Batman: Arkham Origins

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In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on. (more…)

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Plans for the weekend? Well, if they don’t include playing Batman: Arkham Origins, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. The third installment, and perhaps the most cautiously anticipated considering none of the franchises’ original creators are involved, of the Batman: Arkham series releases for all systems this Friday, October 25th. And in true promotional style, we’ve got a pretty kick ass launch trailer to drool over until then. (more…)

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Batman: Arkham Origins releases in just four days, and to get you warmed up for its release, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released an extensive gameplay clip. The video– which showcases The Dark Knight gliding around Gotham City, beating up thugs, using some of his classic gadgets, and even traversing the Bat Cave– should set the minds of any doubters still left at ease. (more…)

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We’re a little over a week away from the release of Batman: Arkham Origins, and if you needed anymore of a reminder, two new kick-ass TV spots have been released. In the first clip, we get an evolution of Bruce Wayne’s face, from his reaction to his parents’ murder, all the way to being punched in it by Bane for the first time, and the second is a GameStop pre-order clip, hyping the exclusive Black Mask Challenge Maps. (more…)

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So, if you’re pre-ordering Batman: Arkham Origins, and you’ve got it reserved for the PS3, you’re in for a treat. It’s been announced since day one that Deathstroke would be playable in the challenge maps, but we finally have a trailer featuring the assassin in action. As Sony announced during its E3 conference, even though Arkham Origins isn’t a PS3 exclusive they are treating it as one with the Knightfall pack. In said pack, you’ll find a load of exclusive maps and two exclusive skins, one based on the classic TV show version of Adam West‘s Batman and the other on Azrael‘s Knightfall costume.

As if you needed more reason to get this game, check out the trailers below to see what’s in store for Arkham Origins.

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So, by now, just about every Bat-fan out there is aware of the Arkham series, and of those people, just about every one of them is gearing up for Batman: Arkham Origins, releasing October 25th. Origins will obviously serve as the prequel to the hit game series, and is also the first to be developed by outside of Rocksteady’s studio. Despite this, we’ve only seen improvements upon the formula that we’ve come to love, thanks to Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Earlier today, a clip of the game’s motion capture was released, and while nothing too revealing was shown, it’s always cool to get a behind the scenes look at how something like this is made. In the video, they take a look at a couple of pivotal scenes in the game, but they are scenes that we already know about from previously released trailers, namely the Bruce-Alfred one. Personally, I’m really looking forward to playing out this early relationship between the Dark Knight and his butler, as it’s something we haven’t been able to do before, and is completely different from what we have been able to do so far.

Another reason to be excited about October 25th is the release of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which isn’t handheld port of the game, but an entirely different game in and of itself. The game will feature its own original story, taking place after the events of Origins, and will feature Metroid-style gameplay. The latest trailer for the game was released today, and you can view it below.

It doesn’t look like the game is being held back all that much by the limitations of handheld devices, and the gameplay looks like an awesome melding of what we love about Arkham with side-scrolling action. It looks like my wallet is gonna be hurting, come November.

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With October 25th getting closer, more and more teasers for the third game in the beloved Batman: Arkham franchise are being revealed; the latest of which, even introduces a villain that’s new to the hit video game series.

I won’t hold back anymore; I cannot wait for this game. These trailers are killing me; each one makes this game seem unstoppable, and if it only delivers on what’s been shown so far, it will still be one of the better games to have come out recently. The argumentative relationship between Alfred and Bruce is exciting, as is the idea that the majority of the Gotham Police Department will be against you. It’s a different world than we’ve grown to accept in the Batman: Arkham games. I mean, honestly, who is watching that trailer and thinking “Nah, I don’t really want to go fight Firefly IN THE AIR”?

I was skeptical, as I think many people were, when it was first announced that the game was being developed by a studio other than Rocksteady, but it looks like Warner Bros. Games Montreal are simply building on top of the formula proven in the first two games, while adding their own little twists.

The story, for those who don’t know, places the Caped Crusader on the wrong end of a bounty hunt, with a prize of $50 million on his head. Naturally, this brings every psycho killer super villain out of the wood work, many of which will be having their first encounter with the Bat (hence its title, Origins). Be sure to pick this one up when it releases worldwide on October 25th of this year.

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Being one of those folks that tends to stick to the old-school games, I don’t really get a chance to play much of what comes out.  Looking at these new pics of Batman: Arkham Origins, however, makes me want to change my tune.  In anticipation of some announcement that Warner Bros. Games Montreal has planned for later this week, they’ve dropped a few choice screenshots on us.  Feel free to drool..

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