A Holiday Buyer’s Guide To Arkham City DLC
Since its release roughly two months ago, WB Games’ and Rocksteady’s smash hit Batman: Arkham City has been getting a steady stream of new content via DLC. Ranging from new combat and predator maps for Riddler’s Revenge, to new costumes, and even entirely new playable characters, there’s a lot for fans of Batman’s latest outing to partake in once they finish the main story…For a price that is. We thought we’d have a look at the various DLC offerings, their cost, and compare whether that cost is balanced out by how much each enhances the already stellar experience Arkham City has to offer.
The Batman Online Pass (Catwoman) - $7.00
A lot of pre-release press was devoted to showing off Arkham City’s new playable character Catwoman. It felt a tad shady when WB announced a week before launch that Catwoman would only be available for free to those who purchased the game new. Those who didn’t buy the game new can still purchase a fresh online pass to unlock the Catwoman character, but it will cost an extra $7 on top of whatever they paid for the game.
Issues of corporate greed aside, the online pass is worth its price-tag for those who want the complete Arkham City experience. In addition to the stand-alone “Catwoman Episodes” sprinkled throughout the main campaign (which can be replayed on their own once completed) the pass also unlocks a healthy number of Catwoman-only Riddler challenges to be completed and trophies to be collected. It also lets players take Catwoman into the fray in any of the game’s Riddler’s Revenge challenge maps and even throws in two bonus costumes (from the Batman animated series and Long Halloween comic) for good measure. Lastly, it adds in two new achievements players can earn in Riddler’s Revenge which are tied specifically to Catwoman.
While she may seem pricey on her own, Catwoman comes armed with lithe and acrobatic movements, unique gadgets including a whip, caltrops, bolas, and “thief vision,” and a quick and fierce combat style that serves as a nice contrast to Batman’s more brutal and powerful approach. All of these elements combined with her small yet substantial role in the game’s main story make Catwoman an excellent buy for gamers who want to switch things up a bit.