogue’s gallery including The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin and Mr. Freeze.
The Harley Quinn’s Revenge mission, a standalone story set two weeks after the events of the main game, sends players back into Arkham City as both Batman and Robin. Players must utilize each of the characters’ unique combat and investigative skills to uncover Harley’s vengeful plan and shut the gates on the urban mega-prison forever. Additional DLC includes the Catwoman pack, in which players become Catwoman in a subplot that takes place alongside the main story, and the Nightwing and Robin bundle packs, which allow players to become Robin and Nightwing as they take on the game’s challenge mode.
Still no word of a Chandell game pack? Well, one can dream.
Batman: Arkham City GOTY for Mac will retail for $39.99 U.S., £29.99 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €34.99 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. Direct downloads will be available from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide, including feralinteractive.com. For more information, including system specs, screen shots and videos, visit the Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition website.