Batman: Arkham Origins Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Batman: Arkham Origins RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network WB E-Nigmatically Teases Batman Game with Images, 'Capture the Knight' https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dbn/wb-e-nigmatically-teases-batman-game-with-images-capture-the-knight https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dbn/wb-e-nigmatically-teases-batman-game-with-images-capture-the-knight Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:22:59 -0500 GS_Staff

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is seemingly teasing a new entry in the publisher's vaunted Batman series. Earlier today, the studio shared three pictures to its social media channels: one on Twitter, one on Facebook, and one on Instagram. 

Each of the three images were part of a larger whole, which, of course, Batman fans have already pieced together. From the looks of it, the symbol shares elements with the Gotham City Police Department Crest. However, it doesn't match exactly. 


This isn't the first time Warner Bros. has teased a new Batman game in the last two years. In 2018, we reported on a social media post from WB Montreal assistant producer Valerie Vezina. In the picture shared to Twitter, Vezina wore a shirt that appeared to show the symbol of The Court of Owls. 

In January 2019, we reported on a rumor that said the next Batman game would be called Batman: Arkham Crisis. However, the rumors surrounding that title proved to either be false or premature. Nothing came of Batman: Arkham Crisis in the following months. 

In September 2019, WB shared a cryptic GIF on Twitter, with the tagline "Capture the Knight/Cape sur la nuit". Though we missed it at the time, it appears the Tweet was one of the first "official" teases surrounding the Batman project being teased by the picture above. 

While Rocksteady Studios has developed most of the Batman: Arkham games, including Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight, WB Montreal was the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins

While Origins is currently the lowest-scored game in the Arkham franchise, some loved the game for its portrayal of the Caped Crusader, as well as the new system introduced by the development team. 

Only time will tell what WB Montreal is teasing. Hopefully, we won't go almost another full year before we get more information — even if it is just another e-nigmatic social media post. 

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7 Overlooked Superhero Games Starring Comic Book Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/etd74/7-overlooked-superhero-games-starring-comic-book-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/etd74/7-overlooked-superhero-games-starring-comic-book-characters Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

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Platform: Original Xbox/PlayStation 2
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Hulk: Ultimate Destruction by Sierra Games was the best adaptation of the Hulk character ever seen in a videogame, even Bruce Banner himself was voiced by the returning Neal McDonough -- the same voice actor from the 1996 animated series.

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Despite being a huge unstoppable monster, the Hulk character controlled with a great feeling of fluidity in using his strength and momentum to run up walls, climb buildings and power-jump over great distances -- all of which meshed together brilliantly when in combat.

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As the game's title suggests Hulk is capable of destroying everything in his path, he can level tall buildings, run through cars like they aren't even there and even grab and destroy enemy jets and helicopters in mid-flight.

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Ultimate Destruction also features a very well told comic book story supported with great voice acting and performances all round.

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Unfortunately, we didn't see another Hulk game in the series from the same developers as they lost the rights to the character but very similar mechanics were used again in the Prototype series from the same team.

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Did I miss any other underrated or overlooked Super Hero games? Give me your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Platform: PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
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Arkham Origins had to deal with negativity from the fans before the game was even released, and despite the game being released by Rocksteady's direct (WB Games Montreal) just being a different developer was enough for fans to turn their noses up.

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While Origins didn't bring a lot new to the table with the combat system as well as a pointless multiplayer mode. It did bring the best boss battles seen in the series to date, as well as a great plot. Origins also introduced the gadget that allowed Batman to virtually recreate crime scenes seen again in Rocksteady's own Arkham Knight.

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The focus on characterization and the dynamic between Batman and Gotham's rogues gallery of villains are real standout point of the game. Origins also gave fans some of the best DLC seen in the series which finally did justice to the Mr Freeze character -- Arkham: Origins is definitely worth another look.

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Captain America: Super Soldier

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Platform: PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
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Captain America: Super Soldier is game that's borrowed more than just a few gameplay mechanics from Arkham Asylum, especially in its combat system and interconnected hubs.

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While it didn't quite reach its full potential, likely due to the pressure on the developers to make the release date in time for the film. The combat system is fluid, intuitive and cinematic, and does a great job of making you feel like Captain America himself.

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Regardless of being an Arkham clone, Super Soldier could have been something special if it was given more time in development, but it's still a genuinely good game that fans of The Cap will appreciate.

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

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Platform: PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
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Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows is an open world game based on the comic books rather than the movies, like many previous adaptations of the game. It features a lot of recognisable faces from the Marvel universe like Wolverine, Luke Cage, and Venom to name a few to keep comic book fans happy.

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Despite its age Web Of Shadows still features some of the best web slinging and mid-air combat seen in the Spider-Man franchise, and is definitely worth a try if you're waiting for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Conan

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Platform: PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
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This game puts you in the shoes of the titular character Conan (voiced by Ron Perlman), while it's another game heavily influenced by the hack and slash mechanics of the God Of War series, it stands up well with it's own take on combat. The take being that it relies just as much on its enjoyable and intelligent counter move system, as it does slicing your way through hordes of warriors and monsters.

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The Conan character found massive success and popularity in comic book form from the 70's to the late 90's with Marvel, and is even more faithfully recreated now in the comics published by Dark Horse.

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There's not many good games based on the legendary Conan character and with Conan: Exiles gaining more popularity, it could be worth seeking this game out too if you're a fan of the barbarian.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Platform: Nintendo Wii (compatible with the WiiU)
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Batman: The Brave and The Bold the videogame is a side scrolling beat em up and platformer based on the cartoon series of the same name. It's a fun throwback to the 16-Bit era of gaming.

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While I'm not a great fan this particular adaptation of the Dark Knight, the game is still tremendous fun because it brought back the fun of the drop-in and drop-out two-player couch co op games of the past.

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I had some good times playing this game with my kids, so If you're looking for a good family friendly one or two-player game to play on the Wii (or Wii U) I'd definitely recommend Batman: Brave and The Bold.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Platform: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine was undeniably a God Of War clone, but that didn't stop the game from being a fantastically violent thrill ride from start to finish.

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It was fully voiced by cast, from the movie of the same name, and was arguably more entertaining and certainly more faithful to the brutality of the Wolverine character.

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With the new Wolverine film Logan coming out very soon it could be the perfect time to give this game a try.

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With the upcoming release of the Spiderman: Homecoming game, Injustice 2 and the announcements from Square-Enix and TellTale Games working on their own Marvel projects. It's a very exciting time to be both a gamer and a superhero fan.

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There was a time where comic book based videogames, like a lot of licensed titles, were met with a lot less enthusiasm than they are now. That was, until Rocksteady showed the world how a superhero game should be done with the amazing Arkham series.

