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Games I Regret Getting Rid of - Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham City (Xbox 360 & Playstation 3: 2011; Wii U; 2012) is the sequel to Arkham Asylum, the game that can probably be called "the greatest comic book hero game of all time." Batman is back to use his detective skills to investigate Arkham City, which has been formed by former Asylum warden-now-mayor Quincy Sharp.
The game start off with Bruce Wayne standing in front of the walls of Akrham City, stating that he is starting a campign to close down the lawless establishment. A police force (actually a military faction) called Tyger come in and arrest Wayne. Hugo Strange, the main antagonist of the game, tells Wayne that he knows his secret and that he plans on keeping him in the city. Wayne fights his way out of the examining room, through the cells, and out into Arkham City. He climbs his way to the roof of the tallest building in the city and recieves his Batsuit courtesy of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Wayne-now Batman- hacks into the Tyger comm links, and discovers that Two-Face (Harvey Dent) is holding Catwoman (Selina Kyle) hostage in the courthouse. He enters the courthouse and frees Catwoman, who ties up Two-Face so he can't escape. The Bat and the Cat have a short conversation (on first name basis to show their supposed affection for each other) before he saves her from a sniper shot, which he discovers is from the Joker himself.
Batman searches for the Joker but finds Harley Quinn instead. He eventually finds the Joker, who is in terrible shape from injecting himself with the Titan serum in Asylum. The Joker knocks him out, and puts someof his blood into the hero, giving him the same sickness. Batman must now race to find an antidote for him AND his archenemy.
During the game, Strange hints to Batman that something called Protocol 10 will change the world forever, and between each mission, he counts down the hours via a transmission in your radio. Oracle (Barbara Gordon; the former Batgirl) constantly tries to figure out what it means and helps Batman any way she can.
(I don't want to give much more away, but here's a spolier alert for the ending: Batman wins and gets cured, the Joker dies. Hugo Strange is not the TRUE antagonist, but Ra's al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins.)
When you play episode three of Selina's (Catwoman) story, she breaks into Hugo Strange's stronghold. She grabs a briefcase full of money and goes to leave, hearing a TYGER soldier say that Batman is down over a PA system. She looks up at a screen in front of her to see the hero unconscious under a pile of rubble from the steel mill. You must then make a choice: follow the green line and go back to help Batman, or go to the right on the red line and walk back into Arkham City, letting Strange follow through with the rest of Protocol Ten. After she leaves, the credits roll, and you hear Barbara Gordon call for help in a panic and she says that everyone is dead and that the Joker has won. After it finishes, the credits stop, and the game rewinds back to the point where Catwoman walks out of the safe. You then have no choice but to follow the green path in order to continue the game.
Many famous characters and villains make appearances in the game such as Penguin, The Riddler, Mister Freeze, Calendar Man, Clayface, Robin, and Nightwing (who you can play as during certain challenge stages).
The PS3 and Xbox 360 editions have downloadable content released, such as the extra campaign "Harley Quinn's Revenge." The Wii U exclusive Armored Edition comes with the extra content and a Battle Armored Tech mode.