Over a year after the then-unnamed sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced to a chorus of applause, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Rocksteady have finally released a trailer for the sequel Arkham City that includes sweet, sweet gameplay for fans to devour and analyse.
Batman’s moves from Arkham Asylum appear mostly intact, along with some phenomenally-presented additions. Wailing on goons looks as fun as ever, including some fun sneaking head-bashes and an area-of-effect smash executed from jumping off the top of the building. Is Bruce Wayne taking notes from Bruce Banner?
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Batman swings from rooftop to rooftop (and between streams of gunfire) with astonishing grace, and at one point glides away from a large clock tower as it erupts into flames. The Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood vibes are more apparent than just the game’s scope, it would seem.
But the gameplay is just one half of the trailer, with some great appearances by Two-Face, Hugo Strange, a very Halle Berry-esque Catwoman and Mark Hamill’s peerless Joker. The direction and song accompaniment makes for a very Watchmen-inspired trailer, but for a game with a dark and sometimes self-aware setting like this, it seems appropriate.
Batman: Arkham City is currently scheduled for release on ]October 18 2011 on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.