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Arkham Knight

Latest Arkham Knight video proves Batman always gets his way


Nature too
May 28
// Brett Makedonski
As a direct follow-up to the "Officer Down" video, WB's posted another seven-minute long Arkham Knight gameplay video detailing what Batman does best. There's some information gained via duress, a smooth 55x combat comb...
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Batman: Arkham Knight

Did you really think Batman: Arkham Knight wouldn't have pre-order costumes?


Of course it does
May 26
// Chris Carter
Because WB has to monetize every single facet of their games (hello pay-for-fatalities on top of a Season Pass and lots of paid costume DLC), Batman: Arkham Knight will also feature more pre-order bonuses beyond its $40 ...
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Batman

Here, have a cheesy live action Batman: Arkham Knight trailer


Don't walk in alleys at night in Gotham
May 21
// Chris Carter
Most publishers would only dream of crafting a cheesy live action trailer, wishing they had the budget. Well, WB, in their infinite wisdom of Season Passes and day-one DLC, can afford it, based on this Batman: Arkham Knight&...
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Arkham Knight

Watch how Arkham Knight's 'Dual Play' mechanic works


Batman & Robin
May 15
// Chris Carter
It's been known for a while that Batman: Arkham Knight would feature a teamfighting mechanic of some sort called "Dual Play," but thanks to this official video we have a little more insight into how it works. Basically,...
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Batman cast

Batman: Arkham Knight's cast includes Jonathan Banks and John Noble


Hey Mike Ehrmantraut and Denethor
May 07
// Chris Carter
Warner Bros. has just revealed most of the cast of Batman: Arkham Knight -- which is incidentally more information than it has spilled on its upcoming $40 Season Pass. It'll feature Jonathan Banks as James Gordon, John ...
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BatDLC

Arkham Knight's batty $40 season pass includes Batgirl campaign


Skins, missions, challenge maps
May 03
// Steven Hansen
Remember when low-key-horrible publisher WB announced a $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass last week without even saying what is in it? Fun times, like the $50 doctor bill I just got in the mail after being assured everyth...
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Warner Bros. satire

Warner Bros.: How do we keep getting away with this shit?


Because Batman, duh!
May 01
// Fake News (So You Cannot Sue)
Noting that 300,000 people and counting have already pre-ordered Batman: Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that it can’t believe that it’s still able to get away with this shi...
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Season Pass

This 'Mystery Season Pass' nonsense is getting old


If you're going to charge us for it now, tell us what you're planning now
Apr 28
// Chris Carter
Season Passes are not inherently a bad thing. Take a look at how Nintendo is handling it. When it announced the pass for Mario Kart 8, it debuted at $12, provided a costume incentive bonus at launch, and Nintendo actuall...
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Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is a Warner Bros. game, so of course it will have a $40 Season Pass


WB gon' WB
Apr 28
// Chris Carter
Warner Bros. Interactive has just announced a Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight. Of course it has. It will run you a whopping $40 (haha, wow), but you can also shell out $100 for the Premium Edition, which also inclu...
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Arkham Knight

Spoiler-filled Arkham Knight trailer leaps from the shadows


So many cool looking things, my eyes can't take it
Apr 27
// Laura Kate Dale
So, the new Arkham Knight trailer has managed to climb out of the shadows and has left us unconscious face down in a pool of water. Man, there's a lot of cool spoiler type stuff to see here. Nightwing, Red Hood, Catwoman, Co...
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Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight PC specs revealed


Can you handle it
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
As I've said in the past, I'm glad Batman: Arkham Knight is only focusing on current-gen platforms. Maybe then it can reach its full potential as an expansive open-world game. On PC it's looking increasingly likely that ...
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Arkham Knight

Batman comic will provide the Arkham Knight's origin story


His mother would not buy him a Nintendo and he became resentful
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
If the headline sounded like "Arkham Origins," don't be frightened. Rocksteady is back and WB can't hurt you any more. Except with delays into late June. But that's a "it's for your own good" hurt, like forcing you to eat you...
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Batman PS4

Batman adds to his gadgetry with an Arkham Knight limited edition silver PS4


Close out the Arkham trilogy in style
Mar 31
// Brett Makedonski
Sony knows the sales potential of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight, and it's using the highly-anticipated game to try to move a few more PlayStation 4s. A limited edition console was announced today that shines as brig...
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Batman remaster

Believable rumor: Remastered Arkham Asylum and Arkham City coming this year


Higher-resolution Bat-Pecs
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
Until many more people own Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s, publishers will continue to put out remastered games, otherwise known as "safe bets." Even then, they'll probably continue. Here's another pair of 'em to start your wee...
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Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight delayed once again


