Batman Arkham City Armored Edition Hands On

Wii U Warner Bros Fan Expo Canada 2012 Adventure Action

WB Games brought the Wii U to Fan Expo, and were showing off Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition. The graphics look well done, so there is no doubt in my mind that the console has some graphical power. The controller has some interesting ways of making the game more immersive; the tablet contains the map on the screen so you never have to leave the game which is a nice touch, and the radio frequencies come out of the tablet’s speakers.

All is not fun and games however- while the Wii U offers interesting new ways to play games, it’s extremely difficult to do with one hand. The controller is too large to be able to move the character and perform an action at the same time. It’s also very hard to hold the controller and do anything with it- which is really disappointing.

It is unknown at this point if there is a way around using the Wii U’s tablet controller for the Armoured Edition or for any other titles in the consoles library. Arkham City on the Wii U does look like a must own for the system even if you already own it on another console, but you may want to wait for the price to drop if you own it already. Overall the presentation looks good and the tablet gives a better feel that you are Batman. It’s also nice that you don’t have to take yourself out of the gameplay to find out where you’re going or to upgrade your abilities. The one downside to this of course is that you will have to pay close attention to your surroundings or you may find yourself in a lot of trouble.

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Playing games since the 16 bit era. Playing games for 20+ years. Evan Brander-Jones the one handed nightmare not only plays games from the Super Famicom all the way to the Playstation 3 like there is no tomorrow. Loves Japanese culture, pro wrestling, MMA, and Metal. Evan also knows the history of the game industry, Pro Wrestling industry, the Metal genre and it's many sub genres. D&D, and Fallout PNP player. Horror Film Enthusiast, and lover of MTG, Table Top and Board games.
  • SCEThumper

    I’m going to call bull on this artical , I smell a rat your the only person that I have seen say anything remotely negitive about wii u gamepad after using it. Why don’t you try a little harder to hide your biased view and just report the facts

  • justanasshole

    I just thought the whole article was awkwardly written….very half-assed with no meanigful details. I could assume that it was written by a ten year old child with a six year olds vocobulary….dont quit your day job

    • ECM

      Agree with the half-assed part: the entire second paragraph is so badly written that I haven’t the faintest notion what it is the writer is talking about. One hand? Hard to hold the controller and do anything with it? Huh? Do you actually think any of that makes any sense? You do know what context is, correct? Because this post is missing *all* of it.

      For instance, what does using one hand have to do w/ a game that in every other iteration requires *two*. And what’s hard to do? Anything? Really? It’s hard to move Batman around the world with a controller that has **all the input options of the other consoles** and then some? Do you think, perhaps, you left out some *vital* information? Maybe a detective of Batman’s caliber can solve the case of the missing context!

      Jesus, the guy above me is right: do not quit your day job and do not pursue a career in writing–even the guy writing copy for the back of a bottle of Prell has a better handle on things.

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