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Sir-Ominous
05-08-2010, 06:14 PM
RED HOT! RED HOT!




Warner Bros. today confirmed the title and release window for the next Batman videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. It's called Batman: Arkham City and it's coming next fall to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

As the title implies, Batman is headed to Gotham City for the sequel, which has now become the new maximum security "home" for all of the city's criminals. Not much else was revealed. WB says the game will feature a brand-new story, include a new cast of classic characters and villains, and new enhanced gameplay features.

The (amazing) covers of the new GameInformer confirms Catwoman will be in Arkham City, and by the looks of it, will be playing a major role in the story.




Arkham City was one of several names registered for the game picked up on last month. Two other confirmed villains so far include Mr. Freeze, played by voice actor Maurice LaMarche, and Talia al Ghul - daughter of Ra's al Ghul - played by actress Stana Katic.

Actor Mark Hamill confirmed to us in an interview last May he'll be reprising his role as the voice of Joker for the game for the last time ever. "This will be my last, there's no question about that," he said. "But it's the last hurrah."


sources: ign. gameinformer
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/111/1110583p1.html

http://www.arkhamhasmoved.com/uk/index.html

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AuVE1EEXooE/Ted1XRCPWQI/AAAAAAAAAaM/5i475uxxfxs/s1600/batman-arkham-city-02.jpg

http://windows7themes.net/wallpaper/batman-arkham-city-wallpaper.jpg

http://uk.playstation.com/media/2fZj0bCK/BatmanArkhamCity_Hero.JPG

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110318131819/batman/images/thumb/5/58/Batman_Arkham_City_Cover_Art_by_mgrimace.jpg/575px-Batman_Arkham_City_Cover_Art_by_mgrimace.jpg

Sir-Ominous
05-08-2010, 06:17 PM
http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/08/05/september-cover-revealed-batman-arkham-city.aspx

CAN'T FREAKEN WAIT!!!

pArkEr
05-08-2010, 06:47 PM
I came.

Darranged
05-08-2010, 06:59 PM
YES! Lets hope that this time, we get to cruise around Gotham in the batmobile.

****, I might even play this game in a Batman mask.

Kharrak
05-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Take note that this isn't taking place in the ENTIRE city, merely one cordoned off district of the city.

So, yeah, it will be larger, but don't expect gta/prototype/just cause 2 scaling here :P

Darranged
05-08-2010, 08:21 PM
Take note that this isn't taking place in the ENTIRE city, merely one cordoned off district of the city.

So, yeah, it will be larger, but don't expect gta/prototype/just cause 2 scaling here :P

I can actually appreciate that, as open-world games tend to lose some of their charm when the scale is just too big.

Even if the city block is the same size as the original Arkham Asylum, that's still a pretty big place to explore.

Mikit0707
05-08-2010, 08:35 PM
Ooooh, the music in the trailer just gave me MAD goose bumps. Can't wait! \:D/

The_Furry_Cat
05-08-2010, 10:35 PM
Yay! Moar trailers pweaze! :D I'm tired of masturbating to the debut trailer again and again :(

Cyberninja
06-08-2010, 02:23 AM
Sweet. I'm looking forward to this. Batman: AA, was pure love. I read that the sequel will be very dark in nature. So, hopefully, they'll include some more of those startling, surreal instances, that they had in the first game. Those were some of the most memorable parts of AA, imo. It sucks, that this will be the last time Mark Hamill voices Joker. He's done such a phenomenal job in bringing the character to life. It's kinda sad to see him leave the franchise, after so many years. I'm gonna miss that ol Jedi.

Scy7he
06-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Well his voice is in the DC Universe Online game aswell, which i WILL buy. Would be nice if they could add a sidekick to the game, ala Nightwing. Even if he just comes in with his jet and blows up doors or something.

FoX
06-08-2010, 09:34 AM
Yay! Moar trailers pweaze! :D I'm tired of masturbating to the debut trailer again and again :(

You do that to!?

Cleric
06-08-2010, 09:52 AM
Simply can't wait. I don't say this lightly, but Batman AA is one of my all time favourite games. So while we've all known it was coming, each new peice of news whetts my appetite a little more.

Darranged
06-08-2010, 03:47 PM
I keep this little souvenir next to my x-box to ward off criminals.

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/6989/dscn2500p.jpg (http://img530.imageshack.us/i/dscn2500p.jpg/)

Kaji Kitsune
06-08-2010, 03:54 PM
Yay! Moar trailers pweaze! :D I'm tired of masturbating to the debut trailer again and again :(


You do that to!?

o_o

FaNbOy
07-08-2010, 06:19 PM
Can't...stop...hyperventilating!

Sir-Ominous
09-08-2010, 02:21 PM
I hope theres lots of NEW weapons.

Cleric
09-08-2010, 11:02 PM
Not sure that it was weapon variety that made Batman:AA as great as it was...

Sir-Ominous
15-03-2011, 08:40 PM
CHECK OUT THIS NEW GAMEPLAY TRAILER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V1ZF5cNYCs

nukehead
16-03-2011, 12:40 AM
All I can say is that I may just be getting excited for this after that trailer...

Sir-Ominous
16-03-2011, 07:59 PM
check out the ign rewind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgG8HMrvatw

Sir-Ominous
18-03-2011, 02:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAZIf1gCh84

KFC
20-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Once it comes out
I REFUSE TO LEAVE MY ROOM !
Till its over.
Even if it takes 2 weeks.
<3

Sir-Ominous
19-05-2011, 09:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Hu4u1BDYM

Cyberninja
23-05-2011, 12:17 AM
The Penguin confirmed for Batman: Arkham City

http://i55.tinypic.com/novm2w.jpg



Rocksteady's Dax Ginn sits down with the Australian Sunday Herald and finally spills the beans on The Penguin.

Many people had guessed penguin would be featured in the game: one of the early trailers revealed the iceberg lounge, the trendy nightclub owned by Oswald Cobblepot, aka the penguin. He will definitely be one of the big bads you will face, introduced after you solve one of Riddler's puzzles. The first thing Penguin does is order his minions to kill batman, as any self-respected villain would. according to Ginn, putting a slightly different spin on such an established character was one of the highlights for the Rocksteady team. " The way that penguin has always been portrayed is as quite an aristocratic, well-spoken gentleman who's got these twisted delusions of grandeur" he says. "So we've made him a really horrible, nasty piece of work - but still with the delusion of grandeur. He dresses well, but in a poor taste, and we've made him this brutish, brutal guy but also key into collection fascination that hes had through out the years.

It wasn't only Penguin that got a run-down though, here's what they had to say about Catwoman. "The attitude of this Selena kyle is closer to that of the late, great Eartha Kitt from the cult 60's tv show: strong, confident, sexy and independent. comic book nerds will notice Arkham city's catwoman appears to have been designed in the style of adam hughes's covers from the third catwoman series, a feature rocksteady hoped people would spot."

Dax Ginn on Penguin's goons - "Penguin's faction is much more about the collection that he has within his museum of all sorts of things but one of those things he collects is heavily artillery. so when you come up against his thugs in the street they are all going to have seriously heavy weapons and that develops throughout the game as well."

http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2517

Sir-Ominous
26-05-2011, 01:09 PM
In the comic books, Bruce Wayne takes a night off to go to the circus, only to witness the shocking "accident" that ends the Flying Graysons. The lone survivor is the Graysons' acrobatic son. Wayne takes him in as his ward, eventually reveals his secret cave, and soon enough the two become the famed Dynamic Duo.

During a demo for Batman: Arkham City, we caught sight of a poster. It advertised the Flying Graysons, with the words "cancelled" stamped across it. The tragedy has already happened. But how long ago? It seems likely that young **** Grayson is now under the care of Bruce Wayne, but it's uncertain if he's already assumed the role of Robin.

You may have caught this poster quickly passing by in the most recent Batman: Arkham City Trailer. Now we have a clear view of the poster and a number of evasive answers from Game Manager Dax Ginn, who agreed that a "tragedy" did happen to the poor Graysons and their show has "most definitely been cancelled."

This could mean **** Grayson or Robin might show in Batman: Arkham City or it could be a tease for a third Batman game, one that features the Dynamic Duo. We probably won't have that answer for some time. After all, Batman: Arkham City isn't even out yet. Expect it in October, when we'll at least know if **** Grayson or his alter ego will make an appearance in 2011.

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/116/1169848/batman-arkham-city-20110525113822039.jpg


Source: ign

Zoop
26-05-2011, 01:18 PM
Heh, a game with both Batman and Robin, using drop-in drop-out co-op would be awesome.

Sir-Ominous
26-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Yesterday we got our first glimpse of the Penguin in Batman: Arkham City. Today, we have a few more details.

In an article in the UK edition of PSM3 magazine, Rocksteady's Dax Ginn talks about how DC gave the developer a lot of latitude when it came to the characterisation of Batman's iconic rogues' gallery, and that while Penguin retains the squat silhouette of Oswald Cobblepot he's "a nastier piece of work."

It's a noticeable difference, with Penguin's effete cigarette holder replaced by a fat cigar and the monocle by a cracked bottle-end, which Ginn claims is "too dangerous to remove - but he likes it". He also appears to have some kind of voicebox surgically inserted into his throat - could this be a subtle anti-smoking message from Rocksteady?!

Whatever, the biggest and potentially most controversial difference is the portrayal of the Penguin as a ****ney geezer. Held up within the Gotham City's Natural History Museum, the Penguin introduces himself to Batman "as something of a collector," in a brash London accent, which is a far cry from previous incarnations of Oswald Cobblepot we've seen.

The article also revealed some other interesting tweaks in Arkham City's gameplay. For starters, Batman will be able to perform multiple parries; in the first game thugs would obligingly attack Batman one-by-one instead of piling in, but in Arkham City the Dark Knight can parry up to three attacks at once.

Arkham Asylum's powerful Detective Mode will be restricted in the sequel too, so it can't be exploited in the same way as in the original. "If you turn it on," says Ginn, "you see the pertinent things, but other than that there's little detail, so there's no great advantage from just playing in detective mode."

Also, as befitting the world's greatest detective, Arkham City will feature more demanding puzzles for The Dark Knight to solve, rather than a series of trails for him to follow.



Source : ign

Sir-Ominous
01-06-2011, 12:32 PM
Cover of Batman Arkham City # 2 revealed


http://i.imgur.com/0Ux6d.jpg

Is anyone else also reading this ?

Sir-Ominous
01-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Playable Catwomen in BAC

http://kotaku.com/5807083/batman-delivers-playable-catwoman-to-arkham-city

Darranged
01-06-2011, 06:28 PM
Is anyone else also reading this ?

I've read the first issue,not too bad,but nothing groundbreaking either.It does pick up on some of the threads that the first game created in order to set the stage for the sequel game.

5h@un13
01-06-2011, 10:32 PM
Playable Catwomen in BAC

http://kotaku.com/5807083/batman-delivers-playable-catwoman-to-arkham-city

umm...ya that link doesnt work? or does it?

Gammaray
02-06-2011, 02:14 PM
http://youtu.be/zpHHcC9-rPc

Urgh, hopefully playable by choice and not forced levels.

Sir-Ominous
14-06-2011, 11:21 AM
http://pc.ign.com/articles/117/1175834p1.html

Robin DLC

Sir-Ominous
18-06-2011, 04:24 PM
http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/batman-arkham-city/news/batman-arkham-city-tape-found-at-e3-reveals-new-info-on-the-riddler-hugo-strange-and-mayor-sharp/a-20110616122410359082/g-20091214174528870002

IMPORTANT info on the Riddler,Hugo Strange and the Mayor Quincy Sharp.

AND

Cover of Batman Arkham City #3 revealed

http://images.comicbookcollector.net/large/18/18_278100_2_BatmanArkhamCity3.jpg

Sir-Ominous
21-06-2011, 09:10 AM
Robin revealed

http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/117/1177294/batman-arkham-city-20110620041627252.jpg

Cleric
21-06-2011, 09:15 AM
To be clear, he'll only be playable for the challenge mode, and that's only to pre-orders, possible gamestop pre-orders. But I have no doubt that he'll feature in the main game too.

-Bouncer-
21-06-2011, 06:28 PM
From what I herd, Robin will be in the game but those who pre-ordered will have early access to him.


Rocksteady's community manager, Sarah May has posted up a FAQ answering some of the Robin queries currently circulating the web. The FAQ has also revealed that Black Mask will have a 'presence' in Arkham City, this comes after Best Buy's announcement that one of their exclusive challenge maps will be 'Black Mask's Hideout'. The answers also rule out any console exclusive content, something that was featured previously in Arkham Asylum with Joker's challenge rooms.

1. Which Robin is it?
Tim Drake

2. Does this mean there will be Co-Op?
It absolutely does not, Arkham City remains a strong single player experience

3. Where can I play as Robin?
In ALL Challenge maps

4. What is different about Robin?
As with all characters in the Arkham City Universe, he has his own very unique set of gadgets and moves

5. Where is it available?
Pre-Order Bonus from Best Buy in North America

6. What about [insert country here]?
We have only announced the North American retailer, we WILL be announcing EU/US/Canadian partners as soon as they are confirmed.

7. What platforms is he playable on?
PC, Xbox 360, PS3

8. What about the 2 challenge maps?
These are 2 exclusive maps that come with Robin: Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape

9. What does Black Mask's Hideout mean?
Black Mask has a presence in Arkham City

10. Will we get any more images of Robin?
I am looking into this now and will let you know asap

Sir-Ominous
28-06-2011, 02:24 PM
NEW screenshots and concept art:

http://attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/gallery/batman-arkham-city-e3/catwoman_risky.jpg

http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Games/B/Batman%20Arkham%20City/Everything%20Else/Riddler%20promo%20art/riddlerpromoart_image--article_image.jpg

http://attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/gallery/batman-arkham-city-e3/penguin_gangsta_f3.jpg

http://attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/gallery/batman-arkham-city-e3/batmanarkhamcity_129-riddler.jpg

http://attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/gallery/batman-arkham-city-e3/batmanarkhamcity_screen_085-lieutenant.jpg

Sir-Ominous
29-06-2011, 06:52 PM
Box art revealed

http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/117/1179700/batman-arkham-city-20110629080214406-000.jpg

Chevron
29-06-2011, 07:57 PM
I still need to play Arkham's Asylum. Pretty sure Steam will have a special on it before this comes out.

gordanfreeman50
30-06-2011, 09:48 AM
^^ [Insert rant here]
Seriously, I hope there is a Steam special because Arkham Asylum is one of the BEST games I have ever played. Combat is fluid, puzzles are nice and gadgets are just AMAZING!
Really hope you get to play it Chevron it is amazing.

