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Batman: Arkham Asylum Steam Keys fail due to DRM


Jul 30
// Jim Sterling
I hate DRM with a passion, but I feel I owe its creators a fruit basket. After all, it gives me more free target practice than the rest of this industry's bullshit. Take what's been happening with Arkham Asylum -- new purchas...

Batman villains we want in Rocksteady's Arkham sequel

Jul 24 // Jim Sterling
The Black Mask First Appearance: Batman #386Real Name: Roman SionisSpecialty: Organized crime, making people do stuff  (Edit: Black Mask can actually be fought in the Robin DLC, it turns out. Still ... put him in again!) Though a relatively recent addition to Gotham's criminal underworld, the Black Mask is nevertheless a popular and formidable foe, be it crime boss Roman Sionis or crazed asylum director Jeremiah Arkham behind the leering skeletal visage. His ability to control thoughts would make him a potential candidate for Arkham's near-obligatory "mind screw" section, taking over from Scarecrow in Asylum and Hatter in City. Not to mention, as one of Gotham's most powerful and influential crime bosses, he's in a perfect position to provide thug-fodder for the Dark Knight.  FireflyFirst Appearance: Detective Comics #184Real Name: Garfield LynnsSpecialty: Fire in the disco, fire in the disco, fire in the gates of Hell Firefly has one thing over and above the rest of Batman's villains -- he doesn't really care about the Caped Crusader. Unfortunately, he replaces that token obsession with a criminally insane addiction to fire, and a need to burn Gotham to the ground. I really dig Firefly, not just because he's got a pretty badass costume, but also for the fact that he's very creepy when he starts waxing poetic about fire.  If there's one thing Rocksteady's gotten good at, it's ramping up the creep-factor of Arkham's residents, and the studio could have a whale of a time with ol' Garfield Lynns. Not to mention, Asylum and City are two of the most gorgeous-looking games of the generation, and I'd love to see that visual splendor applied to a boss that drenches everything in flame.  The VentriloquistFirst Appearance: Detective Comics #583Real Name: Arnold WeskerSpecialty: Getting gangsters to take him seriously when he's an old dude with a puppet  The Ventriloquist's puppet, Scarface, has appeared in both Arkham games already -- once as Joker's new toy, and once again as a dancing puppet in the Penguin's museum. It's about time his owner (or his property, as the case may be) finally turns up and restores a little dignity.   Arnold Wesker is the mild-mannered, bespectacled man behind the wooden puppet/ruthless mob boss. While considered a bit of a joke villain, there's still something undeniably disturbed about a meek old man who is able to become a sociopathic criminal so long as he's hiding behind a puppet alter-ego. Rocksteady could also use the second Ventriloquist, Peyton Riley -- not only is she a better puppeteer, but she's pretty damn brutal in her own right.  The Great White SharkFirst Appearance: Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1Real Name: Warren WhiteSpecialty: Fencing goods, turning mental trauma into a business opportunity  I love The Great White Shark as a concept. Originally a crooked financier, Warren White faked insanity to get out of jail time, but was sent to Arkham by way of a vengeful judge. His stay was covered in the Living Hell miniseries, which incidentally served as one of the inspirations for Arkham Asylum. While there, he was subjected to emotional and physical torture at the hands of the crazed inmates -- Killer Croc cut a set of gills into his neck, while Jane Doe locked him in Mr. Freeze's vacant cell, causing him to lose some fingers, his nose, lips, and ears. He eventually resembled his nickname, becoming The Great White Shark, and taking charge as the man in Arkham who could get anything for anybody, provided they served him in turn.  Briefly referenced in the first Arkham game, Warren White could act a perfect collaborator in a future game. Not necessarily a main villain, but certainly someone to be tracked down in order to unravel some inevitably extravagant scheme. He's a really interesting antagonist, and since Arkham's pretty much his playground, it stands to reason he should make an appearance.  Jane DoeFirst Appearance: Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1Real Name: UnknownSpecialty: Becoming other people with horrifying consequences  Jane Doe made her debut at the same time as Warren White, and was the most responsible for his rebirth as the Shark. Doe herself is devoid of personality, save for a frightening desire to live other peoples' lives. To that end, she compulsively murders her targets after getting to closely know them, using a range of tools in order to physically resemble anybody she chooses. However, she never stays happy in one skin for long, and has to constantly steal lives in a vain search for one that'll keep her satisfied.  A sidequest in which Batman must follow a trail and track down Doe while she murders her way through Gotham could be a damn dark and paranoia-inducing mission for the Crusader. It would be a true detective quest that would push the game's previously under-utilized investigative gameplay to its limits. Plus, she really is scary.  