The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters this summer. Until then Batman fans can get their fix by playing one of the best games of 2011 called Batman: Arkham City. For those that already own the game, a new story-driven downloadable chapter was recently released called Harley Quinn’s Revenge. This new additional content is also available in the Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham City along with the Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman DLC packs, as well as the Arkham City skins and challenge map pack.
Harley Quinn’s Revenge is a story that takes place after the events of Batman: Arkham City. Without giving away any spoilers let’s just say Harley Quinn has a bone to pick with the Bat and this conflict will have players returning to Arkham City to stop this mad woman and her henchmen.
The game starts off with players taking control of Robin. Initially Robin is investigating the sudden absence of Batman and almost immediately there are rumors being spread that Harley has the caped crusader. The events of the game takes place a few weeks after the events of the main game, and Batman has been MIA for a few days prompting Robin to take action.
The game is not all about playing as Robin. As you search for answers in your quest to find Batman the game will provide flashback sequences that shed some light on the events leading up to this mystery. As the game switches you back and forth between Batman and Robin you gain more pieces to the story, which is a pretty cool experience and does a decent job of feeling fresh.
It was fun playing as Batman with all the familiar items and fighting moves unlocked, even though I haven’t played the game in quite some time and had to quickly readjust to deal with the enemy threat. It was also refreshing to play as Robin, which has his own moves and gadgets. Although they are different, the two characters are more similar than switching between Batman and Catwoman in the original Arkham City game. One gadget that Robin has at his disposal is a shield that can be used to deflect enemy bullets. This item would have been extremely useful in the main Arkham City game, especially when attempting to collect a number of Riddler trophies that were guarded by gun turrets.
One thing I’ve noticed is that the game is focused on the story so do not expect side-missions like the Riddler Challenges from the main game. The game itself is the same familiar gameplay you’ve already experienced, but just a little more story that extends the ending of Arkham City by giving us a look into the events that immediately followed. If you loved Arkham City then this DLC is definitely for you. Keep in mind that given the nature of the story of Harley Quinn’s Revenge, I recommend that you finish the main game first to avoid spoilers.
Harley Quinn has always been a fascinating and entertaining character in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Sometimes I found myself standing still in a corner in a room, just so I can hear the dialog between her and other characters. It is good to see more attention being given to Harley Quinn as there is a lot of potential for her. Let’s just hope if there is ever an actress that gets to play Harley Quinn in a future Batman movie that she does an amazing job similar to what Heath Ledger did for the Joker in the movie The Dark Knight.
Downloadable content like this is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it is a fun experience that extends the life of the game that you’ve purchased. But on the other hand it is often short and will either make you wish that it was much longer in duration, or that there were more downloadable episodes to be released sooner rather than later. At the end of the day I’ve found the purchase to be worth the expense.
Gamers that already own Batman: Arkham City can purchase Harley Quinn’s Revenge for the PC, Xbox 360, and the Playstation 3 now. You can also get the DLC in the Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham City, which is a great value if you do not own the game and are looking to dive in.