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Batman: Arkham City review

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We’ve seen a wide range of Batflavours over the years: campy Batman, angsty Batman and, thanks to writer Frank Miller’s increasing mental derailment, batshit Batman.

Here we get straight-down-theline Batman. Arkham City captures his technique, but lets some of his character slip away into the night. For a hi-tech super-ninja spandex vigilante, he is peculiarly bland.

Luckily, the Dark Knight is not a man of words, but of deeds – and this game, like its predecessor, has them nailed. Batman zip-lines, grapnels and swoops between the moonlit rooftops of this open-world city, emerging from the shadows to hammer clusters of goons. He even finds time for a spot of light puzzling and the odd platforming challenge.


Batman: Arkham City is £20 on Steam for the next few hours. Holy moneysavingexpert!

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The latest Batman game is an awe-inspiring vision of an entire city turned into a prison. It’s every bit as neck-snappingly brutal as its predecessor, but this time Batman’s got an entire city at his disposal. Plus, you can climb on ceilings as Catwoman which really enfreshens the action. Steam’s knocked 50 per cent off the game, as well as the skins pack, in their current sale, but it’s only on for the next couple of hours. Quick! Like a bat!


Batman: Arkham City free challenge maps and DLC skin released

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For a man solely dedicated to bringing vigilante justice to the criminals of the world, Batman spends a lot of his time coming up with new outfits. As a thank you to everyone who bought the game, Rocksteady are releasing the Batman Incorporated alternative skin for Batman: Arkham City, and have released a cheat code that will let everyone unlock another skin normally awarded for completing the story. Commenter Jexx points out that there's a free challenge map on offer, too, containing Jokers Carnival, the Iceberg VIP Lounge and the Batcave. Here's how you can get hold of them.


Batman: Arkham City patched, DirectX 11 now works for some

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Steam informs us that Batman: Arkham City has just been updated, fixing its DirectX 11 issues, at least for 64 bit users. According to Rocksteady, those playing the game on Windows 7 or Windows Vista 32 bit systems will sadly have to stick to DirectX 9 until a the next patch, but everyone else should be fine.

Check inside for the full list of fixes:

Batman: Arkham City Challenge pack to include Batcave, Joker's Carnival and Iceberg Lounge

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Batman: Arkham City will be getting some new DLC in the coming weeks. Gametrailers revealed the new challenge map yesterday. Goons have invaded his lair, and Batman must wipe them out very quietly, because even Batman needs practice.

It's worth mentioning again that it is set in THE BATCAVE. You'll be able to check out the Batmobile, the Batwing, and the animatronic T-Rex that Batman keeps there because he's Batman and nobody's going to stop him. The pack will also bundle in the Joker's Carnival and the Iceberg Lounge challenge maps and will land on December 20.

No price has been announced yet but the Robin and Nightwing packs are out now on Games For Windows Live for £4.75 apiece. How much would you pay for the Batcave? Come to think of it, how much would you pay for a life sized animatronic T-Rex?


Batman: Arkham City demo available now through OnLive

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Batman: Arkham City is out today in the US, but Europeans will have to wait until Friday to save Gotham. Wherever you live, you can play a free demo of Batman: Arkham City right now through the cloud gaming service, OnLive.

Once you've signed up for a free account and downloaded the client simply search for Arkham City in the games list and launch the free trial. It's limited to 30 minutes, but that'll give you chance to take control of Catwoman and thrash some burly men with Arkham City's super slick combat system. Hold down the crouch button while moving for some comedy cat-crawling.


Batman: Arkham City Nightwing trailer zaps crooks with electro sticks

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You didn't think being released on consoles would stop Batman: Arkham City from putting out more trailers did you? Of course not! This one shows off the planned Nightwing DLC pack, which will offer you the ability to play as grown up Robin Dick Grayson in Arkham City's challenge mode, as well as two new challenge maps. The trailer certainly seems to play up Nightwing's acrobatic style of combat, and also shows off his very cool looking electric stun sticks, which should teach those criminal scum a lesson or two about not getting zapped in the face by a man in tight spandex.

The Nightwing DLC is planned for release on November 1st, which is actually before the PC version of Arkham City is released on the 18th. With Warner Brothers tell us they're keeping the price of the PC DLC under wraps, for now. How much would you play to become Nightwing?


