It’s the news that all Batfans will have been waiting for; Warner Bros are finally allowing us to preorder the hugely anticipated Batman: Return to Arkham. This will allow gamers to download the game and then wait just a matter of weeks until it becomes playable on October 18.
It will be a big moment for any fan who enjoyed the beautiful graphics and intense gameplay of 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight as this release allows them to revisit the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, but with a ‘remastered’ treatment that sees the Xbox 360 titles updated for the Xbox One console.
Whilst there have already been new Batman adventures available already in 2016 via online casino sites and through the Telltale episodic Batman game, it’s the chance to revisit Arkham Asylum’s high security psychiatric hospital and Arkham City’s sprawling suburbs that will be especially fascinating for any Batman enthusiast.
But what to do whilst waiting for the Batman: Return to Arkham game to become playable? Thankfully Lucky Nugget Casino are on hand as they’ve not only developed an updated version of the traditional poker game but even created a Batman slots game and many other gambling titles that are based on dark and spooky movies.
And whilst the Batman slots game reimagines the traditional gambling game for the 21st century, the Batman: Return to Arkham game looks to update the older Xbox 360 titles by handily compiling all of the additional downloadable content into one place to make for a truly immersive Batman experience.
It’s evidently been a tough task for the developers Virtuos to sufficiently improve the graphics and gameplay of the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City titles as initial trailers were ridiculed and the launch of Return to Arkham was delayed from its initial July 26 release date.
But with these obstacles having been successfully overcome thanks to the use of the innovative Unreal Engine 4 that looks to deliver much more realistic lighting and motion effects, it looks like it’s not just the online casinos that are going to give us all another exciting taste of Batman’s adventures in 2016.
Telltale have been synonymous with quality gaming for quite a number of years. They’ve been behind some amazingly well-crafted episodic titles recently, too. The likes of Back To The Future, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Minecraft: Story Mode and Game of Thrones. They recently announced that they would take on one of the biggest names in superhero comic books, Batman. The time will soon come for the Bat-signal to be shone as Telltale have revealed the episode name and its release date, for episode 1.
Episode 1: Realm of Shadows, will be the first of five episodes in the season and will hit the Xbox One digitally from the 2nd of August.
Telltale have been tight-lipped on what this episode will contain, and rightly so, but they have revealed that the series will also be coming to stores as a special Season Pass Disc. This will include Episode 1 and then will grant access to the remaining four episodes as they become available. These will be downloaded as game updates once released. This Season Pass Disc will be hitting retail stores from the 13 of September in North America, and as a European release from the 16th of September.
To celebrate the release date reveal, Telltale have gathered together some fabulous looking clips and bundled them into the trailer below. A lot of the usual Batman gang are present, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Catwoman, Harvey Dent, Vicky Vale and Carmine Falcone all make a fleeting appearance.
Will you be saving the citizens of Gotham when Batman The Telltale Series hits consoles from the 2nd of August?
Join Greg Giddens and Steve Peacock and for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 26 BvS…I Mean Videogames. In this episode the pair discuss Quantum Break, Resident Evil 6 and Arkham Knight briefly, before falling down the rabbit hole of Batman Vs Superman, and of course the usual silly banter you’d expect.
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.
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!
Earlier today the trailer below leaked ahead of its release, it seems to be the in thing at the moment, Warner Brothers have now officially lifted the lid on the “All who follow you” trailer and it looks awesome!
If you’re trying to keep a closed lid on everything Dark Knight, then you may want to avoid this trailer, as it shows of a load of characters and some really neat new stuff.
Right, so there’s the spoiler alert klaxon sounded… now on to the awesome stuff. The trailer shows off some great new features, like co-op take downs, something that Rocksteady said wouldn’t happen. It does however look like they’ve taken on board feedback from community forums and made it to be an AI controlled co-operative skull mashing rather than the standard local/online co-op that we all know and love.
There are also returning characters such as Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing who played parts in the previous Arkham games. You may also spot Azrael lighting up Gotham’s skyline with rooftop fires.
The trailer still leaves a lot of questions, which is good, I can’t wait to get my hands on it when it releases in June.
Just before E3, Rocksteady confirmed the sad news that the third and final chapter in their Batman Trilogy ‘Arkham Knight’ was to be delayed till 2015. Reports in the last week suggested a possible January release for the game.
But over the weekend, Microsoft’s Xbox Store was showing a listing for Arkham Knight with a February 24th release date for the game on the Xbox One.
It is not uncommon for online stores to use ‘Placeholders’ to list items before they are released, but normally it is the pricing that gets the most attention. Nothing has been confirmed by Rocksteady so far, but if it is legit, it is a good indication of how 2015 will start off with a bang!
See the first gameplay video from Batman: Arkham Knight. This gameplay trailer called “Evening the Odds” showcases Scarecrow’s return to Gotham City as he schemes to unite the Rogues Gallery and destroy Batman once and for all. As the citizens flee and criminal gangs take control, the Dark Knight evens the odds by taking to the streets in the legendary Batmobile to ignite the fight that will decide the future of the city that he is sworn to protect.
The final (and only real Single Player story based) DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins has finally been released on Xbox Live. Cold, Cold Heart is available at £7.99 À la carte, or free as part of the Season Pass for the game.
