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Japan to release a coloured Batman statue for Arkham City’s Collectors’ Edition


Just like always, Japan has to have the most special of common things. And in this case, they will be receiving a coloured version of the Batman statue for the Collector’s Edition of Arkham City.

 

This launches in November for Japan, a month later than the rest of the world. They say the statues are more or less the same, only coloured. But who are they kidding? The coloured version is so much more detailed! Especially the cape! Curses!!!!!

This song’s talking about you Japan.

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Concept art of Solomon Grundy


Hello! it’s been quite a while I realized, and while nothing has been going on here, lots have been going on in the Nolan’s Batman universe, e.g. The Cat suit.

However this post is about Arkham City’s new character concept art: Solomon Grundy! Poor Solomon Grundy. At least now he gets a little of the lime light for once!

He looks too much of a zombie in my opinion. I was kinda expecting Grundy in the comic world look.

Speaking of Arkham City, there is also a limited collectors’ edition release of the game.

The contents are as follows…

The CE includes a Batman statue by Kotobukiya, an artbook, a downloadable soundtrack, early access to the “Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map” and a Dark Knight Returns-style skin, and a copy of the Batman: Gotham Knight animated movie.

Play as Robin in Arkham City


Before you get really excited (like myself) after reading the title, hold your horses little fan boys. This mode is only available for North Amercian buyers who pre ordered their game from Best Buy . Read the following article about playing as Robin. There’s even a Red Robin costume to choose from!!! *Envious*

It’s time for some Batman: Arkham City news that will excite fans of Robin and Tim Drake. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have confirmed that Robin will be a fully playable character…in the new and improved challenge mode.

There’s a catch. Not everyone will be able to play as Robin. Tim Drake will be available toNorth American fans who pre-order the game from Best Buy on any of the platforms it’s available on.

What makes Robin different? Besides being a little shorter and having less pointy ears, he’ll come complete with his own set of special moves and gadgets. That means it’s not just a generic render slapped on top of an existing character model. Robin will be playable in all challenge maps in the game. There will also be two additional maps included with the pack, Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape.

If that wasn’t enough for Tim Drake fans, there will also be a bonus Red Robin character skin.

This is great news for North American Robin fans but a bit of a bummer for others. As we get closer to the release date this Fall, we’ll have to see if any other characters renders become available if you pre-order the game at other retailers. Hopefully that won’t be the case. I’d hate to have to choose between exclusive available characters.

 

NEW “BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY” SCREENSHOTS SHOW JOKER, HARLEY QUINN

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Games have released four new screenshots from the heavily anticipated “Batman: Arkham City” featuring Batman, Harley Quinn and the Joker in all his demented glory.

 

 


 

Official Press Release

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in Fall 2011.

 

Comic tie-in for Arkham Asylum and Arkham City

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not often that a video game based on a comic book has both great gameplay and a great story. With Batman: Arkham Asylum we had just that. The game was fun to play and you could see the time and effort put into it, not to mention the fact that Paul Dini, writer of Batman: The Animated Series along with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill were involved.

 

We’ve seen the trailer for the follow up game,Batman: Arkham City as well as some imagesbut that hasn’t been enough to satisfy our need for more.

As if they heard our pleas, DC Comics has announced a six-issue miniseries in May that will bridge the gap between the two games.  The series will be written by Paul Dini with art byBatman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D’anda.

What will the comic deal with?

Batman: Arkham City picks up one year after the first game. The new mayor of Gotham, Quincy Sharp has closed down the Asylum and establishes Arkham City, a heavily fortified section of Gotham City. Inmates can roam freely and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run the prison, Sharp puts Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, in charge. (Find out more about Hugohere).

Each issue will have a cover price of $2.99 and will be available day-and-date digitally worldwide as well. There will also be 8-page digital-first interludes that expand the story of the miniseries. These will be written by Dini with art by different artists. They will focus on the different villains and be available for .99 cents (they will later be available in print in the Batman: Arkham City collected edition).

“The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, “The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.”

The first two issues will be published in May. Will you pick up the series or just wait for the game in the Fall?

Batman: Arkham City game spoilers

August 13, 2010 3 comments

Holy Sequel! The Latest on Batman: Arkham City

Spoiler-ish details emerged today on Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s video game hit, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Read below for an editorial breakdown of the wild scoops from today.

By ALAN MAN of The Box Office Watchmen

If you feel like you can’t wait for director Christopher Nolan to submit his next entry into the Batman film library, here are some new juicy details on the upcoming video game sequel to 2009’s Rocksteady Studios Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was a wild day ofBatman: Arkham City scoops and rumors. (Spoiler warning!)