Batman: Arkham City sells 4.6 million in one week on consoles, are you holding out for Arkham City PC?

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Warner Brothers send word that Akham City has sold 4.6 million copies worldwide, and it's not even out on PC yet. This is interesting, firstly because that is an obscene number for week one sales, and based on the critical rumblings surrounding its release, seemingly well justified. We'll know soon enough when the PC version hits on November 18. But will these huge week-one console sales hurt the popularity of the PC version? When Arkham City was delayed, those of us with PCs and consoles were forced to make a decision, wait four weeks to play on our preferred platform, or cave in and start breaking criminal faces right away.

With big titles like Arkham City and Assassin's Creed Revelations receiving significant delays on PC this release season, it's concerning to think of all those potential PC buyers plugging for a console version because the PC edition has been delayed without explanation. The PC is at the cutting edge of current technology, it should be at the cutting edge of the release schedule as well. Are you planning to hold out for Arkham City PC, or have you opted for the console version?


Batman: Arkham City system requirements revealed, new PC screenshots out

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Batman: Arkham City is still weeks away on PC. Those of us with consoles have had to face a tough dilemma. Buy it now and save Gotham before Battlefield 3 and Skyrim come out, or hold fast until it's finally released on November 18. Stand fast! Improved physics make for much moodier cape-whooshing, and the extra layer of heavy Gotham fog will hopefully make it a more atmospheric experience on PC. Find out how your machine will handle Arkham City with these system specs, spotted over on Eurogamer. There are also three new screenshots showing the Bat at his best.


Batman: Arkham City trailer shows PC PhysX features and sexy tessellation

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Batman: Arkham City is arriving a month late on PC. Which is annoying. BUT, the PC version will come with a few extra bonuses. Those running NVidia GTX cards will be able to take advantage of the extra PhysX effects present throughout Arkham City. See the first video above, spotted via RPS, and check out the Nvidia site for more.

So those enough with GTX cards can expect glowing, bouncy sparks, swirling wreaths of paper, shards of ice and low Gotham fog. DirectX 11 cards will also be able to take advantage of "tessellation," a technique that shatters polygons into smaller components that can be raised and lowered according to the whim of the graphics artist, creating more detailed 3D models. The first screenshot of Batman: Arkham City's tessellated environments has been released. And... er, yes. Those leaves certainly look more detailed. Just look at that... foliage. Oh my.


Batman: Arkham City PC release date set for November 18, new screenshots swoop in

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We learned several weeks ago that the PC version of Batman: Arkham City would be slipping into November. On the day that the game hits consoles in the States, Warner Brothers announce that we can expect it on PC on Friday November 18. A whole month away! By the time Arkham City reaches PC, the first Nightwing DLC pack will already have been out on consoles for more than two weeks.

No reason is given in the statement as to why the PC version is late, but there are four new screenshots for us to stare at longingly. If you're looking for a new desktop background, the larger version of the above thumbnail (without speech bubbles) looks spectacular blown up, and there's a shot of Joker's face in gruesome detail. Click to see each screenshot full-size.


Batman: Arkham City trailer gets villainous, something Strange in the neighbourhood

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Frankly Batman: Arkham City looks as though it's going to be fantastic, but we won't know for sure on PC until November. Arkham City is out next week on consoles, which means there's already footage appearing from a few of its set pieces. The launch trailer above provides a nice, spoiler free overview.

Essentially, Gotham City is overrun. Hugo Strange has united a cabal of Batman's most terrifying foes. Now Batman's going to have to fly into those streets and punch them all one at a time until Gotham is safe. Even that won't solve Gotham's most pressing problem, though. Whatever happened to daytime? Who stole the sun?

Below you'll find another seven minutes of in-game video from CVG, in which Batman must track down the origin of a sniper's bullet using Bat-smarts and a hallucinatory detective mode.


Batman: Arkham City Robin and Nightwing DLC detailed

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Warner Bros have released details confirming the rumours of Nightwing appearing in Batman: Arkham City, but only as post release DLC. The Nightwing Bundle will be available on November 1st, and will contain Nightwing (obviously) who is playable in challenge maps and has his own special moves and gadgets, along with two new challenge maps titled Wayne Manor and Main Hall. It also contains an extra skin based on Nightwing's appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, where he sported an outrageous mullet.


