Lens of Truth Head2Head: Batman: Arkham City Analysis (PS3 & Xbox 360)

Lens of Truth writes - "Welcome back for another exciting Head2Head! This week we will be taking a look at another one of this years most anticipated titles. With the huge success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, it is no surprise that gamers have been waiting eagerly for the next chapter in the already enormous Batman universe. After many suspenseful trailers and the painful wait that follows, Batman: Arkham City has finally arrived! The only question that remains is which version is the best one to buy given the option. Lets hone in on the Dark Knight and conduct some “strange” experiments to reveal the identity of the true Batman."

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Joe Bomb2127d ago

Close but the 360 looks and performs better. I wonder how the PC version will look against these two.

Great game!

darthv722127d ago

on the 360. I will respect the series and continue the trend with this one.

Generally my buying habits of sequels center around the platform I buy the initial copy on.

Both versions look to be very enjoyable to those who pick it up.

BushLitter2127d ago

I don't know if anyone else does this, but I always buy the PS3 version (unless its a really poor version) because of the casing!

I really like the compact feel and the look of the blu-ray cover.

I usually just get the exclusives for Xbox.

About buying sequels based on the initial copy, I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I have AC franchise all on Xbox (Got the AC2 with the Xbox initially, and then won copies of AC1 and Brotherhood). But I want to get Revelations on PS3 for MP but it will spoil the collection.

Stupid problem, I know. But a problem nonetheless

GrieverSoul2127d ago

The games looks exactly the same! Minus contrast diferences.

The Xbox has an slight edge since its performance is better.
Still, this doesnt mean PS3 owners get shafted. Both consoles offer the same visuals. Frame drops wont make the great game less great. :)

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StanLee2127d ago

Did they get better equipment or just common sense because the XBox 360 version performed better in the first game's comparisons but they still gave it to the PS3? Funny that, since Digital Foundry stated as much and every PS3 fanboy on disagreed. Let's hear their comments this time.

Persistantthug2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

If you really must brag, show me something of substance.....something that REALLY makes a good deal of difference.

If I have to squint really hard or run up close to the TV, and/or grab a pixel and frame counter to tell any difference...then it doesn't mean a damn dude.

When you show me some extra games or content (Dead Space 2 + LA Noire), extra characters (Mortal Kombat), or some eyebrow raising uncommon extra (Portal 2 Steam + PC/MAC).....when you see that from whatever version you want to brag about, feel free to PM me since you're always out of bubbles.

Just don't PM me about some menial pixel no one can really see or cares about.

Echo3072127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

10% screen tearing is nothing to brush off. I know some people don't notice tearing as much as others, but for me, ever since the first time I saw it, I haven't been able to *not* see it, and it drives me nuts. Breaks the immersion, IMO.

Plus, load times were just a shade better on the box, and LoT doesn't install games for their comparison, and I usually do.

As a multiplatform owner, this is an easy decision.

mega BIG time2126d ago

lol just because you said you bought the first one on 360 you got 20 disagrees? So funny.

I happen to buy my sequels on the platform I originally bought it on too like Demon Souls and Dark Souls on PS3.

@BushLitter I too like PS3 blu-ray cases much more then the aging 360 dvd covers however I still buy most multiplats on 360 they almost always perform better.

Treyb3yond2126d ago

Ps3 version has 3D. I went for that.

Twilightx72126d ago


They both have 3D.

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r1sh122127d ago

The Xbox and ps3 versions are very similar, it just seems like the xbox is brighter and the ps3 has slightly deeper colours.
Very similar though

360 man2127d ago

yh you just missed out the ps3 versions 40% screen tearing in the first scene.

thats pretty much a big difference

user8586212127d ago

Overall the PC version will murder these two, but between consoles 360 version as usual is much sharper

frostypants2127d ago

Nobody plays this type of game on PCs...and I'm speaking as someone with all 3 platforms.

Messatsu2902127d ago

frosty, I bet when u said "all 3 platforms" you mean wii,ps3,and 360, because I have arkham asylum on pc and getting this one as well on the pc. Speak for your ignorant self.

pr0digyZA2127d ago

What I have all three platforms and I am waiting just like I did for the first one. I really want all the extras that come with it as well.

TreMillz2127d ago

"360 pad mate", "PS3 pad mate"....defeats the purpose as thats for consoles now isn't it?....i mean if im gonna play with a 360 or PS3 pad you'd think they'd be attach to a 360 or PS3...

Legion2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )


The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles.

I am assuming he was referring to the platforms in discussion at the time which were Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Who was the ignorant one in the discussion again?

Legion2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )


Some PC owners know full well that some games (especially platform games) are much better when using a traditional game pad versus a keyboard mouse configuration.

