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Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. It was released in the US on October 18, 2011. It eventually has a sequel called Batman: Arkham Knight.
Arkham City takes place six months after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp, former warden of the Arkham Asylum, has taken credit for stopping the Joker, and used that notoriety to become mayor of Gotham City. As neither Arkham nor Blackgate Prison are in any condition to hold inmates, Sharp buys out a large section of Gotham's slums, surrounds it with tall walls and arms the perimeter with private military contractors from a group called TYGER in order to create "Arkham City". The prisoners are brought into Arkham City and are given free reign, as long as they do not attempt escape. To oversee the city, Sharp hires psychiatrist Hugo Strange who appears to have his own secret agenda for the city. Batman maintains a vigil over the city, worried that the situation may get out of hand.
The events of the game are set in motion when Bruce Wayne, speaking out against the Arkham City projects, is kidnapped by TYGER men and sent into Arkham City. There, Strange confronts him with a cryptic plan he calls "Protocol 10". Shortly after being dropped into the prison, Wayne sneaks off to don his Batsuit and heads out to investigate the truth behind Protocol 10. In the meantime, Two-Face, seeking to gain status among the inmates and other villains (particularly the Joker and the Penguin, with whom he is vying for infuence) outside the city, devises a plan to publicly execute Catwoman after catching her looting his safe. After saving her from being executed, Batman suffers an attempt on his life by the Joker. After Batman locates him, Joker reveals that he has been rendered terminally ill due to his tampering with the TITAN drug and, by pumping his infected blood into Batman, he has gotten him ill as well. The Joker also says that he got samples his blood transported out to some hospitals in Gotham City, and if a cure is not provided, hundreds of people will die, afflicted by the same disease as him and now Batman. Batman soon learns that Mr. Freeze has the means to concoct a cure, but the Penguin is holding him hostage in order to prevent the Joker from being cured, and thus oust him from his position in the criminal underworld.
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, once again, reprise their roles as Batman and Joker, respectively. Arleen Sorkin, however, does not return as Harley Quinn who is instead voiced by Tara Strong. Veteran writer Paul Dini is responsible for the main storyline.
Other Gotham criminals and villains to appear are Poison Ivy, Riddler, Mister Freeze, Penguin (who sets Batman up for a fight with Solomon Grundy), Mad Hatter, Deadshot, Bane, Killer Croc, Victor Zsasz, the Calendar Man, Black Mask, Hush, Clayface and Ra's al Ghul with his daughter Talia. Also making an appearance are Gotham Reporters Jack Ryder and Vicki Vale.
Alfred Pennyworth joins the cast, supporting Batman by radio communication throughout the game. Barbara Gordon returns to assist Batman as Oracle, as does Commissioner Gordon. Azrael (Michael Lane) has a brief cameo as well.
Batman's notable allies Robin and Nightwing appear as DLC extras with their own unique sets of Bat-gadgets and special moves, and are playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as adding an additional four extra challenge maps of their own. An upcoming expansion, Harley Quinn's Revenge, will allow Robin to be playable in its story mode.
Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman all feature bonus "skins" which allows them to take on the appearance of their DCAU counterparts (among others based on other parts of the Batman mythos); with the exception of Nightwing (who was not introduced until The New Batman Adventures), all DCAU "skins" are patterned after the characters' appearances in Batman: The Animated Series (which means that Robin, despite being Tim Drake, wears Dick Grayson's Robin costume). Also, the Batsuit from Batman Beyond is available for Batman, complete with retractable wings which appear whenever Batman performs actions for which he would use his cape, like gliding or stunning an enemy.
|Carlos Alazraqui||Officer Sanchez, Political Prisoner|
|Chris Cox||Eddie Burlow, Deadshot|
|Chris Gardner||Inmates, Thugs|
|Corey Burton||Hugo Strange|
|Crispin Freeman||Officer Michaels, Political Prisoners|
|Danny Jacobs||Victor Zsasz|
|David Kaye||James Gordon, Inmates, TYGER Lieutenants|
|Dee Bradley Baker||Ra's al Ghul, Wonder City Announcer|
|Duane Shepard||Aaron Cash|
|Eric Bauza||Dr. Adam Hamasaki|
|Fred Tatsiacore||Solomon Grundy, Hammer, Bane, Inmates, Joker Lieutenants, Penguin Thugs|
|Grey DeLisle||Catwoman, Vicki Vale, Martha Wayne, Dr. Stacy Baker|
|James Horan||Jack Ryder, Inmates, Thugs|
|Jim Meskimen||Sgt. Tom Miller|
|Joe Holt||Officer Elvis Jones, Officer Best|
|Kevin Conroy||Batman, Thomas Elliot|
|Khary Payton||Azrael, Officer Jon Forrester|
|Kimberly Brooks||Oracle, Officer Anne Bishop|
|Mark Hamill||The Joker|
|Martin Jarvis||Alfred Pennyworth|
|Maurice LaMarche||Mr. Freeze, Calendar Man, Political Prisoner|
|Michael Gough||Doctor, TYGER Guards, Cop|
|Misty Dini||Nurse Fiona Wilson, Museum Announcer, Dispatch Officer|
|Nolan North||Penguin, Black Mask, Inmates, Thugs, Guards|
|Peter MacNicol||Mad Hatter|
|Rick Wasserman||Clayface, Inmates, Thugs|
|Roger Rose||William North, Officer Strictland|
|Stana Katic||Talia al Ghul|
|Steve Blum||Sickle, Killer Croc, Inmates, Thugs|
|Tara Strong||Harley Quinn|
|Tasia Valenza||Poison Ivy|
|Tom Kane||Quincy Sharp|
|Troy Baker||Robin, Two-Face, Officer Whitman|