ON TOPIC: Any multiplayer? Not sure how that would work but hey they made it work in Brotherhood.

Toi
30-06-2011, 11:37 AM
^^ [Insert rant here]
Seriously, I hope there is a Steam special because Arkham Asylum is one of the BEST games I have ever played. Combat is fluid, puzzles are nice and gadgets are just AMAZING!
Really hope you get to play it Chevron it is amazing.

ON TOPIC: Any multiplayer? Not sure how that would work but hey they made it work in Brotherhood.

I need to second this. Above all the shine and polish this game has another element that stood out for me was the pace. It's a stealth game yet it never feels like one. You're entering and executing a scenario in a stealthy manner but it's action packed, fast, clean and quite.

Fokken brilliant.

Sir-Ominous
01-07-2011, 08:47 PM
Whipcracking Catwoman gameplay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPMr6hJldXY

Sir-Ominous
07-07-2011, 02:36 PM
http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Daily/2011/07-Jul/06/Arkham%20Robin%20in%20Color/354_robin--article_image.jpg
more info (http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/batman-arkham-city/news/batman-arkham-citys-robin-design-explained-with-first-color-art/a-20110706112413127099/g-20091214174528870002)

What happened after the massive 12-min gameplay trailer

[video=youtube;DhtTfXMqFzo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhtTfXMqFzo&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
11-07-2011, 12:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roq3UCl2yDY&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ssWWPdt9g&feature=related

Audio tapes [whoo suspense]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pn3C5wuCnM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYglhZW9LPs&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10n-1dpXsjU&feature=related

Why is the wait still so long :o[

Sir-Ominous
11-07-2011, 07:38 PM
Riddle me this


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-7dt7mH_pc

Cover of Batman Arkham City #4 revealed

http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/featured/warner-bros/batman/arkham2/comic/BMARK_04_.jpg

5h@un13
12-07-2011, 12:53 PM
If thats the Riddlers lair, he must be renting it out to Jigsaw.

Sir-Ominous
14-07-2011, 01:55 PM
Cool Batman concept art (http://kotaku.com/5821130/where-does-batman-get-all-this-wonderful-concept-art/gallery/10)

http://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/9/2011/07/xlarge_gotham_street-14.jpg

Sir-Ominous
15-07-2011, 11:51 AM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2011/07/twofacewatermark-1310585966.jpg

TWO-FACE

Real Name: Harvey Dent
Occupation: Professional Criminal
Base: Gotham City
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown/Grey
Height: 6 ft
Weight: 182 lb
First Appearance: Detective Comics #66 (August 1942)
Attribute 01: Hideously scarred on the left half of his face, which he plays up with clothing that's differently styled on one side
Attribute 02: Extremely skilled with his weapons of choice: twin .45 automatics
Attribute 03: Psychotic obsession with duality, designing crimes around the number two
Attribute 04: Defers to his half-scarred coin in choices of life or death
Info_01_Name: TWO-FACE
Story: District Attorney Harvey Dent was one of Batman's strongest allies in Gotham City, until a criminal threw acid in Dent's face, hideously scarring him. The wounds fractured his psyche, and he was reborn Two-Face, a schizoid criminal mastermind obsessed with duality. His former good-luck charm, a "two-headed" trick silver dollar, was damaged on one side in the attack, and Dent has seized on it as a reflection of his half-scarred visage. He flips it to decide the fates of his victims. Two-Face is thriving in Arkham City, rallying inmates to join his gang using tried and true campaign tactics.

Source (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/07/14/batman-arkham-city-two-face/)

Toi
15-07-2011, 01:04 PM
^^ Yeah I don't think you should do that again.

Sir-Ominous
15-07-2011, 01:27 PM
I apologize, I didn't know the image would be XXXL

CyniKill
15-07-2011, 02:05 PM
I apologize, I didn't know the image would be XXXL

Can't you edit the post and rather link to the pic? It's just a bit too big, can't even see it on here properly.

That said, I still haven't finished Arkham Asylum. As soon as I can download my copy off Steam I'll have to get started again, since I played on a pirated version way back when. But I'm still excited as all hell to play this one. :D

5h@un13
15-07-2011, 02:09 PM
I apologize, I didn't know the image would be XXXL

Im gonna need a bigger screen :P.

Sir-Ominous
15-07-2011, 02:09 PM
There we go, all cookies cleared

Sir-Ominous
19-07-2011, 05:33 PM
Collector's Edition (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/118/1182487p1.html)

http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/118/1182487/batman-arkham-city-20110719063432966.jpg

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 12:50 AM
Penguin Trailer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g39nrY7Dks&feature=feedu

echo
23-07-2011, 12:50 AM
I like these. Also just ordered my CE from BT Games. Woohoo!

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 01:05 AM
How much is the Collectors echo?

echo
23-07-2011, 01:08 AM
I haven't got the slightest idea, but I guess it will be between R1000 and R1200. It's expensive, but Batman.

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 01:15 AM
It's so unfair cauz in the US, it's going for $99

-Bouncer-
23-07-2011, 01:48 AM
I've already pre-ordered my collector's edition. I'm not 100% sure what the price will be but I know that they are very limited. Not like other games so called "Limited Edition" where they still have hundreds after the game is launched. BT Games are already sold out of the collectors on PS3. Also, the people making the Batman statue makes really good quality statues. So it won't won't a piece of cheap plastic.

JohnnyRocket
23-07-2011, 03:18 AM
I'm worried about this - well, I'm worried as I type this, but likely won't be when I've sent it.

Arkham Asylum was so... superb. In every way. Like a perfectly baked cake. Not just the recipe that made it, but so many things just came together beautifully. Arkham City is... a sequel. Naughty word. Can they improve on it? If they do, does that make the original less appealing? As much as dislike the god of war series, I hope this goes in that direction: sequels that stick to the formula and don't sacrifice quality for new unwanted gimmicks.

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 11:18 AM
Legends


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wao4LC2Dnsk


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPWstXmK46o

Mikit0707
23-07-2011, 11:53 AM
Oh my god... Luke, what has happened to you? If I had passed Mark Hamill in the street, I would not have recognised him at all. Damn this whole aging thing! :'(

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 12:32 PM
This was the first time I'm seeing Mark Hamill and to be honest, I thought he would look way different from this. You'll never say this dude voices the Joker.


Talia al Ghul
http://cdn.superherohype.com/images/stories/2011/July/taliasmall.jpg
TOO SEXY

Talia and Penguin (http://culturemob.com/talia-and-penguin-join-batman-arkham-city)

echo
23-07-2011, 01:04 PM
Wait, this can't be the first time? I don't really want to ask this, but you have watched Star Wars, right?

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 01:30 PM
Yes, but I just couldn't picture him

Sir-Ominous
23-07-2011, 02:06 PM
Voice of Talia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XitZt3d0hQs

Characters to appear [announced at SDCC]

Solomon Grundy
http://i.imgur.com/qQIfG.png

Black Mask
http://gamerabies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/batman-arkham-city-20110315025908777-000.jpg

Killer Croc (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3715)
http://i.imgur.com/flY6d.png

SDCC Round-Up

- Stana Katic will be the voice of Talia al Ghul in the game.
- Talia was a former lover of Batman’s and will carry a samurai sword.
- Stana Katic in a later interview revealed Talia has “conflicting loyalties”.
- Paul Crocker from Rocksteady couldn’t reveal why Talia Al Ghul was in the game "Because that would spoil a huge part of the game".
- Paul Dini explained how a massive storyline had to be dropped from the game. He also revealed they may talk about it next year, or explore it further at a later date. No information was revealed regarding the cut storyline.
- Harley Quinn, Battle-damaged Robin, and Killer Croc are part of the first wave of Batman: Arkham City action figures. Possibly releasing October 5th.
- Different retailers will have different extras when buying The Batman: Arkham City Collector's Edition. Jim Lee was unable to comment on what these extras may be.
- The 1970s Legacy Batman: Arkham City action figure is available when purchasing the game from Toys R Us.-
- Mark Hamill stated that the Solomon Grundy in Batman: Arkham City is “the most gnarly” version he has ever seen.
- SDCC Batman: Arkham City Penguin trailer reveal.



http://www.gameranx.com/images/updates/1296066488batman-arkham-city.jpg

Don't think I can wait anymore

Cleric
25-07-2011, 09:13 AM
Super amped! I think Batman:AC has just shot past Rage to the #2 spot of most anticipated games this year (just behind Uncharted 3).


Oh my god... Luke, what has happened to you? If I had passed Mark Hamill in the street, I would not have recognised him at all. Damn this whole aging thing! :'(

Not to mention that he was in a horrific motorcycle accident several years ago that messed his face up. Guy was never the same afterwards.

Mikit0707
26-07-2011, 05:41 PM
Not to mention that he was in a horrific motorcycle accident several years ago that messed his face up. Guy was never the same afterwards.

Yeah but that was between New Hope and Empire... unless there was a second crash once he'd finished Jedi? O_o

Also: can't wait for Arkham City! I got confirmation of my pre-order for the Collector's Edition. :3

Cleric
26-07-2011, 06:24 PM
Oh really? Maybe I'm getting my stories crossed, as I'd heard it was a few years after Jedi. Will invetimigate.

Sir-Ominous
27-07-2011, 10:11 PM
Schweet Action figures:

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223152_236140509751782_140262999339534_751827_4094 963_n.jpg

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222577_236140456418454_140262999339534_751824_8349 624_n.jpg

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198627_236140429751790_140262999339534_751823_5652 285_n.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/y6vJc.png

I wish I was a kid again so I could play with this awesomeness

Ro$hi
01-08-2011, 03:31 PM
BT Games are already sold out of the collectors on PS3.

NOOOOO!!! Say it ain't so!

Where did you get this earth-shattering piece of information? Their website doesn't indicate that they are sold out.

Clinically depressed panda :(

Mikit0707
01-08-2011, 08:04 PM
Where did you get this earth-shattering piece of information?

My guess is Twitter. Follow @BTGamesStores and you will be kept up with all sorts of things regarding their stock. That's how I knew pre-orders for the CE were open.

-Bouncer-
01-08-2011, 11:41 PM
http://i.imgur.com/4czmN.png

They where sold out but they have stock again of the collector's.

Toi
02-08-2011, 07:54 AM
^^ Woah!!! That looks sick. What's the second one though? Looks like my uncle Phillip. :/

Pottie619
02-08-2011, 01:17 PM
"This place is dangerous... I like it!" I just love a woman dressing up as a cat, Cat-woman, Felicia, Shadowcat... Meow! :)

Ro$hi
02-08-2011, 02:59 PM
I emailed them about it, and they replied with this:



Yes we do have so numbers available for the title. we managed to get more stock from our suppliers

So they have stock now :) I'm pre-ordering asap!

Darranged
02-08-2011, 03:03 PM
^^ Woah!!! That looks sick. What's the second one though? Looks like my uncle Phillip. :/

That's Senior Citizen Batman, from the Frank Miller Graphic Novel "The Dark Knight Returns".

http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/f/f0/Batman_-_Dark_Knight_Returns_2.jpg

Toi
02-08-2011, 03:20 PM
Oh ok sweet thanks for clearing that up.

Still Looks like Phillip.

Anyone mind pointing out what all the other ones are?

Darranged
02-08-2011, 07:57 PM
Oh ok sweet thanks for clearing that up.

Still Looks like Phillip.

Anyone mind pointing out what all the other ones are?

From left to right;

Batman Beyond, er, Batman

The Dark Knight Returns Batman

Current Batman costume in Mainstream continuity, or Batman Incorporated Batsuit

1970's Batman, Neal Adams design

Batman The Animated series Batman

And last, just regular Ol' Arkham Asylum/City Batman

echo
02-08-2011, 08:20 PM
I am seriously considering making that pic a huge poster and putting it up somewhere. It's gorgeous.

-Bouncer-
02-08-2011, 08:30 PM
It is a really nice poster but I've already got two Batman poster in my room. A 3D framed one of The Dark Knight and another one which I got from the cinema that is about 5m in length and about 2m in width. It's massive, it has Batman in the middle, Two Face on the one side and the Joker on the other side.

Its this one here and trust me when I say this, its massive:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pwIWQLC-orE/S-1PF4C1eaI/AAAAAAAAACM/kbEqoGYVrzU/s1600/the_dark_knight_quad_poster.jpg

Anyhow, back on topic. I hope that those skins are not pre-order exclusives for EB Games or other places in the UK. That would suck.

Ro$hi
02-08-2011, 09:18 PM
Anyone mind pointing out what all the other ones are?

I know that the first one is from Batman Beyond, also known as Batman of the Future. I only know this because I used to watch it on KTV when I was younger :)

Edit: Whoops, didn't think to read the posts on the next page before replying :)

Pottie619
04-08-2011, 12:15 PM
I liked the original Batman Animated series. The Batman of the Future kinda sucked really.

Sir-Ominous
04-08-2011, 02:01 PM
NEW screenshots

http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/users/Bzzd/arkham_city-2.jpg

http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/users/Bzzd/arkham_city-1.jpg

http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/users/Bzzd/arkham_city-3.jpg

Nice goggles
http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/users/Bzzd/arkham_city-4.jpg

Tag-team
http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/users/Bzzd/arkham_city-5.jpg

JohnnyRocket
04-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Aaaaah! It looks better than I expected. Especially the S&M face.

