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Current 360 Meta score = 95
Current PS3 Meta score = 98

Game informer 

Game Informer’s latest issue, which is already available to subscribers, contains a review of the highly-anticipated Batman: Arkham City. Believe it or not, the publication has awarded the game a perfect score. Yes, a ten out of ten. That doesn’t happen too often!

As expected, the review is full of praise. Combat was complimented, as was the amount of content available. The reviewer wrote that Catwoman “performs as admirably as the star”.

Here’s a summary regarding Arkham City’s visuals:

“Gotham City is lavishly detailed with dark hues and soaring architecture. Most of the central story missions take place indoors in environments that are just as striking. The museum is particularly impressive.”

The reviewer even went as far as to say that Arkham City “is the best use of a license in the industry’s history”.

http://gamingeverything.com/10356/game-informers-batman-arkham-city-review-is-in/

Play 3

92% is the final score stamped at the end of a review in German mag Play 3, according to a post on NeoGAF. 

The review apparently calls Batman: Arkham City "Huge, exciting and beautiful. The best superhero game ever made."

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/321344/batman-arkham-city-review-92-in-brand-new-verdict/

Gamemaster

The caped crusader’s highly anticipated second outing received a particularly amazing score of 97%with the magazine describing the must-buy superhero title as ”brave, bold, brilliant – the gold standard by which all future videogames should be judged.

http://sillegamer.com/?p=4455

 

OPM Australlia
The Australlian edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine has revealed their score for the game Batman: Arkham City.
 
OPM gave the game a 10/10 with the "VERDICT: We can't imagine how a superhero game could be better than this. Absolutely sublime."
"Presentation: Endlessly creative, perfectly moody, and technically flawless. This is Epic's Unreal engine pushed to its absolute limit."
 
"Sound: Alternatively foreboding and frantic, the game's orchestral soundtrack matches the on-sccreen action perfectly. Voice acting is brilliant."
 
"Controls: Complex and initially overwhelming but also logical and responsive. It'll take a while to get used to them, but once you do it feels perfectly natural flinging Batman around."
 
"Replay Value: Immense. A massive main quest, dozens of side missions, Riddler challenges, secondary game modes, and DLC will keep most people occupied for months."
10/10

GiantBomb

If you want to be reductive about it, Arkham City is more Batman, and if you want more Batman, there's no question: you should play this game. But there's more to it than that. In the two years since Arkham Asylum, there hasn't really been anything like it until now. Getting another chance to use Batman's considerable combat talents as you engage in one of the best fighting systems going today is a joy. The city looks terrific, like it's one step away from just bursting into flames as criminals crawl across every single surface doing... whatever it is that criminals do when they're locked in a city-shaped prison. The interior areas look just as good, giving you a sense that, again, this is a realistic place that's been overrun. The voice acting, featuring plenty of the same cast members that performed so perfectly last time around, is incredibly sharp, with writing that fits what you'd expect from most of the different characters you face. But to sum it all up, it's hard to imagine any fan of action games coming away from Arkham City disappointed. It might not rewrite the book on Batman video games, but when you're building off of such a strong position--and you're only shipping the second game with such similarities, rather than a third or fourth--it's hard to bicker too much about what changes the developers did or didn't make.

5/5

http://www.giantbomb.com/batman-arkham-city/61-29443/reviews/

VideoGamer

It doesn't take the world's greatest detective to spot that this is an expertly crafted adventure, one that maintains a breathtaking pace and invigorating rhythm from beginning to end. Dizzyingly extensive and lovingly detailed, Rocksteady has created an intricate, spirited and unequalled playground worthy of one of the most iconic characters in modern fiction.

10/10

http://www.videogamer.com/ps3/batman_arkham_city/review-3.html

Destructoid

 

Batman: Arkham City tries to do too much and can come off a little heavy-handed, but that doesn't stop it from doing a vast amount of things right. It's a beautifully bleak game that constantly pays tribute to one of the greatest icons in comic book history and provides an experience that one can get lost in for hours. Its biggest problems lie in a combat system that manages to be too simple and too complex in the wrong areas, and this can often exasperate, but the overall product is one of the most absorbing and engrossing ones on the market. 

