I’m a little behind on some of this news but gotta mention it. WB Games has revealed the online multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Origins. Take a look at the video!
I’ve loved the Arkham games, but I’ve always felt they’ve been missing multiplayer. I understood due to the story of Asylum, Batman running solo made sense. With City, I thought a cooperative mode could have been worked in. Now with Origin, we’re finally getting some kind of multiplayer element aside from leaderboards attached to challenges (not my cup of tea). So we’ve got two teams of three facing off with each while also working against the Dynamic Duo. I am just as excited about playing as Batman/Robin as I am about playing against them. I’m curious if we’ll be able to play the gang leaders (Bane/Joker in the video) or if those are NPCs. Any way about it, I am excited!
I practically live at my local library, I mean it is perfect for people who possess insatiable media-based appetites. I can find that book I have been wanting to read, listen to the new album by <insert band name here>, flip through magazines that I don’t want cluttering up my coffee table, and even rent a movie to take home.
This week my haul is pretty amazing. Here is my week of figurative consumption:
I have been on a quest to understand the comic book world and since Batman is such a big part of 2012 I thought I would start from the beginning. First page and I feel so comfortable because an old friend from my Archie Comics days is there. Commissioner Gordon is a dead ringer for Hiram Lodge (Veronica’s father) in my humble opinion. Sorry, I am partial to tangents. The dialogue in this volume is amazingly bad! I mean he sees a light in a window and says, “A light! I should go there!” don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t take much away from “The Batman”. It is fun to see where this character we all grew up with came from and appreciate the evolution in art and writing.
What stuck out?:
The violence in this book is different than what I see in modern day heroes. Batman has no qualms about killing in the early issues and he is injured quite a few times. He gets shot and because he is human, he needs to make tactical retreats and lick his wounds. Oh and of course the Joker! He is not some lame mobster like the other villains in this volume. He is smart and has a game in place while also being insane. I immediately thought of The Dark Knight when i read it because this Joker calls his plays. Another touch I loved was the use of nerve chemicals to leave his victims with a gruesome smile. Very dark, I enjoyed it.
Please Click to see my advanced review of the new Bloc Party album and the rest of what’s in my library bag.
Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are two of the best comic video games ever created. Developer Rocksteady Studios is obviously hard at work at another installment even teasing back in December at the VGAs. Well, Variety is reporting Rocksteady’s new Batman game will be a prequel featuring Batman’s first encounter with Joker. Also, the game will feature Batman’s Justice League cohorts including Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash.
There are a couple questions that come to mind. Will characters like Superman and Wonder Woman be playable or only appear in cameos? Who will voice the Joker with Mark Hamill claiming retirement from the character?
Also considering recent news that (a) Nolan will not be involved in future DC movies and (b) no possibility for new DC films after Man of Steel before 2015, I’m hoping this game manages to give me my DC fix in 2014, as that would be the earliest possible release. I’m also hoping DC and Warner Bros. gets their act together and utilizes their laundry list of characters in film soon. I’m loving Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, but I really want to see them on the big screen!
Hope you enjoyed your fireworks for the 4th. This week; Danny and Ricky go into movie trailers (only a couple this time!), some Halo 4 news from RTX, comic book news and guess for Walking Dead #100, not to mention we talk everything about the Amazing Spider-Man movie.
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We talked about it for a little bit in last week’s podcast, but here’s the trailer for Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC for Batman: Arkham City. Take a look.
Sets up the story and shows what is going to be happening. It looks like the majority of the game takes place in Arkham City’s Industrial District where Joker set up camp in the main story. The game will be split as you spend time playing as both Batman and Robin. I’m looking forward to see exactly how much more Batman lore we’ll get from this story. Will there also be more hints to future games (Arkham World?). We’ve only got a few weeks to find out.