Batman Beyond wasn't terrible. It wasn't batman, though, it was something else. For a 'kids' show, it was also remarkably seedy, showing some less pleasant high school scenes, among other things. Overall, I felt it was a little too dark, though. Too cold.

Sir-Ominous
06-08-2011, 05:06 PM
Nolan North is The Penguin (http://kotaku.com/5828250/hold-on-wait-whoa-nolan-north-is-voicing-the-penguin)

Sir-Ominous
12-08-2011, 09:58 PM
Solomon Grundy

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/resized/201-300/438_Grundy_Battle-288-800-500-80.jpg


Lunch with Rocksteady : Lighting Artist
Hi all,

Another sneak peak into the Rocksteady development team, this time with Abelardo Polonio one of our awesome lighting artists.

What is your role within Rocksteady?

I work as a Lighting artist at Rocksteady. Lighting has become a very important part of the game development process in the last few years and a defining element of the game’s visuals . Techniques are shifting towards a more cinematic implementation of lighting, materials and postprocess. My job involves making sure everything is consistent lit throughout the game and work both from artistic and technical standpoint.

How long have you worked at Rocksteady?

I have been here for 9 months.

What made you want to work here?

The biggest thing is the opportunity to make highly successful games while keeping a small company vibe and familiar environment. Also, being a part of a seasoned team in which everyone pulls their weight and has very clear ideas on how to make good games.

What is your day to day like?

There is always something different to my daily experience so I never feel there is a routine but rather a more freeform division of tasks. Depending on the stage of the project, I will be lighting certain areas of the game, polishing things where needed or fixing bugs and different technical issues that might arise at any given time. It is very much a constant interaction with the other departments to making sure everything is as neat as possible. There is also a good deal of camaraderie around so I never get bored at work!

Describe Arkham City

Arkham City is the integral gaming experience and a benchmark for this type of games. It has something to appeal to everyone and every element is beautifully crafted. The city is a dark, gritty and atmospheric environment which will pull you in from the get go. However, it is not all cosmetic since the depth of the gameplay and maturity of the storyline are unique so the game is likely to be remembered for years to come!

If you could share anything about your experience working on the game, what would it be?

Working on something you truly love is on itself really satisfying, That moment of pride when you step back and see the game taking shape after all those months of hard work is priceless. The feedback we get from the community is very encouraging!

SarahMay

Sir-Ominous
14-08-2011, 02:15 PM
SDCC Panel


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p1pmewlu-g

Penguin audio tape


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slvjm9iSfIQ

NEW Interview


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMUT-U5bxeU


Everytime some new info comes out it just makes the wait feel so much more difficult

Sir-Ominous
18-08-2011, 01:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXqj0rpyD2c

http://thebatmanuniverse.net/image/Video%20Game/News/032-Batman-Arkham%20City/Concept%20Art/Mr%20Freeze%20BW.jpg

Sir-Ominous
20-08-2011, 10:43 AM
Just pre-ordered the CE for R699 from kalahari.com

When I saw the price I thought it was freaken too good to be true

Sir-Ominous
20-08-2011, 01:30 PM
New art and screenshots

Amazing art
http://www.thegx.co/userfiles/294651_263121063707827_110455108974424_1049468_680 7003_n.jpg

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/1607/cc88a4ec1aaee99bd9ae6cf.jpg

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5924/36ee30be97592ba9dcffd71.jpg

http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/149/1cfe07654e76ecc477df7d5.jpg

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6931/1ce062f6a52302f8ecfdda7.jpg

Huge scale arkham


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HopIsJI84U0&feature=player_embedded#!


Game informer goes Hands-on with Catwoman

Rocksteady says that Catwoman is about twice as fast as Batman but approximately half as strong. I’ll save you the math, and just say that she plays very differently from Batman.

Because Catwoman is so nimble, her takedowns are a bit more spectacular to watch than Batman’s. While he’s happy to knock a few skulls together and call it good, Catwoman’s equivalent attacks incorporate handsprings and stiletto-heeled kicks. One of my favorite maneuvers was to counter an opponent’s attack, hop onto his shoulder, and then stun him while using him as a springboard to the next foe. Batman is definitely competent in battle, but I have to say I had a lot more fun with Catwoman.

In a predator mission called Meltdown Mayhem, I had to take out a series of thugs on patrol in an industrial area. It was a nice counterpoint to the fast-paced combat challenge. This mission was about being methodical and taking my time. Catwoman’s weakness is clear when she faces armed opponents; a few shots will reduce her health to one quarter of its maximum. I found that I didn’t rely on detective vision here as much as I did in Arkham Asylum. When I did activate it, it was just for a second or to so I’d know where the enemies were.

Catwoman can use gargoyles as perches, much like Batman can. The difference is that some of them require her to cling onto the wall below the statue and then make a couple of quick leaps to get into position. During that time, you’re exposed. I got into position up high and waited until a bad guy split apart from the group and walked below me. I then sprung into action, falling upon him and then silently putting him out of commission before he recovered. His friends were alerted and moved to the position, but by the time they arrived to investigate, I’d moved on.

The mode was a lot of fun, and I felt appropriately sneaky. As I worked my way through the Joker’s minions, I earned Riddler medals for meeting certain criteria. For instance, one of the assignments was to take out an enemy silently from above. No problem. The medals can be cashed in to buy special combat modifiers (regenerating health, aggressive enemies, disabled gadgets), which can be used to spice up the combat challenges further.

http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/featured/warner-bros/batman/arkham2/catwoman150-610.jpg



Carlos D'Anda has released yet another black and white sneak preview of the final issue of the Arkham City comic series via his deviantArt page.

http://i.imgur.com/gHtic.jpg

Not only does it show Robin will play a big part in this issue, but it also appears the Batboat will be making another appearance!

So what do you think will happen in Issue 5? Does this mean Robin will play a big part in the game afterall?

Just to clarify, it IS Robin, not Nightwing. D'Anda confirms this via his deviantArt -


Challenge mode detailed (http://www.arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4463)

Sir-Ominous
21-08-2011, 06:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6oOn3-mjwE&feature=player_embedded

ROCKSTEADY STEERING CLEAR OF PLAYABLE BRUCE (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4541&sid=5e001ac410943e1c3bcd12dd05be36f2)

Sir-Ominous
21-08-2011, 10:26 PM
Extended Interview with Kovic and Dax


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo5OyVuR6uY&feature=player_embedded

Cool interactive Batman Arkham City wallpapers (http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/game/interactive-screenshots)

Sir-Ominous
22-08-2011, 01:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMMtKkWrEI0

Interesting stuff indeed



Batman Arkham City #5

http://www.dccomics.com/media/product/1/9/19590_400x600.jpg

The miniseries that leads you into the video game comes to its dramatic conclusion. The die is cast and the criminal gulag known as Arkham City is now in place. But even with its imposing walls and security measures, is anyone in Gotham City really going to feel safe with a legion of criminals living next door? Batman's determined to enter the belly of the beast and find out just who is pulling the strings.

ioiiooio
22-08-2011, 02:26 PM
Any idea how I could get my hands on those comics?

Sir-Ominous
22-08-2011, 02:56 PM
New Robin skins

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/03/katha/warnergames/images/02_Animated-Robin.jpg


http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/03/katha/warnergames/images/03_Red-Robin.jpg

totally badass
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/03/katha/warnergames/images/04_Robin.jpg

Pottie619
23-08-2011, 01:46 PM
The game looks awesome! With Mass Effect only come out next year and Call of Duty that I predict will not be as good as it could be, Batman Arkham City will stand the best chance of Game of the Year. Who disagrees?

Sir-Ominous
23-08-2011, 09:13 PM
http://i.imgur.com/eNM6K.jpg


Batman's latest gadget, the REC, a cross between a stun gun and a shot gun, fires a sticky substance that electrifies his foes, causing them to fly backwards.

Mr Freeze details (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4628)

Paul Dini and Kevin Conroy Interview (http://normalnerds.blogspot.com/2011/08/cbr-interview-kevin-conroy-and-paul.html)

Sir-Ominous
23-08-2011, 10:20 PM
http://www.el33tonline.com/images/cache/21926.JPG

Challenge map preview (http://www.el33tonline.com/past_article/2011/8/18/batman_arkham_city_preview/)


New screenshots

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/resized/301-400/189_iceberg_005-302-800-500-80.jpg

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/resized/301-400/188_iceberg_004-301-800-500-80.jpg

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/resized/201-300/187_freeze_combat_02-300-800-500-80.jpg

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/resized/201-300/186_freeze_combat_01-299-800-500-80.jpg

Sir-Ominous
25-08-2011, 10:33 PM
Freaken insane Xbox

http://i.imgur.com/SPdBd.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hLRpR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lorfC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2T9L8.jpg

Riddler takes over Xbox twitter (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4669)

Sir-Ominous
27-08-2011, 05:30 PM
Finally, the first TV Spot for Batman: Arkham City has officially been revealed. Nothing new - just a condensed version of the Hugo Strange trailer, but it still has a way of pumping you up all over again.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3C5mitCREk&feature=player_embedded#!

Joker's Carnival to add 4 more gameplay hours (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4699&sid=80ae77ca3a60fc250550db33798f18a2)

Sir-Ominous
28-08-2011, 01:42 PM
Dax Ginn has revealed there will be a mighty 436 Riddler trophies to collect in Batman: Arkham City! Check out the interview below for more info from Rocksteady's Marketing Manager.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZov7rAfKPs&feature=player_embedded

WTF! it took me forever to find the 240 Riddler trophies in Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is five times the size and there's 436!!!


New game+ confirmed . . . YES!!! (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4739&sid=32cc2e600f2a4f84d428b743fd0cb2ff)

Sir-Ominous
28-08-2011, 02:17 PM
Just read Batman Arkham City #5 and to be honest it left me with shivers, Paul Dini and Carlos D' Anda totally nailed it. Definately the best from the series. After reading this, I can barely imagine how bold and unique the game is going to be . . .

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/6/66037/1976850-screen_capture_super.png

Voice actors of BAC (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568322/fullcredits)

Sir-Ominous
30-08-2011, 12:55 PM
http://img.zwame.pt/eagleeye/artigos/batman_arkham_city/harley/Harley_v2_feedback_tn.jpg

http://img.zwame.pt/eagleeye/artigos/batman_arkham_city/hugo/H.Strange_var_all_tn.jpg

http://img.zwame.pt/eagleeye/artigos/batman_arkham_city/two-face/Two-Face_v2_inks_tn.jpg

http://img.zwame.pt/eagleeye/artigos/batman_arkham_city/riddler/Riddler_v3_col_tn.jpg

http://img.zwame.pt/eagleeye/artigos/batman_arkham_city/riddler/Riddler_v1_all_tn.jpg



More Cool character concept art (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4784&sid=2b837732cb1c7d83981f6ace3c0c5b83)

Another interview with Dax G.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHMBe6o5EE0


Two new screenshots

http://i.imgur.com/QAwIY.png

http://i.imgur.com/DziGM.png



An interview with Rocksteady's famous Dax Ginn has given us a minor glimpse at Batman: Arkham City's new bio display. One of Arkham Asylum's major collective incentive was to gain access to character bios, these would consist of a small summary and an art piece by Carlos D'Anda. Its sequel has swapped the art for some in game character models with a stylish new menu.

http://i.imgur.com/I910M.png

Sir-Ominous
30-08-2011, 03:27 PM
Catwomen's Thief Vision [ 90 degree cam . . . watch it if you want]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsrLbD1RDls&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
30-08-2011, 08:46 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NI8hka4PhCs/TlzgNNlSHLI/AAAAAAAAAzg/4JnxRukBtDU/s1600/Riddler_v3_col.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gvc6ej_KLj0/TlzgFikhM1I/AAAAAAAAAzE/jcKH0x9aDIc/s1600/JokerB_Col.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8pMzVOuhJDk/TlzgQjwJ7OI/AAAAAAAAAzs/Gl3CkS0xN-8/s1600/Two-Face_designs.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lHbF3-9Azvk/Tlzf7YQy1DI/AAAAAAAAAyk/pRysEv-MlCE/s1600/Harley_v2_feedback.jpg

more hi-res images (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4784)

Sir-Ominous
01-09-2011, 05:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QGOtaSwb7M&feature=feedu

Grimnebulin
01-09-2011, 05:10 PM
At what point does the phrase 'I need this game now' lose its meaning? At the nth repetition? The words feel numb in my mouth, as if they have no potency.

September, I have nothing against you, but would you kindly collect your things and bugger off double-quick? Thanks.

Sir-Ominous
01-09-2011, 05:22 PM
At what point does the phrase 'I need this game now' lose its meaning? At the nth repetition? The words feel numb in my mouth, as if they have no potency.

September, I have nothing against you, but would you kindly collect your things and bugger off double-quick? Thanks.

You have no idea dude, 21 October is taking freaken forever

Sir-Ominous
01-09-2011, 06:33 PM
Rocksteady Comment On Arkham City's Boss Battles
Angry Joe's recent interview with Rocksteady's Dax Ginn has shed some light on the boss battles in Batman: Arkham City. Ginn notes that you'll be able to go "toe to toe" with the super villains, while also having different experiences in combat with each one.

Can you face Penguin and Riddler in physical boss battles?

One thing we really want to do with Arkham City is make sure that you get a really intimate connection with the super villains you?re going up against. So you get to slam Harley Quinn into the ground, you get to destroy Riddler, you genuinely go face to face and toe to toe with all of these guys [villains].

Is their plenty of variety in the boss battles? Is each boss different?

Totally. We really design our boss encounters from the perspective of the villain. We just released a trailer a couple weeks ago with Mr. Freeze and some of the hints in that trailer really show how we?re going to approach that [boss battles]. He?s not only just this huge robot, he?s also a super smart scientist. So if you manage to get close to him and put a hit on him, he?ll retrospectively analyze the strategy you took and he?ll change the environment so you can?t do the same thing again.

