Batman: Arkham City "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC
Warner Bros. Interactive
May 29, 2012
Downloadable content is nothing new for Batman: Arkham City
. In fact, DLC was planned for the game since day one, including the exclusive Catwoman missions for those who bought the game new. Then came challenge missions featuring Robin and Nightwing and countless alternate costumes for the Bat.
Today, however, marks the first story-related DLC for the game that takes place after the ending. As it pertains to what happens after the game's storyline ends, there will obviously be spoilers in this review, so be warned.
Two weeks after the ending of the game, Batman has gone missing in Arkham City, and only Robin can figure out what went wrong. It's been two days since Batman disappeared in the wreckage of Arkham City after attempting to rescue GCPD officers kidnapped by Harley Quinn. Utilizing Robin's unique tools and moveset, it's up to you to rescue Batman from the grips of Quinn, who has gone all emo ever since the death of her beloved Mr. Joker.
Surprisingly, the Dark Knight is someone else who is not handling the events of the finale all that well either, as he is more dark and brooding than ever, leaving those who know him best to question if he's okay.
The missions utilize environments from the original game, however with a new aesthetic thanks to Harley Quinn's, eh, emotional predicament. Needless to say, she did not take the Joker's death well, and the decorum placed around her hideout reflects this. It's dark and angry, and so is she.
Arkham City itself looks very similar, but the sky is brighter than the original game, and the snowy weather has changed a bit to reflect the two weeks that have passed since the ending of the main storyline.
The stellar voice cast is back, but there's just not enough within the DLC itself that makes it all that special. The one main difference is how the spotlight is on Robin and veteran voice actor Troy Baker. The sidekick didn't get much airtime in the game's main storyline, only appearing a handful of times, but he shares the spotlight with Kevin Conroy's Batman in this DLC. Tara Strong is as annoying as ever as Harley Quinn.
There's new voiceovers for the thugs as well, and one of my main pet peeves from the main game returns: it seems like 80% of them are voiced by Nolan North. It's not a huge issue but it's still kind of annoying to hear Nathan Drakes walking all around Arkham City.
The soundtrack is more or less the same.
The biggest addition in "Harley Quinn's Revenge" is the ability to play as Robin, who was previously only available in challenge missions. Robin's utilization of his staff and unique gadgets such as sticky flash grenades and a zip-kick ability adds variety to the gameplay. Having said that, playing as Robin is not all that different from playing as Batman. They both handle the same, for the most part.
It's not all Tim Drake, though. At a certain point in the scenario, you flash back to see how Batman got caught in the first place, allowing you to play some more as the Caped Crusader. I'd say the gameplay is split about 60/40 between Robin and Batman.
The DLC scenario plays just like the main storyline: you beat up thugs, enter detective mode when you need to find things, and beat up more thugs. If you're looking for something new and innovative to the game, you won't find it here.
Sadly, "Harley Quinn's Revenge" shouldn't take any more than two hours to complete. There are achievements to be had if you missed them on a first playthrough, but there's really not much replay value to be had, and for 800 MSP, some might find that hard to swallow.
The bottom line is that "Harley Quinn's Revenge" is more Batman: Arkham City
. That in itself makes it worth playing, but I was expecting something more. It really doesn't add anything to the storyline(as a whole, it seems pretty unnecessary) and it adds nothing in the way of gameplay, other than some variety with playing as Robin for about an hour.
Batman: Arkham City
is one of the best games of 2011, and while this DLC is good, I was just expecting something bigger and better. Overall, though, it's definitely worth playing if you enjoy the game.