Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge: It’s Robin’s turn

June 13, 2012

Batman: Arkham City was among my favorite games of 2011. Everything that worked in Batman: Arkham Asylum was added to, and that’s all I really wanted. The combat is more satisfying, the explorable sandbox is larger, the challenge rooms are more varied, and there are more villains and mooks for Batman to punch in the throat. Anybody else considering developing a superhero game needs to play both of Rocksteady’s Batman titles, take notes, and hope to deliver as good a product.

Harley Quinn’s Revenge carries on where Arkham City left off. I won’t go into too many plot details, because the DLC pack does take place after the game ends and the story is definitely better experienced than read about. What I will tell you, however, is that this DLC features Robin quite a bit. You’ll be playing as the boy wonder, leaving Nightwing as the only DLC character restricted to challenge rooms only.

Harley Quinn’s Revenge is a separate menu choice from the main game, so you won’t be able to do any main campaign free-roaming as Robin, but there are Harley balloons to find throughout the playable area to replace the Joker balloons that Batman could destroy throughout the base game. Robin’s moveset is exactly the same as it is in his challenge room pack, but it’s very nice to take him through a campaign and appreciate just how differently he fights from Batman.

My only complaint about Harley Quinn’s Revenge is its length. The DLC pack clocks in at about two hours. Arkham City wasn’t a terribly long game, and the quest here feels complete – I just like the game enough that I wanted more when it was obviously winding down. You won’t find answers to all of your questions, but I suspect that the plot points expounded upon here and at the end of Arkham City will show up in Rocksteady’s eventual third entry in the series, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in revisiting the satisfying combat system with a new character. Challenge rooms are fun, but Harley Quinn’s Revenge is more what I’m looking for in a DLC pack, and Rocksteady put out a good one.

Pros: Finally get to use Robin in campaign, interesting story, combat is as responsive and fun as ever
Cons: Harley Quinn’s Revenge is a little on the short side, Robin is still unavailable for free roam in the main game

Score: 4/5

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