So that?s a really good example of the way we treat all of these super villains differently.


!!!!!

Two new screens

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/194_catwoman_owa.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/24eue5y.jpg

Speculation of BAC's fourth playable character (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4852)



Nick Cowen (The Guardian, UK) talks to Dax Ginn, marketing game manager at Rocksteady Games, about the Dark Knight's return.

When we were playing through Batman: Arkham Asylum for the second time, picking up all the achievements, we found the blueprints for Arkham City ?
You found that? That was you guys?

Er, no, if we're being honest; someone else found it first, posted it on Gamefaqs.com and then we found it using their walkthrough.
(Laughs) Aha! So you can't take credit for that! Well, that's honest of you.

Thanks. So the existence of those blueprints means you were planning a sequel before Arkham City was even out the gate, right?
It does.

So how did you stay focused on the game you were making at the time? And how much of what you planned in those blueprints ? and what you were planning for Arkham City at the time ? has ended up in the new game?
Let me answer the second question first. Those blueprints ? when we look at them now and we look back at Arkham City, they're really accurate. We managed to stay focused on that broad footprint of the layout of Arkham City almost to a fault.

It was always going to be driven by technical considerations because when you're making an open-world game you don't know how big it can be until you start building it. But we knew we really wanted to inject it with the same level of detail and attention and love that we put into Arkham Asylum. We also wanted to layer it with Batman DNA; we wanted to make sure that it contained legendary locations that made the place meaningful for Batman and that it wasn't just a collection of generic streets.

So when we hatched the idea of taking the game out of Arkham Asylum and on to the streets of Gotham, and then the concept of Arkham City, that was the point where we created the secret room with the blueprints for Arkham City ? almost in the hope that we would be allowed to make it. But by that stage, to answer your first question, we were so close to finishing Arkham Asylum, there was no chance Arkham City could be a distraction that would threaten the polish of the game we were working on.

When you started thinking about Arkham City, was it a case that you wanted to take what you were doing in widescreen? Or did the idea for the city environment come from features you couldn't put into the first game ? like Batman's new gliding ability, or his new combos? Which of those aspects came first?
It actually came for the desire we had to give the player an immense sense of navigational freedom. We want to be true to the character of Batman, to all the things that make him a person and make him a hero. For example, the Dark Knight, the defender of Gotham ? that's just one aspect of his personality. Being the world's greatest detective is another aspect, and it's just as important. That's why there's a lot of crime scene investigation and puzzle solving in the game.

Then you have the Caped Crusader moniker for Batman and so, being able to deploy his cape and glide through buildings is something we have in the game ? I think the recent Batman films did that aspect particularly well. We knew that was something we wanted in the game; it felt very Batman, it felt great for the gameplay and overall it was the next logical place for us to go with this Arkham-verse that we're building here.

Speaking of the Arkham-verse, you've got a lot more characters in this game than there was in Arkham Asylum. We've already seen the Riddler, the Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Two-Face. Are there anymore characters that will make an appearance in Arkham City?
Yes.

Can you tell us which ones?
(laughs) No. We've got more character announcements to make but I can't tell you what they are yet. I can tell you, though, that the Riddler will appear physically in the game. In Arkham Asylum he was just a voice on the radio, but here, you'll come face to face with him.

Catwoman's in the game both as an adversary and as a playable character. Calendar Man, Zsasz and Hugo Strange ? as the warden of Arkham City ? are in the game too. So there's a lot of fan service with very well-known characters as well as some obscure ones in the game. This is a big game as well, you're looking at around 40 hours plus to get 100% in there, and then you've got challenge maps on top of that.

We've got a lot of time and space to fill out the development of all of the different super villains. Arkham Asylum was a lot more focused and claustrophobic experience ? the focus in that game was mainly on the tension between Batman and the Joker.

Speaking of fan service, Robin is a character that divides fans. Yet we have seen concept art for the young lad in Arkham City. Was there an internal argument at Rocksteady before the decision was reached to put him in the game?
(laughs) You're right, he does divide people. The inclusion of Robin is always going to be met with resistance, whether within Rocksteady or outside with the fans or the community. It's actually incredible how divisive a character he is, but I think done well and done right, he's got the potential to be an awesome character.

We haven't shown anything of Robin in action yet, but I can tell you he has his own navigational system, he has his own moves, his own combat combos and he's got an explosives augmentation. I think gamers are going to find that he feels very different to playing as Batman ? the same way that Catwoman feels different to playing as Batman. We definitely wanted to make players feel the three different playable characters offer three different experiences.

Are you a fan of Robin?
Absolutely! Always have been! I've always thought he's a brilliant character. I know why some fans don't like him, but I've always been on Team Robin!

Bah! Next question. You might be sick of hearing this one, but let's talk about the Batmobile. After all you've given Batman an open city, so why can't we drive his car?
It ain't a driving game, is the short answer. You've seen the work we've put into the gliding system and that works just fine for moving the character around the city. Also, lots of the streets in Arkham City are filled with rubble an craters so the Batmobile wouldn't be the best mode of transport. It wouldn't make for very fun driving even if we put the Batmobile in the game.

In all seriousness, though, the moment you put Batman in a car, it becomes an entirely different kind of game. So there are no vehicles in the game whatsoever.

Would you say, that in a way, Batman is the ultimate vehicle in the game?
Well, he certainly controls with the same level of responsiveness. We wanted to build in a lot of navigational options for players ? you can see that even in the way the player can use the Batarang, where you can completely control their path once you throw them.

Speaking of the Batarang, lots of games featuring superheroes make you unlock their powers ? even in the sequels. Will we have to spend a lot of time unlocking all of Batman's gadgets from the first game?
No, you have them right from the start of Arkham City. We wanted players to really feel like Batman has been preparing for the inevitable day when Gotham would experience a crisis like it does in Arkham City, so all of his gadgets are ready.

Mark Hamill says this is the last time he's playing the Joker. It seems that every time a Batman series hits a peak, something untoward happens with that character.
How do you mean?

Well, Tim Burton made a good Batman film and then killed off the Joker at the end of it. Christopher Nolan made a great Batman film and then Heath Ledger tragically passed away. Now, after Rocksteady made an outstanding Batman game ? you're losing your Joker as well.
I hadn't thought of it that way. Well, Mark said that he thought that Arkham Asylum would be very difficult to top and I absolutely agree ? when I play Arkham Asylum, the performance he turns in is amazing.

But his performance on Arkham City has been just phenomenal. When it comes to the Joker, Mark's a genius. He gets this character so perfectly. All we need to do is just write the dialogue and then he brings it vividly to life. When we add his performance to the game, the quality our game just doubles.

To be honest, I don't know what's going to happen in the future. So long as we remain focused on making an amazing game, opportunities will come for the studio, I'm sure and creative solutions will present themselves.

Sir-Ominous
08-09-2011, 02:02 PM
Soundtrack List
1. Panic! At The Disco - Mercenary
2. Coheed and Cambria - Deranged
3. The Duke Spirit - Creature
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shadow On The Run
5. Blaqk Audio - Afterdark
6. The Raveonettes - Oh, Stranger
7. (Crosses) - The Years
8. The Damned Things - Trophy Widow
9. Daughtry - Drown In You
10. The Boxer Rebellion - Losing You
11. Serj Tankian - Total Paranoia
(Bonus Collector's Edition Track)
12. A Place to Bury Strangers - In The Shadow



Soundtrack (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/07/batman-arkham-city-the-album-soundtrack/)

New Game + Q and A


HOW DO I UNLOCK NEW GAME PLUS?
Finish the game on normal or hard mode

WHAT DO I START NEW GAME PLUS WITH?
ALL of your gadgets from the end of your first play though, ALL of your XP (including unlocked upgrades)

WHAT IS DIFFERENT?
No counter icons on thugs
Different Thug Levels: tougher thugs are available from the start of the game
Different Thug Configuration
Increased difficulty Bosses : Bosses will be even more cunning

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM HARD MODE?
The main difference is that you will have ALL of your gadgets and xp so even though the enemies may be tougher you will have the technical upper hand

IS NEW GAME PLUS ONE DIFFICULTY SETTING?
Yes, regardless of whether you finish the game on normal or hard new game plus will be the same difficulty

CAN I STILL REPLAY THE GAME WITHOUT NEW GAME PLUS?
Yes you can, however you won't start with all your gadgets

Sir-Ominous
09-09-2011, 02:16 PM
New Villain to be revealed on 15 September (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5023&sid=38071d4bc1e57b881c0b270e9f6cd387)

Now I'm all excited again

Sir-Ominous
10-09-2011, 11:22 AM
32 un-lockable bios. But could there be more? Check out the 3 bio tabs above Two-Face's name!
http://i.imgur.com/TTtqL.png


It seems every bio contains a 3D render, this could suggest 32 3D rendered characters exist within Arkham City.
http://i.imgur.com/usApi.png

Cam footage:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCvs5JVfybo

Sir-Ominous
10-09-2011, 04:43 PM
Game Reactor have interviewed Arkham City Community Manager Sarah May Wellock about the upcoming game.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBck72gAgJc&feature=player_embedded

Strange to see a BAC interview not done by Dax Ginn

Sir-Ominous
12-09-2011, 09:07 PM
First BAC review on Oct 10

http://i.imgur.com/UUgKm.png


The image was taken from a page in this month's Games Master, which hits stands this Monday, September 12. The October issue containing the review for Arkham City can be expected to be on shelves around a similar date next month.

We're not far away, now! I can't see Batman: Arkham City getting anything less than a 95%.

NOTE: For the record, Games Master gave Arkham Asylum a 96% in a similar world exclusive review.

I wish we could of got the NAG review so early

Sir-Ominous
14-09-2011, 01:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGL1pIQVJVo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5azqG5ZNL0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vss1WwyNZxQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKtzqfB3jOU

New challenge mode detailed (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5123&sid=97a16a004abf119c4e413a48df2e00aa)

Hints of a Catwoman DLC (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5118&sid=97a16a004abf119c4e413a48df2e00aa)

Deadly riddles of BAC (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/119/1194027p1.html)

Sir-Ominous
14-09-2011, 03:05 PM
It seems Batman: Arkham City has gone gold. An interviewer from Eurogamer luckily stepped into Rocksteady's studios when they were "half an hour" away from completion.

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/batmanarkhamcity_6.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F9LIM9LV-E&feature=player_embedded

But none the less, Rocksteady are already in talks regarding future projects. "There's conversations going on about potential possibilities about what's down the track for Rocksteady" Ginn explains.

But we won't be finding out anytime soon, Dax concluded in saying there was nothing else he could comment on to gain more clarity on what's next after Arkham City.

But Paul Crocker goes on to explain possibile secrets that lie within the city limits. "There are elements in the game that you will be able to look for, whether they are to do with another game or just something else (ideas we have). It's definitely worth exploring every nook and cranny of Arkham City."

The awesome video interview also sheds some light on Rocksteady's motion capture techniques, Story decisions and more!



I hope there's many future titles for Rocksteady since this masterpiece is completed.

Sir-Ominous
14-09-2011, 06:55 PM
I was throwing around ideas of who could tomorrows New Villain be. These are the possibilities that I came across:

Poison Ivy - She featured in the BAC comic

Killer Croc - Saw a pic and heard some rumors

Black Mask - He was in the debut gameplay trailer

Ra's al Ghul - His daughter Talia is in the game, so there might be a little father and daughter reunion

In my opinion I think It's going to be Black Mask .

http://images.wikia.com/batman/images/9/94/200px-Black_Mask_1.jpg


Any other ideas?

Sir-Ominous
14-09-2011, 09:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woPliVs5uqM&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
15-09-2011, 12:50 PM
Could this be our first look at Arkham City's box art? Could Arkham City feature an Online Pass?

http://i.imgur.com/MQpXJ.jpg

As well as giving us our first glimpse at Arkham City's sleeve, the blurb makes mention of the Batman online pass, which will allow players to access certain features of Arkham City.

This would not be the first time WB have released a game with an online pass, Mortal Kombat, released earlier this year, required such a pass to access online features, according to the small print gamers buying Arkham City pre-owned or second-hand will have to pay a little extra to get a Batman online pass, gamers buying a mint copy of the game will have a one use serial code included within the packaging.

It is implied that without the online pass, gamers will be unable to play as Catwoman [WTF] in the challenge rooms, and possible more.

Please note that this sleeve is not confirmed.

Waiting anxiously for the new villain . . .

Sir-Ominous
16-09-2011, 02:18 PM
Arkham City’s GTTV show finally aired last night and boy did it not disappoint. GameTrailers stuck to their word and revealed an all new villain, gadgets and some awesome new gameplay.

Amongst the new gadgets are:

Freeze Blast - This gadget allows you to freeze your enemies, judging from the gameplay shown it can be fired from a great distance. Allowing you to tactically target your foe and fly down to take him out with ease. The gadget can also be used when trying to cross water, GameTrailers show Batman standing on an ice platform and using the Batclaw to latch onto objects in the water, allowing him to move him self around.

Check out Bats using this gadget in the video below! But be warned, this video contains cut scenes from early in the game. If you don't want to be spoiled we suggest you avoid this video.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIYOuOF-80E&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VtyA-zey6s&feature=player_embedded

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/5926/82448989.jpg

Deadshot will be part of a side mission where Batman tries to figure out who is on Deadshot's hit list and how to stop him. He will be missing some of his gear because he needed to sneak into Arkham City as a thug.

Sir-Ominous
16-09-2011, 06:41 PM
Batman: Arkham City's recently revealed side quest "Shot in The Dark" features villain Deadshot and will have you hunting down his trail using your detective vision. Here's a few HD screencaps to tide you over till release day.

http://i.imgur.com/Q3Gof.png

http://i.imgur.com/dGSit.png

http://i.imgur.com/fJk3c.png

http://i.imgur.com/lEgPc.png

http://i.imgur.com/9Drjk.png

Worlds greatest detctive!!!
http://i.imgur.com/eMEl6.png

http://i.imgur.com/0X8VV.png

Sir-Ominous
17-09-2011, 07:58 PM
According to Game On's interview with Rocksteady's Paul Crocker we won't be seeing fan favourite Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham City.