To late June
Mar 23
// Chris Carter
Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed yet again. While it was set for a June 2 release, it is now is on pace for June 23, as revealed by the game's official Twitter account. To help tide you over, they've posted a new trail...
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ESRB Arkham Knight

ESRB reveals why Batman: Arkham Knight was rated M


It...basically sounds the same as past Arkham games
Mar 09
// Chris Carter
Recently, we learned that the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight would be rated "M," a first for the series. Because of this I kind of assumed that the new game would be doing something different, but based on this ESRB desc...
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Batman trailer

Get possessive over Gotham in this Batman: Arkham Knight trailer


The darkest bright
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming, M-rated end to Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy has a lovely new trailer out today. And this one isn't polished, artsy CG the series is known for. Some well cut in-game footage, a view of the rogues gallery teaming ...
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Mature Bats

Batman: Arkham Knight has an M rating


For, you know, Mature
Feb 24
// Steven Hansen
The end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, squeaked by with a PG-13, but it looks like Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy didn't have the same luck. Arkham Knight director Sefton Hill told IGN that the gam...
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Weekend Deals

Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Knight round up weekend deals


Oh right, it's 2015
Jan 10
// Dealzon
It felt like ages ago when we last heard about Mortal Kombat X, but now that the title inches closer to release, pre-order deals are showing up (along with a handful of other AAAs). Digital retailer GMG's VIP deals return thi...

Review: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Jan 05 // Caitlin Cooke
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [reviewed], PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC, iOS)Developer: Traveller's TalesPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentReleased: November 11, 2014MSRP: $59.99 Lego Batman 3 opens to a familiar plot line: Lex Luthor has his heart set on becoming President of the World, dragging other villains along with him in his quest. The Justice League scrambles to meet them head-to-head, but not before Brainiac steps in to shrink Earth for his marble collection. The game's cast of heroes and villains reluctantly join forces to defeat him in a variety of settings, including shrunken versions of the Earth’s most famous cities and the Lantern worlds. The traditional Lego game formula is present as usual in this edition. Players waltz through a fairly linear level and solve puzzles to move forward while searching for studs and minikits to unlock content. Characters also rotate in and out of levels, ensuring that players don’t get caught in a routine. This mixes things up a bit and keeps the gameplay engaging, especially since most of the main characters have different abilities to explore (ie, Wonder Woman using her bands to deflect lasers or Martian Manhunter shapeshifting). A few main characters can change into various suits on a whim, presenting new gameplay options. Batman can change into his Space Suit to jetpack around and shoot laser beams, or he can squeeze into a Sonar Suit to become invisible. The suits bring a unique and enjoyable element to the gameplay, but leave little room for players to progress through levels on their own. The game telegraphs these necessary wardrobe changes with notifies an icon, prompting the necessary suit to procure. As is typical of the Lego series, there's plenty of content to explore, including over 150 characters to unlock. Beyond Gotham excels with its extras. Most notable are its mini-games, which include Tron-like “hacking” requiring maze navigation around computerized obstacles, and a side-scrolling space shooter reminiscent of Resogun. These distractions were my favorite part of Lego Batman 3, providing a much-needed reprieve from the monotony found within the primary campaign. The levels themselves seemed more open than usual, expanding in scope and size as the game progressed. Although interesting to explore, at times I’d get stuck on cliffs or hang helplessly in midair. Some of the later levels were hampered by wonky camera angles and viewing perspectives, which proved difficult when playing split-screen. At one point, I had to force my second player out of the game so that we could expand the screen to trigger an event. From a two-player perspective, this caused a lot of frustration and only seemed to get worse later in the game. It was also disappointing that the Beyond Gotham didn't showcase an open Gotham world like in its previous installment. At first, the extra content is split up into various hubs: the Batcave, the Watchtower, and the Hall of Justice. After a steep investment in playing through the main plot (around eight hours), Lantern worlds can be unlocked. Each world contains racing trials, quests to unlock characters, and unlockable vehicles to fly around. In a lot of ways, it felt like a step backwards to have a hub-based system, especially when most of it opened up at the end of the game. As noted earlier, anyone looking for a Batman adventure you won’t find one here. Screen-time amongst the characters is divided up fairly well, leaving Batman and Robin in the dust. When they do make an appearance, they’re more focused on bickering back and forth like an old couple than saving the world. Despite this oddity, the dialogue is as crafty and well-written as Lego titles come. Practically all characters have a delightful personality-filled moment with plenty of references thrown about. Particularly amusing was Lego Batman 3's take on Mr Freeze -- full of puns and a intentionally terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger accent. You could say it was ICE to see him. Comic book fans will enjoy the assets used in this game, especially with regard to music. For example, Superman and Wonder Woman's original songs play on loop when they take flight and don’t cease until they land. Every character also (hilariously) sings their own rendition of the 1960s Batman theme song when players rest on the character selection screen. Voice acting is top notch and talent is pulled from Kevin Smith and Conan O’Brien, who play themselves. The latter tends to be a bit annoying after a while, acting as your tutorial guide and spewing out the same information every time you cross paths. Lego Batman 3 is as fun as Lego games come, but it needs to be taken with a dose (or two) of patience. The controls and camera angles are unforgivable at times, but there’s usually a moment of greatness to numb the pain -- like when Robin deploys a mini version of himself in his Techno suit, or when Wonder Woman’s 1970s TV show theme blasts when she takes flight. Fans of the Justice League (or DC comics in general) will get a lot of enjoyment out of this game, but I wouldn’t recommend playing if you’re looking for a Batman adventure. There’s simply too much fun to be had in the DC universe to give it all to one man. As far as Lego games go, it’s not perfect, but it delivers a solid story and a plethora of DC characters to play around with, which is more than ICE can ask for. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Brainiac's mini-games
Don’t let the name fool you -- this is by no means a Batman game. The Dark Knight may grace the box, but underneath its bat-enameled shell lies a Justice League game at heart. A menagerie of DC heroes and villains combi...