Here are the latest details on the storyline, gameplay, and graphics:

Storyline

What separated last year’s Batman: Arkham Asylum from most comic book-based video games (and their iterations) was the feel of the game. Simply put, we all felt like we were actually Batman stuck in Joker’s maze, rather than someone merely controlling a bunch of moving pixels on our TV screens. There were plenty of iconic villains, subplots, cinematic cutscenes, and familiar artifacts and locations.Batman: Arkham City is headed in the same direction.

Our friends at ComputerAndVideoGames.com tell us that Arkham Asylum and Black Gate Prison are “unfit to hold inmates,” andArkham City is some sort of makeshift city created by Quincy Sharp. Also, the scoop is that Sharp lost in a mayoral race, and in a fit of rage he purchases the slums and walls them off, creating Arkham City (Perhaps he’s going to create a 19th-century style town to haunt its inhabitants and leave them no option but to incestuously procreate a la The Village). Actually, it’s not that far off. Apparently, Sharp will have his mercenary-turned-guards surround Arkham City to prevent any escapees.

There will be a couple of familiar villainous faces. The word is that Two-Face and Catwoman will be featured prominently, along withMr. Freeze and Hugo Strange. Stalwarts like Joker and pi-Zsasz will be back, as well as the subject of every fanboy’s weirdo motley clown fetish, Harley Quinn. Without revealing too much, early word is that Two-Face will get the lion’s share of the scenes (the mostface time? Get it? Because he’s called… gah, nevermind).

Apparently Arkham City will be set sometime during the Industrial Revolution.
Image courtesy of ComputerAndVideoGames.com

Gameplay

Another fantastic element of Batman: Arkham Asylum was its easy-to-learn-hard-to-master gameplay. The controls were both intuitive but challenging. The game departed from the mechanics of other superhero beat ’em ups by focusing heavily on stealth attacks, which was praised by even the most critical of Batman fans. Batman: Arkham City appears to follow Blizzard Entertainment’s lead in developing Starcraft II: don’t fix what ain’t broke, just add on to it.

One rumor is that you can use gadgets during fights. For example, you can apply the explosive gel on a henchman and splatter Chef Boyardi all over the walls. Another new feature is the ability to pull off multiple counterattacks for “Suuuuper Combos!” Batman’s utility belt will also carry a smoke bomb. Lastly, Rocksteady has intimated that the forensics aspect of the game will be featured more heavily this time around. (Scoops courtesy of ComputerandVideoGames.com)

Thanks to Rob Lowe for lending his likeness for Harvey Dent.
Image courtesy of ComputerAndVideoGames.com

Graphics

Batman: Arkham Asylum was certainly a babe of a game to look at. The dark, dreary atmosphere of the game made you feel like you were actually locked up in Arkham. Batman’s costume also became tattered as the game wore on, and near the end, he sported a 5 O’clock shadow that even Seacrest and Timberlake would envy. The game required more than one play-through to really absorb each detail.

Batman: Arkham City will have bigger ambitions with hopefully the same execution. The city will be heterogeneously designed and drawn to portray the feel of a real-life city. The colors look to be more vibrant this time around, allowing the full palette range — from Harvey Dent’s multi-purple suit to Mr. Freeze’s crisp, light blue get-up — to dazzle us on screen. And if Rocksteady just gives us the same effort, then we can anticipate the same attention to detail and plenty of “ah-ha!” moments upon discovering obscure graphical shout outs to the source material.

Lowdown

Batman: Arkham City drops sometime in the fall of 2011, giving Rocksteady plenty of time to fine tune the mechanics and graphics. Hopefully for the impatient, Rocksteady will issue a drawing for beta-testing keys sometime in early-2011. Until then, we have this teaser trailer (courtesy of HolyFragger.com):

Okay, i JUST realized i knew about this game quite a while back and even posted the trailer on my blog, but i forgot about it so when this game came out i was like, OMG OMG OMG. hahahaha. So anyway, my first post with the sneak preview trailer was here.

Godammit. reading that post again just makes me realize how long i have been whining about getting a PC just for games. but i am still PC-less.

Arkham City


Almost exactly a year ago, Batman: Arkham Asylum launched to wide acclaim and millions in sales. Now, developer Rocksteady Studios returns to the the franchise that put the company’s name on the map to blow away gamers all over again. Batman: Arkham City launches fall 2011 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Check out issue 209 to find out how Arkham moves out of the asylum and into a walled off maximum security sector of Gotham City.


Also look forward to features including a behind-the-scenes look at multiplayer betas, several compelling reasons to return to World of Warcraft, a chat with the top ModNation Racers creator, a six-page rundown on Halo: Reach, an in-depth, hands-on with Sony’s Move lineup, our review of Madden NFL 11, and much more.

Click on the images below to see hi-res versions of both editions of our latest issue and check out Arkham City’s official website to receive updates on the game.

Kinokuniya, here i come.