Batman: Arkham City trailer shows Robin in action

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For now, the Boy Wonder is only available as a pre-order bonus in Batman: Arkham City, though these things often end up being released as post-launch DLC in the long run. He looks ... kinda great. The green shorts are out, a dark cowl is in. Have they really done it? Have they managed to make Robin cool?

He's playable in two challenge maps. The video above mentions that you can grab the deal from Gamestop. That's for US customers. UK purchasers can get a similar bundle from Game and Gamestation. Arkham City is out in just a couple of weeks, on October 18 in the US, and October 21 in Europe.

Update: Warner Brothers Interactive have told Shacknews that the Robin DLC is a "timed exclusive" that will be released as general DLC to everyone after release, though there's no mention yet of precisely when or how much it will cost.


Batman: Arkham City rogues gallery grows, Mad Hatter and Poison Ivy spotted, also Nightwing

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Folks on NeoGaf have spotted the Mad Hatter in Arkham City, in a quick scene in the middle of an episode of Sony's Qore show. The Mad Hatter has evolved into a sinister mind control villain over the years. Hopefully he'll mess with Batman's mind in a similar to way to the Scarecrow's memorable hallucination sequences in Arkham Asylum. Poison Ivy is also spotted in the video, returning from Arkham Asylum.

Elsewhere, following a mention of Nightwing in the console achievements list yesterday, Comics Alliance have a screenshot that might well be him. Nightwing is a grown up version of the first Robin, Dick Grayson, who has had some truly stupid costumes over the years. The screenshot shows a man in a costume very similar to Nightwing's more recent appearance. See the images of him and Ivy below.


Batman: Arkham City trailer goes flying

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Here's a nice, straightforward bit of footage of Batman: Arkham City. No soundtrack, no clever editing, just Batman going for a glide. Using the hook shot in combination with your cape will essentially give you unlimited flying time. From the high vantage point, you can see how impressively large Arkham City is, and the thugs below can be attacked with a gliding, flying kick at any time. They don't stand a chance.


Batman: Arkham City trailer has Harley Quinn and one armed clowns, Joker's wild

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That Joker doesn't really have a master plan, does he? He's just making it up as he goes along. Here he is in the latest Batman: Arkham City trailer, face scarred from the results of the rubbish boss fight at the end of Arkham Asylum. He's back, and he's brought Harley Quinn, and an army of enormous one armed clowns. Where does he get his hired help? We'll never know. The Joker will line them up and the Dark Knight will knock them down, and it will be awesome, probably. Especially if Rocksteady can throw in some more worthwhile boss encounters. Arkham City has been pushed back a bit on PC, and will now be out sometime in November.


Batman: Arkham City Catwoman DLC revealed in official strategy guide

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A Gamestop description of the Batman: Arkham City official strategy guide, spotted by OXM, strongly suggest that Arkham City will be getting some bonus Catwoman DLC after launch.

"Bonus Catwoman's Walkthrough: Get complete coverage of Catwoman's DLC content! All 4 episodes are revealed!" reveals the blurb. Whoops.

Catwoman will be playable for a small percentage of the main game, but will still get her own set of gadgets and a quick, agile fighting style.

The other bullet point uncovers twelve side missions. "A number of major characters are revealed by finding and completing these tasks." New characters Penguin, Mr Freeze, Two Face and Solomon Grundy have all been shown so far. Who else would you like to see making an appearance in Arkham City?


Batman: Arkham City to use Games for Windows Live after all

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A couple of days ago, Green Man Gaming tweeted that while the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City will be a Games for Windows release, it wouldn't be using the dreaded Games for Windows Live. If only that was true. After we mentioned it last week, Warner Bros got in touch with us with the sad clarification: "Just to confirm, Arkham City is a GFWL title."

Boo. Will this have any bearing on whether you buy it?


Batman: Arkham City screenshots are quite ice

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Ice jokes leave me cold, but I can't stop myself. Following the recent Mr. Freeze trailer, Rocksteady have put about seven new screenshots of Arkham City, showing Batman facing off against Victor Fries, and a bonus, completely irrelevant shot of Batman kicking a man in the face while attached to a zipline. Let's start with that one.