Here's a trailer from Batman: Arkham City, showing off the Nightwing character from the upcoming superhero action/stealth sequel. Word is that this will be released for the already available console editions of the game next week. We've asked for clarification of plans for the Nightwing and Robin packs for the yet-to-be-released Windows PC edition of the game, but are still in the dark about if and how they will be released.
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Graphically, it's kind of more of the same. It's the art direction that really brings everything together, and they've done a fantastic job of presenting a portion of Gotham as Arkham City.
Game really builds on Arkham Asylum. You start off with pretty much all of the abilities and gadgets you had by the end of the first game, and then over time gain another 50% or so. Combat has been extended, you have opportunities for counters against 2-4 enemies at once...more quick gadget moves and combos. There are a few new LT and Boss classes thrown into the mix, requiring a specific technique to deal with them. And I believe that the maximum size for a full own brawl has been upped. A few times in the game you'll find yourself find yourself surrounded by 2-3 dozen bad guys at once.
As good as Batman's animations are, Catwoman's combat moves are spectacular and wholely unique to her. Robin can only be played in the Riddler challenges outside of the main game, but all of his moves are also unique. From the looks of the video, Nightwing is also a completley unqiue set. Tremendous amount of animation work has gone into combat and for them to have 4 unique characters is pretty amazing.
Just running around the cityscape, grappling from ledge to watertower, gliding, dropping down on crimes in back alleys, dangling flunkies off of rooftops by their ankle to get information...it's just being Batman in every imaginable sense. Every bit as good as Arkham Asylum, just more and better.
Really only thing missing from the franchise at this point is being pilot vehicles, tool around in the Batcave, or small-talk with socialites at a cocktail party as Bruce Wayne.