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There have been other superhero games that have gone overlooked, or simply passed off as another bad title but are still worth your time.

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If you are wanting to get your superhero fix, until the new Insomniac Spidey game gets released later this year, here is a list of some of those games that you may have missed the first time.

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5 More Games that Should Be Backwards Compatible on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/7ucy3/5-more-games-that-should-be-backwards-compatible-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/7ucy3/5-more-games-that-should-be-backwards-compatible-on-xbox-one Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

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Some honorable mentions go to Saints Row 2 and 3, for embracing the silliness that GTA left behind in GTA 3, The Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, as they were the first and only major FF titles on last gen systems, and Far Cry 2, so it can let both old and new fans (myself included) experience the most overlooked Far Cry game that many have either never played or have completely forgotten about.

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Were there any games that I missed? Leave any game you want to see be made Back Compat in the comments below. With so many great games, I'm sure to have forgotten a few.

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The Tomb Raider Trilogy

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Before Lara Croft became the brooding protagonist we know today -- and was stranded on an island and forced to fight the harsh winter of Siberia and nefarious goons that seemed to fall right out of a Nathan Drake story -- she was just a charming archaeologist searching for treasure for the thrill of it all. She wasn't some covert commando or herbalist who knew how to heal herself with plants. She was all brain and unremitting brawn. She could run up to a guy, jump off him, and put some lead in his face with her iconic twin pistols without a single misstep.

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With Tomb Raider's popularity at an all-time high, it would make perfect sense to let younger generations re-experience some of the classic games in the franchise. For example, Tomb Raider: Legend successfully rebooted the series after the disastrous Angel of Darkness; Anniversary is a high-def remake of the original game from 1996; and Underworld ties up all the lose ends from Legends, refining the elements that made past games so great.

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These games were a great mix of smart puzzle solving and great action sequences. Sure, the combat isn't nearly as refined as recent games, but Tomb Raider wasn't all about combat. It was all about using your brain to solve solid puzzles. Some might not like that, but there's a reason that formula stuck around for years before it was rebooted. So let's dial the angst back and let us relive the version of Lara Croft who had a sense of humor.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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In an age where hack-and-slash style action games like Devil May Cry, God of War and Ninja Gaiden have all but been forgotten, the industry needs more games that require quick, twitch-like reflexes and fast-paced action. Metal Gear Rising was easily one of the best of this now near-dead genre.

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Its entertaining story, fast-paced action, great boss battles and driving heavy metal music made for a fantastic treat for fans of the genre. What's more, Raiden's second time as a lead protagonist (redeeming himself after his iconic bait and switch with Solid Snake in MGS 2) made for a surprisingly deep story that delves into themes of power, strength, and weakness. Ultimately, it's a story just as rich and interesting as any other game in the series... and you get to fight a robot dog that becomes your BFF, so that's rad.

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On top of all that, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a game that manages to balance its interesting themes with copious, over-the-top 90s anime violence. In an age where the only "hack-and-slash games" simply seem to ape the Dynasty Warriors style -- or make themselves in the mold of more difficult games about tedious tactics and slowly waiting to attack your cheap opponent (cough... Dark Souls... cough), we need more games like Revengence to make a come back.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Before Rocksteady sent their Batman off with a bang in Batman: Arkham Knight, WB Montreal was tasked to make a game to keep the Arkham franchise on its bi-yearly release schedule. The result was an underrated prequel to the franchise, titled Batman: Arkham Origins.

Focused on the Caped Crusader's early years, this title is all about a young and slightly inexperienced Batman coming to grips with his responsibilities as Gotham's savior, learning to trust others, and meeting his arch-enemy, The Joker, for the first time.

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Arkham Origins has some of the best Batman and Joker moments in the series (aided by the excellent voice over work of Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker). On top of that, it also has the same excellent combat and stealth sequences from earlier games in the series, and it also has some of the best boss battles of any game in the franchise.

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It's not perfect, of course. There are plenty of technical issues that were never fixed by the developer (because clearly DLC is more important than the actual game it's for), and it doesn't push the series forward in any monumental ways, but it's still an exceptional game that fans of Batman should give a shot.

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Sonic Generations

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With Sonic Forces coming out this year, it would be a smart move by Microsoft to bring the lightning-fast hedgehog to the Xbox One. Considered to be on the very first 'good' Sonic game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 -- and one of the best 3D iterations of the franchise, having Sonic Generations on the Xbox One would be fantastic. 

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SEGA was finally able to pull off a winner with Sonic Generations, a game that effortlessly switched between the classic 2D gameplay of old and the more race-like, 3D levels of Sonic Colors and Sonic Unleashed.

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The game's classic Sonic levels reminded us what made us love the little hedgehog in the first place, especially with its excellent speed and platforming. But on the flip side, Generations' modern Sonic managed to redeem himself by re-creating tons of the classic levels in 3D -- and astonishingly, managed not to control like garbage.

The game's exhilarating speed, coupled with its simple control scheme and great level design help Sonic Generations channel the very best of classic Sonic.

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Even if Sonic Forces turns out to be bad, the Xbox One should at least have one game where fans enjoy a Sonic game one last time... because it will be light years better than Sonic Boom.

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy

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This more mostly has to do with the later issues, since you can get a remastered version of Modern Warfare, with Infinite Warfare. While the original MW changed the multiplayer landscape, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 refined the elements that made Call of Duty a household name. Modern Warfare 2's online play is often considered the pinnacle of the series. Everything from its perks to its kill streak abilities has been refined to a tee. Its story may have been hard to follow, but its campaign was filled with dozens of over-the-top sequences and tight gunplay.

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MW3, Meanwhile, still has its charm. With its equally enjoyable campaign that does a decent job of wrapping up the trilogy and its expert multiplayer that's just as enjoyable as past games, MW3 shouldn't be missed out and worth a second look.

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Last year, I made a list of games that should be backwards compatible for the Xbox One. To my surprise, most of the games that were listed eventually became backwards compatible, like GTA IV, Mass Effect 2 and 3, and most of the Call of Duty games. And while games like Dead Rising 1 and 2 have been remastered for both PS4 and Xbox One, Backwards Compatibility is still the best way to revisit games on modern consoles -- and a much better alternative than what Sony is currently offering.

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With so many games in the Xbox 360 library, I yet again decided to limit myself to only five games, with the occasional bundling here and there. With that said, let's take a look at what other games should be backwards compatible on the Xbox One.

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Feel the Cool! Here are 11 Snowy Games for Your Winter Holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/3thlr/feel-the-cool-here-are-11-snowy-games-for-your-winter-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/3thlr/feel-the-cool-here-are-11-snowy-games-for-your-winter-holidays Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Steep
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And here is something completely new for you -- Steep, a fresh snowboarding title from Ubisoft. Currently, the game is being tested in a beta stage, and will be officially released on December 2, 2016.

