Rocksteady’s latest DLC for its hit game Batman: Arkham City, Harley Quinn’s Revenge picks up where the original game leaves off both in story and in gameplay. It dives right into an unexpected mystery of a missing Batman. In the first stage, players take control of Robin. As Robin stealths his way through, few clues as to the caped crusader’s are to be found. After defeating a large group of thugs warding over Batman’s famous utility belt, the game sends you to the recent past as Batman himself to discover what really happened.
Those that wish to avoid spoilers should really finish the full game first. Another reason to complete the full game before embarking on the two hour journey in Harley Quinn’s Revenge is practice. The difficulty of some of the new enemies may require getting the hang of the combat before taking them on. It is also worth noting that those who have not purchased the original game can save some cash and downloading time by purchasing the Game of the Year edition of Batman: Arkham City. This comes not only Harley Quinn’s Revenge, but all previously released DLC.
Like the Arkham games before, the dlc is beautifully gritty in 1080p. (This is on the PS3) The stark visuals give a noir feel to the already dark game. The character models are great and framer rate is never an issue. Equally important, the blued and golds of detective mode remain crisp. There is no lag as your eyes adjust easily.
While the audio still focuses on ambiance, there is one major improvement. In the full game, overhead conversations seemed to be almost constant and somewhat distracting. In Harley Quinn’s Revenge, these verbal clues seem to have found more balance and used more contextually. It is still best to play somewhere quiet to get the best of the environmental nuances.
Getting to start as a fully gadgeted Robin is a nice thrill to open this final chapter with. The stellar combat from the full game is in tact. The same sweeping rhythmic combat that made both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City a must have for critics and gamers alike. If you are new to the series, it is easy to assume the game is a simple button masher. Yet it takes timing to truly master the surprisingly deep combat.
The replayabilty here is extremely high. Not only for exploring missed areas for secrets or attempting new strategies against enemies, but for the simple joy of truly feeling like the Dark Knight. No other game makes you feel so in control during a screen full of chaos.
And Harley Quinn’s Revenge extends the fun while adding a new layer to an already incredible story. So if you enjoyed Batman Arkham City, I highly recommend adding the latest DLC. And for those new to the series, I would highly recommend rounding out the experience with this bonus chapter as well.