Arkham City Plays Host To Penguin

Penguin's monocle did not cost $70.
The chaps from Gamespot have been in the first to get Arkham City Penguin reveal, but you can see it right here, below, thanks to the magic of sharing. To be honest, I like my Penguin in a top hat, but what do I know, eh? No matter, this is more than made up for by the fact that the trailer looks VERY EXCITING, with Batman punching dudes and, possibly, getting punched himself. Batman is just a man, and Arkham City is just a game, but what a game it looks to be.


  1. Harlander says:

    Not only is Batman just a man, he’s just one man!

    *gets beaten up by Batman*

  2. blackjackshelak says:

    Can’t say I expected to see Solomon Grundy in this one. The more names they pull out of the gallery the better.

  3. Icarus says:

    I really, really hope Solomon Grundy won’t just be a repeat of the dodge-dodge-Batarang minibosses/Bane fight from the first game :(

    Not out of any respect or affection for the character, I have no idea who he is, but because those fights were tedious as hell.

    • BooleanBob says:

      I can’t tell you much about him, I’ve never read any Batman, but I hear that he was born on a Monday.

    • noodlecake says:

      oops! Wrong place to respond. Ignore this!

    • TheTourist314 says:

      link to

      Solomon Grundy is an interesting throwback, I like that they’re demonstrating some Batman-street-cred by putting him in the game. He has the potential to be a very scary enemy indeed, I’m really excited to see where they take it!

  4. noodlecake says:

    10.18.11!? There is no such date! It’s a scam!

    • DSR says:

      Since there is THE END in 2012, we’ve decided to keep adding new months so we could survive a bit longer.

      Who needs 10.06.12 when you got 10.18.11?

      Bring it on, 29.24.11, the last day before we travel to 2013, skipping the damned year of 2012.

    • Eagle0600 says:

      I never got why Americans put their dates in that order. It just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Descending order of magnitude would be fine if they did it to the whole date at once, but it’s just so internally inconsistent.

    • BooleanBob says:

      It makes filing lots of files named only by their date more convenient, but here’s the kicker, only for one year. As you say, if they’re doing it that way they should have gone all the way and put the year first.

      DSR’s reasoning is brilliant, someone put him in charge of whatever government department is currently staving off the apocalypse (my guess is something innocuous like the Dept for Transport).

    • Kaira- says:

      Yeah, it just gets so damn confusing when you read about release date being 11.3.2011 and then you start furiously searching the internet only to realize that you just read an American site. Go, America.

    • noodlecake says:

      Stewart Lee does a whole bit about what he was doing on the 9th of November, 2001 which is pretty good.

      I can’t find a link to it. Grr

    • Kolchak says:

      This whole “Yanks got the date wrong” joke is getting old. Yes we do Month, Day, Year. Get over it. It’s not like we’re complaining that you drive on the wrong side of the street!

    • Dare_Wreck says:

      @Eagle0600 – It’s because we yanks say October 18th, 2011. 18 October 2011 makes as much sense to us as 10/18/2011 makes to you.

      In all honestly, though, as a programmer, I much prefer the format 2011-10-18, since a numerical sort of such dates is also chronological… at least until the Y4K bug hits in the year 10000. :)

    • BooleanBob says:


      It’s at the beginning of this video here but it goes over the audience’s heads. Regardless it’s a good excuse to kill 10 minutes watching some of his best material.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      The middle endian date format used in the US and parts of Canada was, like a lot of American idioms, the standard in Britain during colonial times but is now defunct in the UK.

      It has, presumably, persisted in America as a symptom of the cultural conservatism in that country that serves to differentiate Americans from Europeans and the rest of the world in the absence of a comparatively extensive history.
      Also, it reflects the way Americans say dates, i.e “January first”, rather than the more European “the first of January”. All perfectly understandable, really.

      Oh no wait, that’s not right.
      Ameericans are stoopid, hur. That’s it, yeah.

