Sony's E3 press conference wasn't just notable for Rockstar finally fessing up about GTAV on PC. Other stuff happened too, including this rather fine five minutes of Arkham Knight footage. Chiefly designed to show off the new Batmobile, we get to see how Rocksteady have integrated it into the overall Arkham formula.
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Batman: Arkham Knight is set in an even larger version of Gotham City than its predecessors managed. It's so big, they've had to include the Batmobile so you can get around quicker. How else are Rocksteady leveraging the muscle of modern PCs? Will we face another rogues' gallery, a la Arkham City? How will the combat system change from the first games? I sat down with Rocksteady's marketing producer Dax Ginn to find out.
Almost a year after it was first announced, Turbine’s DC Comics-themed MOBA Infinite Crisis will begin its open beta on March 14. To celebrate the event, Turbine’s also adding three new Champions: Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Mecha Superman.
In October 2013, Warner Bros. Interactive released Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Today, the company announced it will bring a Deluxe Edition of the game to consoles and PC via Steam.
Because it's the Dark Knight, it doesn't surprise me that the latest Batman: Arkham Origins DLC ships you off to a place where "there is no room for your self-righteous Western morality." Well alrighty then. Dubbed "Initiation," the latest DLC is a challenge map pack that pits Bruce Wayne against a series of martial arts obstacles high in the mountains of North Korea.
I can't imagine many of the players who glided, swooped and pounced through the previous Arkham games stopped to imagine what it would be like to control one of the many anonymous, psychotic thugs. But, as this new trailer reveals, Batman: Arkham Origins plans to deliver on the experience anyway - with an asymmetrical "3v3v2" multiplayer, developed by Splash Damage. Players will fill the rosters of the Joker and Bane's gangs, hunting down a third two-man team comprised of Batman and Robin.
Check back later to read Evan's impressions of this newly announced multiplayer mode.
There's just something about seaside resort hotels, gently swaying palm trees, and fruity cocktails in coconut-shell vessels that draws gamers in for a bit of escapism and relaxation. Oh, and also causing a ruckus and inciting panic amongst the few remaining tourists in town. Infinite Crisis is the latest to join the tropical madness conga line, with DC Comics superheroes flooding its new two-lane map Coast City.
Good news for people who think the only way to truly show dominance over an opponent is to rip out their spine: NetherRealm's 2011 version of Mortal Kombat is finally getting a PC release on July 3rd. Which should give you something to do over the summer months. Because given your fondness for hyper-violent competitive finishers, your friends probably aren't going to invite you to the local pub quiz.
Do henchmen get medical insurance? If not, I just can't see it being a viable career path. Sure, it's fine as you go about the day-to-day business of thuggery and robbing - that's the bread and butter stuff. But eventually Batman is going to come and pound your face into mush and, judging by this trailer - the full version of Thursday's brief teaser - you're in for some hefty medical bills.
It's not just anonymous face crushing: we also get a big CGI fight between Batman and Deathstroke.
Update 2: In a now deleted tweet (captured by Reddit), Kevin Conroy said, "Confusion in Dallas! I am in new ARKHAM GAME coming soon, NOT ARKHAM ORIGINS coming this fall."
Update 1: In a statement to IGN, Warner Bros say, "Roger Craig Smith is confirmed as the voice of Batman and Troy Baker is confirmed as the voice of The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins."
In which case, Conroy's part in the game is still unannounced. What we do know is that Arkham Origins is a series prequel, meaning Conroy could be returning as the older incarnation of Batman in some capacity. Until an official announcement is made, though, the nature of his involvement is speculation.
Original: Kevin Conroy has announced that he'll be
reprising the role of Batman [Update: involved in some unknown capacity] in Arkham Origins. While the actor had played the role in both previous Arkhams, as well as various animated incarnations, it had been reported that Warner Brothers had dropped him for the impending prequel. Conroy confirmed his involvement at the Dallas Comic Con; the rumour of his departure presumably started by some joker... Or, perhaps, the Joker...
Lego Lord of the Rings is an emphatic reminder of just how many iconic moments there are in Peter Jackson’s fantasy epics. Recreated in blocky form – as simple puzzles, short platforming sections and quaint cutscenes – and lifting the trilogy’s score and dialogue wholesale, the Helm’s Deep siege, Balrog showdown, and, er, bit where Gandalf bangs his head on Bilbo’s lamp all make the cut.
"I wonder if that's Captain Cold, or if Robin just roundhouse kicked a regular Eskimo" I thought aloud while watching the LEGO Batman 2 launch trailer. I'm pretty sure it's the former, but with Traveller's Tales everything-and-the-kitchen-sink attitude I wouldn't be surprised. The trailer shows off a number of the DC universe characters that'll be available in the new game, including Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg, The Flash, and Superman. It also does a good job of putting to rest any fears that adding voiced characters would rob the LEGO series of its charm: there's at least one genuinely funny line in there.
LEGO Batman 2 is out today in the USA and on Friday in Europe.
It looks like Batman: Arkham City will be getting some new DLC starring Joker's deranged, doting lover, Harley Quinn. Eurogamer have spotted a number of Playstation 3 trophies on PS3Trophies hinting at new missions starring the sassy assassin. One of the achievements also mentions that Robin will be playable.
The Boy Wonder made his first appearance of the series in a brief cameo during Arkham City's single player campaign. Forget the camp green hot pants of ye olde comic book Robin, in Arkham City he has a hood, which makes him five times broodier. More importantly, he has a big stick, which was great fun to use in Robin's challenge map DLC pack. It'll be interesting to see Quinn's fighting style in action. Expect lots of somersaults.
Warner Brothers haven't confirmed or denied the existence of the DLC pack yet, but there are a few details in the full achievement list below.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
Bastion grabbed my heart exactly one minute and 30 seconds after it started, when I found the first weapon, a sledgehammer, and used it to kill a large, bloated Gasfella. Once he was down I went to work smashing every destructible object in the environment – as you typically do in an isometric action-RPG – until the game’s gravelly voiced narrator piped up. “The Kid just rages for a while,” he informed the world.
Voiceover might be an overplayed gimmick in the motion picture industry, but in a game, having an omniscient narrator describe what my character does is different... he’s actually talking about me.