It’s still over a month away from release, but Batman: Arkham City is already making its case as one of the largest doses of gameplay this year has to offer. PAX Prime 2011 didn’t offer any more details on the massive trap being seemingly set for Batman, but has led to at least one extra feature being confirmed. It seems that Batman: Arkham City will be employing a ‘Game+’ mode, allowing players to restart the campaign after completing it, with all of their upgrades, skills and gadgets carrying over from the beginning.
The game feature isn’t a new one by any stretch of the imagination, but important to note due to the sheer amount of gadgets and skills that Batman is sure to acquire throughout the game’s 25 hour long campaign. In case one play-through isn’t enough for you, your second time around could be quite a bit easier, but undoubtedly offer more choices in combat.
Coming out of PAX, Platform Nation managed to get a few juicy details concerning not only the inclusion of the game mode, but how some of Batman’s signature tools will be receiving a richer and more extensive upgrade system:
“The game is said to be at least forty hours long and will also feature a ‘game plus’ system like we have seen in previous games -such as Ratchet and Clank- that will allow players to go back through the game using all the gadgets and upgrades they unlocked during their first play through. Gadgets have been revamped slightly as well. I wasn’t able to get many specific details, but you can expect to see a more advanced upgrade system for each of your favorite gadgets such as the Batarang or Batclaw.”
When taking all of Arkham City‘s Challenge Modes, Riddler Challenges, and continued rumors of substantial DLC episodes, it seems that Bat-fans will be spoiled for choice when the game is finally released.If a player has infinitely more combat or stealth options the second time around, it stands to reason that even more time will be spent tactically analyzing a group of enemies. More choices is always a good thing, especially when you’re taking on the whole of the Gotham underworld.
The idea of replaying the campaign with all of your upgrades and skills is dependent on the campaign itself warranting a second go, so isn’t necessarily a winning feature in itself. But given Rocksteady‘s last outing, we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
What do you think of the inclusion of ‘Game+’ for Arkham City? Would you be willing to play through the ever-increasing campaign twice? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Batman: Arkham City will be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 18, 2011.
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Source: Platform Nation