It doesn't quite reach the highs of its predecessor, but Arkham City rarely sinks low and does its best to answer major criticisms from the first title. When it's all said and done, you'll be begging for more, but not because there wasn't enough. It is just too damn fun to be The Bat.

8.5/10

http://www.destructoid.com/review-batman-arkham-city-213288.phtml

1up

Arkham City has some slight imperfections; besides the aforementioned issues, I have other minor complaints like the way Detective Vision remains necessary for stealth sequences because the enemies tend to blend into the dark color palette, as well as the questionable character design (poor Harley Quinn), and the somewhat drab visual design of Arkham City itself. Nevertheless, it remains a superlative superhero game overall. The richness of content -- by which I mean the campaign, the challenge maps, the Catwoman episodes, and the New Game Plus which offers an extra-hard difficulty that lets you guide your upgraded Batman through a re-balanced version of the campaign -- along with the general improvements already puts Arkham City on my short list. The experience of having Batman glide through the air; seeing the screen light up with incidental and contextual dialogue, multiple objective markers, and trophies to collect; and then finally diving into a pack of schmucks is a simple yet enjoyable experience. Controlling Batman as he completely terrorizes his victims, whether via the invisible predator gameplay or the brutal combat, is an experience rivaled by few others. From its memorable Bourne Identity-esque opening to its shocking ending, Batman: Arkham City secures its place as my favorite superhero game since

A/A+

http://www.1up.com/reviews/batman-arkham-city-xbox-ps3

Eurogamer

It's a role-playing game in the most literal sense of the phrase, a game in which you're encouraged to give in to the fantasy, and to see what life is like when it's composed of rooftop brawls and zip-line getaways. Animations, traversal mechanics, takedowns: they're all building towards the same thing. In Arkham City, you become Batman.

9/10

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-10-14-batman-arkham-city-review

 

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This is getting great scores, so I do not see why this would not be in the top five in the runnings!



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Can't wait for this game. It will surely be an engrossing experience!



Stands a chance I guess, think Skyrim and Uncharted will snatch most of them though.



 

Seece said:
Stands a chance I guess, think Skyrim and Uncharted will snatch most of them though.


You may be suprised those 2 games are just more of the same, good as that may be. Batman AC is "the gold standard by which all future videogames should be judged" ; )



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I loved the first Batman but Uncharted was better... now I will love this Batman but Unchqrted 3 will be better.

Just it... two AWESOME GAMES in the same year.



ethomaz said:
I loved the first Batman but Uncharted was better... now I will love this Batman but Unchqrted 3 will be better.

Just it... two AWESOME GAMES in the same year.


It is because of this that who wins is the one with all platforms. Instead of just having two great games in one year, has at least 5. ;)

The only problem is time to play.



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ethomaz said:
I loved the first Batman but Uncharted was better... now I will love this Batman but Unchqrted 3 will be better.

Just it... two AWESOME GAMES in the same year.

Both games arent even out yet, besides this thread is about Batman not Uncharted.



Not only did GamesMaster give Batman: Arkham City an amazing score they also praised the game for its technical achievements.

"As you sour across its dingy backstreets and the destroyed beautif of its Unreal architecture, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re running the game on a high-end PC."

They also claim that the the game rivals Gears of War 3 as the "most impressive visual achievement on the [360] system."

As well as this, GamesMaster revealed some all new info on Batman: Arkham City



Nsanity said:
ethomaz said:
I loved the first Batman but Uncharted was better... now I will love this Batman but Unchqrted 3 will be better.

Just it... two AWESOME GAMES in the same year.

Both games arent even out yet, besides this thread is about Batman not Uncharted.



I'm pretty sure he was responding to the thread title, the probability of Batman being GOTY, and giving his prediction in the process.