"In Batman: Arkham Asylum we had the whole Scarecrow thing, and we didn't want to do that again we wanted something different." - Paul Crocker, Rocksteady Studios.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubzIqc5PvLs&feature=player_embedded


It seems Rocksteady may have something else up their sleeve in terms of delivering a similar surprise. But are you disappointed that there's a chance that the infamous Dr. Jonathan Crane won't be showing his face within the city limits?

Everyday more awesome news is coming

Sir-Ominous
19-09-2011, 08:22 PM
Alternate Penguin trailer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io6ryahCU8I&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
20-09-2011, 01:04 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-scvlIIoIzcU/Tne6uRZC4WI/AAAAAAAAA6s/E6VKCGEawUU/s1600/bm_ac_s1_af_02.jpg


The first of Series 1 of Arkham City action figures have been officially announced.

Welcome to 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, it’s filled with the most murderous villains from DC Comics’ Batman universe. But Batman is ready to tackle it with all-new gadgets and his greatest—and most dangerous—allies. Which is good, because he’ll need all the help he can get for his journey into the darkest corners of Gotham.

Among those he’ll encounter:

Tim Drake battles crime as Robin, delivering punches (and signature quips) to aid in the Caped Crusader’s mission to shut down Arkham City.

In a nice new outfit, Harley Quinn has taken to the front lines to personally fulfill the Joker’s sickest wishes of mischief and mayhem. She’s not going to let anyone get in her way—least of all Batman.

Based on the upcoming blockbuster video game published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developed by Rocksteady Studios, and licensed by DC Entertainment.

Batman - 6.75” h
Harley Quinn - 6.25” h
Robin - 6.5” h
On sale December 21, 2011

I need these

Sir-Ominous
20-09-2011, 05:15 PM
Sinestro skin

http://www.play3-live.com/screens/batman-arkham-asylum-2/batman-arkham-asylum-2-286530batman-arkham-city-1316518766.jpg

Joker's Carnival


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX_vRpzTvLM&feature=player_embedded


New screen shots

http://gallery.thatvideogameblog.com/cache/batman-arkham-city/set-09/147_bm_courthousecombat_w580_h326.jpg

http://gallery.thatvideogameblog.com/cache/batman-arkham-city/set-09/155_dmode_stealth_w580_h326.jpg

http://gallery.thatvideogameblog.com/cache/batman-arkham-city/set-09/156_arkhamcity_w580_h326.jpg

BAC coming to pc's in November (http://pc.ign.com/articles/119/1195506p1.html)

Raveonettes Pen 'Oh, Stranger' for 'Batman Arkham City' Song (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5305&sid=8cc406ebad63d7f5d9adc82faa619a71)

Sir-Ominous
20-09-2011, 06:51 PM
http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/featured/warner-bros/batman/arkham2/art600.jpg


How much do you know about Batman? What's the name of the guy who created him, and in which comic did he first appear? To find out who is knows everything about Batman we put Rocksteady's Dax Ginn up against Paul Dini, Batman comic book writer and the man responsible for the story in Batman: Arkham City.


Click here to find out who won . . . (http://uk.ign.com/videos/2011/09/20/batman-arkham-city-the-ultimate-quiz)

Sir-Ominous
22-09-2011, 12:12 PM
A look at challenge mode [ cam]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_4fiN_9S6U&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFg8wnlh-Q&feature=player_embedded

Dr Harlene Quinzel aka Harley Quinn Flash

http://files.mimoco.com/images/Harley_Poster_web.jpg

alorm
22-09-2011, 02:15 PM
I love this game :)

Sir-Ominous
22-09-2011, 02:17 PM
I love this game :)

Who doesn't?

The Wolf
22-09-2011, 03:52 PM
Who doesn't?

Hmmm.... People who can't see that this game is pure awesome-ness. :P

Sir-Ominous
22-09-2011, 05:35 PM
Check out the new Joker trailer here!!! (http://www.mtv.co.uk/gaming/batman-arkham-city/playlist/batman-arkham-city)

Sir-Ominous
23-09-2011, 02:01 PM
BAC officially goes gold! (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5374&sid=5e510b66021a21bf3d914960ec257961)

blesner
23-09-2011, 02:16 PM
@absolado

How do you get that Sinestro skin?

Sir-Ominous
23-09-2011, 03:48 PM
@absolado

How do you get that Sinestro skin?

It comes with the Green Lantern movie on a Blu-Ray or DVD purchase

blesner
23-09-2011, 03:55 PM
It comes with the Green Lantern movie on a Blu-Ray or DVD purchase

Grrrr, way to sell a sh**e movie.

Sir-Ominous
23-09-2011, 04:16 PM
Grrrr, way to sell a sh**e movie.

So true yet so sad, but I'm sure it will come out to download normally after a while.


http://www.comicmix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/green-lantern-batman.jpg

Sir-Ominous
24-09-2011, 02:43 PM
A message from BAC's Game Director




Hi all,

The big news from Rocksteady is that Batman: Arkham City has now gone gold.

Thanks to everyone in the community for your continued support - it made the late nights and weekend work easier knowing you were behind us all the way.

I'm really proud of the work the team has done - I'm sure you're going to enjoy it too.

Now the team are focused on finishing off some really cool DLC but the main news is... Batman is back!

Enjoy!

Sefton

Sir-Ominous
24-09-2011, 07:46 PM
Rocksteady wants to create moments that will change our lives (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5422&sid=7763a73b2d3dbbe6e65377e24eca60e5)

Sir-Ominous
25-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Footage from the Eurogamer expo which shows the new detective mode [ cam]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF0mSrrkaTQ

Awesome video with the Catwoman trailer and Linkin Park's 'faint' in the background


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4CjcbcEW_g


BAC Preview by PSU (http://www.psu.com/Batman--Arkham-City-Preview--a013043-p0.php)

Sir-Ominous
25-09-2011, 12:57 PM
BAC Eurogamer Q & A


http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2011/157/981374_20110607_790screen002.jpg


How many bios are there?

32.


Can you aim the smoke bombs?

In the demo they were only a reactionary tool, however other previews have suggested you can aim the smoke bombs.


Is there anyone else besides Calender man in the cells below the court house?

There is not, there are some extra cells, but Calendar-Man is the only occupant.


Was there anything in that Cupboard in the first Catwoman room before she gets taken?

It's actuallynot a cupboard, it's a large double door, which you can't open unfortunately.

Were there boundaries to the Demo? If so, what were they?

There were, the demo area was bordered off by transparent red walls with the Arkham City logo.

http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2011/157/981374_20110607_790screen003.jpg

Did the graphics seem better or the same?

The graphics were notably better, be sure to check our hands-on impressions for more details!


Was the combat noticeably different?

Batman's combat was notably a bit slower, certain dynamics like evading and general transitions have given the combat much more polish, combat is also much more tactical and deep this time round.


How many more villains can we expect in the game that won't be revealed before release?

I wasn't given an exact number, but rest assured they're there!


Could you give us a detailed description of the new controls?- How to do an aerial assault/beatdown/explosive gel etc.

I recommend you look to our hands on preview!


Did you ever use the slide into combat? And if so, does the animation change as you collide with an enemy?

You can slide into combat, Batman performs what is effectively a football tackle on his enemy, knocking him to the floor.


Did you ever grapple to a ledge while moving? Does that boost your launch speed at all?

The grapple speed has been increased, and it's range is dramatically different, though I'm not entirely sure, I'd say the grapple speed whilst gliding is a bit faster than standing still. Holding down the A or X button has Batman perform a diving roll after reaching his grapple point, which greatly increases speed!


Did you ever dive bomb straight down to a fight? How many thugs can you "fear shockwave" back?

I did! I didn't count, but it was everyone that was nearby, there was an awesome moment of just standing there for a second whilst thugs cower around you.

http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2011/157/981374_20110607_790screen006.jpg

What are the controls like with the new glide system?

The controls are notably different from Arkham Asylum and certainly take some getting used to, for an in-depth analysis, check out our hands-on!


How much better is the freeflow system,does it feel more "loose",this meaning,does it feel much better due to the more combat variety(Aerial Attack,Beatdown...)?

The freeflow system is massively different, in regard to your terminology, it is certainly much looser!


A part from the gadgets from AA,which other ones can you use in combat apart from the explosive gel?

In the demo you could also use your batarang, remote control batarang, batclaw, grapple-gun and even the line launcher to take down your foes.


Is there anything else to interrogations other than just saving the relevant thug for last and pressing Y/Triangle?

Nope.

http://i.imgur.com/zB0J2.png

Were you able to reach the zeppelin? (I'm guessing no) Also, how long can you hitch a ride in the helicopter? Can you interact with it in any other way?

I couldn't reach the zeppelin, but you can stay hanging from the helicopter for as long as you like!


Is it still X+B or Square+Circle to do a beatdown? I've heard conflicting reports.

You must stun the thug (Twice IIRC) and then hit the attack button about five times, the speed of your presses determines the speed of the beatdown.


About the moves, well, did you use/see the USE, the taunt action?

No on both accounts.


Are the scan riddles that unlock bios coming back if yes are there any new bios you spotted etc.

To my knowledge no, I tried scanning several items that I felt may lead to Riddles, but nothing happened, bios are unlocked, at least in the demo, by actually meeting the character! For more info on Riddles check out our preview.


Are you able to change the the flying controls from inverted?

Yes!


Which console did you play it on Elliottt?

I played the Xbox360 version.


Is Riddler part of the main story or just one of the side missions?

Riddler is a side mission.


How about some more info about the sewer system ? Can you go into them and explore?

I went manhole hunting only to find that were not interact-able, nor did they appear highlighted in detective vision, though this was only the demo!


Do you still have annoying ground takedowns?

Yes!


Well that was it folks, be sure to check back throughout the day for our playthrough impressions, including never tried before playthroughs, new details and our verdict on the game so far! We've also got exclusive interviews with Rocksteady themselves!

Sir-Ominous
25-09-2011, 07:56 PM
Man-Bat spotted in Joker trailer


Talia Al Ghul was maybe not the only villain seen briefly in the new Joker Trailer. Arkhamcity.co.uk member "OzzyCobblepot" pointed this out, and perhaps he was not the only one. At one point in the trailer you can actually see something flying away, and its wings are moving. It's very briefly but this could be a first glimpse at Man-bat, who hasn't been confirmed by Rocksteady to be in the game. Take a look for yourselves in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOOj5rzvKOw) (1080p) at 01.14 as Batman is gliding away from the exploding tower at the left.

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/2081/bild3sd.png

That's the thing about Batman, there's just so much of debt in his story which always makes the plot wonderfully filled with mystery, suspense and awesome. I don't think any other superhero can even try to compete with Batman when it comes to story and character.

Sir-Ominous
25-09-2011, 09:48 PM
The latest Batman: Arkham City trailer has given our first in game shot of Talia al Ghul. But it seems she's not entering alone, it's apparent from this frame that Ras' daughter may be on good terms with The Joker.

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/2401/taliab.jpg


Really informative EuroGamer Hands-On Preview (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5465&sid=b1fbb52aff0a199dab2bab8ffb98bb5c)

Sir-Ominous
26-09-2011, 12:41 PM
Robin trailer coming . . . (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5474&sid=7e2aac127a955e34ae7572fe7175f5b0)


PC version is worth waiting for (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5478&sid=7e2aac127a955e34ae7572fe7175f5b0)

Sir-Ominous
26-09-2011, 04:28 PM
Really cool interview [Robin info] with Adam Vincent [Animator] HERE (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5482&sid=2e1adc9517eeeba1ab60fb7a623ae959)

Sir-Ominous
27-09-2011, 04:34 PM
Mediakick conducted an interview with Community Manager at Rocksteady, Sarah Wellock, at the EuroGamer Expo.


http://i56.tinypic.com/t02tja.jpg

So, what does your job entail? And, how does that affect the development of Arkham City? Do you use feedback from fans on what they liked and disliked about Arkham Asylum and how much of that feedback was taken into consideration for the development of the game?

One of the great things about Rocksteady is that they’re really, really listening to their fans. As soon as I started [in August 2010] they wanted the forum, they wanted somewhere they could speak to their fans, and gather feedback from Arkham Asylum. Even with the assets we’ve released for Arkham City, we can find see that ‘this’ thing had a really good reaction, ‘this’ one not so much, and then we work on that as we go through the campaign. Rocksteady, as a studio, makes games for fans, it makes games for the people they know care, so it’s absolutely important that they have a voice.


When Arkham Asylum released it was met with great critical success, having won plenty of awards including Game of the Year awards; was that level of success something you were expecting?


I know as a studio we absolutely believed that the product we put out was excellent and we were very, very proud. Once you put that many years of your live into something, you want the response to be positive. But the key thing is we went out there and we said if this goes out there and people are like “uughhh”, we know we made the best game possible and we’d work on it for our next title. So whatever happened the reaction was going to be positive in a way to us; either we improved upon it, fixed things and made it better for our next game or you guys love it, which would be awesome. We were really lucky and absolutely thrilled at the reaction by everyone across the world.

Did you always plan to make another batman game after Arkham Asylum then, or was it dependant on the success of it?

As soon as you start work on a game until you’ve sunk years of your life into it you’re hoping that you’d be lucky enough to do a sequel, but you need that success off of your first game, and you need a believe in the product. So, I think as a studio we wanted to do as much as we could to support the Arkham universe, and we are lucky and privileged to be able to release Arkham City now.


For most sequels, fans want something bigger, they want something better, so what are the main key things that have been improved upon over Arkham Asylum?