    • BooleanBob says:

      Who said anything about Americans being stupid?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Yeah, I know. Just being silly. Soz.

    • Metonymy says:

      This is one of those rare instances where the american method is actually better than other countries, unlike that whole Imperial Measurements fiasco. Date information is sorted from most important to least important.

      1. When is the Thing happening with respect to the length of most human projects, ie, how many month from now?
      2. What day specifically? (This is something that is NOT important most of the time, especially if you aren’t directly involved in the project)
      3. “What year” is totally irrelevant unless it is not happening this year. (Then, it becomes the most important factor.)

      The other method forces your brain to store a commonly useless piece of data (the specific day) before you shift over to what month something is happening. It’s ever so slightly less efficient.

    • Shadowcat says:

      Metonymy: That’s an acceptable argument for saying things like “October 4th” (at least in cases where your presumptions about which components are the most important are applicable); but it’s not really a sane argument for writing “10/4/2011”. Spoken communication is invariably less formal. Writing the date as month/day/year OTOH is about as sensible as writing the time as minutes.seconds:hours (which thankfully no one does, even though you might well say “it’s 20 past twelve”).

    • FalseMyrmidon says:

      “I never got why Americans put their dates in that order. It just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Descending order of magnitude would be fine if they did it to the whole date at once, but it’s just so internally inconsistent.”

      When we say dates we say ‘January 1st, 1989’. So month, day, year.

  5. airtekh says:

    Is is just me or does the voice actor for Penguin sound like he’s auditioning for a role in Pirates of the Caribbean?

    • blackjackshelak says:

      I always assumed that Penguin was supposed to have a decidedly “posh” voice, and this doesn’t really seem to fit that very well. Not that it doesn’t work, but like the presence of Solomon Grundy it’s something a little unexpected.

    • ShineDog says:

      Penguins thing is that he desperately WANTS to be seen as posh, refined and upmarket. People don’t always buy that though, depending on who is writing. I think this take works pretty well to that.

      Also, Broken bottle monacle, holy shit amazing.

    • Icarus says:

      “Penguins thing is that he desperately WANTS to be seen as posh, refined and upmarket”

      Badger from Firefly. That’s who the voice reminded me of.

    • Morph says:

      The voice is terrible. I want the penguin making quacking noises!

      Not going to put me off the game though.

    • westyfield says:

      Yeah, I think the point of The Penguin is that he’s just an upjumped nobody. Hence the decidely un-posh voice and the fake monocle (though isn’t that a bit sharp?).

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Not too fond of the cock-er-ney Penguin and his bevy of overgrown cycle-paths meself, but hardly a deal-breaker.

    • Abundant_Suede says:

      Penguin looks naked without a top hat. I wish he’d cover himself.

    • Dave Mongoose says:


      So the voice is supposed to sound like an awful American take on a British accent? Thank goodness! I was worried they’d just done the usual American thing of not bothering to hire a real British voice actor…

    • HilariousCow says:

      Aaaaaooohhh cockles and pears, scrabble me nuts, it’s Bobo Hosguins, atcha service, guvnah!

  6. Milky1985 says:

    i like the perfect circle the enemies have formed around him :P

    “One at a time please, hey you, its your turn to be punched out by batman, next!”

    • Icarus says:

      Yeah, Assassin’s Creed has the same issue. I could stand combat in this sort of game being a little more hectic, but it’s still very fun as-is.

  7. Plopsworth says:

    Lack of tophat is due to etiquette? A true gentleman doesn’t wear a hat indoors… but then again, he does wear a coat indoors. Confusing.

  8. Kaldor says:

    I don’t understand why realistic, slightly subversive Comic reinterpretations always end in a hype around the most archetypal Comic stories (including American high-security prison and military grunt influences… badass).

  9. PickyBugger says:

    Did anyone else prefer Batman before this gritty up it’s own arse reinterpretation (similarly with the films)?

