Ninjas Can Beat Arkham City in 8 Hours

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Ninjas Can Beat Arkham City in 8 Hours

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Gamers will be able to conquer Batman: Arkham City in 8 hours, but only if they follow the way of the ninja.

Being a ninja must be awesome. I mean sure, you need to go through years of rigorous training and live in paranoia for the rest of your life, but think of all the cool powers you get! Depending on the medium, you can change between five bodies at will, make men question the futility of life, have ultimate duels set to Aerosmith's "Dream On," activate your Knife Eye Attack, and I'm sure that those kids in Naruto have something worth-while that they can do. Maybe not.

According to Rocksteady Studios, another thing that ninjas can do is conquer the upcoming Batman: Arkham City in eight hours. "It's very difficult to put a number on [the campaign's length]," Rocksteady marketing game manager Dax Ginn told CVG. "I can tell you that our QA guys, who are ninjas and obviously know everything in the game, can do just the core story missions, nothing else, in about eight hours, just straight-lining."

"And they know exactly where to go what to do - the most efficient way of doing it. So, someone who has no idea what to do and wants to complete everything it's going to be significantly more than that." Given how Arkham Asylum - as a proper Metroidvania-style game - had a ton of little sidequests to accomplish and plenty of exploring to be done, one can only expect that number to rise from here on out.

Arkham City is out this October. Better polish up your ninjitsu.

(CVG)

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If they want to promote it maybe they SHOULD put an estimate on how long an ordinary gamer could play through it. I'm certainly hoping for much more than 8 hours of Batman.

Sounds like we'll have quite a nice length of time getting to play as the Dark Knight. I am not sure which has me more excited, Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. So much awesome coming this fall.

Almost like the Homefront story.

John Funk:
I'm sure that those kids in Naruto have something worth-while that they can do. Maybe not.

Silly John, Naruto's not a ninja. No ninja would wear something as dumb as an orange jumpsuit. The camouflage would be awful.

OT: If 8 hours is the speedrun, this should be a decent-lengthed game.

I'm sure it will take at least 15 hours for those who want to finish every side mission and everything. 8 hours is a stealth-speedrun I'm sure.

well we know how fast ninjas can do it, but how fast can BATMAN do it?

batman is superior to ninjas in every way. (as are pirates and viking but i digress)

Can't wait till the speed runners get their hands on it to continue the proud tradition of speedrunning Metroidvanias. Watching a proper speed run of something like Shadow Complex or Metroid Prime just gets me all tingly. ^_^

8 hours doesn't bother me at all. I poured a ton of time into the first one and didn't come close to 100%; I suspect this one will be just as satisfying.

Well even if it didn't require Ninja skills 8 hours sounds like a good time for the core missions. I know I spent a long while in AA hunting for all the hidden gems (and the picture of Harley Quinn in that outfit). I also, however, spent hours stuck on that damn Killer Croc level. Let's not see a repeat of that disappointment of a level again.

My best speed run of RE4 was about 3 hours, and that was a pretty long game (especially on your first playthrough) so I'm sure it's save to assume that City will be just as long as Asylum if not longer.

I was dangerously close to the "cancel preorder" button there...

coil:
Can't wait till the speed runners get their hands on it to continue the proud tradition of speedrunning Metroidvanias. Watching a proper speed run of something like Shadow Complex or Metroid Prime just gets me all tingly. ^_^

8 hours doesn't bother me at all. I poured a ton of time into the first one and didn't come close to 100%; I suspect this one will be just as satisfying.

I'm not saying you're doing this, but everyone seems to be thinking, "Only 8 hours?!?" and missing the whole part where it's the guys who made the game completing it in 8 hours and not just us Schmoes. Also, they were only doing the main story missions and none of the sidequests. Yeesh, evidently reading comprehension has suffered since I graduated.

News:Day after launch day someone completes Arkham Asylum in under 5 hours

Well 8 hours is a nice estimation for the core missions of a game. For example I finally played Mass Effect,(Yes I know I'm way behind on this one), and thought that it would be a very long epic game but the main story is like 7 levels long and I beat the game in a little under 10 hours. Though I really should have expected that since most of Western RPGs focus on side quests instead of main ones. So if B:AC is like this I think it should be a pretty long game.

thenumberthirteen:
Well even if it didn't require Ninja skills 8 hours sounds like a good time for the core missions. I know I spent a long while in AA hunting for all the hidden gems (and the picture of Harley Quinn in that outfit). I also, however, spent hours stuck on that damn Killer Croc level. Let's not see a repeat of that disappointment of a level again.

i had more trouble with scarecrow, that said I LOVED those segments xD

It takes the guys who made the game eight hours to beat it straight through huh? That's good to know. Means that I'll be play for twelve at least, probably more. Looking forward to this game, especially since it's the last time Mark will be The Joker. Sad about that.