The main difference is that you have Batman in a very different environment, you have him in a world that is five times the size of Arkham Asylum. The Asylum was on an island, now we have Gotham City; even that simple location move opens up a whole world on new possibilities. It opens up the possibility for Batman to glide and fly around the rooftops, we have Catwoman who’s playable in ten percent of the game. It wasn’t just a case of “let’s build the biggest world we can”, it was “let’s make something new, something detailed’ – every street is different, every building is unique. It’s something that really comes through in the game, and I think people are reacting very positively already to it.


There were a lot of villains and ‘personalities’ in Arkham Asylum, and it seems there’s as many if not more this time in Arkham City with the like of Robin, Penguin and Bane. How do you go about choosing which ones go into the game, or is it more based on who you can get rights for?


We have a really great relationship with DC [Universe]. Paul Crocker (Lead Narrative Designer at Rocksteady Studios), who wrote Arkham Asylum, is constantly talking to DC about ideas, so we’re always very creative and bouncing ideas off and seeing what works. The key idea for us is to put characters in that players are going to react positively to, that they’re going to understand, whose relationship with Batman is going to be something worth exploring. The best example of that is Mr. Freeze, he’s not a typical villain in the sense that you’d imagine him to be with Batman empathising with him. That adds a shade of grey to the whole villain-Batman relationship, but that’s what we’re looking for. So people can come away having felt like Batman, but understand why he’s doing what he’s doing.


One of the very popular and successful parts of Arkham Asylum was the fluid combat, how has that been improved upon? Is it ‘more fluid’, are there more variations, is it more enjoyable and easy to play?

Absolutely, I think the free-flow combat in Arkham City is the same core fluid movement with it’s fluidity around your enemies, but we have twice the amount of animations for Batman now, we have twice the number of counter moves, you can do double and even triple counters, you can pick up the chairs they throw and you and throw them back at them. It’s evolved in the way that Batman has evolved and that his gadgets have evolved. We wanted this to be a new game, not Arkham Asylum 2.0 so it feels like a brand new chapter in the Arkham universe rather than a follow-up.



A lot of sequels over the past few years have incorporated a multiplayer component, was that ever something you looked at doing for Arkham City?

I think as a studio when you look at the development of a sequel, like Arkham City, you go into it with a fresh mind, ‘here’s a whole bunch of things we can do, which of them fit’. Multiplayer was one that, whilst it would get us a great tick on the box, we didn’t feel would fit in the Arkham universe. We already have Catwoman playable, we have Robin with the challenge maps, so we felt that we have enough variety for players already.



With the new playable characters, did you ever toy with the idea of doing a co-op mode?

Batman has a great set of allies in the Batman universe, but they never really co-op, even Robin goes off to become the Red Robin. He’s very much a lone ranger, even Catwoman, she’s not really an ally, you’ve got to be careful with her. If he had a cut and dry partner, it would be something we would explore, but Batman is very complicated and to simplify him down to a tag-team level we didn’t feel as though it would do him justice.



There’s the release of the new Batman film next year, was there any possibility of syncing up releases, or did you want to stay separate so people wouldn’t get confused and think it was a tie-in?

We’re big fans of what Nolan’s done and he’s brought Batman to a mainstream audience that games, realistically, can’t do on the same level. Whilst we’re massive fans and we follow what he’s doing, we follow a different timeline, we follow a different approach to Batman. We like to think of it as Arkham-verse and Nolan-verse. We certainly follow what he does, I mean he has Bane and Catwoman in the next film with some great casting choices, so we’ll all be there on the first day to go and see it.


There’s a noticeable difference in tone between the two as well, with the movies being a tad grittier in style, especially with how Joker was portrayed. Was the more graphic-novel approach something that was always intended for the Arkham universe?

The thing with Batman Arkham City was that we’ve got a great studio of Batman fans, like with Arkham Asylum. Sefton Hill (Game Director and Co-Owner of Rocksteady Studios), you can quiz him on anything Batman and he’s on it, Paul Crocker as well, they know their stuff. When you approach game development, especially when you’ve got Batman, you’ve got to consider a whole world of different options. You’ve got to work with DC, with Warner , and we’re lucky to have these relationships so that we can explore the darker side of Batman. With Arkham City though we didn’t want to repeat what we’d done last time; Scarecrow was great, but we wanted to look at something different. From the off, you’ve got Hugo Strange who knows Batman’s true identity whose going to use that against him.


[B]Who we saw in that original CG teaser trailer.

Exactly, even in the gameplay behind us you go down crime allay and he’s recreated the crime scene from your parents death and left you a message saying how he’s going to break you. That kind of psychological setup is very different and a little bit more personal than we’ve explored previously.


What is your personal favourite new feature of Arkham City? Either a gameplay mode or a particular chapter?

I think it would be one of the features you can try out in demo here [at the Eurogamer Expo]. You start off a top of a building and you can just glide towards the courthouse. In that instance you realise that this is new, it’s exciting. I’ve been reading Batman comics for twenty years, so that’s a very Batman thing for me to feel like I’m doing; gliding from a rooftop with my cape billowing in the wind through Arkham City. That, as a Batman fan, is something I’ve always wanted to do.


With the success of Arkham Asylum you got to create and build Arkham City, is there scope to create further Batman games?

To be honest, we’re having a holiday. We’ve got some great stuff lined up, with DLC being looked at now, and our key focus is to make sure that people can get Arkham City when they want it, have a great experience and then to support them through the forums. Arkham City is a game that has enormous replay value, with New Game+ you can go back and replay the game with all the gadgets but with a greater challenge, so I don’t think it’ll be a case of come January we go “okay, so what’s next”, it’ll more likely that we’ll take a step back and really look back at Arkham City, how it’s done and the feedback we have.


After spending years on Batman I suspect it’ll be nice to have a bit of time to reflect.

Exactly, it’s been years in the making and it’s a lot of people’s lives and time, so we need to make sure we give the game the respect of sitting down afterwards and seeing how it did, what went wrong, what went right.

Sir-Ominous
27-09-2011, 04:35 PM
Sorry for the double-post, don't know what went wrong.

Sir-Ominous
28-09-2011, 12:26 PM
New track from the album



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpCJrtTownQ&feature=player_embedded



BAC T-shirts (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5521)

Sir-Ominous
29-09-2011, 12:06 PM
DAMN amazing concept art:


http://i56.tinypic.com/29w0fir.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/2v0bqr9.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/5bs55c.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/2sb299i.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/25iyijc.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/2v2y48w.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/2s0omcp.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/9hht1u.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/2v8o5dt.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/ngagys.jpg

http://i52.tinypic.com/am39ti.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/f1jib8.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/2ak04xz.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/2uzr14w.jpg

Cleric
29-09-2011, 03:20 PM
I hope to be proven wrong, but the more Catwoman I see, the more I wish she wasn't in the game.

Sir-Ominous
29-09-2011, 10:52 PM
Yeah me too, I know she's sexy and all but I would have rather preferred her out of the game or as a semi-villain.

Sir-Ominous
30-09-2011, 02:04 PM
Penguin Gameplay


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoINVI7NrPA&feature=player_embedded


Chatting with Batman: Arkham City's Sefton Hill & Dax Ginn (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5591&sid=9b6c5223d5a87f3a29870e77325cca99)


Limited Edition Strategy Guide Covers Revealed (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5590&sid=9b6c5223d5a87f3a29870e77325cca99)

Sir-Ominous
30-09-2011, 05:05 PM
BAC Hands-On SPOILERS!!! (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5607)

Sir-Ominous
30-09-2011, 08:24 PM
Full minute of gameplay


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW4je-Y-0Xo

Sir-Ominous
30-09-2011, 11:30 PM
New screenshots

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/xlarge_242_punch_lieutenant_copy.jpg

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/xlarge_245_bats_casino_copy.jpg

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/xlarge_243_harley_bats_copy_03.jpg

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/xlarge_247_bats_grapple.jpg

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/09/xlarge_244_bats_swoop_copy_03.jpg

Sir-Ominous
03-10-2011, 09:02 AM
Full-Body Art

http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110930181353/batman/images/thumb/d/dc/AC_Joker_Sick_laugh_sm-304.jpg/227px-AC_Joker_Sick_laugh_sm-304.jpg

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110929230447/batman/images/thumb/d/d9/Harley_Quinn_AC_Portrait.png/250px-Harley_Quinn_AC_Portrait.png

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110930181944/batman/images/thumb/1/19/Arkham_City_Penguin.jpg/367px-Arkham_City_Penguin.jpg

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110930181761/batman/images/thumb/5/5e/VLpul.jpg/367px-VLpul.jpg

Holy sexyness
http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110930181627/batman/images/thumb/4/41/Arkham_City_Catwoman.jpg/331px-Arkham_City_Catwoman.jpg



Official Playstation Magazine Australia BAC Review


Official Playstation Magazine Australia have given their verdict on Batman: Arkham City. The game has been given a 10/10 and has been refered as being "one of the best games ever made". Extracts from the review can be found below.

"Batman: Arkham City is not only the best superhero game ever made, it's one of the best games ever made full-stop. It takes the already superlative original and gloriously expands on it. It's a deeper game, more complex, more inventive, more mature. It brings the caped crusader's world to life better than any comic, movie or television show before it."

"Presentation: Endlessly creative, perfectly moody, and technically flawless. This is Epic's Unreal engine pushed to its absolute limit."

"Sound: Alternatively foreboding and frantic, the game's orchestral soundtrack matches the on-sccreen action perfectly. Voice acting is brilliant."

"Controls: Complex and initially overwhelming but also logical and responsive. It'll take a while to get used to them, but once you do it feels perfectly natural flinging Batman around."

"Replay Value: Immense. A massive main quest, dozens of side missions, Riddler challenges, secondary game modes, and DLC will keep most people occupied for months."

"VERDICT: We can't imagine how a superhero game could be better than this. Absolutely sublime."

10/10

BAC unboxing (http://www.wecollectgames.com/playstation3/batman-arkham-city-press-kit.videogame.collectors.edition.limited)

Nightwing is BAC's 4th playable character (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5703)

Arkham games will continue if there's more stories to tell (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5683)

Sir-Ominous
03-10-2011, 01:28 PM
PC Date confirmed (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5725)

http://i.imgur.com/Vu5Ij.png


Rocksteady want us to play as Robin (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5723)

Sir-Ominous
04-10-2011, 09:41 AM
Little bit of Robin gameplay


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wROQrWE4-BI&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
04-10-2011, 05:30 PM
Nightwing revealed

Rocksteady really gave Nightwing a freaken awesome look
http://i.imgur.com/3kxvq.png

http://i.imgur.com/HupJq.png

http://i.imgur.com/AQNYJ.png

http://i51.tinypic.com/264p8ih.jpg

One of the best Game soundtracks out there [ opinion ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91hcFT6KJ4c&feature=player_embedded

Bac Xbox Avatars (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5759&sid=54cf7b9269a54b2b6561c81aae07add0)



BTW : MY 100th POST IN THIS THREAD!!!!

Sir-Ominous
04-10-2011, 08:03 PM
Reviewer from OPM Australia Responds to 10/10 Score (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5768)

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 10:02 AM
New villain revealed


http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/5430/madhatterarkhamcitycouk.jpg

A new villain has been revealed in a new episode of Playstation Network's Qore. Three minutes and thirty-nine seconds into the episode you can catch a glimpse of The Mad Hatter surrounded by a bunch of thugs wearing bunny masks.

It's likely that taking on The Mad Hatter will be one of the many side missions taking place in the game.

Here is the video of Qore. The Mad Hatter comes out at 3:39.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4LT7m_PWA&feature=player_embedded


Pre-order trailer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2SsTQpVV7g&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 02:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTT7juuD8TQ&feature=player_embedded

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 04:00 PM
Cool piece of Robin gameplay


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kwJQ_HJc-0&feature=player_embedded

FreakKing
05-10-2011, 04:47 PM
Kwap... This game is going to take forever to finish!
<tears of happiness>

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 04:58 PM
I was thinking the exact same thing, with Uncharted 3, Assassins Creed Revelations, Skyrim, COD MW3, BF3 and Saints Row 3 all coming out soon, it looks like I'm going to have to ration myself to playing one game for a timespan of 1 - 2 hours then move on to another . . .

Jodez
05-10-2011, 05:34 PM
So wait, you can play as Batman, Nightwing and Robin? **** Grayson and Tim Drake... So do they just hate Jason Todd then? Or will he be appearing as the Red Hood instead? Would actually be pretty awesome if he does show up at some point in the game

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 06:27 PM
So wait, you can play as Batman,^^, Nightwing and Robin? **** Grayson and Tim Drake... So do they just hate Jason Todd then? Or will he be appearing as the Red Hood instead? Would actually be pretty awesome if he does show up at some point in the game

^^ Catwoman
You missed one

Jodez
05-10-2011, 07:57 PM
Oh nah I knew about Catwoman

Sir-Ominous
05-10-2011, 08:36 PM
Please refrain if you want to avoid spoilers

Play3 Arkham City Review [92%] - All New Info Revealed (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5863)

echo
07-10-2011, 11:43 AM
Batman: Arkham City review - 97% in GM, 'one of the greatest games ever' (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/321579/batman-arkham-city-review-97-in-gm-one-of-the-greatest-games-ever/)

That is pretty damn high. Only 2 weeks to launch!

Sir-Ominous
11-10-2011, 12:15 PM
New Art FTW!

http://i.imgur.com/uGoVY.jpg

6 Batsuits IGN wants in BAC (http://movies.ign.com/articles/119/1196308p1.html)

Five Reasons Batman: Arkham City Will Kick Ass (http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/119/1199440p1.html)

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 12:17 PM
Reviews so far

Game Informer - 10/10
OPM (Australia) - 10/10
Games Master - 97%
ConsolPLUS - 92%
Play 3 - 92%

Average 96%

New art

http://i.imgur.com/VYFgO.jpg


Nightwing DLC


We've heard the rumor and saw the achievements listing Nightwing in Batman: Arkham City. There was even some screen grabs from an apparent alpha version. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment make it official.

http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/40/2037894-nightwing_sticks_f2.0_super.png

The Nightwing Bundle Pack for Batman: Arkham City will be available November 1. Nightwing comes complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and is playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Wayne Manor and Main Hall. The pack also contains a bonus Animated Series Nightwing character skin.

