penned by Paul Dini, this new chapter advances on the story begun in Arkham
Asylum and heavily stars Harley Quinn, working devotedly alongside her
Joker to aid him in bringing his devious vision into actualisation.
Expanding on the premise
of the first, the scope of this game is truly enormous; Arkham Asylum has
been replaced by 'Arkham City', a new super-prison that is five times bigger
than the first where the imprisoned criminals are allowed to roam free
so long as they do not try to escape. This provides a thrilling and dangerous
new location for stunning game play!
Taking place eighteen
months after the events of the first, the Joker has been struck deathly
ill by a virus that has been mutated by the Titan formula. Kidnapping Batman
and injecting him with the same virus, Joker advises his eternal foe that
unless Batman secures a cure for them, they will both die.
Batman must then pursue
the cure through the streets of Arkham City, uncovering some of its deadly
and sinister secrets as well as confronting several classic villains such
as The Riddler, Mr Freeze, Catwoman and Talia al Ghul.
Harley naturally provides
backup and support for her Puddin' as well as causing trouble for the Batman
at every available opportunity.
In this game she dons
a different outfit, to suit both the different setting of an urban dystopia
and reflect her state of mind - here, Harley is intensely tortured and
in a state of anxiety and distress over the Joker's fragile health condition.
As with the first, she is treated as edgier and tougher, her only expressions
of empathy and compassion reserved for her Mistah J.
The rest of the time she's
tough as nails and ruthless in her pursuit of her objections, taking malicious
delight in adding to Batman's troubles.
But her mental state is
occupied with concern for the Joker and it doesn't take much to tip her
over the edge. Indeed, her obsession and fixation with her man is further
reflected in several new tattoos she sports, devoted to him.
As with the first, this
game is a delight for hardcore Harleyites is again her alliance and absolute
union with the Joker and how once again they are depicted as working in
perfect tandem to great effectiveness. Fans can enjoy the treat of
seeing classic JokerxHarley exchange with all its warped humour and sinister
The game ends with the
ultimate climax - the Joker dying, Harley mourning his broken body in the
soft snow of a new morning. However, an easter egg players can unlock reveal
a twist that hints at exciting possibilities for the already-rumoured third
installment: a positive pregnancy test found amongst the detritus of Joker
& Harley's lair!
Could Harley have finally
got her ultimate wish - at the same time as losing the love of her life?
Time will tell...