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Batman: Arkham Asylum

3 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 11 nicest smiles in PC games

The human race evolved the facial expression known as the “smile” because we needed a way to silently communicate satisfaction to other members of our species. So we decided to bare our teeth at one another and squint. This stuck, and now even the characters of your favourite digital storyderby are doing it. It’s sort of disgusting, and yet… you know what, I like it.…

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7 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 8 worst gifts for PC gamers

There are only five days left to furtively flick through your cousin’s Facebook page in a desperate attempt to understand them as a person. But you do know one thing: they love to play those videogames. That’s enough to go on, surely. You can just type “gamer gifts” into the cybervoid and see what comes out! No. Do not do that.Here are the 8 worst…

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10 months ago

Batman is free in both Lego and Arkham flavours on the Epic Games Store

Light the candles, roast the goose, Father Epic has come to town. Bearing gifts of cost-free games, he's telling tale of a masked menace from a far-off metropolis. Clad in black and the cowl of a bat - what delightful nonsense! For the younger children, a toy-like series of marvels await in the Lego Batman trilogy. Ah, and for you older rascals, the Arkham series…

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2 years ago

Feature: A subscription for the bargain bin

Utomik promises ‘Netflix for games’ but its library is an underwhelming collection of oldies

Utomik! Sounds like a stiff drink, but no. Utomik is a subscription-based games service that launched yesterday, angling to be ‘Netflix for games’ (sound familiar?) It’s currently offering a library of approximately 750 games for either $7 or $10 per month, depending on whether you want to share the account with your little sister or not. I signed up and took a stroll through its…

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3 years ago

Feature: Deploy BatFranchise

Have You Played… Batman: Arkham Knight?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.Maybe it's the E3 scent in the air or maybe it's just that I'm craving some big budget biffing, but I'm missing my favourite Multiple-A franchises right now. The Arkham games in particular. Oh, to be the bat-like man once more.

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Feature: Batbeards and Batbruises

The Joy Of Arkham Asylum’s broken Batman

A few hours into Arkham Asylum [official site], I thought Batman's cape was glitching. It does occasionally catch on railings if you brood-squat at an odd angle, but this was different; an occasional flash of colour in the gloom of the garment* caught my eye and I thought Bats' big old utility belt was glitching through the cape. But, no, the cape had been torn…

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5 years ago

Feature: Our favourite places to hide.

The 25 Best Stealth Games On PC

Below you will find the 25 best stealth games ever released on PC. There are sneaking missions, grand thefts, assassinations, escapes and infiltrations. Stay low, keep quiet and we'll make it to the end.

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Feature: Batdance

Have You Played… Batman: Arkham Asylum?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.I grew quickly weary of Batman: Arkham City and initially had no interest in Batman: Arkham Knight, but that game being released and then unreleased left me thinking about and eventually longing for the Bat. Batman: Arkham Asylum [official site], the first in the…

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Feature: Day 8: RPS still does not suspect I am a talking five pound note.

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 8

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 8 of the sale.

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Feature: Action Games

What Can Games Learn From Action In Comics?

PAGE ONE, PANEL ONEGraham lies in a crumpled heap beneath the looming figure of DOCTOR NO IDEAS. CAPTION: This looks like a job for…PAGE ONE, PANEL TWOPip, dressed in a (heroic) frog costume, sits typing at a computer.PAGE TWO, PANEL ONEA closeup of a Gchat window with the text "G, are there any games which do violence as well as comics?"

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7 years ago

Wayne Good Deals: Latest Humble Bundle Is Positively Batty

Bruce Wayne, billion dollar playboy who was recently declared Least Likely Man On Earth To Be Batman (Of The Year) by Time magazine, is at it again. He's teamed with a gaming storefront known as the Humble Bundle to sell games largely focused on Batman for no specific reason. The proceeds of a pay-what-you-want bundle that includes that likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman:…

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Batman’s Ditched GFWL, But Say Goodbye To Your Saves

Even when villains are given a good, hard KAPOWTHWACKBIFFZOTT-ing and the day is saved, Batman stories rarely end on entirely happy notes. Thus, it's almost sort of fitting that Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City haven't escaped Games For Windows Live's years-long countdown to self-destruction entirely unscathed. Yes, they're finally free of Microsoft's arbitrary, ages-behind-the-times shackles, but your save files, amazingly, won't be making the…

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2K Yanks GFWL From Bioshock 2, Brings DLC To Steam

Small victories are important. Games For Windows Live has been minced into a fine paste and sent off to a major supermarket chain as a horse meat substitute, but the effects of it are still being felt. Most games are still saddled with the client, and it takes an act of will on the part of the publishers to swab that canker sore. 2K did…

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Back In Bat: Arkham Origins Does Year One, Sort Of

Dammitall! Here we were, hoping the next Batman game would be a gloriously silly, super-colourful Silver Age tale, but instead it looks to be more grimdark Nolanism. I mean, that's fine, but we've done it twice already. Don't wear it out, as Michelle Pfeiffer once said about her name to Michael Keaton. 'Tis not to be - Batman: Arkham Origins is the next game, Rocksteady…

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Batman: Arkham Allegations

We may be in for a third Batscapade from the Arkhamverse, according to Warner suits in the company's latest earnings call, and it'll probably be this year too. There's almost nothing to go on, other than Warner's Chief Financial Officer John K. Martin letting slip that "and we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman…

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9 years ago

Holy Sale: Warner Steam Bundle Is A Bit Good

Edit: We're reading below that lots of regions outside the UK are being charged a really very much larger sum. Which sucks. Valve will always insist prices are decided by publishers, so yell at Warner. There's also confusion over the inclusion of Arkham City and War In The North - to be absolutely clear, the Warner Complete Pack definitely currently includes those games, whether by…

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The Delayed Knight: Arkham 2 PC Slips

It was rumoured, and then it was confirmed, and then we were all like :( For it is true: the man of bats will not strike back on PC in 10 days' time, but instead in 17 days' time. A small wait, perhaps, but we've already had to hang on for almost a month later than the console-folk. Yes, the already-delayed Batman: Arkham City PC…

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Impressions – Batman: Arkham City

Batman! A game so good that Yahoo awarded it 6/5, thus unwittingly demonstrating that review scores are little more than a media pissing contest whose only real beneficiary is publishers’ marketing departments and people who like to shout at other people on forums. Which is exactly why we don't give scores here. Can Arkham City possibly live up to such drooling superlatives? Well, I can’t…

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I Lied To You About Batman

I'm so sorry. There's going to be a proper scandal about that. GamesIndustry.biz or Gamasutra or someone will probably run an expose about the awful corruption at RPS. Last week, I brazenly claimed, to your face, that this would be the last Batman: Arkham City trailer we'd post before the pointlessly-delayed PC release next month.I LIED TO YOU.Because here's the first proper PC footage of…

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It’s… The Last-Ever Arkham City Trailer!

Well, maybe. Suppose it depends on whether they squeak out any particularly tasty DLC. With the game due for release on the unantialiased darklands of console next week and currently drawing huge review scores - but sadly delayed on PC - its constant torrent of promotional videos is now capped off by this launch-ish trailer. It's very dramatic! It implies Batman facing his darkest challenge…

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