That means you don't have to worry about pre-ordering or it being exclusive to any counsels or stores. You'll just have to pay for it, which isn't too bad. Get it if you want it.

Robin will also be available if you chose not to pre-order through Best Buy. Robin will be available on November 22 to all owners of the game.

Both download content bundles will be offered on Xbox LIVE? Marketplace for 560 Microsoft Points and PlayStation?Network for $6.99

Criminal records


Rocksteady tweeted that "Dr Strange will be releasing some more prisoner records today, which prisoner interests you most?" giving fans a chance to vote, in the end it was the Riddler's criminal record that was revealed -

http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/images/igallery/original//301-400/BAC_Prisoner_Records_x_52_page5-309.jpg

Another tweet stated that "The Doctor will release one a day for 3 days". This means we'll get a deeper look into some of the inmates and Hugo Strange himself.


RUMOUR IGN to give BAC 10/10 (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6221)

Game Informer will give Arkham City a "Perfect Score" (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6194)

The Wolf
12-10-2011, 01:31 PM
The more I read and see about this game, the more I WANT to play it.
I'm just sad that the Nightwing character have to be downloaded. :(
Admit it, he looks great.

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 01:49 PM
The more I read and see about this game, the more I WANT to play it.
I'm just sad that the Nightwing character have to be downloaded. :(
Admit it, he looks great.

Me too, I have no problem to pay for DLC's, it's just that don't dev's think of unfortunate people who probably don't have a kickass internet connection to download the DLC.

The Wolf
12-10-2011, 01:56 PM
Me too, I have no problem to pay for DLC's, it's just that don't dev's think of unfortunate people who probably don't have a kickass internet connection to download the DLC.

I have an internet connection for my PC, and that's primarily just for my schoolwork, and catching up with gaming news, and so forth. It's a USB stick modem that I can't use on my consoles. So it's a bummer, really.

My initial thought was that all the characters I've seen so far is characters that you get when buying the game, meaning they're already there on the disc, not floating around in cyber space. But alas, that is not the case. If I can manage to get a wireless modem that works with my consoles, meaning a wireless connection like iBurst for example, can someone recommend something for me?

Cleric
12-10-2011, 02:11 PM
I have an internet connection for my PC, and that's primarily just for my schoolwork, and catching up with gaming news, and so forth. It's a USB stick modem that I can't use on my consoles. So it's a bummer, really.



Bridge connection and use a LAN cable to get your console online. That's how I used to connect back in the day.

Cleric
12-10-2011, 02:13 PM
I have an internet connection for my PC, and that's primarily just for my schoolwork, and catching up with gaming news, and so forth. It's a USB stick modem that I can't use on my consoles. So it's a bummer, really.



Bridge connection and use a LAN cable to get your console online. That's how I used to connect back in the day.

The Wolf
12-10-2011, 04:09 PM
Bridge connection and use a LAN cable to get your console online. That's how I used to connect back in the day.

Thanks Cleric.
Will give it a try. :)

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 04:14 PM
New Info On Catwoman Skins In Batman: Arkham City (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6246)

The Wolf
12-10-2011, 04:46 PM
Bridge connection and use a LAN cable to get your console online. That's how I used to connect back in the day.

You are a genius, thanks for the help!
I'm connected online with my console.

(Screams of joy!)

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 04:51 PM
How yours speed, have you tried downloading anything yet?

The Wolf
12-10-2011, 05:16 PM
I'm not sure yet as what counts as good or bad, but my speed differs from 500kbps to 1mbps.

I'm busy downloading the patch for Rage on Play station 3.
Will see how things go on Xbox later.

:)

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 07:33 PM
Amazing freaken piece of art

http://i.imgur.com/d5m77.jpg

Sir-Ominous
12-10-2011, 08:14 PM
All Arkham City's Trophie/achievements

HERE! (http://www.ign.com/wikis/batman-arkham-city/Achievements_/_Trophies)

Sir-Ominous
13-10-2011, 12:23 PM
Confirmed: No demo for Arkham City (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6270)

Arkham City Digital Exclusive #7 Available

http://i53.tinypic.com/e8r345.png

Sir-Ominous
13-10-2011, 01:39 PM
New screenshots

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/294099_274436592588840_140262999339534_876583_9754 6530_n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/301253_274436605922172_140262999339534_876584_3125 79790_n.jpg

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/317529_262252360473930_140262999339534_832114_8628 47433_n.jpg

DarkPrince
13-10-2011, 04:05 PM
Some proper news lol :)

Batman: Arkham City First 15 Minutes Gameplay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2vR2CvtMZjU

Mikit0707
14-10-2011, 06:50 AM
So this just cropped up: Catwoman's missions are the once-off activation code that will ship with all new copies of the game. Second-hand cheapskates will have to buy another code. I've written a post about it on NAG Online.


Yep, in a move to fling a batarang at the nuts of second-hand sales, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed to Eurogamer that the single-player content, in which you get to control Catwoman, will only be available by entering a once-off activation code that comes with all new copies of the game. If you buy second-hand then you’ll have to pay extra in order to get another access code.

Here (http://www.nag.co.za/2011/10/14/want-to-play-as-catwoman-in-arkham-city-buy-new/).

echo
14-10-2011, 07:41 AM
I've seen Jim sterling's tirade against stuff like this and I understand people will be mad, but just like the levels in Rage, it's not integral to the story. Just an added bonus for supporting the game from day one.

What is stupid though is that people that are not connected to the internet, won't be able to play this. Even if they did buy it day one.

Sir-Ominous
14-10-2011, 02:23 PM
Ad


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtoP-37u5So&feature=player_embedded


New Art

http://i51.tinypic.com/2u95pts.jpg

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt0l6xcXal1qao34qo1_500.jpg

NVidia PC

http://oi54.tinypic.com/6jg0sy.jpg

Grimnebulin
14-10-2011, 03:07 PM
I knew the embargo was up at 3pm today, so I did a google at 2:55pm, and one at 3:01pm. I know the tech behind it, but I was still quite shocked at how quickly they've all been posted.

And yes, it's all 9s and 10s thus far.

echo
14-10-2011, 03:19 PM
Destructoid gives it a 8.5 (http://www.destructoid.com/review-batman-arkham-city-213288.phtml)


Batman: Arkham City tries to do too much and can come off a little heavy-handed, but that doesn't stop it from doing a vast amount of things right. It's a beautifully bleak game that constantly pays tribute to one of the greatest icons in comic book history and provides an experience that one can get lost in for hours. Its biggest problems lie in a combat system that manages to be too simple and too complex in the wrong areas, and this can often exasperate, but the overall product is one of the most absorbing and engrossing ones on the market.

It doesn't quite reach the highs of its predecessor, but Arkham City rarely sinks low. When it's all said and done, you'll be begging for more, but not because there wasn't enough. It is just too damn fun to be The Bat.

And CVG a 9.5 (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/322429/batman-arkham-city/?page=1)


But that's the point: Rocksteady elevated the status of the superhero game with Asylum to a place that commands respect from notoriously hard to please comic book fans. With Arkham City, the studio clearly overcame any added pressure quickly and waded into the sequel with confidence.

It's a belief in the character and, most importantly, a belief in itself that has seen the studio deliver one of the greatest Batman interpretations of all time. And you know what? Maybe even one of the best games ever.

Next Friday can't come soon enough.

Sir-Ominous
14-10-2011, 03:45 PM
IGN 9.5 (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/119/1199705p1.html)

Video review


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glQ7fTxaWPI

Sir-Ominous
14-10-2011, 04:12 PM
Launch Trailer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ZqEa19tHU&feature=player_embedded

Sexiness


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKYf6mqna5U


GameSpot Review Here (http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/batman-arkham-city/review.html?tag=topslot;read;1)

Video review here (http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/batman-arkham-city/video/6340098/batman-arkham-city-video-review?tag=topslot;title;1)

Sir-Ominous
14-10-2011, 08:15 PM
BAC Gameplay Gallery (http://www.gamespot.com/features/6340106/arkham-city-gameplay-gallery/index.html?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B1)

GameInformer Review (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/batman_arkham_city/b/xbox360/archive/2011/10/14/the-best-licensed-video-game-ever-made.aspx)

Sir-Ominous
14-10-2011, 09:16 PM
New SEXY screenshots

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-637hrWH1K-A/Tphaa5i_a9I/AAAAAAAAFxo/4tgxyWlevaY/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_199_catwoman_kicking_boot.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RPja16NbCjY/TphaolsG-fI/AAAAAAAAFyA/oQkScDbxcL4/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_215_catwoman_lazers.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hoFSFEEJqCo/TphaexXWmMI/AAAAAAAAFx0/MlYLCMJ3f6M/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_207_catwomandive.jpg

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 09:46 AM
Some new massive screenshots

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ndgj_3tvC2o/TphbuElP_nI/AAAAAAAAFzI/fkd1iW23Heo/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_272_jkr1.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YP2ss6XX2-8/TphawvBXNKI/AAAAAAAAFyM/SLkM8RAA80w/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_222_batman_evade.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yHH4AdBtLaM/Tpha0z-V6fI/AAAAAAAAFyY/kXcQbA8W8Ng/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_222_detective_freeze.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SKnkSczw4vE/Tpha5DVB9rI/AAAAAAAAFyk/1UIAznOkFK0/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_261_bmfreezeknee.jpg

The best for last

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Et1YJSa0fgA/Tphbp1H6K9I/AAAAAAAAFy8/Tt6wez0X2_A/s1600/batmanarkhamcity_264_cwcity.jpg


'Batman: Arkham City' Panel Gives A Look Inside The Highly Anticipated Game [NYCC 2011]

(http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/10/14/batman-arkham-city-panel-nycc-2011-video/)

Cleric
15-10-2011, 09:59 AM
Seriously, please stop posting screenshots now that the game is out. We've had an overload of them now.

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 11:04 AM
Seriously, please stop posting screenshots now that the game is out. We've had an overload of them now.

Whatever

echo
15-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Dude, Cleric is right. You don't have to post every bloody screenshot on the internet in here. And if you post news, don't just post a link, at least discuss what you posted and why you think it's important to read it.

Zoop
15-10-2011, 11:37 AM
It's something I've been thinking a while now, and me and Cynikill have also discussed it. At one point, we wondered if absolado was just a bot or something, as he merely posts videos and screenshots of games, and never actually discusses them. You come into a thread to discuss a game, but then you have to wait for all his screenshots to load before you can actually start discussing anything.

CyniKill
15-10-2011, 12:10 PM
I've been staying out of this thread because of the screenshot and artwork overload. As a suggestion absolado, post links to images. That way we can check them if we really want to. And like Zoop said, please add some opinions besides "sexyness" when you post something. Forums are for discussion, not purely news links.

5h@un13
15-10-2011, 12:27 PM
Shampies man, lay off him a bit. I think he gets the message of " DON'T PAST STEP BY STEP SCREENSHOTS\ADD USEFUL INFORMATION FOR A INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSION AND\OR FUNNY COMMENT". But I do agree that there way to many pics pasted here.

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 01:12 PM
Okay, first of all, I plead guilty

I admit that I have been going really overboard posting images/links. Especially on this thread. Reason? I just got too carried away with every piece of news or artwork I saw on the net [ Can you blame me?! It's BAC for crying out loud ]. Then I decided to post it here because I thought users will like and appreciate it [ I was WRONG! ]. Anyways, I apologize for annoying a bunch of you guys.


Articles/Reviews

Strategy Informers Full Review 10/10 (http://www.strategyinformer.com/xbox360/batmanarkhamasylum2/1682/review.html)


"Well, one thing’s for sure about Batman: Arkham City - it’s a game I will never, ever stop playing. It’s full of surprises, gigantically better than the already superb Arkham Asylum, packed with content, and almost certainly my game of the year. When I think about things wrong with it all I can muster up are minor quibbles. It’s everything a Batman fan could possibly want, or gaming fans in general for that matter. It’s also impossible to talk about. "


For all those people that hated IGN's rating


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31sBZj3fzsc

Zoop
15-10-2011, 02:38 PM
It's not that we're unappreciative or trying to be dicks, but you do understand the annoyance of having to sift through 45 posts of screenshots and news articles to find posts that are actually discussing the game, right? It overpowers the discussion in the thread.

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 02:42 PM
K, I learned my lesson.

The Wolf
15-10-2011, 02:48 PM
K, I learned my lesson.

This is unfair.
absolado started this thread, and he can post as much images as he damn well please.
I appreciate the images.

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 02:52 PM
This is unfair.
absolado started this thread, and he can post as much images as he damn well please.
I appreciate the images.

Thanx Wolf. I post images for people like you, it's good to know someone likes them.

:o]

GeometriX
15-10-2011, 02:58 PM
It's not his thread, it's everybody's. A lot of people have spoken up about it, and I agree with them.

Let's move on please.

The Wolf
15-10-2011, 03:01 PM
Thanx Wolf. I post images for people like you, it's good to know someone likes them.

:o]

;)

Let's get this thread back on track.

From all the positive reviews I've read, I can surely say that this is now, even more a day one purchase for me.

I'm kind of dissaponted by the fact that the Catwoman content has to be downloaded, but I'm sure this game will kick ass, nonetheless.

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 10:52 PM
Catwoman's skins, taken from The Long Halloween and the animated series.
http://i.imgur.com/b25TJ.jpg

It's not only Batman and Robin that have their own Arkham City wardrobe. We've received some fresh images of Catwoman's selectable attire in the game. It's unknown to whether there are more, but we'll be definitely keeping an eye out.