    I mean the notion of a man dressed up as a bat solving crimes is comical and should be appreciated as such. The old TV series with Adam West worked so well because it realised this which made it great fun to watch.

    • Icarus says:

      I would genuinely pay for an Adam West version of this game, with corny dialogue from the man himself, and POW, BAM, BIFF knock-on-the-head takedowns.

    • PickyBugger says:

      And towards the end of each chapter/section/whatever you have to get out of some ingenious trap such as being tied to a conveyor belt moving towards a newspaper press or where you are tied up behind a shooting game in a carnival.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Hold right trigger to offer elaborate (and maybe a bit “old fashioned”) advice to boy wonder.

    • Berzee says:

      Man…would *much* prefer that to this. =)
      “Some Days You Just Can’t Get Rid Of A Bomb” would be a level to rival “We Don’t Go To Ravenholm”
      But then I suppose Gritty Batman has been a thing for a while now. I don’t keep up on comicky books — but this looks like it achieves exactly what it aims for, and that’s something. =)
      P.S. I just remembered the dehydrated-and-rehydrated-with-heavy-water minions. Ohhh man. To say nothing of shark repellent. But stahlwerk’s idea is best. (Best in relation to all ideas that have ever involved batman, I think).

    • DK says:

      There’s actually a comic series which explores an alternate reality in which Batman is the Adam West batman – but at the same time, as competent as gritty Batman. It is incredibly hilarious to see colourful blue Batman pull out a well timed can of “Batman Female Villain Repellant”.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      You want “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, which was a cartoon they were doing until recently. Also there WAS a game (sadly no adam west voice) . Sidescrolling beatem up. Sadly only for the DS/ Wii

    • mwoody says:

      I actually would like to see both: a gritty, dark movie interpretation of Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”… featuring West as Batman. And Romero as Joker, but obviously that’s not possible.

  10. Cirdain says:

    Where can I get pre-order bonuses in the UK???

  11. OJSlaughter says:

    They have clearly moved on from the camp penguin from the past: we now have a cockney sort of villian that we expect to see in a Guy Ritchie film… it is a good change: this game is clearly made by a British developer :)

  12. Berzee says:

    Guns: a cutscene weapon.

  13. DK says:

    It’s incredibly sad that graphically, this looks exactly like the previous game, for the sole reason that they can’t make it prettier because of consoles.

    And the fact that they’re using the stock UE3 explosion FX, something usually reserved for budget titles. But that’s just a wierd tidbit not part of the main point.

  14. Skusey says:

    Does this one have dynamic paper for people with nvidia cards?

  15. wodin says:

    Batman the short and stocky one….don’t get me wrong I loved the first and Batman is my No1 superhero…I also love the overall style of the games…but I do think Batman is starting to look like a power wieght lifter rather than a nimble athlete…

  16. blackjackshelak says:

    I can’t be the only one that noticed “Penguin is an animal”. I mean obviously yes he is, but then Killer Croc is one too isn’t he? For that matter, what about Catwoman, or even BATMAN? The guy acts like being associated with an animal makes you some kind of special in Gotham. I guess that’s why he’ll never rise beyond the rank of lowly henchman. The poor guy is probably lining up to have is face rearranged by Batman as we speak.

  17. CptSqweky says:

    A top hat-less Penguin? Blasphemy! Blasphemy of the highest order, I say!

  18. Tams80 says:

    “Have you ever seen, a man penguin, walk after an intense mating season? Have you?!”

  19. Jamesworkshop says:

    Mhhh a bit of a let down for me, don’t like the design and Penguin never really worked in any incarnation of the batman franchise

  20. BreadBitten says:

    I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that that’s Nolan North’s voice! O__O

  21. godwin says:

    How is Batman not killing anyone still with moves like that?

  22. tikey says:

    I’ve recently been introduced to the absurd world of Batman The Brave and the Bold and I must say this game needs the Music Meister. At least as some kind of easter egg.