Professor PygFirst Appearance: Batman #666Real Name: Lazlo Valentin Specialty: Horrible masks, horrible experiments, horrible horribleness  So, remember when I said that Rocksteady works well with upping the creep-factor of Batman enemies? I can't even begin to imagine the field day the team would have with this freak. Men wearing pig masks are unnerving enough as it is, but when the guy behind the mask is a total nutjob who brainwashes people, mutilates their genitals, and fuses doll masks to their faces, well ... yeah.  I have a feeling that whatever Rocksteady did with this guy would risk pushing the game into M-rated territory, but it'd be worth the risk just to see what it could come up with. Professor Pyg could easily provide one of the most horrific boss fights in videogame memory. Shudder.  The Killer MothFirst Appearance: Batman #63Real Name: Cameron Van Cleer aka Drury Walker I love Killer Moth, and not just because his costume is completely pimp. I have a thing for slightly pathetic villains, and Killer Moth is perhaps the archetype for such characters. It's not that he's unskilled -- as a self-styled anti-Batman, he's proven himself quite capable of utilizing advanced gadgets and can hold his own in a combat situation. Nevertheless, his choice of identity, color scheme, and inability to be taken seriously by anybody makes him rather pitiful, and lends him a uniquely bitter personality among Gotham's bad guys. Even if he's just included to be taken out effortlessly (like Zsaz in Arkham Asylum), I'd love for the Moth to make an appearance. He's got enough of an underground following, I think, to raise more than a few smiles should he pop up in a future game.  The Red HoodFirst Appearance: Batman #635Real Name: Jason Todd We're going with the Todd version of the Red Hood because, well, obviously we would. Originally Joker's alter-ego, a resurrected Todd took the mantle of the Hood to fight crime on his own aggressive, violent terms. More than happy to murder criminals as soon as see them brought to traditional justice, Red Hood's violent ways have seen him come to blows with Batman on a few occasions, his chaotic approach providing a morally ambiguous contrast to Batman's stoic, principled attitude.  Red Hood's gotten plenty of exposure over the years and would make a fine opponent of Batman's during the course of a videogame. Whether manipulated by a villain, or settling his own scores in a way that conflicts the Bat's goals, there are plenty of ways Rocksteady could use him to put a roadblock in front of the player. Let's have it.  The RatcatcherFirst Appearance: Detective Comics #585Real Name: Otis Flannegan Formerly an actual rat catcher, Otis Flannegan fell into a life of crime because he lives in Gotham City, and that's pretty much what happens to anybody if they're given long enough. As the Ratcatcher, Otis has the ability to communicate with and command vast armies of rats. It definitely sounds lame on paper, but when you actually stop and think about a man who can flood a city with millions of loyal vermin, one can't help but think this guy's got a better shot of taking over Gotham than just about anybody else. Except, of course, for the fact that he's a C-list villain at best. That said, someone at Rocksteady clearly loves the guy, as evidenced by the fact that he's referenced in both Arkham games. In the first game, his gas mask and gloves can be found as part of Riddler's sidequest, and in City, posters and hoodlum gossip make direct references to him. Plus, he's really got one of the sweetest getups of Batman's opponents, with a crazy gasmask/overcoat combo that makes him look pretty formidable. With the right writers, Ratcatcher could be a real somebody.  The Court of OwlsFirst Appearance: Batman: The Court of Owls part two: Trust FallReal Name: Could be anybody  Part of the first major crossover event in DC Comics' "New 52" relaunch of 2011, Gotham's sinister Court of Owls has made quite the impression on fans, as well as Batman's entire world. A secret criminal society that's been quietly pulling strings throughout history, the shadowy Court of Owls manages to shake Batman's belief system to its very core, as well as physically torment him thanks to its army of unstoppable assassins, the Talons.  The New 52 launch resembles Rocksteady's games in a few ways, to the point where I'd be surprised that the Owls wouldn't show up in some form, should the studio create a new game set post-Arkham City. If not the Owls in their entirety, then the possibly-deluded-possibly-justified "Owl" that is Lincoln March may make for a fascinating boss battle. Having Lincoln fly Batman around the city while he clings into a grappling hook could be a damn memorable encounter.
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One of the best parts of Rocksteady's Arkham series is how expertly the games exploited Batman's greatest asset -- the greatest rogue's gallery in all of comic books. Many of Batman's opponents are as enthralling, if not more...

