Batman: Arkham City Ltd Edition Brady Games Guide

Batman: Arkham City Ltd Edition Brady Games Guide

Your ultimate Arkham City resource reviewed

Written by DavieMarshall on 30 October 11 at 12:24

When October/November roll around it’s always a big time for games. This year however has been exceptional, and many of our wallets have been tested to their limits. Arguably the biggest game of this period is the mighty Batman: Arkham City. TA is currently tracking over 21,000 members currently playing this title, and the numbers are showing no signs of slowing up.

With this in mind, we have something a little different for you now. As we’re all addicted to the achievements, the sweet sound as they ‘pop’ and chasing down our next challenge, what could be better than having a blow by blow strategy guide from market leaders Brady Games to help ease you through those hidden collectibles, or trickier puzzles?

In this article we’ll be taking an in depth look at the Batman: Arkham City Limited Edition guide from Brady Games and looking at how it could be your most powerful tool in trumping the Joker and securing the streets of Arkham once again.

We’ll be offering this sleek, sexy and downright gorgeous guide to one lucky TA member too, so stay tuned for competition details!

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First Impressions

The first thing you notice about the Limited Edition guide is the superbly illustrated, almost monochromatic cover, interspersed with splashes of blood red. This is a guide in keeping with the tone of the game; it’s serious, it’s premium and akin to a piece of illustrative art. Let’s crack it open and dive in...

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Inside the cover

So what content do we find within the guide? The short answer is everything, the more detailed response? The following sections are found within the guides 260+ pages.

- An introduction to the game
- The control system explained
- Gameplay tips and instruction
- The characters of Arkham City
- The complete story walkthrough
- Catwoman content and breakdown
- Full side-mission details
- Answers and tips to the Riddler’s fiendish shenanigans and best kept secrets
- The full achievement/trophy list
- Extra content which we’ll speak about later

Presentation

Despite the fact there is a broad array of content spread across multiple pages, the layout and flow stays consistent and logical meaning that there isn’t much effort in jumping from a plot walk-through to quickly checking out a solution to a Riddler clue which has you stumped. Each sub-task and collectible is clearly numbered within it’s own section with appropriate visual aids which combines the simplicity of a text based guide with the benefits of a YouTube-centric video aid.

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The main walkthrough

Gamers need information, but we also want it to be readable. The main story walk-through contained a stronger narrative in contrast to the bullet pointed approach for collectibles. There’s also an introduction to each area with a useful map/overview.

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The narrative style of the walkthrough works well. If the content had been more staccato in it’s delivery, you’d find yourself endlessly pausing and unpausing your game. It’s also fair to say that many games of high quality reward gamers who explore and allow themselves to soak in the world that has been created for their pleasure. To this end Brady Games go so far as to note conversations that occur between NPCs which add depth, detail and history to the world of Arkham, pointing out where you may want to hold off on your devastating flurry of fists to allow dialogues to occur. This will please fans and gamers who want to enjoy every drop of dialogue and as many intricacies of the game as they can.

Challenge rooms and more

Away from the main story line, Batman: Arkham City of course features the Challenge Rooms. Not everyone enjoyed them the first time round as blood levels inevitably rose to dangerous levels! I personally loved them, and this guide offers some insider tips on how to best maximise your score, trim your best time and equip Batman with modifiers for the best results.

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The guide has your back on Riddler’s Teeth, balloons and more too. The traditional map layout returns here, and because of the size of the locations having an aid like this is invaluable for hunting down missing items.

Achievements

The full achievement listing is found at the rear of the guide and contains tips and advice on how to bag each. In the case of the collectible achievements you are referred to the appropriate section in the book which makes polishing off missing Achievements much easier. Better yet the achievements are divided into the appropriate categories so you can see at a glance which pertain to side-missions, or are achieved by playing through the story for example.

Extra content

As this is the Limited Edition guide, you get more bang for your buck. The guide encased in a hard cover, you get a 3 foot pin-up poster featuring the delightfully twisted Harley Quinn on one side, and the simply delightful Catwoman on the reverse. The official Brady Games blurb stats that ‘each femma fatale appears in a seductive pose for your viewing pleasure’. I’ve taken a long hard look and confirm, the poses are seductive, and it does lead to viewing pleasure.

Just as interesting, are the six comic book sized lithographs which show off Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, The Joker, The Riddlers and The Penguin.

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Hidden away at the back of the book is a sneaky peak of the Arkham City Graphic Novel, and trust me, it looks even better than our photographs show. We’re treated to the opener of the Graphic Novel which is available separately in stores, and I can see it tempting the wallet of many a Batman fan.

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Summary

The conclusion and final word? This is a fantastic guide, not just on the strengths of it’s content and strategic value, but also on the back of being a fantastically crafted addition to the world of Arkham City. Everything the guide sets out to do, it does incredibly well. There are no ‘misses’ and all aspects of the content have been very well put together. There’s strong supporting illustration throughout the whole of the guide but information is clearly presented and given the clarity and prominence it deserves. All of this helps you feel like you’re consulting an actual piece of the game. Almost as if this was magically contained within the retail case of the game itself.

My only personal drawback was with the way the pull out posters are presented. They’re neatly folded into the back of the guide concertina effect which sadly causes several sharp creases which won’t drop out easily, if at all. Considering this is a key selling point of the Limited Edition of the guide I felt it worth a mention.