Got to say I'm not too impressed with these skins, they should have done something a bit more unique.


http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2011/10/catwomanredeemcode_02.jpg

Everything you need to know about Catwoman (http://arkhamcity.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6565&sid=6de93393685892b1a7c732c4bbb70178)


Reviews get rounded-up

Game Informer – 10
Official PlayStation Magazine Australia – 10
Eurogamer – 9
ShopTo – Outstanding
Destructoid – 8.5
GiantBomb – 5/5
OXM UK – 9
Videogamer – 10
GameSpot – 9
The Telegraph – 5/5
G4 – 5/5
Eurogamer.de – 9
IGN – 9.5
Joystiq – 4.5/5
CVG – 9.5
GamersNet – 9.5
PlayFront – 9.5
GameTrailers – 9.3
SPOnG – 96%
IncGamers – 9
Digital Spy – 5/5
GamesVillage.it – 9.7
1UP – A
NowGamer – 9.4
Edge – 9

Sir-Ominous
15-10-2011, 11:38 PM
BTW I'm not double posting, the news just hit the web now.


We've finally got a glimpse of one of Batman's skins in action. The Toys R' Us and ShopTo pre-order exclusive 1970's Batsuit is shown off in the gameplay video below, but don't worry it's footage from the game's challenge mode; spoiler free!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MpO0JhUD-g&feature=player_embedded

Don't really like the suit, thankfully Kalahari are giving the Batman Beyond skin, which is freaken awesome.




Even before the game has officially been released, Rocksteady have already released a 16MB patch for Arkham City, as revealed by Gamepur.

The patch will be available as soon as you start the game.

No details have been given regarding the contents of the patch.

Kind of **** news for me becuase I really want to Activate the Catwoman single player missions but my internet will take ages to download the patch [384 line] .

Sir-Ominous
16-10-2011, 07:39 PM
For the first time ever we see Sefton and Dax together in a video interview!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjTTkie3CoE&feature=player_embedded

The interviewer sounded crazy hyped. He asked about Robin as DLC and the new info on Catwoman. He also threw in a question regarding a Batman Beyond game, and at the end asked about Clayface.
Sefton mentioned that the new freeflow perfection will now take about twice as many moves. Sounds like an awesome challenge.

CyniKill
16-10-2011, 08:00 PM
Triple post? Really?

Zoop
16-10-2011, 08:01 PM
Absolado, if you wanted to make this a media thread, you should have labelled it as such. If people wanted to read every single bit of news and information on the internet, they'd look it up them damn selves. It's okay to post something if it's really big news, but you post every single small and insignificant piece of news you can find. Once again, not trying to be a ****, but...Jesus man.

Can we create a separate thread for the discussion of the game?

Sir-Ominous
16-10-2011, 08:51 PM
Give me a break dammit, it's as if every post I make, you guys have something negative to say about it. This was a vid with Marketing Director Dax Gin and Game Director Sefton Hill at NYCC hyping the game. What's not cool about that?

Fine, this is thread is now a media and discussion thread.

S7wede
16-10-2011, 09:01 PM
You miss the point somewhat. Every thread is a discussion. Pictures are used to engage and support rather than be plastered in random sequence with no bearing other than being game appropriate. I'm sure nobody doesn't appreciate the effort, but it's misplaced.

Sir-Ominous
16-10-2011, 09:14 PM
I don't think I missed the point 'somewhat', if every thread is a discussion, why does Zoop want to create another thread for the discussion of the game [ does he/she not understand that threads are discussions ].



... but it's misplaced.

So how was I supposed to place it?

S7wede
16-10-2011, 09:24 PM
You fail to understand that not everybody has an uncapped internet connection and people pay per meg used. Pictures are bandwidth heavy, especially those hosted internationally. Also to find any discussion, one has to navigate your collection of humdrum images haphazardly. Once again, your effort is a good thing, but some discussion would be nice as well thanks.

As to not go completely OT:

I will be picking up my copy at BT as soon as the Pavilion has stock. From what my brother in England tells me, this is going to seriously compete with Dark Souls for playtime :D

The Wolf
16-10-2011, 09:24 PM
In other news: Batman is AWESOME!!!

CyniKill
16-10-2011, 09:26 PM
Because it's impossible to have a discussion when every tiny insignificant detail about the game is being posted, double posted, triple posted by you. If you look at other threads, only the big news is posted. If you really have to post all of this, do it in one post. Just because something new popped up doesn't mean you can ignore the forum rules about double posting.

Sir-Ominous
16-10-2011, 09:32 PM
You fail to understand that not everybody has an uncapped internet connection and people pay per meg used. Pictures are bandwidth heavy, especially those hosted internationally. Also to find any discussion, one has to navigate your collection of humdrum images haphazardly. Once again, your effort is a good thing, but some discussion would be nice as well thanks.

I get the whole image thing, however, if people do not have uncapped, surely on their browser there must be an option to disable images.

You're welcome

@Wolf. I can't agree more

@Cynikill. All you have to do is ignore the 'tiny insignificant [ there is no such thing in this game ] details' and you can have your discussion perfectly. No?

The Wolf
16-10-2011, 09:44 PM
OE OE!!!

Guess what!?
Batman is still AWESOME!!!

Sir-Ominous
16-10-2011, 10:52 PM
A good look at challenge mode. Really looking forward to this mode because you can play as any character you want.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmDNVlBm4OA&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctjBApbZtoQ&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soV5QfnVPPI&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7faefXLVA&feature=player_embedded

Bleeper
17-10-2011, 12:30 AM
I'm not so hyped about the fighting, I'm just hoping there's more interesting ways to use the X-Ray mode this time around. It wasn't used to it's full capability in the previous game. I'd also like to see all the other gadgets, but in the trailers they just show fighting, fighting, and more fighting....

MonGooS
17-10-2011, 12:11 PM
By the time we have finished watching all the videos and looking at all the pictures absolado has posted, we won't even need to play the game. We will have seen the entire thing from beginning till end already. ;)

On-Topic : I don't know if this has been discussed before, since i have skipped the first 10 pages due to me not wanting to pay R9000 on 3g fee's. But I heard now that Batman isn't going to be open worlded in the traditional sense. Its going to be more of a giant hub like in Dues Ex. Do you guys think this is better for a Batman game? I think having a open world like GTA would make or an awesome (yet difficult to develop) game.

echo
17-10-2011, 12:16 PM
Do you guys think this is better for a Batman game? I think having a open world like GTA would make or an awesome (yet difficult to develop) game.

With a true open-world game it loses some of its narrative. I'd rather have a smaller area with more detail then a huge city that overwhelms me. Only exception is maybe InFamous and RDR. Still don't think it will work with Batman game.

Sir-Ominous
17-10-2011, 12:32 PM
By the time we have finished watching all the videos and looking at all the pictures absolado has posted, we won't even need to play the game. We will have seen the entire thing from beginning till end already. ;)



I think you'll still need to

Cleric
17-10-2011, 12:55 PM
Based on some reviews, it seems that the world isn't as open as GTA. You never have to "complete these 3 in any order" to progress the story, as the narrative is strictly linear.

Turkish
17-10-2011, 08:19 PM
Am I missing something or is this not available on steam? Anybody heard anything about this?

Cleric
18-10-2011, 08:24 AM
It's delayed on PC for a few weeks.

Mikit0707
18-10-2011, 01:46 PM
Am I missing something or is this not available on steam? Anybody heard anything about this?

Dude, you need to read NAG Online more often. :P

Original delay. (http://www.nag.co.za/2011/09/21/batman-arkham-city-delayed-on-pc/)

Final date for PC release. (http://www.nag.co.za/2011/10/17/batman-arkham-city-launch-trailer-swoops-in/)

Negasta
19-10-2011, 02:08 AM
^^WHY LORD, WHY?!?!?!

echo
19-10-2011, 02:07 PM
Arkham City local stock issues – Collector’s Editions delayed
(http://www.lazygamer.net/xbox-360/arkham-city-local-stock-issues-collectors-editions-delayed/)


Oh dear. Bad news for those of you who were planning on being the Batman this Friday – especially if you planned on getting the collector’s editions. While PC gamers had already resigned themselves to waiting until Next month to play the game, it seems local gamers who ordered the collector’s editions for Xbox 360 and PS3 might be disappointed – as it appears, According to this post by ZAPS on the PS3ZA forums, that they’ve been delayed by a week.

That’s not all; it seems there might be a stock shortage with the regular vanilla editions as well, particularly the slightly fancy ones with the lenticular cover. Before you show up at the distributor’s offices with your pitchforks and torches, know that i’s not really their fault; the blame lies entirely at Warner Bros’ feet – as they’ve cut stock allocations.

There’s no indication as yet if this applies to the larger retailers like Kalahari.com and BTGames, or if it’s just affecting smaller outlets, but if you have pre-ordered, you might want to check in with your retailer of choice to make sure you won’t be spending Friday curled up in the foetal position, crying real Batman tears. We’ve contacted the distributor for comment, and will keep you updated with any feedback we receive.


Sigh. There will be blood.

The_Furry_Cat
19-10-2011, 04:21 PM
Ouch.

Well, it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I plan to get a copy of Batman AC standard edition :)

I hope it's infinitely better than the first game. Can't wait :D

(now going to google more Batman AC wallpapers)

Mikit0707
19-10-2011, 04:43 PM
We contacted Nu Metro and got the official word on delays:


Bad news PS3 fans: we’ve just received official word from our contacts at Nu Metro and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that the Collector’s Edition of Arkham City on PlayStation 3 will not be making the Friday 21 October release date. If you’ve pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition of Bats on PS3 then you can expect your game “early next week”.

For everyone else, it’s business as usual. The standard and “Catwoman Steel Book” editions for PlayStation 3 will still arrive this Friday. The Xbox 360 versions have not been affected by any delays. Here’s hoping we’ll still get our Catwoman DLC.

NAG Online (http://www.nag.co.za/2011/10/19/batman-arkham-city-ps3-collectors-edition-delayed/).

Sir-Ominous
19-10-2011, 05:32 PM
PC Requirements


OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 17 GB free hard drive space
Video Card: ATI 3850HD 512 MB or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
DirectX?: 9.0c
Other Requirements: Online play requires log-in to Games For Windows – Live



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trq6B4anzjM&feature=player_embedded

Zoop
19-10-2011, 08:03 PM
Owners of Arkham Asylum or Lego Batman on Steam get 20% off AC if purchased through Steam.

Cleric
19-10-2011, 09:16 PM
Owners of Arkham Asylum or Lego Batman on Steam get 20% of AA if purchased through Steam.

Cool, is that for pre-purchase, or any time?

Zoop
19-10-2011, 09:27 PM
From the sounds of it, only pre-purchase.

It comes in at about R320, though, so it's not that much cheaper than the retail. Still, money saved is never a bad thing, unless you're not on uncapped. :P

Sir-Ominous
20-10-2011, 02:09 PM
The moment Kalahari placed the BAC CE on their site, I pre-ordered it. This is how they thank me .

I not sure if I read correctly, did this ****ing email just say November

Kalahari's email

We have been informed of a delay from our suppliers for the PS3 version of Batman Arkham City Collectors Edition. As a result of this delay, you will now receive the game on [B]28 November 2011.

Our sincerely apologies for the delay and inconvenience which this might have caused.

Please note, you have the option to cancel your order if you are unable to wait.

Kind Regards



This was the so-called polite email I received a few moments ago. Honestly, no amount of words can describe the anger that is flowing through my veins right now.

I knew the PS3 BAC CE was getting delayed to 'early next week'. But this . . . DISGUSTING!

Mikit0707
20-10-2011, 02:13 PM
absolado, the email is wrong. Also, read NAG Online (http://www.nag.co.za/2011/10/19/batman-arkham-city-ps3-collectors-edition-delayed/). Just saying.

echo
20-10-2011, 02:15 PM
Called BT yesterday to make sure of my order and it seems I'll still be getting my 360 CE tomorrow afternoon. But I'm not gloating or anything.

The_Furry_Cat
20-10-2011, 02:20 PM
The moment Kalahari placed the BAC CE on their site, I pre-ordered it. This is how they thank me [bitches].

I not sure if I read correctly, did this ****ing email just say November

Kalahari's email


This was the so-called polite email I received a few moments ago. Honestly, no amount of words can describe the anger that is flowing through my veins right now.

I knew the PS3 BAC CE was getting delayed to 'early next week'. But this . . . DISGUSTING!

Ouch, that sucks. No need to get mad about it :) Think about those who would kill anything to get a single copy of Batman AC CE. Think about it... you should feel better.

Sir-Ominous
20-10-2011, 02:23 PM
From Mikit's link:

Kalahari's 'compensation' is ''lollable''[ since I[and hundreds of others] waited for the game from 2010 ]

Batman Arkham City CE has been short supplied to SA. All allocations have been cut. In addition to this, it has also been delayed, expected delivery is 28 Oct on Xbox & PS3 & PC 18 Nov. This affects all retailers in SA. Customers who pre-ordered in Aug will receive their order. You will need to cancel your pre-order & place a new order for the Batman Std. Ed. As compensation we are giving you a R100 voucher + a Batman Tshirt.

What's with all the '&'s, is it PS3 and Xbox on 28 Oct and PC on 18 Nov, or Xbox on 28 Oct and PS3 and PC on 18 Nov???

Zoop
20-10-2011, 02:32 PM
No offense, but this is totally out of Kalahari's hands. If you think them giving you a R100 voucher for something that isn't even their fault is 'lollable', then you're just full of ****.

R100 is a reasonably big amount to simply give out. It's more than most other places would have done.

Sir-Ominous
20-10-2011, 02:39 PM
Getting the game [CE] a full month after it is release[if you interpret the article that the ps3 and xbox will come on 28 Oct] . . . out of their hands. Anyone will be ****ed

The_Furry_Cat
20-10-2011, 02:40 PM
No offense, but this is totally out of Kalahari's hands. If you think them giving you a R100 voucher for something that isn't even their fault is 'lollable', then you're just full of ****.

R100 is a reasonably big amount to simply give out. It's more than most other places would have done.

+1

My respect for Kalahari.net just increased.