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The Wii is just about to wrap up its tenure at Nintendo's flagship home console, and looking back, it's clear to see that third parties often failed to make the most of the system. They regularly used the Wii as an opportuni...

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E3: Wii U gets the Batman: Arkham City 'Armored Edition'


Jun 05
// Daniel Starkey
As I'm sure you're all very well aware, Nintendo's E3 press conference was this morning, and while Batman: Arkham City was one of the very first games announced for the Wii U, today we got a peek at some of the added features...
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Batman Arkham City and Asylum on sale on Steam


May 04
// Chris Carter
You might want to grab your shark repellant: this Steam sale is a doozy. Starting today, you can nab Batman: Arkham City for $14.99 and Arkham Asylum for $6.80, or you can grab a bat-sized bundle of basically everything (incl...
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The DTOID Show: Rayman Origins 2 & Arkham City GOTY


Apr 23
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! It's us. Again. I'm sorry Tara's not here, but she's still at Coachella apparently. Dear lord today has been stressful and miserable. Anthony's nice enough to be a substitute guest host, but damn. Just not the same...
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Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year edition announced


Apr 23
// Jim Sterling
Warner Brothers is rereleasing Batman: Arkham City under the guide of a "Game of the Year" edition. Due for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 29, it will include a set of alternative skins, the Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin downloada...
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This weekend on Twitch TV: Steve Burnside is a chump


Apr 06
// Bill Zoeker
This weekend on Dtoid's Twitch TV channel, we're bringing you some special treats. Rad Show will be doing live gameplay of the closed beta for Diablo III. Hangover has an obscure, Japan-only Popeye game from the Super Famicom...
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Batman: Arkham City is Metacritic's top rated 2011 game


Jan 13
// Jim Sterling
Metacritic has released its annual list of top rated games, revealing that Batman: Arkham City on PS3 was the most critically acclaimed title of 2011. It beat out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by a mouse's cock.  Here's th...
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Batman: Arkham City Lockdown pops up in iOS


Dec 08
// Jim Sterling
If you're finished with Batman: Arkham City and sad that you've got no more bat-themed gaming to do, fret not. Batman: Arkham City Lockdown appeared on iTunes last night without herald, and is yours to download for $5.99. Ar...
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The DTOID Show: 360 EULA, Scorpion DRM, & a Batpatch


Dec 07
// Max Scoville
Hey everybody! Here's today's Destructoid Show! For starters, the Nintendo 3DS gets a nice little update, while the fine print on the Xbox 360's new dashboard hides a dirty little secret. Batman: Arkham City gets a part...
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Batman: Arkham City patched for PC, unless you're 32 bit


Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Batman: Arkham City has received its first big PC patch, fixing a number of bugs and finally allowing the game to be run with DirectX 11. That is, unless you're using a 32 bit system, in which case you'll still have to use DX...
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WB asks users for help with Arkham City 360 save bug


Nov 15
// Jim Sterling
Warner Brothers has acknowledged the corrupted save issue in Batman: Arkham City but it needs help before it can work on a solution. The company has set up a survey, asking fans for information that will help get the problem ...
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The Dtoid Show: Ass Creed Review-lations & More EA Antics


Nov 14
// Max Scoville
Hey! You, the individual who is poorly informed of today's abysmally uneventful gaming news! Pay attention to me right now. Er. Watch The Destructoid Show. Today, we have some releases of the week. You can read about all of t...
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Batman: Arkham City suffering from corrupted saves on 360


Nov 14
// Jim Sterling
The Xbox 360 version of Batman: Arkham City is said to be costing gamers hours upon hours of progress with a save file glitch that's corrupting data. Complaints have filled a 21-page forum thread, indicating that the issue ma...
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Live show: Mash Tactics is back with a vengeance


