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8:39 AM on 02.12.2013

Batman: Arkham 3 is due for release in 2013 [Update]

[Update: According to the rumor mill, Rocksteady won't be involved in this one. According to my Twitter feed of random people saying random things, the less-spectacular Spark Unlimited may take the helm. Hmmmm.] Warner Bros. ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 01.15.2013

The DTOID Show: DmC, Sir Hammerlock, & Gay Star Wars

Here's today's Destructoid Show, in all it's fabulous, timely glory.  For starters, there was that thing about how they added a gay planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, which of course went over like a fart in Church. ...

Max Scoville

11:50 PM on 11.17.2012

How moderated is Miiverse? It's a police state! (Update)

[Update: It seems Nintendo has given the deleted post in question further review and decided that it was okay.  "We have checked the reported content and determined that it is not in violation of the Miiverse Code of Con...

Jim Sterling



Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition photo
Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
by Jim Sterling

For most of this generation, Nintendo existed as its own entity in the market. The Wii couldn't match the technical prowess of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while third-party publishers famously struggled when attempting to bring their wares to the system. As a result, the Wii's library remained anomalous and, to the eyes of some gamers, less than special. 

At least for one year, a Nintendo system now stands on equal footing with other leading consoles, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition exists to hammer that point home. One of the most critically acclaimed action titles on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, Arkham City is now available on the Wii U, and it looks right at home. 

That's all it needed to do, really. What it didn't need was GamePad-specific features shoehorned into itself with no benefit granted to the end user. Sadly, it seems not even the Dark Knight can resist the lure of tech demo chicanery.

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12:15 PM on 07.30.2012

Batman: Arkham Asylum Steam Keys fail due to DRM

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...

Jim Sterling



Batman villains we want in Rocksteady's Arkham sequel photo
Batman villains we want in Rocksteady's Arkham sequel
by Jim Sterling

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 moreso, than Bruce Wayne himself, and Rocksteady knew it. 

From iconic nemeses such as The Joker and Scarecrow to lesser known criminals including The Mad Hatter and Deadshot, Rocksteady scoured the inmates of Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum to consistently surprise fans with a cavalcade of psychopaths and gangsters. 

Although the next Arkham game is rumored to be a prequel set during the Silver Age, there are still plenty of baddies -- new and old -- that deserve an appearance in the series. We poured over our favorite Bat villains who are yet to make a tangible appearance in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and humbly present your most desired evildoers. 

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E3: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition kind of hurts photo
E3: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition kind of hurts
by Jonathan Holmes

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 opportunity to crap out less fun games than they would expect to get away with on the PS3/360, hoping that they could replace craftsmanship and creativity with some poorly thought out, tacked on motion controls without penalty. In short, these games were uninspired cash grabs designed to mine the motion control gold rush. I'm worried that Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the start of that happening all over again on the Wii U.

Most of the Wii U-specific features I experienced or witnessed with Armored Edition didn't make the game more fun than it is on the PS3/360. Personally, all I was hoping for out of Armored Edition was the ability to play the game on controller screen (so I won't need to monopolize the family TV when replaying it) and maybe a few exclusive missions and the inclusion of a special Nintendo cameo (preferably the ability to play as Captain Falcon). That's not what I got. Instead, we have some new touch screen puzzles and the ability to control bat-arangs with the Wii U Gamepad. That's definitely different, but I'm not sure that different means better in this case.

And is it just me, or are the textures a little uglier here than the were in the game's original release? The last thing the Wii U needs is low-budget ports that make the console appear to be less powerful than it actually is. 

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11:53 AM on 06.05.2012

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

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...

Daniel Starkey

10:30 PM on 05.17.2012

These LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes pics look familiar

The super sequel to LEGO Batman: The Video Game is suiting up for its big release next month, and and so, it's time to get better acquainted with some of its stars. These parody portraits of The Joker, Catwoman, and Robin sho...

Holly Green

8:00 AM on 05.04.2012

Batman Arkham City and Asylum on sale on Steam

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...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 04.23.2012

The DTOID Show: Rayman Origins 2 & Arkham City GOTY

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...

Max Scoville

9:00 AM on 04.23.2012

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year edition announced

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...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 04.06.2012

This weekend on Twitch TV: Steve Burnside is a chump

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...

Bill Zoeker

9:00 AM on 01.13.2012

Batman: Arkham City is Metacritic's top rated 2011 game

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...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 12.08.2011

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown pops up in iOS

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...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 12.07.2011

The DTOID Show: 360 EULA, Scorpion DRM, & a Batpatch

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...

Max Scoville