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BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY (2011)

BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY <span>(2011)</span> artwork

BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY (2011)

Type VideoGame

Approx. Running minutes 165

Release dates 03/09/2012, 21/10/2011, 21/08/2011

Ratings Info Contains strong violence

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY is an action adventure stealth sequel. Played from the third person perspective, it is set in the open world environment of Arkham City, a cordoned off area of Gotham City that serves as a prison. The player assumes the role of Batman and during the course of the game the player-controlled character encounters several familiar enemies. This version of the game, the 'Game of the Year' edition, includes material previously only available as downloadable content, for example the Harley Quinn Revenge level, in which the player assumes the role of Robin, and four Catwoman story episodes, in which the player assumes the role of Catwoman. The game was classified '15' for strong violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable'. The player dispatches opponents, some of whom are armed with firearms or blunt weapons such as baseball bats, with crunchy third person perspective punches, kicks and throws. He is also able to evade enemy assaults and launch counterattacks. That said, the game includes little in the way of blood or injury detail and there are no particularly strong gory images. The strongest moment occurs during a cut scene in which the point of a blade is seen to emerge from the abdomen of Professor Strange after he has been run through from behind with a sword. There is no blood spurt, only a little blood on his tunic around the exit wound when the blade is withdrawn. The violence that Batman metes out is not sadistic in nature. Moreover, he cannot harm friendly characters and it is impossible to mutilate or otherwise damage fallen opponents. Batman is equipped with his usual array of gadgets - batarangs, smoke pellets, frequency scanners, a grappling gun with which he can quickly haul himself to the top of tall buildings and structures, and an evidence scanner with which he can examine and assess crime scenes. He is encouraged to use stealth to achieve his objectives, rather than just violence, and the game includes several problem-solving missions.

BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY includes some very mild sexual innuendo during banter between Batman and a couple of the female characters. From time to time a neon sign with the message 'Live Nude' can be seen on the city skyline. There is also some moderate bad language.

Details

Title
BATMAN - ARKHAM CITY
Also known as
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY,BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY - GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION,BATMAN : ARKHAM ASYLUM (XBOX 360 , PS3)
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (US-Burbank)
Classified date(s)
24/04/2012
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZG282134

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