Should You Buy Batman: Arkham City's Nightwing Bundle Pack? No.

The rather wonderful Batman: Arkham City will, thanks to its wealth of extra-curricular content, still be spinning in many people's disc drives this week. No matter. Publishers Warner Bros. think now is the time to drop some fresh downloadable content for the singleplayer-only game.

So this week has seen the release of the Nightwing pack, which for $US7 adds a new Challenge Room character, two new Challenge Room...challenges and a bonus skin. Is it worth the money? Let's ask some guys who work for Kotaku what they think.

Luke Plunkett, who played Batman: Arkham City so much he was answering the phone with "I'M BATMAN": If you're purchasing Batman: Arkham City second-hand, and want to access the substantial Catwoman content, a download code will cost you $US10. That gets you a new character, new story missions, new Riddler challenges, all kinds of stuff.

It is, as far as downloadable content goes, a pretty good deal, even if new purchasers of the game get it for free. So it's a shame, then, that the game's second piece of downloadable content is not a good deal. In fact, it's a terrible deal.

You're really not getting much here. While Nightwing has some new tricks and moves that set him apart from Batman and Catwoman, the fact you can only use him in the Challenge Rooms limits his appeal. After clearing both of the new rooms included in the pack within 10 minutes, I was done. Bored. Itching to do something else with the character, since he has some cool gadgets like tranquilliser darts (the closest the series has come to a true firearm), but all I could do was lament the fact there was nothing else to do with the character except grind through more rooms I'd already ground through with Batman. His new gear was cool, but not cool enough to make me want to do that again.

Developers like BioWare and Bethesda have set a fairly high standard when it comes to singleplayer downloadable content, providing gamers with enough substantial, meaningful offerings to make spending more money on the game worthwhile. The Nightwing pack doesn't meet this standard. Meaning my gut feeling on whether you should pay $US7 for this is a definite No.

From Stephen Totilo, who liked when Dick Grayson was Batman in the comics Nightwing is a badass in this DLC. His animations are terrific and distinct from the moves I've used as Batman and Catwoman while crunching through Arkham City combat challenges. Is he $US7 worth of badass? That's a lot to charge for a deal that gives you a pair of new maps (in the form of a pair of unexciting rooms in Wayne Manor), two Nightwing skins and that's about it. It's a pleasure to use Nightwing's electricity-based stun moves, but without some new story missions to beef this up, it doesn't feel like enough. This one's even harder sell because Arkham City is already rich with combat and Predator challenges. More of them isn't what this still-new game most needed. No

Evan Narcisse, lifelong fan of the first guy who was Robin and someone who thinks the Dick Grayson Dark Knight was a recent high point of Bat-continuity: I haven't played the Nightwing add-in yet, but it seems that this is the kind of DLC where mileage varies greatly on the kind of player you are. If you play a game like Arkham City to experience the story, then the appeal of content that doesn't add anything to the narrative won't be terribly high. But, players who engage in a me-vs.-the game confrontation will like the idea of mastering Nightwing's new attacks and gadgets on fresh challenge maps. It's the idea of infinite perfectibility at work, as in "how much can I bend this game to my will?" I'm not really that kind of player but, given that I'm a huge Nightwing fan and quite smitten with the added depth Rocksteady's put into Arkham City's combat system, I'm giving this add-on a hearty Yes.

Gut Check is an off-the-cuff impression of what we think of a game: what we'd tell a friend; how we'd respond on Twitter or Facebook or over a beer if someone asked us "Would you buy this game?" Our lead writer, who has played a lot of the game, decides. Other writers chime in for additional points of view.


Comments

    Tim Drake is a more interesting Robin anyway.

      A Red Hood DLC pack where you just flat out murder the hell out of your assailants instead of disabling them would be great.

    I got Arkham City on 360... Planning on getting the GOTY edition next year for $10.

    How was the third guys comment even considered?!? He hasn't even played the damn thing! It's like recommending a movie YOU HAVEN'T SEE YET.

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

      If you pay attention and read them all you'll notice that this happens almost every time they do a "should you buy" post.

      These are pretty worthless in my opinion.

      It's Kotaku, end of story.

    Screw this noise... I purchased the Nightwing DLC and he's awesome.

    I haven't spent much time in the challenge rooms, the combat was kind of fun in the game but I was in it for the story.

    It would probably be worth it if there were some Nightwing (and some Robin) storyline missions to complete. Hopefully we'll get something like that in future rumoured DLC

    "Closest the series has come to a true firearm" Did he not play as Joker in Asylum? One guy doesn't know what he's talking about and one hasn't even played the DLC. Fantastic article!

    I don't think they are aiming at "substantial" DLC. Just a nice little bonus for the Batman fans.

      Yes and yes. I was going to compliment the fact that there are finally some gut checks that are negative, but when the really positive of the article comes from someone who doesn't even have it - yet people in the comments love it - there's something wrong.

      I do think $7USD is a bit much, but I also think this is a bit of a trial to see if people like playing as Nightwing. So many prisoners mention that they want to go to Bludhaven when they get out, so I have a feeling the next game will be a Batman/Nightwing ordeal over there as opposed to this game's Batman/Catwoman.

    Should you buy Arkham City? No, you shouldn't.

      maybe the dlc game bundle next year.

    I just do the opposite of what Luke Plunkett says. The guy is a moron and has no clue about anything 90% of the time. He says it sucks, then I'm going to go buy it because I don't believe in what negative people say

    I bought it. THEN read this. Oh well. I do enjoy Nightwings moveset alot. But it is true, there really is no use for him in the game. Which is a shame because he has some fantastic uses in combat / sneaking around that would be really good to have in the Single player. A man can dream...

    Good to see more and more shitty DLC's being called out for what they are.

    There are some fantastic DLC packs out there, the fallout packs and a couple of the borderlands packs especially, but then you have your $15 3-map packs and other trash like this.

    Developers need to know that DLC has to be worth it

    I'm really hating this YES/No thing, I think it can really hurt a game's sales, and often it is not being reviewed in depth at all. Seeing a big NO against a game makes one think it is pure crap, like Jumbo Jet Pilot on the Atari 800 or something. I really think this column is a bad idea and will do damage.

      I'm already not a fan of how games and movies are given a certain number of stars or a rating out ten, but this takes it further and makes it 0/1 or 1/1. Binary isn't always good.

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