Naruto skills:

Thousands of clones of yourself, near unlimited weapons from paper, make drawings come to life, use millions of insects to "eat" your enemies, Telescopic/x-ray vision, breathe fire, burn things with your eyes, send people in their own personal Hell for several days when it's only been a second, and summon a giant animal. Cookie to anyone who's actually willing to step up and name each person that has said ability. :-)

i gotta say, this seems damn promising! i mean 8 hours for a campaign seems to be standard now (excluding RPGs), but this is 8 hours, just story missions, by people who know it well. looks like its gonna be a lengthy game, and i couldn't be happier ^-^

bahumat42:

thenumberthirteen:
Well even if it didn't require Ninja skills 8 hours sounds like a good time for the core missions. I know I spent a long while in AA hunting for all the hidden gems (and the picture of Harley Quinn in that outfit). I also, however, spent hours stuck on that damn Killer Croc level. Let's not see a repeat of that disappointment of a level again.

i had more trouble with scarecrow, that said I LOVED those segments xD

Yeah he was quite tough in later stages. I just got lost in those annoying featureless sewers. Of course Croc was a piece of cake to take down when he attacked so there was no threat, just boredom.

Oh yeah?

I'm going to beat it in Seven Hours Bitch

Sniper Team 4:
It takes the guys who made the game eight hours to beat it straight through huh? That's good to know. Means that I'll be play for twelve at least, probably more. Looking forward to this game, especially since it's the last time Mark will be The Joker. Sad about that.

Naruto skills:

Thousands of clones of yourself, near unlimited weapons from paper, make drawings come to life, use millions of insects to "eat" your enemies, Telescopic/x-ray vision, breathe fire, burn things with your eyes, send people in their own personal Hell for several days when it's only been a second, and summon a giant animal. Cookie to anyone who's actually willing to step up and name each person that has said ability. :-)

Naruto
Tenten
Sai
Neji or Hinata
Sasuke
Itachi
Any one with a contract.

I write Naruto Fanfiction, I could of done that with one hand.

Dr. wonderful:

Sniper Team 4:
It takes the guys who made the game eight hours to beat it straight through huh? That's good to know. Means that I'll be play for twelve at least, probably more. Looking forward to this game, especially since it's the last time Mark will be The Joker. Sad about that.

Naruto skills:

Thousands of clones of yourself, near unlimited weapons from paper, make drawings come to life, use millions of insects to "eat" your enemies, Telescopic/x-ray vision, breathe fire, burn things with your eyes, send people in their own personal Hell for several days when it's only been a second, and summon a giant animal. Cookie to anyone who's actually willing to step up and name each person that has said ability. :-)

Naruto
Tenten
Sai
Neji or Hinata
Sasuke
Itachi
Any one with a contract.

I write Naruto Fanfiction, I could of done that with one hand.

Well done. I just wanted to see if anyone else on this site likes Naruto like I do. So many people can't stand it, or just hate it, that sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.

Dr. wonderful:

Sniper Team 4:
It takes the guys who made the game eight hours to beat it straight through huh? That's good to know. Means that I'll be play for twelve at least, probably more. Looking forward to this game, especially since it's the last time Mark will be The Joker. Sad about that.

Naruto skills:

Thousands of clones of yourself, near unlimited weapons from paper, make drawings come to life, use millions of insects to "eat" your enemies, Telescopic/x-ray vision, breathe fire, burn things with your eyes, send people in their own personal Hell for several days when it's only been a second, and summon a giant animal. Cookie to anyone who's actually willing to step up and name each person that has said ability. :-)

Naruto
Tenten
Sai
Neji or Hinata
Sasuke
Itachi
Any one with a contract.

I write Naruto Fanfiction, I could of done that with one hand.