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LEGO Batman 3

The Suicide Squad is coming to LEGO Batman 3 as 'The Squad'


Makes sense
Dec 05
// Chris Carter
After the announcement for the Suicide Squad film with a stacked cast, Warner Bros. Interactive is spilling the beans for the tie-in DLC for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Only, they're not actually referred to using...
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Batman

This Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is disappointing


'Batmobile trailer,' I should say
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
The first Ace Chemicals Infiltration video for Batman: Arkham Knight rekindled my excitement and, looking over your comments, I was far from alone in that regard. But this? Come on now. It's almost entirely scripted footage ...
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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
After news of the delay back in September, the folks at WB Games and Rocksteady have kept all things Batman: Arkham Knight close to the vest. Thankfully, they figured we could use another appetizer after their showing at E3, ...

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Arkham Knight

We might learn more about Arkham Knight at The Game Awards 2014


And that'd be A-Okay with everyone
Nov 20
// Brett Makedonski
Rocksteady's conclusion to the Arkham trilogy will happen a bit later than everyone expected, and as such, there's still more to learn about the game. That's no big surprise; we're still discovering easter eggs in Arkha...
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Lego Batman 3

I still miss when Lego figures didn't talk, but Lego Batman 3's trailer is cute


Robin still looks and acts ridiculous
Nov 12
// Brittany Vincent
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is available now, for nearly every console imaginable, real and otherwise. It's probably available for the Imagination Station 3000, but supplies are limited. The launch trailer above doesn't rea...
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Conan

Conan O'Brien will give you a clue in LEGO Batman 3


Not so clueless now
Oct 13
// Brett Makedonski
Conan O'Brien, the famed late-night talk show host and self-professed clueless gamer, will be reversing roles of sorts for his part in LEGO Batman 3. Instead of being confounded by videogames, he's going to be playing himsel...
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Final Fantasy Catwoman

Final Fantasy director Tetsuya Nomura crafts an interesting take on Catwoman that looks like a Metal Gear villain


She looks like she belongs in a Metal Gear Solid game
Oct 10
// Chris Carter
A few months ago we saw the Batman Play Arts Kai figure crafted by Final Fantasy character designer/director Tetsuya Nomura. Well he's at it again, and this time he crafted a new Catwoman figure. All in all she looks like a mixture of Jehuty from Zone of the Enders, a boss from a Metal Gear Solid game, and the Alien from Alien. I guess it's better than being half man, half bear, half pig.
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Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight will be a PS4 exclusive in Japan


'Only on PS4'
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
When next July hits, Arkham Knight will hit the Japanese market, but as a PS4 exclusive in that region. According to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan, the game will not be launching on other platforms. If you live in Jap...
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LEGO Batman 3

LEGO Batman 3 will get the first LEGO Season Pass ever


$14.99
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will drop in November, and alongside of it, a season pass. This is the first ever season pass for a LEGO game, and will run you $14.99 for six total add-ons. The pass will launch on ever...






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