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Steep is an extreme sports game set in an open world with a strong multiplayer component. This new approach will allow players from all over the globe to inhabit the same open locations engaging in various sports activities simultaneously. The most interesting aspect of Steep is the match recording system that will allow you to replay your activities, make screenshots and even share players’ experience data over social networks.

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A few older mechanics, such as the tricks system, also make a comeback, including the famous Alaska track that is such a fantastic winter location, so if you have been a fan of the SSX series before, you should definitely check out this new game from Ubisoft.

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What other winter-themed video games would you like to see mentioned? Share them in the comments section.

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Batman: Arkham Origins
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Gotham is almost exclusively depicted as this very dark and gloomy city, and even winter holidays bring no joy to its citizens that are being constantly terrorized by a bunch of maniacs. This kind of atmosphere perfectly fits the series of games about Batman.

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Of all other games in the DC lineup, Arkham Origins has one of the most fascinating winters. This was possible due to the APEX Turbulence technology, that allows some truly innovative weather effects, especially snow, to be created.

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Although, Origins is considered to be the weakest game in the Arkham series, it is still pretty solid, so give it a go.

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Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter
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If you’ve never heard of Icewind Dale, then think of it as a clone of Baldur’s Gate that is set amidst a frozen world. This is a classical RPG game that tells a story of a few wanderers trying to get into the very heart of winter in order to fight an Ice Dragon.

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On top of the really snowy and icy locations you get to see a number of typical towns and taverns that accommodate groups of drunken elves. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, despite its cold title, is actually a very heartwarming expansion that will keep you engaged during these long winter nights.

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Syberia
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This cult adventure game from the Belgian comic book writer Benoit Sokal is preparing to become a trilogy. So before the third installment of the series gets an official release, this winter would be an excellent time to replay the first two parts. Both games take you to the coldest part of the world -- the Russian Syberia, full of icy caves and wild forests.

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Syberia has a fantastic story taking place in the bizarre world of automata with its own peculiar atmosphere. Lately the game has become available for mobile devices, so you don’t even have to access your PC or console to play this great game.

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Fahrenheit
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Fahrenheit from Quantic Dream is a very unusual game made in a classical noir style, and takes place in the snowy New York City. If you like the atmosphere of Max Payne, then you will definitely enjoy the world of Fahrenheit, as they are almost identical. The city is a freezing hell that almost feels post-apocalyptic, but that's just the initial feeling of the severe New York winter.

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This was the second attempt of David Cage in creating a cinematic video game that had the potential to revolutionize the stale industry, in which it did succeed to a certain extent. On the other hand, if you can’t stand the outdated graphics, then check out the remastered version that has significantly improved the visual side of this great game.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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Everybody knows what Skyrim is and what it can offer. This game probably has the most furious snowstorms of them all. If you want to experience a true Skyrim winter, all you need to do is get up as high as the highest peaks and watch heavy clouds shower everything around with thick layers of snow.

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It always looks amazing and if you do become tired of the fury of the Skyrim winter, you can always go back down into the sunny valleys. That’s the beauty of this game -- the world is so vast that you can never actually get bored of it.

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Max Payne
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Snow storm, steamy pipes, fire, explosions, bullets in slow motion -- all this is Max Payne, one of the best action games ever created. The setting and the story made this title into one of the most beloved among the gamers.

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If you have an opportunity to replay the very first Max Payne, then do so. The graphics may look a bit outdated today, but hopefully, the sense of nostalgia will help you see right through those flaws, which mind you, weren’t flaws at all, when the game was released back in 2001.

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Until Dawn
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The horror genre has always been more about a good story rather than scary monsters. Until Dawn is that kind of game -- it knows how to scare, and all the events take place in a remote snowy area. Setting the events of the game during winter time was a proper decision, since it's much harder to run away from a maniac-killer through the thick of the snow-covered forest.

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The game is very cinematic and the camera explores areas just as if it was a movie. The motion capture is one of the best you will ever see, and the actors are actually doing a great job expressing their emotions. The level of interactive drama is always high and it makes up for one of the best games in the recent years.

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I am Setsuna
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If you don’t like to play sports video games, then here is something you might like more. I am Setsuna is an original IP from Square Enix’ Tokyo RPG Factory branch, that was created to revive the classical JRPG style of games.

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If you liked Chrono Trigger, then you will definitely enjoy I am Setsuna. The game looks very cute and charming and the perpetual winter environment perfectly underlines the story. Almost all locations are generously covered with the fluffiest snow, and you can almost feel the cool breeze coming from your monitor.

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The combat utilizes an Active Time Battle system that so many RPG fans have been craving to see in the recent titles. This is a rare gem that respects the origins of the genre and should not be missed.

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SSX (Snowboard Supercross)
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The famous snowboarding series was rebooted in 2012 and featured real locations instead of the fictional ones from the previous games. One of the best tracks is obviously Alaska -- the kingdom of winter that is perfect for snowboarding challenges.

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One thing you immediately notice when playing the new SSX is the vastly improved physics of movements. If this game will ever be available for VR, we all ought to try this out -- it would simply be amazing. However, even on the typical TV screen the game looks and feels astonishing.

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Every location has lots of secret tracks and you also have access to some great snowboarding equipment. For example, you can wear a special body armor that protects your character from the rocks and trees; the coolest of them must be the wingsuit that allows you to cover huge gaps in the air; etc.

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All in all, SSX managed to reinvent itself in this new reboot and you should check it out this winter.

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SSX Tricky
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Now is the best time to remember the best snowboarding game of all time -- SSX Tricky. This was a special game that was available on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox consoles and garnered universal acclaim on all these platforms.

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SSX Tricky was a sequel to the first SSX game, which added a system of Uber moves that could be performed during a boarding match. If you managed to perform six consecutive Uber moves, then you would be given an infinite boost until the end of the match.

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This mechanics were so interactive and fun that it couldn’t possibly be topped by any other game in the same genre. On top of that you get to see some incredibly designed tracks covered with ice and snow that turn the game into a true winter sports experience.

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If you can’t find a way to play this game today, then head to the next slide for a reboot of the SSX series.

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Video games can do anything -- they can transport you to the times and places that are out of reach in real life. Soon the winter holidays begin, and many gamers wish to experience that special winter chill without leaving their homes.

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It’s not too difficult to recreate weather effects in the game, but only a handful actually managed to create a proper winter atmosphere.

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Here are some of the best games that will immerse you into the coldest season of the year, and make your holidays much more enjoyable.

