Pre-order bonuses: Can’t live with them, can’t get a decent launch-day discount without them that usually dangles some sort of carrot on a stick in front of you and hoo boy this analogy has run away from me. The Batman Arkham games have always had one bit of cosmetic DLC that fans have always been eager for: Extra batsuits. Arkham City had plenty of them, Arkham Origins had even more and you can bet your WayneTech Research and Development branch that Arkham Knight will have plenty more. But at least this time, you’ll have access to them immediately.
This is not a good week to be broke. It’s an even worse week to short of cash and a Batman fanatic, as not one but two new Batman collectibles are on the way. While I consider Michael Keaton to be the best movie Batman of all time, the Arkham Batman is easily the best video game dark knight that will ever exist. So I’m slightly bummed that I’m out of organs and bathtub ice to help fund this particular acquisition.
I don’t know when we’ll see another Batman game once Arkham Knight wraps up. But I also doubt that Warner Bros. Interactive will retire such a franchise once Rocksteady departs. Because there’s still plenty to mine out of the Batman mythos, and I’d bet my left Bat-testicle that we’ll see a new game unveiled within the next couple of years. And maybe, one of them can borrow story elements from some legendary Batman tales.
When the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era started, publishers were quick to bundle older-gen games together, selling off a slightly HD collection of previously played titles that had been given a slap of 16:9 paint. With the new-gen, that’s not going to be a passing fad, although developers and studios are quick to call re-released games “Remastered Editions”.
Look, if I had to bring home a date from the comic book world, I’d most likely wind up being used as plant fodder, robbed or an unwitting victim in a Joker scheme if any of the ladies were from Gotham City. Still, it might be worth it.
Darryn has been telling us all about the new DLC coming to Batman: Arkham Origins. Cold, Cold Heart looks to add all those things to the game that he originally griped weren't present. Now we have a launch trailer to gawk at, and it sorta makes me want to get the game now.
While Arkham Origins didn’t set the world on fire thanks to some buggy gameplay and the fact that the title clearly wasn’t polished enough for release back in October last year, the DLC has been a different story. Initiation was a solid piece of content that charted Bruce Wayne’s final test before becoming the Batman. And Cold, Cold Heart will see him tangle with a familiar foe.
Who’s afraid of the big bad bat? Ever since the events of Arkham City the caped crusader has been left without a purple-suited maniac in his life, as the Joker finally succumbed to the effects of the game that kicked the entire franchise off in Arkham Asylum. A new game is on the way, and that’s no secret. So who will be the main antagonist? Well, Hush up and I’ll tell you…
Batman: Arkham Origins wasn’t exactly warmly received when it launched last year. Sure, I may have loved the look, story and voice talent behind the game, but the sheer amount of unpolished work on the game which resulted in a ton of bugs, ruined it for me. And don’t expect those bugs to be patched anytime soon.
Single player games are dying, the industry experts keep telling us, unable to explain the successes of games such as The Witcher, Skyrim, Arkham: Asylum and Dishonored. Some developers, like Respawn, aren;t even including single player campaigns in their games. Rockstar’s Dan Houser, however, feels that there’s still significant value in single player games.
Whether you love or hate the concept, console exclusives in the form of digital fluff is here to stay. Batman: Arkham Origins is continuing that fine tradition of offering players a slice of exclusive cosmetic justice, as the game will give players a chance to strap on some armour or to head West. Adam West that is.
Batman: Arkham Origins has a new developer in charge of the franchise, in the form of Warner Bros Montreal. With that change, comes new ideas for the game. Such as a multiplayer component that is being created by Splash Damage in tandem with the game. Will it be a cheap, quick experience though?
Next-gen console games may look fantastic, but I’ll confess, PC gamers will always have a visual edge. That being said, I’m not too keen to go through the hassle of indulging in slightly straighter edges and fabulous hair effects. Unless it’s for Batman of course.
I may be completely and unethically bias when it comes to Batman games (I’m wearing Batman pyjamas right now), but I’ve got a good reason to be so deliriously happy for the upcoming Batman Arkham Origins. It’s checking all my boxes so far and now, it’s throwing another villain into the mix.