Strategy Guide For
Batman: Arkham City
Aaron M. Holmes
Incgamers – Freelance Journalist
Strategy Guide Impression
I received the Batman: Arkham City strategy guide from BradyGames recently, and at first glance the strategy guide appears to look like a large hardback artbook, with Batman on the front. The art style on just the cover alone is beautiful, and really shows that the artist who created this spent a lot of time working on it. He put in as much detail as possible, right down to the pores on Batman’s chin.
I opened up the strategy guide, and on the inside cover appears more beautiful, yet dark, artwork. This time, it features two gun toting men, and a mysterious man wearing glasses who appears to have some importance. He is, possibly, the villain around whom the game’s story circumventilates. I turn a couple of pages to the first real page with information, and it covers what has happened in the resultant year following the Arkham Asylum incident. It states that the slums of Gotham have become the haven for “Arkham City”.
Pages 7-11 of the guide describe all the different actions, and even some of the different modes throughout the game. This helps both new, and veteran players get used to the controls of Arkham City, especially with the game’s additional features! Page 15 of the guide is probably the best place in the guide to put the glossary of terms used throughout the guide. Most glossary pages are put at the end of the book, but BradyGames placed it at just the right point, a little into the guide, but before the story, missions and side-quests are explained.
Pages 22-24 explain some of the weapons you discover throughout the game. Explained are how they can be used, and what their leveled-up version does! Pages 25-29 explain several machinations about the game, including Predator Mode and Detective Mode. Tthey also give hints about different enemy scenarios throughout the game, what to do, whom to take down, and how!
Page 29 is detailed solely on Catwoman and her moves, toys, and upgrades. The Catwoman missions are optional downloadable content. While most games carry the code inside, BradyGames has put in the extra effort to include her missions, skills and all other important information throughout the guide.
Pages 30-57 explain in detail every major character, and the role of each throughout Arkham City, including beautifully detailed images of said characters.
After some more coverage on the game, the weapons, and a bit more on Catwoman DLC, the Walkthrough portion of the guide has been reached. Now first off, I’ll mention that I really love the layout of the walkthrough, and all the numerous hints and advice that they offer throughout.
The maps they have are quite useful, however, my one complaint so far is in regard to the maps. While the maps show basic information, that’s all they show. The maps do not cover where the Riddler statues are, nor do the maps show (later on) the location of some important mechanical devices needed to recreate a video.
The maps, later on in the “Spoilers” section of the guide, cover where everything from Riddler Trophies to Harely statues are, in their respective maps/locations. Personally, I feel that if this information is to be shown to the reader, it should be shown much earlier, when they’re actually going through that section of the game and using the guide. So as not to miss it, and then discover later in the guide it was 5 ft. from where they were standing!
Other than that minor annoyance, so far the guide has been very detailed and thorough in the description of all the content.
Now I’m on to bringing up the “Spoilers” section of the guide, which covers all the side-quests, and how to complete them. It details the location of every single item, and even the downloadable content for Catwoman, and all the items she can collect.
The information provided in this section of the guide is absolutely invaluable, and is definitely worth reading if you’re aiming for 100% completion in the first, if not second, playthrough of Arkham City.
I won’t reveal anything about the side-quests/missions, or what Catwoman’s content covers, but I will say that the information in this section covers several new boss fights, people to rescue, and a very long, complicated series of puzzles that require the additional hints and advice that this guide offers!
I am now finished sharing my initial thoughts on my readthrough of the guide without playing Batman:Arkham City. My next section will cover use of the guide in correspondence with playing the game, and how useful all the information proves to be for the typical player. I will avoid spoilers at all costs.
Using the Strategy Guide
Continuing on to actually using the strategy guide, I was able to obtain Arkham City shortly after I received the strategy guide. As I used the strategy guide with Arkham City, the information within the guide helped out immensely in getting all the side quests completed. Taking the advice of BradyGames I was able to focus on critical strikes over body armor at the beginning of the game. The strategy guide tells in detail how to take on numerous different situations and scenarios within each mission and side quest.
Also detailed throughout the guide is information on where Riddler Trophies, Harley Quinn statues, and even security cameras are located, though the exact locations can be found at the end of the guide. At least knowing there are items in the general vicinity of your character is quite helpful!
What’s really useful about this guide, is that it breaks down some of the more difficult missions that I encountered, and made the most difficult of task really understandable, and easy to complete. There were several times when I couldn’t always accomplish my objective without having died, or set off an alert to the guards, but that was mostly my fault, not the guide’s.
While there isn’t a whole lot that I can really comment on about this guide without going into details, and potentially spoiling the game, BradyGames has actually created a very distinguished guide. It is great for finding everything in the game, and even obtaining 100% game completion! I have very little to complain about regarding the guide, other than the actual item locations being at the back of the guide. Some of the side quests that are also in that section should’ve been included much earlier in the guide.
There are a couple of side quests that can only be completed at certain points in the game, but because of their location within the guide they are easily missed, and most likely makes someone playing the game have to go through New Game Plus, in order to get a full 100% game completion. It is mentioned in the guide that numerous playthroughs would be necessary for accomplishing everything. It’s not really forced upon someone to actually go through a second time, in order to reach full game completion.