DLC Review: Harley Quinn’s Revenge

DLC Review: Harley Quinn’s Revenge
Game Name: Batman: Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, XBOX 360
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer(s): Rocksteady Studios
Genre(s): Action-Adventure
Release Date: May 29, 2012
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

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Batman: Arkham City was the long-awaited sequel to Rocksteady’s first installment Batman: Arkham Asylum, and for most is considered to be the only well executed Super-Hero video game of its kind. So for those of you who played and beat Arkham City, you were probably left feeling well, slightly jaded. But don’t expect any loose ends to be exactly tied-up with the first story driven DLC for Batman: Arkham City think of it more as an epilogue. Harley Quinn’s Revenge begins shortly after the finale of the game, with Harley in mourning for Mr. J she decides to avenge him by taking over the what’s left of the gang members and kidnapping Batman in the process. Robin has now become a playable character and you set out to find Batman and the cops he originally intended to rescue.

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Unfortunately this highly anticipated DLC feels like a rehashing of the familiar gameplay fundamentals we all know and love about this series. With the typical code-breaking, clue hunting and the periodic need to take down a group of enemies through out this 2 hour campaign, it starts to feel very repetitive. Oddly enough your suddenly confined to only certain areas of the steel mill which will remind you of the very small expanse of Arkham Asylum, or yet another side mission. Of course it is decked out with Harley’s finest decorum, with more balloons to hunt down, and even an interesting easter egg if you remember what was left in Mr.J’s office. Playing as Robin does have an upside though, you are introduced to a different fighting style with new moves like the shield block and zip line attack which is refreshing for those of you who have yet to play him in the challenge maps. But this excitement is short-lived as you ultimately switch to playing batman for most of the DLC, which ends in a very bland, anti-climatic way leaving you STILL curious about Batman and his inner turmoil.

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The story is only slightly interesting, mostly because your left wanting more at the end of Batman: Arkham City. And this DLC sadly does not live up to its potential, especially since it begins to feel like an extended side mission for the game rather than the next chapter in this ongoing saga. And let’s not forget the abrupt ending I mentioned earlier that leaves you feeling  like nothing was actually resolved or concluded in any sense.


All the mechanics, pacing and weapon-wielding thugs, are there and executed in a great way, but for most this is all too familiar when the hope was for something new to quench our thirst for more of this exciting franchise. Robin finally makes his debut as a playable character in a story-related DLC, but only to leave you wishing you could take him out for a spin in the rest of the expansive city.


In typical Batman: Arkham City  style the controls run smoothly when beating down thugs and sneaking around on rooftops, and even Robin brings a few surprises with his fighting style and exclusive gadgets. But this wasnt enough to ignore the predictable use of hacking codes and following the clues to your next objective or more accurately your next challenge room in this short-lived chapter.


The entire look of this DLC fits right in with its predecessors, and Harley’s re-decorating was much appreciated. The sound, music and elaborate cut- scenes were a hit as well. Although it is worth mentioning that there is a slight glitch if and when you die, as Harley Quinn taunts you in the cut-scene her voice-over is completely out of sync with the animation.


So if you who havent been immersed in Arkham City for a while, you will feel right at home in Harley Quinn’s Revenge, but maybe a little too comfortable. With a $9.99 pricetag to download, the disappointment lies in the short campaign and been there done that gameplay.


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