I haven’t eaten pizza all week, which I plan on overcompensating for over the next 60 hours. Mmmmm chicken and avocado… GET IN MY BELLY! Don’t expect me at work on Monday Geoff, unless you plan on sending a forklift to help me roll out of bed…
If you’re making a Batman game set in the Arkhamverse, there’s a bunch of stuff that you have to have in that game. A Batman for starters, decent villains, wonderful toys and Riddler trophies. They’ve been a trademark part of all the Arkham games so far. And you’ll be hunting them down as usual in Arkham Knight. Just not that many of them this time. SWEET JEBUS, THANK YOU.
There’s a Batman out there for every generation. For your dad, that may be Adam West. For others, it might be the rugged square-jawed version who set our TV screens ablaze with animated antics. For me, its always going to be Michael Keaton’s stealthy but firm approach to portrayal of the caped crusader. But I might change my mind soon, for this awesomely crazy version of the world’s greatest detective, who looks like he’s about to hand out the mother of all ass-whuppings to a team of Power Rangers.
The dynamic duo! That’s how Batman and Robin were originally marketed, while my fevered imagination had me dreaming of a day that I’d don the tight green speedo of justice and fight alongside Batman as part of the Dynamicest Duo. Which may also be the name of a very weird custom tag team that I made in the last WWE game, but I’m drifting off again. Batman: Arkham Knight has more than a big ol’ Batmobile to hype fans up when it releases next month. It also has a dual-play mechanic, which has been teased over the last couple of weeks. But here’s how it actually works. ACTION!
Weekend YEEEEEEEEEEAH! It’s time to kick back, relax, and get lost in some good ol’ fashioned gaming goodness. I will be spending the next 2.5 days catching up on two weeks worth of lost Dota. Can it be done? Yes, yes it can, but enough about me, let’s talk about you. What are your plans for the weekend?
Where does he get those wonderful toys? The big hook of Arkham Knight has no doubt been the addition of the Batmobile to the core gameplay experience. It’s a feature that has been finely tuned into the other pillars of the Batman gameplay, becoming an extension of the Batman himself. An extension with various horses under the hood and weapons that’ll leave your foes pining for the fjords. But there’s more to the game than just throwing a Batmobile at all your problems. There’s also all those lovely gadgets, fresh off the Waynetech assembly line.
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.
There’s only one true Batman actor. and that’s Michael Keaton. And Val Kilmer. And Adam West. Okay, bad example, but when it comes to voicing the dark knight, fans are usually unanimously in agreement over the iconic vocal pipes of their favourite dark knight detective. And that voice will be joined by a few others in Arkham Knight.
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.
Outside of the batsuit worn in the 1989 Batman movie, I’ve got a ton of love for the threads of Batman Returns. With more money came a bigger budget to craft a Batman sequel, and director Tim Burton didn’t disappoint as he unleashed a newer, sleeker and more machine-like Batman to pulverise criminals. I freaking love that costume. It’s simple, but elegant. It’s got the beauty of the art-deco movement, moulded into crime-punishing muscles. And that look is getting recreated. To scale of course.
Season passes. To me, they’re essentially promises of good things to come. Promises which require a ton of good faith from fans, in order to succeed. Sometimes, they’re actually worthwhile and they do add to a game. Other times, they’re perfect examples of buyer’s remorse. Batman: Arkham Knight launches with one of the most chuffing expensive season passes of all time, so here’s a look at what your cash gets you in the form of extra content.
What a tough week. I had to get up early like, 3 times. What an absolute pain! If only we had enough public holidays to fill out an entire 5-day week… I think the world would be a much better place if that were the case. Lazier, yes, but much nicer overall. Also, there would be more time for gaming. If that doesn’t guarantee world peace, then I don’t know what will!
If you had to compile a list of the best Batman stories ever told, you’d easily find The Dark Knight Returns on that list. That 1986 tale was one of the defining moments for Batman comics. Sure, the character had been gradually sharpened into a darker and harder tool of justice over the years by various other talented creators, but writer Frank Miller and artist Klaus Janson made Gotham a grittier place that required a more brutal Batman to come out of retirement. The Dark Knight Returns has already had one sequel series since then. And it’s getting another one on the way.
I’m obviously keen on playing Batman: Arkham Knight. So much so that I’ve already got an offshore account in the Cayman Islands, set up with the necessary R800 that I need in order to buy the game. Turns out I may need some extra cash funnelled in, as the premium Batman: Arkham Knight experience is going to cost premium levels of cash.
Some of the greatest things in life have come from the result of pairing up. Cheese and onion chips. A bit of Fry and Laurie. The Rock ‘n Sock connection. Even Batman has seen the value of partnering up on occasion, going through Robins the same way that bad Mexican food goes through a colon. In Arkham Knight, you won’t just be teaming up with the extended Bat-family to help save Gotham City however. You’ll be switching between vigilantes on the fly.