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Batman Arkham Knight goes back in time

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The newst part of Batman Arkham Knight DLC brings you the 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack, free for season pass holders and £1.59 each otherwise. Drive the Batmobile from the 1989 film ‘Batman’ and wear the original Batman skin from the film. Two race tracks are part of this pack which were inspired from Batman Returns. Take the 1989 Batmobile for a spin today!

Warner Bros have announced Four DLC packs the are planned to be landing in September;

  • First up will be ‘Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1’  will land September 1st, which will come with six AR challenges for Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman.
  • ‘GCPD Lockdown Story Pack’ Set after the events of Arkham Knight, players will take on the role of Nightwing as he tries to prevent Penguin from breaking out of the Gotham City Police Department
  • The Dark Knight 2008 Tumbler Batmobile will join your vehicle collection as well as two more race tracks.
  • The Original Arkham Batman Skin will be released, relive past victories in the Arkham Asylum Batman skin

TiX Podcast: CTU is Watching Greg

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett in the latest TiX Podcast – episode 11 CTU is Watching Greg – where the duo discuss Telltale’s Game of Thrones and King’s Quest as well as a little bit of Batman: Arkham Knight and Farcry 4, before moving on to the usual news section focusing on Gamescom announcements. But of course the primary source of content is the comical and sexually charged banter and a tease of the latest Challenge Video of the pair competing in Mortal Kombat X – embedded below the podcast.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisxboxpodcast/tix-podcast-ctu-is-watching-greg

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The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

TiX Podcast: Greg Actually

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett in the latest TiX Podcast where the duo discuss Batman Arkham Knight, Another World and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. They also explore the topic of digital and physical releases, as well as the usual short discussion on recent Xbox news alongside plenty of comical banter.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisxboxpodcast/tix-podcast-greg-actually

If you want to send us a question or topic for the topic discussion section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

 

Batman: Arkham Knight’s first DLC trailered

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Do you remember, a few days ago, we told you about the release of the first DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight? We did, it’s here.

Well, those lovely people at Rocksteady have obliged us all with a trailer of the Batgirl.

The DLC is out for those lucky enough to own the Season Pass on the 14 of July and for the rest of us mere mortals on the 21st of July.

Take control of Batgirl for the first time in the entire franchise in a story set before the Arkham Knight events.

Here’s that trailer I mentioned, it’s worth the wait.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight’s first DLC announced

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The engine has hardly had time to cool down on the Batmobile and already, it’s DLC-time. Well, nearly.

The first DLC pack has been announced for Batman: Arkham Knight and it will feature a storyline with the delectable Batgirl in it.

Called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, this DLC will be available first, to those lucky few who have purchased the Season Pass and will feature an all-new location with multiple missions, side-quests and secrets.

It will also include a new hacking feature used to progress through the world and solve puzzles. Team up with Robin for dynamic take-downs, too.

The Season Pass, while being criticised for being on the expensive side, will also let you have an exclusive Flashpoint Batman skin, access to the first six months of DLC releases early, which will see more Super-villains invading Gotham City, legendary Batmobiles, advanced challenge maps, more character skins and new drivable race tracks.

But this is all about the new Batgirl DLC.

For Season Pass owners, this will be available on the 14th of July. If you don’t own the Season Pass, you will have to wait another week, releasing to all on the 21st of July for the princely sum of £5.79 or your local currency equivalent.

Batman: Arkham Knight review

I’ve been hankering for an 18-rated Batman game for a long time. The last Batman title I played was LEGO Batman 3, which while fantastic, was more 60’s Batman than current Batman. I’ve made my position clear on how much I’d like an 18-rated movie. Will Batman: Arkham Knight fulfil my need for a more violent and edgy game?

Firstly, the game itself, if you opted for a digital copy, is a whopping 40-odd GB. It took an absolute age to download, even on my super-speedy up-to-152MB broadband. In the end, I altered the power settings on my hardware and left it overnight. It had finished by the time I’d had a damn good sleep.

It was with trepidation that I fired the game up – the wait had nearly bumped me off! The first thing that hits you is the visuals. They pound at the eyes like so many gossamer sledgehammers. They are simply sumptuous. I could wax lyrical about the batsuit, how it glistens in the rain, how the wind rush affects the cape as you take to the air in glide mode, how detailed the features are, how the environment is as dark as the mood of the City of Gotham as years of relative peace is shattered by a single act from the game’s main protagonist, The Scarecrow. I can’t though, I’ve only got a certain number of words to play with.

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As we all know though, visuals alone don’t make a game. It has to play well. Rocksteady has made noises about how this is the final chapter in the series for the Batman Arkham series. They’d have to top the likes of the maligned Arkham Origins and improve on the quirky combat elements that weren’t to everyone’s taste.

At first the sheer scale of the game is almost overwhelming. Rocksteady appears to have created a behemoth capable of swallowing an experienced gamer whole. All is not lost though, far from it. Small steps and some slight adjustments in the way your gaming synapses fire and you should be barreling through the dank, rain-swept streets of Gotham in your $1bn Batmobile-shaped tank in no time.

