- More strong Arkham City action
- More Robin
- It’s all just a little bit pointless
- It’s linear
- It’s short
- It adds nothing of value
Oh Rocksteady, why have you done this? You’ve taken a fantastic story and tacked on something unnecessary and pointless that adds nothing of value. I am of course talking about the Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC that has just hit Xbox Live because sadly, it’s disappointing.
Harley Quinn’s revenge is set shortly after the events of the main Arkham City story’s climax with Harley Quinn enacting revenge on Batman for a certain end-game event. That’s about it really, the DLC never goes any deeper than that and feels like a waste of 800 Microsoft Points and 2 hours of game time. There’s no doubting that the combat is as good as ever and everything looks great, but it’s just pointless.
Perhaps the best part of the Harley Quinn’s Revenge is that Batman’s sidekick Robin, finally gets some much-needed campaign time albeit in short bursts as you swap between the Boy Wonder and the Dark Knight. He doesn’t really play any differently beyond using a staff instead of his fists and occasionally whipping out a shield for protection, but it just felt nice to be somebody else.
What really grates about the short campaign is just how linear it is. Even then it tries rather insultingly to mask the linearity by having you do things like defuse bombs or find bits of a passcode but it serves as nothing more than filler, delaying the disappointing and lacklustre conclusion. Even when the game looks like something interesting might happen, it just doesn’t. There’s so much elaborate build-up and it all ends with a whimper.
So without rattling on forever, yes, Harley Quinn’s Revenge is on the whole disappointing, but it’s still enjoyable enough if you ignore the distinctly average story. It was fun for me to jump back into the game after the months since I’d last played it and whilst there wasn’t any challenge, it was an interesting two hours. Worth 800 points? If I took the time to find the collectable Harley Quinn balloons, maybe, but otherwise, no.
If you’re still interested, Harley Quinn’s Revenge is out now on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store.