Batman Inc. Outfit - Free
Bringing the total number of alternate costumes available to Batman to a staggering eight, the Batman Inc. outfit is a cool looking alternative to his standard costume. It’s being given out absolutely free by Rocksteady and WB Games as a holiday thank you for all the support Arkham City has been getting. So if you think Batman could do with a wardrobe change but you’re not sure about taking the plunge with the Arkham City Skins pack, the Batman Inc. outfit is a worthy alternative.
Challenge Map Pack- $3.00
The final DLC pack is well worth its small price-tag because of the unique setup of the maps it contains. Much like the Black Mask subway tram combat map in the Robin pack, the two combat maps included here, the Joker’s Carnival map originally offered as a pre-order bonus from Gamestop and the new Penguin-themed Iceberg Lounge map, take the standard formula of the game’s combat maps and turn it on its head.
The Iceberg Lounge is an endless gauntlet of enemies in which players must use every trick, takedown, and gadget they have to earn as many points as they can before they’re overwhelmed. Joker’s Carnival on the other hand presents players with a timed combat map but with an interesting twist: a “Level Gauge” on the side of the screen slowly rises as the player defeats endless waves of enemies and as it rises, new and harder enemy types emerge. At any time during combat the player can “bank” their points, resetting the level gauge to zero and adding on additional time proportionate to the level they attained before banking. Both of these maps offer unique alternatives to the game’s standard combat maps and they also allow combat enthusiasts to put their skills to the ultimate test.
Predator fans are in for a treat too as the Challenge Map pack also includes a predator map set in one of the most iconic locales in Batman lore: the Batcave. Getting to explore Batman’s headquarters, complete with various vehicles like the Batmobile and the Batwing, is almost as fun as getting to take down the group of thugs who dared invade Batman’s inner sanctum and a variety of new map-specific challenges let players do so with style. The entirety of the map may not be as expansive as some of the other predator maps in the game but for Arkham fans who want to prowl around in a new yet instantly recognizable environment, it doesn’t get much better than the Batcave.
While it is disheartening to know that getting to experience all of this extra content (with the exception of the Batman Inc. outfit) doesn’t come without a cost, there is still a very strong argument that what you get is well worth the price. As I said at the beginning of this article, none of these DLC packs are required to enjoy the already great game that Arkham City is, but then again it can’t hurt to support the developers of such a masterpiece especially when there might be a third game in the making…. (*crosses fingers*) Either way, I hope this short roundup of all the amazing DLC available for Arkham City helps players get the most out of their time spent with the game during the holidays or even encourages them to revisit it if they’ve moved on to newer titles.