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5 Video Games That Actually Make You Feel Like a Superhero https://www.gameskinny.com/a7m27/5-video-games-that-actually-make-you-feel-like-a-superhero https://www.gameskinny.com/a7m27/5-video-games-that-actually-make-you-feel-like-a-superhero Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:12:08 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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And That's The List!

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Thank you all very much for reading we hope you enjoyed it. If you have a superhero game that you felt belonged in the list, or could help to fill out a potential list in the future, feel free to tell us in the comments!

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We know there were a fair few other games we could have mentioned, but we couldn't fit them all into one list. So recommend some more and we may do a follow-up in the future!

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The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)

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The Wonderful 101 is a like a childhood dream of being a superhero brought to life. While it isn't the most tightly designed title from action game experts Platinum Games, it is one of the most fun they've made, and without a shadow of a doubt the most impressive and ambitious. 

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The Wonderful 101 takes Hideki Kamiya's trademarked style of character-action gameplay displayed in impressive past titles like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. It simplifies it slightly, lightens the tone a bit -- It makes up for it's lessened depth by cramming the game with more color and organic variety than a farmer's market. 

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You play as The Wonderful 100, a group of colorful masked heroes all armed with super-powered suits. Their task is to defend the Earth in the wake of it's third invasion by the evil alien organization, Geathjerk. You must control them all at once in an isometric environment as you hack, slash, punch and more through the alien menace. 

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The gameplay of The Wonderul 101 is what truly sets it apart, as it is consistently fun and extremely creative.

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It's unlike any other game out there, and that starts with it's very controls. Using either control scheme, you must draw specific shapes in order to have large numbers of Wonderful 100 members join up to form giant objects. Ranging from fists, whips, bombs, and more each object has its own unique property.

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Fists can be set on fire and be used to throw fireballs, swords can conduct electricity and deflect laser attacks, and whips can rip spiked armor off of enemies, these are a few of many dynamic options within the title. 

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These objects are also used for intense combat against savage alien forces that only get bigger and more impressive as the game goes on. Alongside battle, there's also creative puzzles which involve the use of several different powers, which keeps the pace constant.

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In addition, the game also manages to include many different 2D shooter segments, all of high quality, and even a boss fight modeled after an NES classic, which I dare not spoil -- There is creativity and variety at every single turn.

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With all that said, however, the game is far from flawless. The fixed camera and perspective can make combat and platforming frustrating and confusing at times, which is unfortunate in a game so heavy in both.

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The combat and spectacle of the game also doesn't get truly interesting until after a few hours. This is after you've gotten used to the unorthodox controls and have purchased a few key upgrades. 

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Most of all, the sections where the main focus is on the game pad screen, while creative and mostly functional, can be pretty finicky. Here, the camera is at it's absolute worst but it can be adjusted. 

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But despite all the negatives, do not let that stop you from trying this game out if you can, because the positives far outweigh the negatives. The game is worth it for it's uniqueness and constant jaw-dropping high-points alone.

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There just isn't any other game quite like The Wonderful 101. It has its flaws like all games, and if they stop some people from giving it a shot, that's totally understandable, if unfortunate.

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There is no game that makes you feel more like a proper, tight-wearing, crime-fighting, and good-natured superhero. If you own a Wii U, you owe it to yourself to buy this game or, at the very least, try the free demo on the Wii U eShop.

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Without the player, there is only a Wonderful 100, and the last one, is you. If the director's cut trailer below doesn't convince you, then nothing will: 

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Viewtiful Joe (1&2) (Gamecube/PS2)

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We live in an age where many video games are trying to be more cinematic, and attempt to evoke the feeling of a tightly-directed film. Unfortunately this occasional comes at the cost of gameplay. There have been few games in recent memory that have succeeded in making themselves feel cinematic without heavily compromising their gameplay. Among those few is Viewtiful Joe, and its one of the best. 

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Viewtiful Joe's unique presentation is reminiscent of both American comic books as well as Japanese sentai heroes. With the combination of its fluid combat and unique time-manipulation mechanics it resulted in a game like no other. This game loves slow-mo sequences in action movies, as well as any shot that makes the good guy look cool. It succeeds at implementing shots like this into both its narrative and gameplay.

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Viewtiful Joe does have a story and characters in addition to it's great gameplay. Now, while neither are by any means deep, the characters are all distinct and memorable. The story is also surprisingly poignant in a simple yet effective way.

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Joe himself is one of the best kinds of heroes in gaming, and one that is all too rare today -- being the kind of protagonist that loves being a hero more than anything.  

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Viewtiful Joe is a game that proudly trumpets the moral that old-fashioned heroes will never go out of style and manages to reflect this in both it's gameplay and plot. It is a classic cheesy action flick in playable form and it loves being what it is.

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Hey, if you don't believe us, just ask Tom from Toonami:

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Saints Row IV (Various Platforms)

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Saints Row IV bids farewell to whatever remaining sense of restraint that the series had after Saints Row the Third, and gives way completely to scattershot, ridiculous, video-gamey fun.

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Saints Row IV takes the player through the destruction of Earth and the extinction of most of humanity, and the leader of the Saints -- the now president of the former United States -- must stop the evil Zin empire and their foppish leader Zinyak.

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The story is over-the-top and full of surprises, all of them good, and it's topped off by a surprisingly strong character focus and witty, often intelligent dialogue. It's a game that does a great job of looking childish and stupid when it's actually pretty smart.

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Throughout the course of it's robust campaign, Saints Row IV gives the player piles of creative guns, effective superpowers, and kooky appearance customization options to mess around with.  The sandbox city, while reused from Saints Row the Third, feels new and fresh. This is thanks to new content accessible via the new super-speedy running and jumping somewhat similar to Prototype, but done with more fluid and smoother controls.

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The story is comedic and loaded with memorable moments, high-quality comedic banter, and a truckload of fantastic gameplay set-pieces. Some set-pieces are so fleshed-out that they could have come from a completely different game. 

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With all of these different mechanics coming and going, some may say that the game lacks discipline, and that's somewhat true -- but that's a big part of the game's main appeal and charm.

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To quote Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw in reference to the game:

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It's a mess, but it's a fun mess.

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Saints Row IV is the epitome of power fantasy.

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It's bite-sized sort-of-sequel Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is also a blast, and built directly on the foundation of IV, so if you end up liking four, jump straight onto Gat out of Hell and enjoy another couple of hours on the fun-train. 

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Prototype Series (Various Platforms)

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Both Prototype and it's sequel Prototype 2 gave their players excellent murder playgrounds to frolic around in. Which isn't that surprising, as you'd probably expect the same developer as The Simpsons: Hit & Run, to understand chaotic gameplay pretty well.

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There isn't much to say about the gameplay of the Prototype series, as the two games are very similar, and the gameplay is pretty simple, but just deep enough to be involving and challenging.

