Batman: Arkham City will be game of the year. There, I said it. Even against titles like Uncharted 3, Skyrim and Battlefield 3, Batman will once again reign supreme. This is my prediction.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way (it's been brewing in my system for a few days now) let's get to the news: any of you who played Arkham Asylum, which, really, should be all of you; it's one of the best games this generation hands down, will remember the puzzles the Riddler hid all over the compound. For those of you who haven't played Arkham Asylum... The Riddler hid puzzles all over the compound and it was up to Batman to find them all. I guess I kind of gave it away, didn't I?
Well, the Riddler makes a glorious return in Arkham City, playing a much larger part in the grand tale of the game, and has littered the considerably larger map with a considerably larger amount of puzzles for Batman to solve. Of course, because of the larger area, it's going to be a bit harder to track down and find each and every Riddler trophy and puzzle in an effort to put an end to Riddler's crazed game of life and death. Lucky for us that we have strategy guide writers to tell us where to look -- and now we don't even have to go looking online!
In a fairly brilliant stroke, Rocksteady worked with Brady Games to bring us a Batman: Arkham City Official Map App that you can easily download to the iOS device of your choice. Better still, it's an official guide, so you know that Brady Games must have worked closely with Rocksteady to get everything just right. And it really shows.
Each section of the map shows you where to locate each and every Riddler trophy and riddle, whether you're playing as Batman or Catwoman. Not only that but you can track which trophies you've already acquired, making it extremely easy to get that 100 per cent achievement we're all striving for.
The app does run you $2.99, which some might consider pricey for a glorified achievement guide, but the production values seem fairly decent and being able to interact with the map via a touch display seems fairly genius, so it might be worth checking out! I'm certainly finding it useful!
Sunday Almanac, 8 December 2013
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