The story is fairly free-flowing, although the gameplay in sections doesn’t quite feel as polished as other titles, the scumbag-infested streets are ripe for Batman’s unique style of knuckled justice. There’s nothing quite like the sound of breaking bones. I was lost at first. I’m getting used to games leading me around by the nose. The introduction leads you into a particular scenario, Batman tells Commissioner Gordon that he’ll deal with it and then, POW! You’re left pretty much to get on with it. You’re almost pushed to think to yourself, ‘What would Batman do?’ It’s a refreshing change from the tried and tested ‘Go here, do this’ storylines that pass for games now. The bar has been raised, but the game is so much more than just a story.

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Behind the cowl of the main campaign lies multiple side-quests that will challenge not only your mental powers, but your dexterity and accuracy as well. The training missions are presented as optional portions of the game throughout, especially where new Waynetech is introduced. This could serve to distract from the main campaign, but as this is a free-roaming world, you’re pretty much free to visit these, almost as you’re passing, or take them on as they’re offered. The beauty is, it’s your choice. The Bat, he’d get on with the campaign I’m certain, and saving the innocent. The Fire-fighter quest is one such example. You’re given the location of one of the brave GCFD personnel to save and the rest, well, that’s up to you.

The size and scope of the game will simply blow you away. It’s immense. If it took a walk around itself, it would come back with souvenirs. There’s a reason it’s 40-odd GB. Gotham City is presented in all of its dirty glory. The game manages to make the localised areas seem accessible yet huge at the same time, and you’re never sure what’s coming around the next corner as you speed to whatever waypoint you’ve set in the game-map as your next mission. Batman’s equipment stash is at your disposal to deal with these. Stalwarts like the Explosive Gel make a welcome return, but you get some new toys to play with, like the previously mentioned Batmobile.

This armoured monster is, at first, an absolute beast to control, especially for anyone who is used to piloting the Warthog in Halo. There is a battle mode on theBatmobile that is initiated by the left trigger. Initially I spent the time I should have been braking, transforming into battle mode. This was all part of the learning curve though and you soon get used to the controls. After visiting theGCPD detention centre, you get the option to change these controls in the settings. Quite why it’s not available until after this segment is anyone’s guess, unless it’s to give them a fair crack of the criminal’s jawbone. The battle mode gives you access to the weapons system and allows for greater maneuverability of the vehicle and I found myself using this more and more. There are other aspects to the Batmobile though, like the ability to control it remotely or to call it in to you location to provide support in the form of a winch or to provide generated electrical power.

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I don’t want to give too much of the story away, however, but I’m aware that I’ve only touched on this lightly. There are plot twists by the bucketful and the mechanics of this feature blend brilliantly well. You’ll just have to play it to see why – let’s just say that once the penny drops it makes for a stunning mechanic to Batman’s mental stability. The plain fact of the matter is, that this Batman storyline would quite easily fill several seasons of graphic novel. There’s twists, turns, surprises and deductions that I’ve made about the future plot. The future plot? Yes, I’ve not nearly got to the end yet – there’s just so much to see and do!

And there’s also so much more in the game that I’ve barely touched on, like the co-op takedowns. These are great fun, but do feel a bit like an afterthought, a gimmick in a game that really doesn’t need any more rammed into it. The graphics are absolutely amazing, there’s not quite as much variation in the combat, and there’s a slight over-reliance on the Batmobile-cum-tank sequences, but the storyline should be more than enough to sway fans and non-fans alike. I wondered if Batman: Arkham Knight would satisfy my bat-based violent desires, despite the brutality involved. The Bat famously tries not to kill his opponents, preferring to render them a threat no longer, minus a few teeth. I do draw the line at ploughing through the crowds in the Batmobile. Happily, though, it doesn’t really detract from the rest of the game and quite simply, Batman: Arkham Knight is the game you must own this year so far.

Thanks to Xbox for their support

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Batman: Arkham Knight launch trailer released

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Less than a day to wait, now. You can be The Batman once more. In some respects, I wish the films were an 18-rated experience too. The level of violence required to make a really gripping Batman story deserves at least one 18-rated film.

What better way for Rocksteady and Warner Brothers Games to celebrate the launch of a game than, well, a launch trailer. This one features some heavy violence and Mercy from the popular beat-combo, Muse, for it to be set to.

Batman: Arkham Knight is out 23rd of June. Here’s the trailer, fill your boots with batarangs.

New Batman: Arkham Knight trailer

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Released on June 23rd, fans waiting patiently for Batman: Arkham Knight have today been treated to another new trailer. This new gameplay video “Time To Go To War” is a continuation of the video “Officer Down.” See more of the Dark Knight in action in this extended gameplay walkthrough, as he pays a visit to Scarecrow’s safe house and battles the forces of the Arkham Knight’s militia.

Arkham Knight – the content behind the pass

Earlier this week, Rocksteady Studios announced that Batman: Arkham Knight would be receiving a Season Pass that had quite the price tag – naturally this was met with widespread disappointment from fans, mainly feeling that the pass should have at least been included in some of the more expensive Arkham Knight editions.

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The content of the pass is due to be delivered during the six months following the game’s release, and while the team at Rocksteady aren’t ready to share the full content of what the pass includes, they are aware that they are asking a lot from fans – with a pass that is nearly as expensive as the game itself. Rocksteady have therefore decided to reveal some of the Season Pass content, which has certainly piqued my interest!

  • Batgirl: A Matter of Family
  • The Season of Infamy
  • Gotham City Stories
  • Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks
  • Crimefighter Challenge Maps
  • Character Skins

For more details on the content, take a look at the Arkham Knight forums.