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Both Prototype games are highly visceral murder-centric sandboxes that guide the player through a sinister conspiracy plot unfolding in New York City. The protagonist becomes unwillingly involved and is turned into a super-powered mutant with killer superpowers.

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The story isn't the best in either installment, although that isn't for a lack of trying. It's mostly because it's too difficult to rationalize all of the horrible things that the protagonists do to really call them heroes.

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Both Alex Mercer and James Heller are more villains or anti-heroes than traditional heroes. But if this was necessary in order to allow the player the previously mentioned freedom in gameplay, I'd call it a fair sacrifice.

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You are free to kill, maim, and cause property damage in a number of wonderfully creative, and most importantly -DESTRUCTIVE ways- Everything from disguising yourself as a soldier by eating one alive, to hijacking tanks and helicopters with your tentacle arm, to even turning human enemies into bombs and throwing them into a huge crowd to watch everything get pulled into them before exploding.

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Prototype 2 improved on a lot of the minor flaws found in the first game, by improving on the slightly frustrating controls, changing the upgrade system, and making the sandbox a great deal larger with much more colorful and high-end graphics. Despite these obvious improvements, both games are different enough from each other to be worth playing, and are both easily recommendable.

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It's a true shame that Activision closed Radical Entertainment's doors even after Prototype 2's excellent sales, but if nothing else, Prototype 2 was a great game and a great swan song for an overall great developer.

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Take a peek below at how fun it can be to murder your maker:  

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Batman Arkham Series (Various Platforms)

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Alright, let's get the really obvious one out of the way.

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Yes, the Batman Arkham games are almost all excellent. In an industry full of competitors, they stand out as grand examples of both how to handle a license. They're also great examples of how to immerse a player in a fictional world, and really get inside the head of the main character.

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From the original Arkham Asylum to the fairly recent Arkham Knight, everything in these games allow you to really feel like Batman. From the colorful rogue's gallery, the utility belt, and to the Batmobile itself.

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Each Installment in the series is similar in gameplay and controls, but all distinct enough from each other to be sold on their own merits. All of the titles (except possibly Arkham Origins) can be easily recommended. 

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Video games allow us to make believe in so many different ways. There are video games that let us escape from reality to become; space marines, cartoon animals, and even futuristic bartenders serving drinks to robots.

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But of all the escapist alter egos that gaming provides us with, none are quite as popular, or immediately gratifying, as the superhero.

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There are loads of classic superhero comics and graphic novels, and we're now in the middle of a renaissance for superhero films.

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But video games actually let you become a superhero. Watching Spider-Man swing between buildings and smack The Green Goblin around is all well and good, but it can't compare to actually getting the chance to do it yourself.

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There have been a number of good games where you can be a superhero. Unfortunately, most fall victim to be tie-in shovel-ware. This list is dedicated to those few games that go above and beyond and actually manage to make the player believe-- even if just for a moment -- that they are a true hero themselves.

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Also, for the sake of representing some more original games, the number of games with licensed superheroes like Spider-Man or Superman (pfft, yeah right) has been kept low. With all that said, let's put on our tights and capes, and answer the cry for justice!

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Celebrate Batman Day with DC and your local stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:34:41 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Batman fans can head on over to their local stores or online this Saturday, September 26, dubbed "Batman Day," to get a variety of discounted and exclusive Batman games and products.

Below will be how to celebrate Batman Day in a few major stores, but if you'd like to find out what else is available in your area, like exclusive talent signings, you can find your local Batman Day Celebration right here.

The DC Website

DC is offering a huge deal on comics: Get over 1000 different Batman comics for .99 cents each from stores like Amazon, Google Play, the NOOK Store, and the iTunes store from now until September 28.

Fans can also enter one or all of the Batman Day Sweepstakes for a chance at winning special baby items, children's items, or adult figures and memorabilia in three different giveaways. For September 26 only.

The Batman Day Giveaway for Grown-Ups includes Batman: Arkham Knight figures and comics as well as the Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Injustice: Gods Among Us video games.

GameStop

Here are some highlights of what you can get your hands on at GameStop:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight for XBox One and PS4 - $59.99
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Cowl Replica - $399.99
  • POP! Vinyl figures of Batman: Arkham Knight characters - $10.99
  • Character statues from the Batman: Arkham series - $124.99
  • Jim Lee Batman BlueLine Edition Action Figure: SDCC Edition - $39.99
  • Batman: Arkham City 4 Pack figure set - $59.99

There are also special GameStop Exclusive items:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Prop Replica of the Batarang - $29.99
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Tshirts - $9.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Collector's Edition Strategy Guide - $36.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Normal Strategy Guide - $24.99
  • Xbox One Lunar White Controller - $64.99

Batman fans will also get access to other apparel, toys, figures, and memorabilia. All of this is only available for these prices September 26.

PlayStation Store

The PlayStation Store plans on offering up to 60% discounts on its Batman games, such as the Batman: Arkham series and the LEGO Batman series.

Get yourself Batman: Arkham Knight for $74.99 and the Season Pass for $29.99 as part of the PlayStation "Deals of the Week" until September 30.

For the complete list of discounted Batman games, check out the Batman Day participating games list here.

Remember to check here to see DC's list of businesses participating in Batman Day. You can also check in at your local game shop, bookstore, or comic books store to see if they will be participating in any way.

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Where Could Batman Go From Here? https://www.gameskinny.com/a3rbu/where-could-batman-go-from-here https://www.gameskinny.com/a3rbu/where-could-batman-go-from-here Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Jason Green

A new Batman game is something we deserve, not something we need. Yes, Batman: Arkham Knight was just released but the Dark Knight's spirit lives on. 

He has over 75 years of content and he transcends all forms of media. From books, comics and movies, Batman saves the day just about everywhere. He hasn't had the greatest track record with video games. Not until Rocksteady released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009. That game blew away everyone's expectations and spawned two sequels: Arkham City and Arkham Knight. (Arkham Origins was more of a spin-off since it is made by a different developer.) 

Rocksteady said that Arkham Knight is their last Batman game, but it's a good guess that another studio will take over. So, where does the caped crusader go from here?

One answer could be a smaller scale story. The three out of the four Arkham games see some sort of city-ending scenario that Batman has to stop. Yes, he's capable of handling those odds but he's still only a man. Heck, even the latest Batman movies see him saving the entire city of Gotham. Scott Snyder's latest Batman comic run also has him up against huge factions of bad guys and saving the city.

Again, Batman is more than capable at saving Gotham. But, huge scale battles are something Superman is more suited for. At the end of the day Batman is a crime fighter and a detective so a new game should explore more of those sides of him. The parts of the Arkham games that focused on solving mysteries really stood out. One part in particular in Arkham Origins has you piecing together an entire murder in an apartment. The next Batman game could be more of a murder mystery à la Heavy Rain.  Arkham Asylum worked so well because it was such a self-contained story. Batman was taken on a conveyor belt of madness where as he progressed more into the asylum, he'd meet more iconic villains and unravel more of the story.