Epic fail. You forgot about Shino. But then again, everyone forgets about Shino.

pendragon177:

Dr. wonderful:

Sniper Team 4:
It takes the guys who made the game eight hours to beat it straight through huh? That's good to know. Means that I'll be play for twelve at least, probably more. Looking forward to this game, especially since it's the last time Mark will be The Joker. Sad about that.

Naruto skills:

Thousands of clones of yourself, near unlimited weapons from paper, make drawings come to life, use millions of insects to "eat" your enemies, Telescopic/x-ray vision, breathe fire, burn things with your eyes, send people in their own personal Hell for several days when it's only been a second, and summon a giant animal. Cookie to anyone who's actually willing to step up and name each person that has said ability. :-)

Naruto
Tenten
Sai
Neji or Hinata
Sasuke
Itachi
Any one with a contract.

I write Naruto Fanfiction, I could of done that with one hand.

Epic fail. You forgot about Shino. But then again, everyone forgets about Shino.

Oh right, Shino' a hard Character to write for and a Harder Character to remember.

Team 8 is the best example on how to write him.

Sniper Team 4:

Dr. wonderful:

Sniper Team 4:

~Snip~

~Double Snip~

Well done. I just wanted to see if anyone else on this site likes Naruto like I do. So many people can't stand it, or just hate it, that sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.

And you! You call yourself a fan and yet you don't even notice if a secondary character's identity goes unnoticed in your own question.

Shino is crying somewhere....

Thats a very comforting thing to hear at this point, really. An 8 hour campaign completed by a professional is very telling to the amount of content within the game. If I had heard of any less I would've probably been disappointed with how long I've been waiting for this, but now I'm just as greedy for this title as ever.

Dr. McNinja reference from John = winning in a way that is usually reserved for Charlie Sheen.

FaceFaceFace:
If they want to promote it maybe they SHOULD put an estimate on how long an ordinary gamer could play through it. I'm certainly hoping for much more than 8 hours of Batman.

If someone who knows ever in and out of the game, where enemies are, where they walk to, which powers you have, etc... without doing ANY second missions (which if like the other game gives you XP, making you level slower and therefore making the game harder) can do it in 8 hours, then would say y our first time run will probabl take you about 20 hours or more.

They promoted it by saying "This game takes atleast 8 hours, and that's by an absoute master of the game. it will take you MUCH longer"

EDIT: 20 hours WAS hyperbole... but you get my point

Crimson_Dragoon:

John Funk:
I'm sure that those kids in Naruto have something worth-while that they can do. Maybe not.

Silly John, Naruto's not a ninja. No ninja would wear something as dumb as an orange jumpsuit. The camouflage would be awful.

OT: If 8 hours is the speedrun, this should be a decent-lengthed game.

NOT TRUE! He'd blend in very well at a traffic cone storage facility!

OT: I myself prefer longer games. Then again, I like stealth a lot, but I suck at it. So I guess this will be a long game for me. Hehehehe.

8 hours?

Gonna have to be a rent then.

Please let this game be good.

That's a fair length for a game like this, just add in the challenge rooms and the trophy hunting and this will be a meaty package

well, to be fair i spent like 3 days (not actuall game play, but playing 3 days roughly 4 or 5 hours a day) doing the main quest, and a whole week doing the riddles, and other stuff, which was fun in itself.

<forms hand signs> Hype-no-jitu

Tdc2182:
8 hours?

Gonna have to be a rent then.

For the QA people who play the game day in and day out, know every single thing in the game, doing only the core, story missions and no side missions whatsoever. Seriously, people, stop glancing over the news and giving knee-jerk reactions, everythings chill, dude.

In fact, this only heightens my excitement for the game. I've been hanckerin' for a good, solid, single-player focused game, and the original Arkham Asylum was fantabulous, so color me giddy for Arkham City.

Jumplion:

Tdc2182:
8 hours?

Gonna have to be a rent then.

For the QA people who play the game day in and day out, know every single thing in the game, doing only the core, story missions and no side missions whatsoever. Seriously, people, stop glancing over the news and giving knee-jerk reactions, everythings chill, dude.

In fact, this only heightens my excitement for the game. I've been hanckerin' for a good, solid, single-player focused game, and the original Arkham Asylum was fantabulous, so color me giddy for Arkham City.

You know, of recent they are putting out more and more of these "shortest possible length" crap that may have been nice to know about a few games with unreasonably short stories, but now, I think they're going for those knee-jerkings now for some reason.

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