Batman: Arkham City Is The “Highest Reviewed Videogame” Of 2011

Batman: Arkham City is the “highest reviewed videogame” of the year, according to a rather excitable press release.  The game has shipped more than 4.6 million units worldwide, too.

The PR says that the week one sales figure is more than double that of Arkham Asylum, and shouts about the Metacritic scores of 96% (on PS3) and 95% (on 360), presumably rather happy about a couple of Uncharted 3 reviews dragging that one down.

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“Batman: Arkham City is one of the best action adventure games, proven by the tremendous reviews, and it further establishes the Batman brand as a marquee franchise for our growing business,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Rocksteady Studios went above and beyond in delivering an incredible game and the support of the entire team at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment drove the excellent campaign a game like this deserves.”

We scored the game a tremendous 10/10 in our review.

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29 Comments

  1. No surpise there. Last I checked, it was sitting in the top 10 highest rated PS3 games of all time on metacritic.

  2. It won’t be for long. Wait for Uncharted 3. I’ve seen pre published reviews and it’s outstanding. Best videogame some have ever played, and that’s saying a lot.

  3. I’m sure Uncharted 3 will change that pretty soon.

    • They’ll just change the statement to read “highest reviewed multiplatform videogame” i reckon.

      • You Sir should get a job in Marketing.

  4. Completed the main story yesterday and finished off most of the side missions now and would disagree with 99.9% of reviews I’ve read. It’s good but it’s no better than the first and it certainly is not 10/10. DLC that doesn’t work, issues with corrupted game data/saves, random lock ups, trophies not working and loads more issues have been reported. I was lucky in that I only had the corrupted data issue.

    Solid 9/10 for me and no more, no less. Despite the open world the actual game is fairly short and despite the many, many villains on display, more is not better.

    • I have to admit I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Asylum. Sure there are plenty of villians, etc but the free-roaming is painfully limited, the platforming controls are downright horrible and there aren’t any major standout moments throughout. It seems like the sort of game that should be Skyrim length in order to actually give each villian a decent timeslot but instead the game just rattles through them before you can get into it.

      • and there lies the problem for me. For a single player game it is too short. I’m not one for the challenge modes so the main game is what matters imo and there isn’t enough of it which leads me to believe that there is a lot of DLC planned for this.

        That is of course if the catwoman debacle hasn’t put people off.

    • “i was lucky in that i only had the corrupted date issue”

      really sums it up doesn’t it.

    • Finished the main story last night. Felt like a bit of a jumbled mess IMO. Could almost have made two games with all the ideas/characters they’ve crammed in.

      The only bug I encountered on 360 was that I was downloading some demos and each ompleted, the game paused and said ‘New DLC available returning to menu screen’ Even though the demos had nothing to do with AC!? Damn annoying when 20 mins since last save. Had to turn it off in the end and wait for the demos to DL…

      • *and as each one completed!

        Not sure what happened there :)

  5. A couple of 80s and 90s have dropped Uncharted 3 to below Batman. They are close tho!

    • Agreed. A few reviews seemed intent on bringing Uncharted 3 down a notch. Silly buggers.

      • Yeah, I looked at Metacritic yesterday and noticed that Batman was doing better than U3. Strange that the reviews go from 96 to 80 thanks to the 1-10 rating system. Grr. I also noticed that TSA were up there as i read here before. Nice :)

  6. I cannot understand the high scores given to this game.

    The debacle with the Catwoman content alone should knock this game down a peg or 2.

    Here was a perfect opportunity for the Gaming media to reflect the views of majority of their readership and slam this game for the greed of the publishers.

    Stupidly high scores express the view that it’s alright to treat the consumer like dirt.

    Thus far the only game I’d ever give a 10 to is Ocarina Of Time.

    • Well there’s alot of pressure on sites like this to give high scores. They feel they have to follow the crowd and put a high score, wrongly so in my opinion. This game doesn’t deserve a 10, it is not the pinnacle of gaming imo and they will see that in due course when the average is much lower.

    • The question is though should a game’s score reflect the way it’s released or the actual content of the game? Yes there are issues surrounding the release, and I’m not all that happy about some of them. However, I don’t feel that should reflect on a game.

      What about free to play games? Should their score go up because they’re free and therefore good to the consumer? MMOs have a recurring subscription, should that be taken into account?

      • Should a games ability to run properly affect it’s score? Um, yes. New Vegas rightly got panned as a result of it’s bugs and Batman Arkham City should do too. It’s not about them charging for Catwoman it’s the subsequent stability issues that it has caused.

        karma and all that.

      • That’s perfectly true, but I don’t think we experienced any of those issues in our playthrough. If we had we would have mentioned it. We can only base a review on our experience, not on issues others have had.

      • I honestly believe that price should be taken into account. A perfect example is a a 99p game on the istore versus a £40 game on PS360. I would expect the £40 game to have higher production values.

      • True, but there’s a difference between value for money and “expensive is bad.”

  7. Soon i shall be able to get my hands on this and see if it deserves a 10. IMO Asylum was hugely over rated and was one of the least enjoyable games I have every played. But I hold high hopes for this, don’t think it should beat uncharted 3 though…

  8. Batman deserved the 10/10 to be honest, I felt it done everything right, and nothing wrong. I love the Batman universe and glad that the games are finally doing it justice. With some of the side missions completed in Arkham City, its so teasing when it says, “Further analysis at the Batcave” which clearly hints at the next game! Gotham City perhaps? Lets bloody well hope so

    • It surely hints at the DLC onslaught that is sure to follow over the next 6 months.

  9. I doubt if Uncharted 3 will beat it. Only because Uncharted 3 is a PS3 exclusive & these internet sites don’t like giving PS3 only games 10/10. Shame.

  10. i must admit it is worthy of the high marks its receiving..
    BUT the only niggle i have with it is thats its just a weeny bit too big.and just a bit daunting at times.
    bring on uncharted im a little bit excited about that too..
    reviews are looking good for drake ..

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