One day, I’m going to be Batman. Just as soon as I finish building my Batmobile, which is NOT my mom’s Chevrolet Aveo that has been hastily spray-painted black. Thing is, I’d love to have a proper Batmobile. Everybody has their particular favourite incarnation of Batman’s greatest asset, whether it be the dragster from the Tim Burton movies or the Tumbler seen in the Dark Knight trilogy. My favourite Batmobile? Easily the original vehicle from the campy 1966 TV series. And if I can break my piggy bank open, I might just be able to buy one this weekend.
It seems like it was just yesterday that Infinite Crisis hit the beta stage of its design. Provided that one day can be measured in years for you. Now, the Turbine Studios game is finally ready to go live, as it pits the heroes and villains of DC Comics against one another in that MOBA genre that seems to be all the rage these days.
I love me some Batman. No wait, I know this is shocking news to you, but I am a fan. But to be precise, I’m a fan of the Arkham universe. To be even more precise, I’m a fan of Harley Quinn. There’s a lot of love out there for the Joker’s number one gal, and she’s been a consistent part of the Batman Arkham games since day one. And she’ll be getting her chance to shine in the upcoming story DLC for Arkham Knight, which won;t star that meddling B-Man at all.
Are your Dark Knight undies filled with as much anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight as mine are? If you said yes, then you’re my kind of messed up individual. Bad news however: You’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the game to release, as June 2 is no longer B-day for the B-man.
Just when you thought there would only be one remaster this week. We kicked off this morning with the surprising news of a God of War III remaster that is currently in development, and one that I personally think is incredibly unnecessary. I think of that for most modern remasters, but if there's one that I certainly wouldn't mind, it's the Batman Arkham games. A remaster which is, apparently, very real.
The Batman: Arkham games have been about more than just dressing up in spandex and spanking thugs and leaving them crippled for life by a lunatic with too much money and lingering mental issues. It’s been about applying that train of thought to their bosses as well. Batman may be a tad bit unhinged in the Arkham games, but his foes are even nastier. And that’s all a part of their initial design, which shows off the darker side of this rogues gallery.
There’s an old trick in comic books, that has proven to be a successful way to shift copies: Variant covers. Nothing moves a comic book quicker than an issue with a limited print run and a cover by a superstar artist or twelve. It’s an idea that is firmly in place these days, with just about any comic on the newsstands having perhaps a guest artist work some magic. Sometimes it works out great. Other times however, the idea can backfire. Which is what happened with Batgirl, as one alternative cover from that popular series got pulled thanks to objections being raised.
DC’s trinity of flagship characters (Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman) are pretty recognisable icons. After all, one of them is an indestructible alien orphan, the other is an Amazonian warrior princess and Batman rounds the cast off by being a billionaire with too much anger on his hands. Everybody knows what they look like. But that look is getting shaken up this year after the events of Convergence.
While Darryn is the most vocal about his love of Batman and his excitement for the new Batman game, we're all incredibly amped for it. But we're not the only ones, of course. People around the world are excited to jump into the Batmobile and we don't have long to wait. For the first time ever, Japan's version of the game has been fully localized with original voice actors to boot. The result is something that is uniquely epic.
Always bet on black. Or to be an even bigger winner, always bet on Batman. No matter who he faces, I’ll alwyas throw down some cash that Batman will win in the end. After all: He’s the goddamn Batman. But what happens when Batman goes one on one with a different kind of opponent. A former Jedi who is now a dark shell of his former self, fuelled by cybernetic limbs and the Dark Side of the Force? Who wins in that fight?
Last year, I realised that Batman may not be a family-friendly character. This revelation came to me during rAge, as a parent asked me to pose with her kid while I was dressed up as the infamous caped crusader. For some reason, the toddler began bawling at the idea of standing next to a sweaty man in head-to-toe rubber who was screaming due to the make-up around his eyes having liquefied and turned his peepers into a red mess of blazing ocular pain. While my Batman is certainly not suitable for anyone under the age of six, it looks like Arkham Knight’s Batman will be even more brutal.
Mobile baby! If just about every person in the world is locked into a two-year contract with a new phone that is made obsolete with something shinier and better they second they walk out of the door of a cell phone shop, then clearly there’s a market there that needs to be tapped and prodded with annoying reminder jingles at two in the AM. Warner Bros Interactive naturally has that idea in mind. And alongside a newly announced Mortal Kombat X game for mobile devices, they’re bring Batman and friends along for the ride with a dearth of new games on the go.
They say a hero is defined by his foes. Spider-Man has the Green Goblin, Superman has Lex Luthor and I have that f***ing ice-cream man who appears on days when I’m trying to not think about sugary treats. But out of every hero in comics these days, Batman may just have the most recognisable rogues gallery. Each villain encountered has been a dark reflection of what he could have been. The Joker represents pure chaos, Deathstroke is a dark reflection of determination on the wrong side of the law and the Scarecrow is an element of fear left unchecked. There’ll be plenty of rogues to attack in Arkham Knight. And each one will push Batman to his breaking point once again.
Collector’s Editions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but they certainly can help to shift some games, especially for the more rabid fanbases out there. Batman: Arkham Knight has two such editions available, which have just been confirmed for a local release as well by Ster Kinekor . And you might need to own Wayne Manor in order to have enough coin to afford them.
There’s a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer out in case you missed it, and it looks like this particular piece of cinema may have a few clues hidden away inside of it. Some folks, who presumably have the eyes of the hawk (HAWK! Hawk hawk hawk…) have spotted codes within the trailer that point towards revealing more of the game and the characters that inhabit it. Pretty neat, right?