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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Developed By: NetherRealm Studios
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1
Rated:Rated 12+ (Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence)
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Screenshots: Link
Price: $5.99
Written By: Marcus Prunty

March 7, 2012 - Spinoff games donít normally do as good as the originals ip. A couple months ago, Batman Arkham City was released and it became hands down the greatest Batman game ever made; maybe even the best superhero video game of all time. Therefore, this game has a lot to live up to. I was so enthralled with Batman: Arkham City for the PS3 that I didnít even know this game came out until right around the time I finished the console title. NetherRealm Studios; who resurrected the Mortal Kombat universe in 2011, developed this iOS version of the Arkham City world.

This game falls in line with usual games for the iPhone in that thereís not really much of a story here, just missions/things you have to do. Nothing is really fleshed out as it was in the console game Arkham City. This game is supposed to take place before Arkham City and after Arkham Asylum. Once again, inmates escape and Batman has to go round them all up. That is pretty much the story of the game you are rounding up inmates. The game consists of four main areas, which have three levels each. Each area ends in a boss battle, there are several goons in-between you, and the boss so they must be dealt with as only batman can.

NetherRealm Studios went with the Infinity Blade style of combat where you swipe up and left and right to attack while swiping down as an enemy attacks you will block their attacks. In addition, if you happen to swipe down in the middle of a combo Batman will kick an enemy. Like in Infinity Blade, some enemies have attacks that cannot be blocked or stopped, so you have to dodge them. They also gave Batman finishing moves and or counter attacks like in Batman Arkham City, but in Lockdown, you perform these moves by tapping the screen when prompted. Like in the console version of the game, Batman gadgets and suit upgrades can be purchased from the experience points you gain while battling the enemies. The gadgets and suit upgrades are important in surviving the thugs that have unblockable attacks so make sure you upgrade when you can. The four bosses that you battle in the game are some of the more popular ones from the Batman mythos - Two Face, Solomon Grundy, Deathstroke, and the Joker - all making their appearances and attempting to end the cape crusaders life as usual. Once you finish the game, you can replay it and the enemies will be a lot tougher and stronger.

The graphics for the game are top notch and on the iPhone 4s really take advantage of the retina display and the A5 chip to reduce lag. When you are playing this game, it is almost as if you are playing the Arkham City game on the console that is how impressive the graphics are. In addition, the sound design is top notch as well to match the graphics and all around solid job by NetherRealm Studios.

Added in with the top-notch graphics and sound, are a bunch of extras that can be either unlocked or purchased. There are wallpapers, biographies, comics, as well as extra costumes that can be purchased in app. While the costumes have, different stats then the one you are given to play with, they do not influence the game enough to make it any easier for you to defeat. It is more of just a cosmetic look.

While Arkham City Lockdown is a nice game, it does not live up to the impressiveness of Batman Arkham City. It is also a bit on the repetitive side like Infinity Blade. All of the enemies are fought the same with the swipe tactics, the only really saving grace are the boss battles where you need to mix up combat tactics in order to survive. It is not a swipe fest but more strategic fights. Moreover, the lack of a story rather bums me out a bit, as I think this would have helped the game stay engaging and entertaining. The price of this game is $5.99, which is pretty steep considering other games in the app store are cheaper, and maybe less repetitive then this one can be. However if youíre in love with all things batman or you just got through with Arkham City and you donít want to say goodbye to the Dark Knight just yet this game will give you a little taste of the Gotham City to tide you over for a little while.


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