Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games I have played this year. An overall improvement over what Arkham Asylum started, Arkham City actually makes me want to go back and play the game again with a New Game Plus. It seems developer Rocksteady Studios has caught wind of my love for this game, because they recently released a pack of skins on PSN/XBLA.
For $4.99 (on PSN), you get seven different costumes. These skins are just that – skins. There are no new animations or moves involved. Each skin is simply a new outfit to play through the game or challenge rooms in. In essence, it’s nothing functional at all. So why did this grab my attention when I was browsing the store and saw this available for purchase? Allow me to explain.
When I “finished” Batman: Arkham City for review (read here), I wasn’t even 50% complete with the game. The game is so good as a whole, but the story was amazing and I couldn’t drag myself away from it long enough to start too many of the various side-missions the game has to offer. So I told myself I was going to do a New Game Plus and do more of the side-missions, with New Game Plus basically being hard mode, judging from what I played of it post-DLC download. You start from the beginning with all of your gear and upgrades intact. However, I’ve heard the arrangement of enemies is different (I honestly don’t notice, as it’s been a few months since I’ve been through the whole game), and you no longer get the alert that you are being attacked. That said, I have died a lot more frequently, and there seems to be a lot more enemies this time around.
I’ve been playing as Batman Beyond-style Batman this round because he looks the most different. When you finally get your suit in the beginning (spoiler?), it’s quite hilarious that all the cutscenes show Batman in the original suit, as the new skins are only shown during gameplay. I’m not going to say that this DLC pack is ground breaking or adds another layer of gameplay, but it does add a visual layer of difference for the second time through.
As good as Arkham City is, a second time through is a must. The skins DLC showing up was a great reminder of me not finishing one of the greatest releases of the year. If you found yourself buried in great games this season like me, now is a perfect time to pick up this skins pack and replay through with a fresh, new look.