During a financial call to investors last week, licence holder Warner Brothers confirmed that there’d be a new Batman game bearing the “Arkham” mantle coming later this year. While that may sound like good news, don’t get excited just yet.
Holy silver age wackiness Batman! While the two Arkham games may have re-established the Dark Knight as a force to be reckoned with in gaming, they also happened to tell one complete story, closing the curtain on one memorable experience. But seeing as how they’ve made a ton of cash as well, it’s clear that the night isn’t over yet for the caped crusader, as Warner Bros Interactive has tapped Rocksteady to once again get cracking on a sequel of sorts.
So you've read about the Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, and you've told yourself that you are going to buy it. What! You've never played Arkham Asylum? Perhaps you skimmed the reviews in 2009 when it came out. Maybe you overlooked the pre-played area when you were out shopping last week. Perhaps you were just broke.
Don't worry, I was in the same boat. Truthfully, there is no longer any excuse for not experiencing the asylum, and now is the time to leap into the Bats costume and find out what happened in there!
Whenever there’s an open-world sandbox action title set in a big city, it inevitably gets compared to the genre’s most prolific title, Grand theft Auto - and for good reason. As much as other games try pack in content, story-telling or seedy underworld crime action, few stand up to Rockstar’s flagship series.
Poor imitations and approximations come and go - and it would take something really special to knock GTA off of its perch. Sleeping Dogs, from Square-Enix and United Front Games could be it.
If you like many of us bought the Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham City, then you are also sitting in the predicament where you don’t actually have a normal game case to put your game into (one of the reasons I dislike CEs).
Well, the good folks at IGN have put together some awesome hi-res cover art for you. Simply get the image printed at a local printer (on some decent paper), slip it into an empty DVD case or old PS3 or Xbox 360 case and voila, you have yourself a Batman game case.
Grab the hi-res images after the jump.
Not everyone is that familiar with the caped crusader. Sure, we all know the origin. Young Bruce Wayne witnesses the murder of parents before his very eyes, and spends the next decade and a half honing his mind, body and spirit so that he can spend nights fighting crime and terrifying criminals, while dressed as a giant bat.
But over the decades, the character has evolved, to be more than just a regular vigilante. He’s become one of the most dangerous characters in the modern day comic universe, a remorseless tactician who will not budge on his war against crime.
So if you’re eager to learn more about some of the Dark Knights finest escapades, and the books that shaped him into the modern day detective and crime-fighter that he is today, sit back and enjoy the following feature.
A quick update on the situation with Batman: Arkham Asylum’s local stock being delayed.
The folks over at NAG Online have managed to make contact with the folks at Warner Bros. Interactive and Nu Metro and report that the South African Batman: Arkham City stock issues are limited only to the Playstation 3 and only the Collector’s Edition.
All Xbox 360 orders as well as the standard and Catwoman editions for PS3 will still be arriving as per usual, however those that ordered the PS3 Collector’s Edition will only be able to get their hands on their copies “early next week”.
Weâ€™ve all heard how awesome Batman Arkham Asylum was, no doubt about that. It set a benchmark for games featuring mentally damaged orphans who fight crime while wearing their underwear on the outside, while also showering fans with plenty of fan service and riddles throughout the massive game world.
The one thing that Arkham Asylum didnâ€™t do right though, was to keep the action going after the main credits rolled, much like other sandbox environment games. Sure, the option of challenge mode was there, but the island of Arkham Asylum was essentially a dead world after the main story was complete, something that the team at Rocksteady Studios plans to avoid for the sequel.
The caped crusader is back, but this time, the super jail that is Arkham Asylum is has grown a lot bigger, and amidst sinister plots and deadly villains, the Batman is in for the fight of his life. I got a chance to enjoy being the dark knight, in this much anticipated sequel.
We all knew that some of the caped crusaders extended vigilante family was going to make an appearance in the sequel to the absolutely fantastic Arkham Asylum, but what we didnâ€™t know was what kind of character changes we would be presented with in Rocksteadyâ€™s vision of Gotham City. Now the studio has commented on creating a more contemporary boy wonder for their upcoming title.
Rocksteadyâ€™s Arkham Asylum is, as certified by record recorders and black liquid brewers Guinness, the best super hero game of all time (OF ALL TIME!). Itâ€™s first super hero game where I actually felt like the titular rubber-suited hero; I was Gothamâ€™s cowled defender. (Iâ€™m BATMAN!).
Later this year, Rocksteady plans on wowing us with their follow up; which sounds like itâ€™ll be going a little more â€œopen world.â€ Not all that fond of sandbox games? Me neither, but this one promises something different.
The Dark Knight steadily makes his way through the shadows, persevering and moving so that one day, he may grace our consoles with Arkham City.
Boy, oh boy I am excited for this game, you have no idea. A teaser trailer was released today that gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in Batman: AC. It's all CG so don't expect any gameplay, but it's more than enough to get you excited.
Hit the jump, watch it now.
Rocksteady are, of course, making a few changes to the way the Caped Crusader played in their first Batman game. Everyoneâ€™s favourite cowled detective will be getting a few enhancements - and one of those makes it seem like heâ€™s been hanging out with Splinter Cellâ€™s Sam Fisher.
Yup, Batman is going to be able to interrogate Gothamâ€™s thugs for more information.
The UK Playstation magazine, PS3M have just confirmed that Batman: Arkham City will be getting multiplayer.
This news comes after a lot of speculation that Catwoman would indeed be the character for such a role. While it has not yet been confirmed if the multiplayer will be co-operative or versus, I see the co-op side of things working out much better.
More after the jump.