Batman: The Long Halloween was a fantastic comic run written by Tim Stale and Jeph Loeb. In it Batman tries to find a murderer who kills people on specific dates. A new Batman game could take this as an idea and formulate an original story. If a new developer wants to keep a new Batman game in the Arkham universe they could continue from where Arkham Origins left off, where he was a much younger Batman.

Another cue a new developer could take is from Scott Snyders first Batman storyline which was about the Court Of Owls. Without going to deep into any spoilers, the Court Of Owls is a group working in the shadows. Basically, think of the Patriots of the Metal Gear Solid series. 

The Arkham games need a return to form. Having three games in a row that deal with Gotham being terrorized is one step closer to being stale. Going back to the more linear ways of Arkham Asylum would be welcome. 

Or, if the rumored Justice League game is true, Batman could take a step down and simply just be the detective of the game. Superman could be the heavy hitter while Batman remains in the shadows helping.

Franchises try changing up their presentation all the time. Unless you're Call Of Duty, becoming stale is inevitable. The Resident Evil series went further and changed their whole genre. Batman doesn't need to go that far, he just needs to do what he does best: work from the shadows. 

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7 Batman characters we wanted to see in the Arkhamverse https://www.gameskinny.com/rrd29/7-batman-characters-we-wanted-to-see-in-the-arkhamverse https://www.gameskinny.com/rrd29/7-batman-characters-we-wanted-to-see-in-the-arkhamverse Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:58:16 -0400 Jackson Ingram

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7. Ellen Yin

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: All of them

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The Batman, set in a different continuity from Batman: the Animated Series, was admittedly very strange. While it ended up being the bad kind of strange, the show's first two seasons were very much so the good kind of strange, partly because of the original character Detective Ellen Yin. Ambitious, brave, clever, and armed with an unyielding sense of justice, Detective Yin started out working with the police department against the vigilante Batman, but the two soon form a partnership based on mutual respect.

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In Origins, Yin would just be an officer, indoctrinated with the police department's policy against vigilantes. By the time Asylum rolls around, Yin would already be a detective, bent on containing the situation in Arkham. Throughout the series, just as it played out in the Batman, Detective Yin and Batman would slowly find common ground, becoming close allies. With Gordon as mayor in Knight's epilogue, Yin naturally would be made commissioner and all would be as it should and we could all finally get over the fact that Yin was written out of the Batman without explanation in Season 3.

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What other Batman characters do you wish had cropped up in the Arkhamverse? Weigh in by commenting below!

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6. The Question

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: Arkham Origins (as Renee Montoya), Arkham City, and Arkham Knight (as the Question)

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The Arkham series, while drawing from all kinds of Batman sources, is especially fond of the DC Animated Universe, even featuring many of the same voice actors. Detective Harvey Bullock has already appeared as a semi-corrupt cop (with some room for redemption), but Commissioner Gordon's other favorite officer from Batman: the Animated Series, Renee Montoya, never graces the Arkhamverse.

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Origins could certainly use a straight (as in not crooked, not as in heterosexual; we all know Renee prefers the ladies) cop besides Gordon, but let's be real, we're all way more interested in Renee the vigilante. After taking some time off chronologically in Asylum, she could return as the new Question for City, in which she breaks into the super-prison to help Batman from behind the scenes. And then of course, we'd be dying to see her interact with ex-girlfriend Kate Kane in Knight.

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5. Spoiler

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: Arkham Origins, Arkham City,  Arkham Knight

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Within the comics, Stephanie Brown has assumed several identities. Before she had a shot at being Robin and then Batgirl, she was Spoiler. Angered by her father, the Cluemaster, returning to his life of crime, Stephanie took it upon herself to stop him by "spoiling" his plot through a series of elaborate clues. Though she's been in and out of the Batman Family, Stephanie was recently reintroduced in the New 52 back in her original role as the mysterious, but helpful Spoiler.

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Though Cluemaster never appears in the Arkhamverse, he could have been incorporated as one of the assassins in Arkham Origins, serving as the inspiration for the pre-Riddler "Enigma" and giving a younger Stephanie the opportunity to counter her father's actions by leaving clues for Batman. She could make her first actual appearance as an ally in Arkham City, and then again in Arkham Knight. Between being mentored by Oracle and pursuing a relationship with Tim Drake, Arkhamverse's Spoiler could easily establish an actual place for herself within Batman Incorporated.

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4. Batwoman

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed GameArkham Knight

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Wealthy? Trained in combat? Tragic backstory? No, I'm not talking about Batman. I'm talking about Kate Kane. Unlike Bruce, Kate built her foundation in combat while attending a military academy. After her commanding officer discovers she is a lesbian in a relationship with another student, she is forced to leave the school and returns to Gotham, where she eventually takes up the mantle of Batwoman.

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Kane is heard on Bruce's answering machine in Arkham Knight, talking about her engagement to Maggie Sawyer and alluding to her secret identity. It would have been extremely cool if she appeared in-game as one of Batman's allies and a playable characters in the game's "Dual Play" feature, allowing you to switch between characters seamlessly during combat.

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3. The Great White Shark

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Alignment: Villain

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Proposed Game: Arkham City

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Warren White was just your typical embezzling scumbag until he tried to get some legal leniency with an insanity plea, only to wind up in Arkham Asylum. After being attacked and driven to legitimate insanity by the other inmates, White became horrifically frostbitten and disfigured while locked in Mr. Freeze's cell.

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While his missing nose, fingers, lips, and teeth are found preserved in Arkham Asylum, the dreaded Great White Shark never makes a true appearance in the games. As a master manipulator, White prefers to pull the strings of his criminal empire from within his cell. It would have been interesting to see how he'd deal with Arkham City erasing the distinction between the outside and inside worlds.

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2. The Huntress

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Game: Arkham City

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While we love Barbara Gordon (both as Batgirl and Oracle), she probably gets a little lonely being one of the only prominent female heroes in the Arkhamverse. That's where the Huntress comes in. Helena Bertinelli has been a long-time member of the Batman Family, but doesn't get nearly as much love as she deserves. While she earned a brief mention in Arkham City confirming her vigilante status in Gotham, we want to see the Huntress in action.

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With her moral ambiguity and Mafia heritage, it wouldn't be a stretch for Quincy Sharp to have her arrested and sent to Arkham City. Once inside, she could pop in and out of the storyline, offering Batman some well-needed assistance and maybe even teaming up to crack some bad guy skulls.

