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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 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 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 video offers a taste of Gotham

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Rocksteady's Dax Ginn gives us a flavour of Arkham City's vision of Gotham in a new video interview. As the game progresses, Bat signals will help to guide players to the next part of the story mission. At any time you can choose to abandon the main quest for a while and go exploring.

The city's back alleys contain their own incidental sidequests that will revolve around the more minor villains who don't play a major part of the central quest. Expect to be solving Riddler's puzzles and hunting down notorious psychopath, Victor Zsasz in your spare time. Arkham City is out on October 18 in the US, 19 in Australia, and October 21 in Europe.


Batman: Arkham City trailer profiles The Riddler

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Oh dear. The Riddler has started kidnapping civilians and dangling them over deadly drops in Arkham City. If there was only some sort of man dressed as a bat nearby to save the day. Oh, wait. Bad news, Riddler. There is. Not only does he have the brains to solve your puzzles, he can also punch you so hard in the griddle that you'll never riddle again.
 
At least the Riddler's showing more ambition than he did in Batman: Arkham Asylum in which he featured as a disembodied voice on the other end of Batman's intercom. We can look forward to teaching Riddler a lesson when Arkham City comes out in North America on October 18, and Europe on October 21.

Update: According to the official Batman: Arkham City Twitter feed there are a series of clues hidden in the trailer above. If you figure out the puzzle, you have until Friday to post your answers on the Arkham City forums. They don't say what will happen next.


Batman: Arkham City's Robin revealed

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Fansite ArkhamCity.co.uk have spotted the first bit of artwork for Robin in Batman: Arkham City. For now, Robin is only available as a Best Buy pre-order bonus in the US. Hopefully we'll see him make his way over the pond at some point, or become available to all as DLC after launch. He'll be playable in all of Arkham City's challenge maps, and will get two unique ones of his own, called Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. Robin will fight with his own set of gadgets and will have a different moveset to Batman and Catwoman.


Batman: Arkham City will let you play as Robin, as long as you pre-order from Best Buy

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The march of the increasingly-ridiculous pre-order bonuses continues. Game Informer report that Robin will be a playable character in Batman: Arkham City, but only if you pre-order the game from Best Buy. The pre-order bonus pack will let you play as the boy wonder across two challenge maps. It's unclear whether Robin will appear as DLC after launch, but for now he's only available to US pre-purchasers.

The Arkham City pre-order deal is the latest in an escalating series of pre-order bonus packages that offer more and more in-game content, from bonus weapons to entire levels. The Rage pre-order deal gives you access to the double barrelled shotgun, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has deals that add a number of weapons, and an exclusive mission that brings back Tong from the original Deus Ex. The Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand pack is almost a full expansion pack, with four multiplayer maps and a selection of weapons from Battlefield 2. What do you think of pre-order bonuses, bonus content or bribery?


E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City video interview discusses Batman's future

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Our fellow E3 warriors on the show floor managed to track down Rocksteady co-founder and Batman: Arkham City game director, Sefton Hill for a quick chat. He talks a bit about his ideas for the future of the Batman series, and what he loves most about working with Batman. You can get a good look at the Dark Knight in action in the fresh batch of Arkham City E3 screenshots. Part two of the video interview below. The game's out on October 18 in the US, and October 21 everywhere else.


E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City screenshots show Riddler, Batman, blimps

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Rocksteady have released some more superb screenshots of Batman: Arkham City, showing the Dark Knight taking on a wide variety of uglified goons. it's good to see Bats back in action after the recent rush of Catwoman information. In fact, Warner Brothers have told CVG that while Catwoman will be playable in Arkham City, it'll only be for about ten percent of the game. Her sections will pop up intermittently, and interweave with Batman's adventure.

The game will also have the Penguin, who is apparently a cockney geezer now. We'll have more on that when we see the game. Until then, 'ave a gander at the screens below, guv'nor. There's a piccy of The Riddler an' all.


Batman: Arkham City screenshots show Catwoman in action

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The Batman: Arkham City trailer earlier revealed that Catwoman will be sharing the limelight with the Dark Knight for Rocksteady's next game. In motion, she fights like an angry fetish shop with a style that is perhaps best described as "cat-robatic." You'll find the four new images below, including one of Batman, so he doesn't feel left out.