All in all however, Brady Games have a reputation when it comes to high quality, luxurious guides and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. We here at TA can solidly recommend this purchase.

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With my review of the guide concluded, we’re so pleased to be able to offer this awesome prize to the community at large, and a standard edition of the guide to a runner-up! The competition will be appearing on the front page tomorrow, so be sure to drop by and enter for your chance to win!
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 12:29
ohh come on now... really a review of a guide?
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 12:38
Running out of things to cover or something? Only reason I can see you'd do something like this. Either that or Brady Games paid you to review their guide or some shit. Either way, weak
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 12:39
TerreDactyl said:ohh come on now... really a review of a guide?Any excuse for more Harley Quinn is good enough for me.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 12:42
TerreDactyl said:ohh come on now... really a review of a guide?Yes, really.
I think it looks swell, I love visual guides, they're much more enjoyable than some guide of off a website like GameFAQ's. I have fond memories of my Halo 2 and my GTA: IV physical guides, made sure I didn't miss any of the good times those games had to offer.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 12:54
or i could just the internet for free ...
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:02
Also the guide mis-numbers the riddles, I don't use the guide but I know it does. It says they are ordered 1-5 for the first column then 6-10 for the next, etc, but the one they label as number 24 for example is actually number 25 according to their numbering system, this isn't the only example. It's a shame that game guides have inaccuracies in them especially when they cost as much as they do.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:07
ProSamO7 said:or i could just the internet for free ...Also, this. If people are going to read this review then they have the internet.....So why not just Google a guide online? They can always be updated, unlike guides, so if information is wrong it can be changed on the spot.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:08, Edited on 30 October 11 at 13:14 by Major Trix Zero
ProSamO7 said:or i could just the internet for free ...Yeah man, why don't we all just use the internet for everything we want. I mean everything is free here. I could find downloads of any new game I want free. I mean, why actually pay the people who made the game, when you can play it for free. That's why I never actually buy music from artists, or go to movies or buy copies of it. Psh, that's just stupid. Why should they get money for the things they do? Hell, why even pay for cable? Or internet? Go steal your neighbor's wifi. Just cancel everything you have now and just keep your electricity facepalm
I'm fine with people going online for game help (that is the point of this site, no?), but I enjoyed back in the day when I could ask my friend how to get past a part in the game, and go to a store and buy a nice book to tell me how to if they didn't know. I mean, with book guides, I get a better feeling than I do when I look up entire walkthroughs. Guides usually have a more enjoyable writing style, and don't make me feel like I'm just reading it to get back to the game and get that part of the game out the way. But, preference of course
Thank you for the guide review, as I'm one of the few people who actually know how to enjoy the effort someone puts into something, especially for something they didn't need to do. Also, it's motherfucking batman, that alone makes it news worthy.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:16
I hope not to see any naysayers names in tomorrow's competition then! ;)
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:24
DavieMarshall said:I hope not to see any naysayers names in tomorrow's competition then! ;)and we all know, the loudest haters will always be the first to hold their hands open for presents.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:32
I bought the gears of war 3 guide but it's just for display next to the reto lancer and lancer.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:35
TerreDactyl said:ohh come on now... really a review of a guide?IKR
Is anyone as pumped for Metal Gear Rising as i am....
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:35
I have this guide. The artwork inside is very well done. It's worth the price if you are a Batman fan/collector like I am.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:38
Major Trix Zero said:ProSamO7 said:or i could just the internet for free ...Yeah man, why don't we all just use the internet for everything we want. I mean everything is free here. I could find downloads of any new game I want free. I mean, why actually pay the people who made the game, when you can play it for free. That's why I never actually buy music from artists, or go to movies or buy copies of it. Psh, that's just stupid. Why should they get money for the things they do? Hell, why even pay for cable? Or internet? Go steal your neighbor's wifi. Just cancel everything you have now and just keep your electricity facepalm
I'm fine with people going online for game help (that is the point of this site, no?), but I enjoyed back in the day when I could ask my friend how to get past a part in the game, and go to a store and buy a nice book to tell me how to if they didn't know. I mean, with book guides, I get a better feeling than I do when I look up entire walkthroughs. Guides usually have a more enjoyable writing style, and don't make me feel like I'm just reading it to get back to the game and get that part of the game out the way. But, preference of course
Thank you for the guide review, as I'm one of the few people who actually know how to enjoy the effort someone puts into something, especially for something they didn't need to do. Also, it's motherfucking batman, that alone makes it news worthy.
I think he meant GameFAQs, cut the 'I'm better than you because I pay for my media' shit, no one cares mate.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 13:58
Physical copies of game guides are great. Yeah I could get the information I need from the internet for free but it just isn't presented as nicely, also it gives something to read in the quiet room of the house if you get my meaning.

For any huge game I also buy the Prima or Brady guide for it and am building quite a collection.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 14:13
Interesting. This is a good lead-in to next week's review of the instruction manual smile
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 14:20
DakotaThrice said:Any excuse for more Harley Quinn is good enough for me.Mmmmmm Harley Quinn.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 14:22
Challenge Rooms are one of the best parts of the game. Guide books are nice and convienent but you could find everything u need online for free.
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Posted on 30 October 11 at 14:27
Because this game is so confusing that I need a guide to know what to do.