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1. Killer Moth

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Alignment: Villain

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Proposed Appearance: Arkham Asylum

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Killer Moth kind of gets a bad rap for being goofy. And dressing in gaudy colors. And being obsessed with moths. But I see his potential! Although Killer Moth is a hard sell among Arkham's highly capable roster of villains, Drury Walker's alter-ego gets a brief nod in Asylum, where Batman can unlock his profile after scanning a "cocooned" corpse. Yikes.

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Assuming Arkham's Killer Moth is less of a bumbling moron than his past iterations, developers could have upped the ante by using him as a secret boss in the Botanical Gardens. A Titan prototype using moth DNA could transform the hapless mercenary into his super-mutated form Charaxes, setting up an interesting fight between himself and the Dark Knight.

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The Batman: Arkham series has lots and lots of characters. With a pool as deep and diverse as the Batman Family and his infamous rogues gallery, it's not surprising that developers wanted to include as many fan favorites as possible. Drawing inspiration from the comics, movies, and TV shows, Rocksteady's independent continuity is populated by dozens of unique takes on classic characters. Still, there are several heroes and villains that didn't quite make it past an in-game nod, at best. Here are 7 Batman characters that could have made amazing additions to the Arkhamverse.

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Contains some mild spoilers for Arkham Knight.

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The 11 Best Batman Games of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/v3u62/the-11-best-batman-games-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/v3u62/the-11-best-batman-games-of-all-time Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:30:01 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So there you have it, the best Batman games of all-time.....according to us. There are a slew of Batman games out there, but not so many that were really great titles. Yet we managed to rack up 11 of the finest Bat outings.

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History has given us some respectable movie tie-ins, games that merely featuring the Detective, and even LEGO Batman, but it's undeniable that Rocksteady is the king of Batman games. Arkham Asylum changed not only our perceptions of what a Batman game could be, but what a superhero game could be. And for that, we salute you, Rocksteady!

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What were your favorite Batman games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

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And last but so very, very far from least, we have the literal game-changer, Arkham Asylum. This was Batman's triumphant return to video games, and his best ever fair in the medium.

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Before Asylum, we had gotten LEGO Batman and Batman Begins, two really good games. But neither was the huge, standalone Batman title that the character deserved. In stepped Rocksteady.

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Due to the lukewarm reception of many previous Batman games, few were excited about Asylum. Most of us were at least keeping expectations in check. So when the game released in 2009, it blew everyone away. It's easy to forget how monumental this game was, because every Batman game before it had been good at best, and awful at worst. But this wasn't just an exceptional Batman game, it was just a brilliant game full stop.

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So while Arkham City, and presumably Arkham Knight, improved upon the formula and rank higher in some lists, Arkham Asylum was the one that changed everything, gave Batman the game he had always deserved, and started something pretty special.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

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And in our penultimate chapter we have a fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, the madmen that brought you Mortal Kombat. Much like DC Universe Online, this technically isn't a standalone Batman game, but he's heavily featured in it and is awesome - what more do you need?!

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Injustice: Gods Among Us is an awesome fighting game that pits DC superheroes against one another in a Flashpoint-style story that features Big Blue as the bad guy! As always, Batman is a badass and a heck of a lot of fun to play. Whether you're thwacking Bane with Batarangs, hitting Raven with the Batmobile, or just kicking Joker in the face, it's always a blast to play as Bats.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

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Here we have another ugly duckling from the Arkham franchise, which isn't all that ugly. Blackgate was a 3DS/PS Vita game that released alongside of Arkham Origins and put Batman in a Metroid-Vania perspective. Sounds awesome, and it almost was.

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Blackgate had all the makings of a really amazing 2.5D Batman game, but its frustrating level design and repetitiveness made it fall just short of glory. That being said, the game was still a ton of fun, had awesome comic book cut-scenes and condensed the Arkham series combat into 2.5D really nicely.

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You can also get this game on PS3 and Xbox 360, but it looks and plays best on the PS Vita. Sadly, mediocre reviews and sales denied us a sequel that was already in the works!

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Batman Forever

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(SNES, Sega Genesis)
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About the only good thing to come from Joel Schumacher's Batman movie was the game. OK, I'm being facetious - the movie is definitely watchable and charming in its own bizarre right, but this game was pretty great.

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Released on the SNES and Sega Genesis, Batman Forever was a side-scrolling beat 'em up that allowed you to play as Batman or Robin as you ploughed through levels of ridiculous enemies. A product of its time indeed.

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Batman: Arkham City

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And here we have the crown jewel of the Batman games. Arkham City followed up the much-beloved Arkham Asylum and expanded upon it in almost every way.

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Taking Batman from the confined setting of the iconic Asylum and dumping him in the middle of a city-turned-prison, Arkham City upped the stakes for The Dark Knight and pushed him to his limits in what is one of the best Batman vs. Joker stories ever told. Definitely one of the best games of its generation and the defining Batman game to date.

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Batman: Vengeance

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Based in the world of The Batman Animated Series, Batman: Vengeance takes place between that show and its successor, The New Batman Adventures. The game benefited from a cartoony art style and the show's iconic voice actors (who went on to voice the Arkham series).

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The gameplay was a little wonky, although as long as you still feel like Batman it gets a pass. But the story and cut-scenes are what made this a very memorable experience. To this day I can recall Joker swinging on a wrecking ball, trying to destroy Gotham Bridge, and taunting me. But I got him.

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DC Universe Online

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AS I LIVE AND BREATHE! Here we have the very successful MMORPG with the best intro cut-scene of anything ever. Period.

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With over 18 millions players, DC Universe Online is the most successful free-to-play game to ever hit a PlayStation system, and rightfully so - the game is big, wacky and (most importantly) fun. Create your character, make him look like Batman but run like The Flash, fight gorillas in the streets, etc. DC Universe Online is a great Batman game that continues to expand with DLC.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Ahh, here we have the ugly duckling. Every family has one. Yes, Arkham Origins is the red-headed stepchild of the Arkham series but it is often judged far too harshly.

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Following up two of the best games of a console generation was never going to be an easy feat, especially considering it had to be prequel, but Warner Bros. Games Montreal did a fine job. I mean, let's face it, we're spoiled now when it comes to Batman games, but had this game come out when Arkham Asylum did, we would have melted over its greatness.

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Arkham Origins isn't without its issues, but it is a freakin' fantastic Batman game with a huge open world, great boss fights and fun story. I believe IGN described it best in their review when they said:

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"Batman games are like pizza: even when they’re not very good, they’re still pretty good."

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Batman Begins

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Batman Begins, a forgotten tie-in to the Christopher Nolan films, completely redefined Batman to mainstream audiences. The game, however, was not that well-received, for reasons that still baffle me.