Cold, Cold Heart is set on New Year’s Eve, just 6 days following the events of Batman: Arkham Origins which took place on Christmas Eve. It opens with us watching the Gotham City Humanitarian Award being given to Ferris Boyle, owner of Gothcorp. It is being hosted by Bruce Wayne at Wayne Manor who is being a lot more jovial than how he is portrayed in Batman: Arkham Origins considering the short time of the events of Origins ending, and a story that has Bruce Wayne a very surly, grumpy man only interested in “his work”.
The DLC serves as the introduction of Mr Freeze to the Arkham universe. He attacks the event to kidnap Ferris Boyle using his cryogenic weapons to freeze security and guests. Once the cut scene is over its time to take over; and to begin with you will play as Bruce, fighting his way to get to the Batcave to “suit up”. Considering this is DLC released quite some time after the main game’s release, making the first ten minutes of the DLC nothing more then a tutorial for the combat and predator challenge elements felt a little pointless. No one playing this DLC would need such a basic tutorial and it felt like yet again, WB Montreal simply reusing another element that Rocksteady used in Arkham City, the opening sequence which sees you as Bruce Wayne fighting Penguin and his goons after being captured by Hugo Strange.
The DLC moves through Wayne Manor as you fight your way to get to the Batcave where you are quite clumsily told that the XE Batsuit, designed to deal with extreme frozen conditions, is not quite ready to be used just yet. So in a week since the events of Origins, Bruce and Alfred decide to build this Batsuit, which would be perfect to take on an enemy that uses Cryogenic weaponry but had no knowledge of the villain Mr Freeze before this DLC Story. Well Batman does like to be prepared, but it is just as lazy a way of introducing it into the story as much as Alfred telling you that for no reason whatsoever, the Glue grenades which worked just fine all through Batman: Arkham Origins, was suddenly unstable and all turned to dust so you wont be able to use them. Shame, they had been working a week ago.
Gameplay wise the DLC has a lot to offer really. From the combat and predator challenges that being inside Wayne Manor and later on Gothcorp as you work to free Ferris Boyle from the clutches of Mr Freeze, to the open world nature once you get to explore the cornered off area of Gotham City, thanks to somehow Mr Freeze finding the time to send his goons to freeze the great Gotham bridge. The city allows you the freedom to explore the area as you would in the main game and it provides plenty of criminal activity to keep you busy.
Other than the main story-line mission, you also have plenty of optional side missions to complete. Some will rely on you having put on the XE suit which happens mid way, as 20 civilians have been frozen and require Batman to thaw them out using the XE suit’s thermal gloves which replace the Electrocutioner’s gloves you confiscated during Origins main story. Despite dealing with the character Anarchy in Origins story, his followers are still hell bent on continuing his work and Bats will encounter them spraying the Anarchy symbol around the city, or starting riots at arranged meeting points planning to set off the same bombs that Anarchy tried to in the main game. Both of which are optional for you as the player to complete during the main story mission and all serve to give you extra things to do, but also come across as filler to expand the gameplay.
Using the XE suit was also fun at times. It has a great look, but like so much of Batman: Arkham Origins style of borrowing from Arkham City, the design is very similar to the Bat Armour used in the comic book story and animation ‘Dark Knight Returns’ to take on Superman in their big showdown fight. Thermal Batarangs are used to thaw controls that you will need to hack and the thermal gloves give Bats a more firey attack style much as the electricity gauntlets does. It does feel strange for Batman to be quite happy beating up thugs using fire punches, but then its no more improbable than Batman having been making this suit “just in case” he ran into a villain like Mr Freeze without knowing that Mr Freeze existed!
For me, this DLC is good but not great – much like the main game itself which scored just 60% on thisisxbox.com. Cold, Cold heart tells a good Origin story and introduction to the character of Mr Freeze, but it never really grabbed me with its gameplay which felt very “samey” to the main game which is my least favourite to have Arkham in its title. For the price of £7.99 you do get enough to do and a decent story to justify picking it up but only if you actually enjoyed Batman: Arkham Origins. If like me you had put the game down a long time ago and never felt the need to revisit it, then this DLC will give you some enjoyment as you play, but probably short-lived!
The cutscenes tell the main story well enough and its a nice way to round off the Origins of the Arkham series which this game was designed to do as Rocksteady worked on the final chapter of their own Arkham Trilogy (of which they do not include Origins or really even acknowledge its existence to be fair). For £7.99 its ok as DLC but it’s not a massive wow factor for me as an Arkham fan.
Above is a 30 minute vid for the new DLC set to arrive on Arkham Origins from April 22nd. The DLC is centered around Mr. Freeze, and includes a whole new environment to explore. Cold, Cold Heart takes place a week after the events of Origins and Bruce Wayne is hosting an event at his Manor, which Mr. Freeze gate-crashes.
As we previously reported – Batman will get a new ‘Batsuit’ to allow him to take on the cryogenic weapons used by Mr Freeze and his goons, a suit which will also bring new combat options.
Cold, Cold Heart goes live on 22nd April for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
DC Entertainment have released an exclusive video where WB Montreal Developers discuss the new DLC For Arkham: Origins, Cold, Cold Heart. The DLC story introduces the Bat Villain Mr Freeze for the first time in the Arkham universe. Set one week after the events of the main game, this cold hearted deadly enemy picks his moment to rise up and targets an event being held by Bruce Wayne.
The DLC will see a new area of the city opened for gameplay. Batman will get a new ‘Batsuit’ to allow him to take on the cryogenic weapons used by Mr Freeze and his goons, a suit which will also bring new combat options.
Cold, Cold Heart is out on April 22nd for Xbox 360.