Rocksteady's Batman games have definitely changed the world of superhero games on consoles, stepping up the level of quality needed to be made. So it’s a no-brainer that Nintendo wanted to get their latest game, Batman: Arkham City, on the new WiiU console.
After playing the game for quite a long time at E3 this year, let me just tell you that nothing is lost from the previous versions of this game that came out late last year. In the new game, the main thing that is different is that Batman now has an even more enhanced suit, that gains kinetic energy in which you can use in your attacks. This is why you see Batman’s suit a little more beefy and armored.
But the real selling point of this new version is the WiiU controller and its touchscreen. All of those little tasks you would do with your regular PS3 or Xbox controllers, now have another layer of interactivity added to it. It almost gives you a feel that you ARE Batman.
For example, those control boxes that you need to hack throughout the game, now that is all done via the WiiU controller. You need to use your fingertips to find the vulnerable parts of the circuit board, while trying to avoid lasers from hitting your fingers. Even the use of the remote control Batarang has been enhanced. Now you need to hold up the WiiU controller, almost like in an augmented reality way, and direct the Batarang by tilting the controller in various directions. You can’t even look at the TV screen as you do it, you have to look through the controller, which is pretty cool.
These small, but fun additions add Nintendo’s own touch on the franchise. This a direction they need to go with all of their games. I can only hope that all of their future titles will be this fun, even though I had the hardest time ever trying to use that Batarang.