This guide will help newcomers get introduced to Arkham City’s mechanics and gameplay.
Basic Controls (If didn’t play Asylum)
Use D-Pad to alternate between gadgets.
I use an Xbox 360 Controller on PC (I prefer it over the Xbox One) so I’ll have the Playstation control commands in parentheses next to it.
Basic Tips You Need to Know:
When at a dead end, go into detective mode, by pressing LB on the controller. This is handy for fights too. If there is an explosion symbol (should be like a jagged outline on a blue wall, and select your exploding gel and use it by pressing RT on the surface of the wall, and RB to detonate it. This will have Riddler Trophies and passageways to the designated area.
As mentioned earlier, Detective Mode is used in fights. In Asylum, putting it on all the time made the game easy. In City however, they evened out the odds. Now sometimes it’s easier to use regular mode. In fights however, put it on to see all the enemies in the room. Some enemies later on have these funky glasses that can spy on the gargoyles you prey on, and in detective mode the gargoyle being examined goes from yellow to blue. If you’re on that gargoyle they’ll start shooting you. Then press RB to quickly swing between vantage points and that’ll lose them.
Mechanics and Combos
L (Analog Stick)+ A(X on Playstation) + A(x)- Double side Jump(for boss fights and avoiding gunfire)
L+ A+ A
L+ X+ X
Later on in the game, double tapping RT (RT+RT) will throw a freeze blast. Use this for getting over rivers and freezing enemies. Note this only comes after fighting Mr. Freeze in a boss fight.
Double Tapping LT will chuck batarangs across the area hitting enemies.
(Xbox 360/ One controller)
B+A+A = Aerial Attack
Circle+ X+X for PS4/PS3
B/Circle- Stun for Armored Thugs
B-B-B- Ultra Stun for Titan
For these rectangle metal boxes with yellow sides, you can shoot it with your Remote Eletrical Charge. Usually RB to open doors, and RT to push something down.
Upgrade Ballistic Armor Until it is fully upgraded. Thugs with guns early on in the game s are hard to take out without freeze bombs, and Ballistic Armor offers a chance at resisting them until you get close enough.
Batman Arkham City is a great game, and you should get it when it goes on sale for 5 dollars.