Editor’s note: Ryan Smith is a longtime gamer and freelance writer who lives in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in business and marketing, he has written in the past for WRAL Tech Wire and GameArgus.com. He currently plays Xbox 360 and PC as well as Nintendo DS. For story ideas, tips and feedback, he can be reached via e-mail (ryannicksmith@gmail.com)

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In 2009, the gaming community was blessed with what many hailed as the best superhero/comic book video game of all time: “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” Arkham Asylum was a game where the player takes control of Batman as he explores the depths of one of the most important places in Batman Lore, the asylum where Batman sticks his defeated nemeses.

With an epic story, loads of Batman lore, beautiful graphics and awesome gameplay, it proved to be an amazing title, not only for Batman fans but for gamers everywhere. Arkham Asylum ended up shipping over 2.5 million copies about a month after its release in August 2009.

Released last week, “Batman: Arkham City” has shipped 5 million.

At the time of the Sept. 2009 sales figures, Warner Bros. Interactive president Martin Tremblay was obviously pleased with how “(a) powerful franchise fused with high-quality production” was proving video game interpretations of comic books can not only be profitable, but critically acclaimed as well.

With the news of its sequel shipping double the copies in a fourth of the time, Tremblay has gone on to praise developer London-based Rocksteady Studios “Rocksteady Studios went above and beyond in delivering an incredible game and the support of the entire team at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment drove the excellent campaign a game like this deserves.”

Although the Joker was defeated in Arkham Asylum, plenty of famous Batman villains didn’t appear, although hints and cameo’s abounded. Therefore there is plenty of room in its sequel, Arkham City, for Batman to free roam around Gotham and take down even more of his foes, this time alongside Catwoman (and Robin in DLC).

Metacritic currently holds Arkham City 3 points higher on Xbox360 than its predecessor, while PS3 reviews are about 5 points higher.

“Batman: Arkham City is one of the best action adventure games, proven by the tremendous reviews, and it further establishes the Batman brand as a marquee franchise for our growing business,” Tremblay says.

I enjoyed Arkham Asylum very much and I can’t wait to start the sequel. Review to come soon.

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