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Posts tagged “Batman: Arkham City”

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The Games of Christmas ’11: Day 13

Did you know that when he's not delivering presents or selling Coca-Cola, Father Christmas actually spends his days in cocktail bars enjoying the good life, the old rapscallion? Why, he's even been known to frequent the racetracks and beaches of Monaco in the company of young starlets. That's his reward for picking a job where he only has to pull on the costume once a…

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Arkham Pretties: Nanananananana Patchman!

Batman: Arkham City arrived on PC crazily late, and launched with a pretty much borked DirectX 11 mode. Which didn't make a lot of sense, given what a song and dance NVIDIA and Warner were making about its graphics, and if forum-hounds' apparent discovery that the release build was compiled back in September is to be believed. Finally, though, a patch has arrived which purports…

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Feature: How much blood could a dead cat bleed if a dead cat could still bleed?

Important Dialogue Analysis: Arkham City

"You're going to bleed like a dead cat." At first, I thought this was just clunky dialogue, some poor writer struggling to come up with yet another cat-based reference for Batman: Arkham City's thugs to bellow at Catwoman, as a break from the rather more disturbing threats and insults they so frequently offer. Many have commented that the game's dialogue, especially incidental comments from thugs,…

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Feature: A Knight On The Town

Batman Arkham City review

Bruce Wayne has finally returned to my PC, ready to swoop and scuffle his way through the prison-district that is Arkham City. It’s no secret that I used to wear Batman pajamas when I was a youngster, nor that I have been known to shed manly tears when thinking of the Caped Crusader’s tragic origins in Crime Alley. These facts make me the ideal person…

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Bruce On The Wane: Arkham City DX11 Woes

Batman: Arkham City is now playable on Steam, after a week of mild confusion over its availability in various regions. However, more pressing concerns have arisen now that it's been properly released: the DX11 support seems to be as broken as the bat after a few rounds with Bane, rendering Brucie's latest adventure unplayable with the current DirectX package.

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OnLive Silly Sale: Arkham 2, Saints 3 For £1

Cloud gaming service OnLive is banging its drum for new members in the UK again, so they're reactivated their remarkable £1 offer (which they're surely making a massive loss on - they must have ton of marketing money stored up). Your first purchase after joining currently costs just 100 pennies, and that includes the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row 3, LA Noire, Lord…

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Feature: A Good Year For Open Worlds

Is 2011 The Year Of Game World Exploration?

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I've…

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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…

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Batman: Arkham City Arrives 18th November

The nebulous "November" date for Batman on PC has been confirmed for the UK as the 18th, and VG247 note that Amazon has the US one date (predictably) for the 15th. The PC version is going to support 3D, DX11, and a bunch of the other in-vogue technologies, making it one of this years most graphical games, or something. Reception of the Batman on the…

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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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Batman’s Special Friend In Action

The seemingly endless drip-feed of character announcements for Batman: Arkham City is starting to get on my wick. Yes, we know there will be supervillains in the game. Can we not just play it now? Please? Also in there, Mr Marketing has slowly told us, are a raft of playable Bat-Chums, including Batman's diminutive protege Robin, who's been redesigned as a sort of scrappy thug.…

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Laugh Riot: Arkham City’s Joker

Arkham City is going to be packed full of villains but the place wouldn’t be complete without the Joker. We knew he was going to be there, of course, but this trailer tells us a little bit more about what he’ll be doing. Referring to deadly plans while holding up a twisted carnival mirror to Batman’s unsmiling granite face and cackling like Luke Skywalker’s demented…

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PC’s Batman Arkham City Slips To November

Sigh, the disease is spreading. Batman: Arkham City on PC, formerly set to be released alongside the consoles, has been pushed back a month. The 360 and PS3 versions of Warner's game are still coming out on the 21st October, but our version has been given the ambiguous and extremely unhelpful date of "November". Absolutely no reason is given, so we've contacted Warner to find…

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Deadshot: Arkham’s Cannon-Wristed Nutter

More Arkham City footage this morning, which makes me very happy indeed. It’s the reveal of a new villain, and we all know villains are one of the best things about comic book games. The footage comes courtesy of Gametrailers and as well as showing some footage of the game, it has excitable fellow Sefton Hill giving some background on another villain out to cause…

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Arkham City Is A GFWL Title

There was some talk over the weekend that Batman: Arkham City would not be using GFWL. That turned out to not be true, according to this article on VG247, who contacted Warner for comment. A Warner rep said: “Arkham City is indeed a G4WL [sic] title.” Did he say [sic] of his own esoteric spelling? I just don't know. The game is out on October…

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Ice To See You: Arkham City’s Mr Freeze

I have nothing but sympathy for poor old Mr Freeze and the comics writer who created him, Ian Cold. From Batman's already ludicrous rogue's gallery (Man-Bat! Calendar Man!), his star is surely the most fallen, thanks to the governor of California's chilling portrayal in the most nippletastic of all the Batman movies. How to make this pun-spewing pastiche remotely fearsome again? Well, give him a…

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PC’s Arkham City Is Looking Definitive

Word flies in from all directions that the PC version of the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City is to be by far the definitive one. Details scavenged from October's PC Gamer (oh, magazines) reveal that it has been super-enhanced for various bits and bobs of tech that the consoles don't support. So of course there's 3D, for anyone mad enough to have bought a 3D monitor.…

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