Batman Arkham City is the sequel to the 2009 popular title on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Batman Arkham Asylum and it is also a revamped version the 2011 popular title on Xbox and PlayStation 3 Batman Arkham City. Now this is essentially exactly the same game with a few minor differences in the details; for example, all the DLC from the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 version is on the disk so you don't have to buy say Harley Quinn's revenge on the Wii U. Despite a few small changes there is really no difference between the two games.
For those of you who have never played a Batman Arkham game they are sort of combination of Prince of Persia, God of War and Metal Gear Solid and maybe a hint of Assassin's Creed, it is a stealth focused combat game where you hop into the boots of the Dark Knight himself and you take down a motley array of criminals. The story in this game concerns professor Hugo Strange who has been given permission to close off a section of Gotham City and, after renaming it Arkham City, house all the super criminals in the area inside it. That means characters like the Joker, Mister Freeze and so on; all those characters and their goons will all be housed in this one section of the city. Bruce Wayne shows up to protest against Arkham City and a is on the point of closing it down when he is promptly arrested by Hugo Strange's TYGER guards. It is there that he finds out that Hugo Strange knows his, Bruce Wayne's, dual identity as Batman.
I'm not going to spoil the story any further but what you should know is that this is a very very intense roller coaster ride and any fans of the Dark Knight will enjoy it. Your main aim is to win the race against the clock to stop Hugo Strange's plan to launch the devastating Protocol Ten.
What makes this version different from the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 counterparts is the addition of Bat Mode and the armor suits. What happens is that while you are in combat, any punch delivered builds up kinetic energy in a little bar on the gamepad and, once its full, you can hit the Batman Insignia and you then go into Invincibility Mode allowing you to perform super combos and or leaves you not having to worry about doing certain tasks against harder or more well armored enemies.
The tablet controller includes the feature that, whenever you throw a remote-control Batarang, allows you to either use the control stick or use the gyroscope function above the Wii U gamepad to maneuver the Batarang. There is also a real time map so that when you are going from location to location you can always check your map to see that you are going in the right direction. Also when Batman is having a conversation over his communicator the voices of the characters that he is communicating with come through the gamepad. The game also allows you to play entirely on the gamepad so that if you want to watch say your favorite sports game you can still play Batman Arkham City while the sports game is on. Another great addition is the downloadable content.
It is a great game for any fans of the Batman series and even people who aren't even familiar with the Batman series will definitely get a kick out of this game as it is a very enjoyable and even addictive action game.