Review: Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC

Dear Harley,

I’ve been a fan of yours for as long as I can remember.  It’s hard to believe that you were a “throwaway” character that was originally supposed to be used just once in an episode of Batman the Animated Series… and yet you’ve come so far.  You’ve become somewhat of an icon, so when Rocksteady Studios announced that you were getting your own Batman: Arkham City downloadable content, I was understandably excited.  With a title like “Harley Quinn’s Revenge,” how could it be anything but super awesome?!

You left us with one hell of a shocker at the end of the game when you had us thinking you were pregnant, so I immediately assumed that your new DLC would delve deeper into that plot twist.  Boy was I disappointed to find all those negative pregnancy tests in your hide out… I guess it’s a good thing though, seeing as Robin decided to beat you up pretty good.  I don’t think anybody wants to see a pregnant lady get punched and kicked.  Anyways, since we’re talking about Robin, is it just me or does he fight pretty much just like Batman? The Boy Wonder didn’t bring anything new to the table other than his snap flashes and shield.  I don’t know about you, but I was expecting a little bit of variety out of my ten dollars.  Don’t you think that’s a little expensive for less than two hours of game play?

I guess I’ve just grown accustomed to the quality of game that Rocksteady has been known for in the past few years, so in my eyes, the likelihood of an amazing experience was pretty high.  Maybe it’s my fault for having such high expectations, but I can’t help seeing your short story about kidnapping Batman, with Robin coming to his rescue as pretty lame and unoriginal.  You could have done something really special given the time it took to release your DLC Harley.  You could have actually added something important to the Arkham universe, but instead you gave us a pretty hollow and ultimately uninspired two hours.

What I’m really trying to say to you  is: “Harley, I really hope your crappy DLC doesn’t indicate the quality of what’s yet to come from Rocksteady Studios, because this simply felt like a lazy cash in on a now well established franchise.”

Your BIGGEST fan,

Adam

P.S. – I still <3 you!

 

RATING: 3 out of 10

 

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