As for the pads being for consoles. Well no... the PC pad has been around a long time and I know from experience with the Xbox 360 pad (we call it a controller) it is a version made specifically to link up with the PC and works well with many games.

As for his choice to play it on the PC versus any console then that is his prerogative. And surely the PC would look better if he has a system that can produce.

As for me I would purchase it for my console of choice because I try to refrain from gaming on my PC, as it feels like mixing pleasure with work. (my prerogative)

Khronikos2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

No joke. With Xpadder and Ds3 tool My Dual Shock 3 can be tuned better than the PS3 in game options tune it. You can pick any kind of deadzone you want. I stopped buying multiplats sometime ago. But it's funny how the kiddies think games are only on consoles lol. I just bought the entire GTA pack on Steam for 12.50. Yeah, that is EVERY GYA game ever made. I plug my HDMI videocard into my TV and I play these games in 1080p with max AA and they look better than any console will be able to do for years.

I don't hardly ever use a mouse and keyboard anymore except for RTS or something of that nature. Keyboards blow for emulating movement and anyone who says otherwise is just playing the fool.

Messatsu2902126d ago

@ Legion

I know what he was referring to. I said Wii because the comment he said about PCs is as stupid as the explanations you give.

vulcanproject2126d ago

Happily happily waiting for the PC version. Increased texture resolution, Better AA, Physx, DX11, 3D vision, 60 frames, 1080p.

More than enough reasons to wait 4 weeks for me- its not like there isn't anything else to play right now is there?

Boody-Bandit2126d ago (Edited 2126d ago )

I am speaking as someone that owns all 3 platforms and I played and completed Batman Arkham Asylum on the PC from Steam and I already have Batman Arkham City on preorder for the PC. Besides the textures, resolution and silky frame rates the definitive reason is pyshX.

Another bonus is Windows Live games support XBL achievements as well.

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TBM2126d ago

Hmm surprisingly im not losing any sleep while playing it on my ps3. the same way i didn't have a problem playing the first game too. Im not one of those people who lives for these stupid comparisons like most people here.

zeddy2126d ago

360 looks more shiney. still no reason not to get it for the ps3, its not that bad.

TBM2126d ago

says you i loved part one, and im loving part two on my ps3 with no problems whatsoever. it feels more comfortable playing with my ps3 controller than my 360 one.

MsclMexican2126d ago

I hate lens of truth. Why?

It is pretty much flame-war centeral

Here is a real comment from some one on this article

"Wow! The 360 just keeps pumping out the wins baby! BANG!!
Same ol’ story, the overpriced internet ready blu ray player has blurry textures, inferior lighting, more torn frames, LOL. When going head to head with a SUPERIOR gaming machine like Xbox 360 the overpriced internet ready blu ray player just can’t cut it. FACT. That’s why ps3 fantards love exclusives…there’s nothing to put them head to head against LOL.
Another crushing victory for the real gaming console.Xbox 360. BANG!! Oooooh da’ powwa’ uv da’ cell..LMFAO!!!
“Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made.” –John Carmack


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gypsygib2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

I bought the 360 version but I stood in the store for like 25 minutes trying to find info on which one has better 3D.

I surmise the PS3 but neither console can do 720p with few jaggies 3D that well anyways. The best I've seen is Crysis 2, Motorstorm, and SuperStardust. The rest look like low res shit so I just got the slightly sharper 360 version.

My point is that LoT should include 3D in the analysis as it would weigh in for PS3.

morganfell2127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

The comparison is invalid no matter which version looks better. Why? Simple.

There is something more important that LoT, who has been busted for dishonest practices before, should include with EVERY comparison. It looks like this:

Finally one site has done the correct thing.

EDIT: @news4geeks, one of my constant disagrees, if you do not get why the capture settings should be stated then nothing I can say to you will assist you in this matter, gaming in general, or anywhere else in your life.

Your lack of "getting it" also demonstrates a certain naivete concerning past incidents in the game journalism community.

It amazes me anyone would give LoT a click considering their past actions toward both HD consoles. Incidents for which they never attempted to make amends.

darthv722127d ago (Edited 2127d ago )

wouldnt a solid comparison be better made at the least common denominator? There are tweaks each system can do to enhance the visual presentation. A true comparative is generally done with the same settings on the same screen and the same screen shot.

To use advanced features serves to show what each 'could' look like but there are also variances that the users will not be able to discern.

Which is why doing them without all the bells and whistles is more accurate. It leave the chance that one is being favored over the other out of the equation.

Once the basic comparisons are done...then they should up the visual ante by showing what this option does or that when it is turned on. This way it also helps those who may not be using these features to see if they make a difference to them on their tv. Not everyone uses the same setup and so not everyone needs those settings.

It is a try and see if it makes a difference and if you are satisfied with the results kind of thing.