In advance of Spike's 10th anniversary Video Game Awards (Dec. 7), we pick our Hall of Fame class since the network's big event debuted
Rocksteady Studios broke the licensed-videogame curse with 2009's Arkham Asylum, an above-average stealth-action bruiser. But that was just a warm-up for this expansive sequel, a garish and glorious pop epic that combined all the great advancements of the seventh console generation era, and then threw in Batman as a cherry on top. You play as the Caped Crusader on the worst night of his life, dying from poison and trapped in an apocalyptic prison city. It's a simple idea Escape from New York with a batarang but the gameplay is addictive. More to the point, in a period that saw the Superhero become the defining hero of American pop culture, Arkham City folds decades of Bat lore (the space-age sci-fi, the '90s cartoon, Frank Miller, Christopher Nolan) into one engaging and nightmarish descent. Forget The Dark Knight, this is the definitive superhero adventure of the decade.
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