Oct 31
// Bill Zoeker
  [Not sure what Mash Tactics is? I've included a classic clip to show you just a glimpse of what you've been missing, you daft fool! You can see all of Destructoid's previously-aired live shows in our...
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Nightwing fries some goons in Arkham City DLC trailer


Oct 27
// Fraser Brown
For those that still want more from Batman: Arkham City, the Dark Knight's ex-sidekick, Nightwing, is getting some DLC. From November 1 you'll have the opportunity to take on the challenge rooms as Batman's protege. Nightwin...
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Get a free copy of Arkham City with Samsung's new SSD


Oct 26
// Joshua Derocher
If you're thinking about upgrading to a solid-state drive for your PC, this would be a good time to do it. Not only is Samsung offering them as cheaply as $230 for 128GB, they are tossing in a copy of Batman: Arkham City as w...
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Batman: Arkham City map app is now available


Oct 21
// Dale North
If you're anything like me, you find yourself getting lost in Arkham City. It's huge! And there's too many people talking in the background -- it gets confusing.  I'm hoping this new Batman: Arkham City Map App will help...
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Holy Batarang controllers, Batman!


Oct 19
// Dale North
These officially licensed Batman Batarang controllers are timed perfectly with the release of the amazing Batman: Arkham City (it was more than an 8.5 to me!). Power A teamed up with Warner Bros. and Rocksteady to make these ...
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Batman: Arkham City PC release date, Steam offer unveiled


Oct 18
// Alasdair Duncan
If you're planning on playing Batman: Arkham City on the PC, then news of its delay would have been disheartening and probably not that big a surprise. At least, like Assassin's Creed: Revelation on the PC, we'll be seeing Ro...
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The DTOID Show: Yell At Master Chief & Skyrim Impressions


Oct 17
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! We're alive, somehow, even after the events that took place this weekend. If you missed it, we did a 24 hour Extra Life livestream to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and YOU GUYS donated ove...
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NYCC: Kevin Conroy says that being Batman isn't easy


Oct 15
// Dale North
I had a chance to chat for a bit with the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, for a few minutes before he joined Rocksteady in hosting New York Comic-Con's Batman: Arkham City panel. From what he said it seems that being the voice...
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The DTOID Show: Syndicates, Battlefields, and Bagmen!


Oct 14
// Tara Long
Good evening, little darklings. It's the last day of our Giveaway Week and we gave out a total of $900 worth of prizes! Special thanks to those of you who spent minutes painstakingly drawing and MS Painting photos for a chan...
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Batman: Arkham City online pass unlocks Catwoman content


Oct 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you're looking forward to playing Gotham City's feline femme fatale in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City, plan on dealing with an online pass. Warner Bros. has confirmed that the kitty's content is locked away unless you ha...
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Arkham City gets yet another skin: Sinestro Corps


Oct 09
// Liam Fisher
As if Batman: Arkham City wasn't already stuffed to the brim with more skins than we can handle, it seems The Bat will also be donning his Sinestro Corps attire thanks to a Green Lantern Blu-ray combo pack.  Accordi...
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The DTOID Show: Bat-Saints, Skyward Jets & Max Payne 3


Oct 07
// Max Scoville
Brosephs and homeladies -- We have survived the week, and come before you with another episode of the hallowed Destructoid Show. Since today is a Friday, we had a contest. The prize this week was a copy of High Flyer Death D...
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The DTOID Show: Friday live show with Hamza Aziz!


Sep 30
// Tara Long
Thanks to everyone who tuned into our live show today! We gave away some Serious Sam 3: BFE pre-order codes, had special guest Hamza Aziz on to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the Battlefield 3 beta, and ta...
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Europe getting Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle


Sep 27
// Harry Monogenis
A listing on Amazon Germany has revealed that a new Xbox 360 bundle containing Rocksteady's upcoming Batman: Arkham City will be making its way to Europe on October 21. The bundle, unlike other more notable ones in the p...
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The DTOID Show: Diablo III beta playthrough!


Sep 23
// Tara Long
Okay, maybe not an entire playthrough - but hey, it's a guaranteed ten minutes! If you've been curious how the Diablo 3 beta is stacking up, Max led us through the first ten minutes of it today while I had a discus...

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