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Batman Begins was a great tie-in to the movie, featuring awesome combat, great stealth mechanics, Tumbler levels, and an incredibly cool fear system. This game introduced many cool features that make it a wonderful Batman game that was sadly overlooked.

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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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Rarely, if ever, has Batman ever looked as cute as he does in the LEGO games. But don't let the cuteness deceive you, the LEGO Batman series is a great one that any Bat-fan should play.

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Chock-full of references to the Bat Universe and hilarious characters that remain true to their legacies and charming plots, all of the LEGO Batman games are great. That being said, I chose the second game in the series because it built upon the original in great ways and opened up the world, whereas the third was more of a Justice League game, and not as good anyway.

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Batman: The Video Game

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What better way to start the list than with one of the oldest Batman games! Batman: The Video Game was based on the mega-successful Tim Burton movie released in the same year. The game was loosely based on the movie and featured quite a few more obscure villains - KGBeast, Heat Wave, Shakedown, Firebug and Killer Moth.

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The game received positive reviews and still holds a respectful 78% on GameRankings. The most impressive feature of the game was the ability to wall-jump, a move only previously seen in Ninja Gaiden

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This list was going to be "The 10:47 Best Batman games", but that isn't exactly a catchy title. Few would probably get the reference, anyway. But if you do get it, hurrah!

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Batman is kinda popular these days. Though he's been on our radar for decades, he really became a mainstream figure when Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins came out and changed the awful taste left in everyone's mouths by Batman Forever. Fast forward 10 years and The Dark Knight is more popular than ever.

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With the release of Rocksteady's final installment in the Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knight, not to mention a pretty big movie coming out next year, the Caped Crusader's popularity isn't fading anytime soon. So we thought: what better time to count down the best Batman games of all time? (Just a forewarning however, Arkham Knight is not in the list due to its very recent release.)

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Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City May Be Remastered for PS4, Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/fuz1f/batman-arkham-asylum-and-arkham-city-may-be-remastered-for-ps4-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/fuz1f/batman-arkham-asylum-and-arkham-city-may-be-remastered-for-ps4-xbox-one Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:05:27 -0400 Shatai Melvin

Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City may be back in stores by Christmas. This is the most recent next-gen rumor for the title. 

The rumor is allegedly coming from trusted industry sources. According to these sources, Warner Bros. and Rocksteady are making HD versions of  Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.

Both games were well-received by critics, sold well in stores, and even broke the Guinness World Record for the “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Video Game.” 

Warner Bros. has yet comment on the status of the games. Batman: Arkham Origins, which was developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, is not rumored to be getting the HD treatment.

The interesting thing about this is that if the games are released, it will be after the final edition in the Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knights. Batman: Arkham Knights will be released on June 23 for Xbox One, PS4 while the PC version will be released at a later date.

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Will the Arkham Series Continue Past Arkham Knight? https://www.gameskinny.com/gyofy/will-the-arkham-series-continue-past-arkham-knight https://www.gameskinny.com/gyofy/will-the-arkham-series-continue-past-arkham-knight Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:51:17 -0400 Casey Bowker

We're all eagerly anticipating the 'end' of the Arkham Series. Well, I suppose I can't say that we're excited to see it go, but I for one, can't wait for Arkham Knight to be finally released this June after its delay from last October. The game is reported to be the finale of the series. 

I have to ask, "Is this really the end?"

The games are wildly popular and have spawned comics, toys, and a DC Animated Movie that pays serious homages to the games. Given that the franchise it making DC and Warner Bros. a ton of money, I feel that they won't really let the series die.

So, what exactly will happen with The Dark Knight? I believe that we will see more Arkham games, but we will see them in the period after Origins and before Asylum. I felt that Roger Craig Smith did a great job in voicing the role of Bats, albeit, it's a far cry from Kevin Conroy. Nothing against Smith at all; but when I hear the voice of Batman, I hear Conroy.

There are more stories that could be told in the early stages of the Caped Crusader, and I think the fans would love to see those. Maybe we could even go before Origins for a Year One story? We could even go way into the future and see a game that's based on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. I know that I'd love to see older Bruce Wayne on a horse, leading his team of vigilantes into the streets of Gotham.

With such a rich history for the character and countless stories to draw off from, do YOU really think this is the end for Batman?

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10 Best Garry's Mod Add-ons to Download in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/qe30f/10-best-garrys-mod-add-ons-to-download-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/qe30f/10-best-garrys-mod-add-ons-to-download-in-2015 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:58:05 -0400 thatzacdavis

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These ten are the best Garry's Mod add-ons that you can download right now in 2015 from the Steam workshop. But the beauty of the game and its community is that there are always new, fun ones sprouting up, and even some that fly under the radar.

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If you know of any good ones floating around out there, please let us know in the comments!

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10. Ak-47 Redline

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We're going to end the list with something we haven't featured at all yet, a weapon.

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The redline skin is one of the most popular series in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and now you can use it in Garry's Mod thanks to this add-on.

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Have you ever wanted to see the spy from Team Fortress 2 running around with one of these bad boys? Now you can make it happen.

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9. Body and Loot Bags from Payday 2

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Need a place to hide all of those bodies you've been accumulating while playing Garry's Mod this year? Then check out this add-on.

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Pulled straight from the game, these body and loot bags look legit and make for the perfect props for any sort of bank robbery scene.

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8. Kenny

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How many times have you yelled, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!", in a minute?

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Probably not too many, unless you've already downloaded this Garry's Mod add-on.This player model is guaranteed to give any South Park fan a great time.

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Even though the quality of the texture isn't the best, it does take its queues from rough, almost unfinished look of the cartoon.

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Basically, this is a must download add-on for any South Park fan.

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7. Batman Beyond

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What better way to follow up a Joker player model for Garry's Mod than with a Batman Beyond player model add-on?

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As far as models go, it does run a bit skinny, as do most Garry's Mod models, but apart from that, it captures the look of the cartoon very well. The glowing eyes and the spiky arms along with the red bat logo on the chest completes the Batman Beyond look, and make you feel like you're playing with The Dark Knight.

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6. The Joker from Arkham Origins

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Bringing characters together in one scene from tons of different games is one of the best things about Garry's Mod, and high-quality player models from the Steam workshop like this one of The Joker make it easy to do just that.

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Modder Bobert has done a great job bringing over models from Injustice: Gods Among Us, but this one is probably his best. If you are into the D.C. comics universe and Garry's Mod, his page could be your new favorite bookmark.

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5. Zer0 Assassin

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This player model with two skins (one based on the original model in Borderlands 2, and one with a custom color scheme), makes for a great Garry's Mod add-on.

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The add-on even comes with the swords from its original games for slicing and dicing some virtual vegetables, or other players, whatever floats your boat.

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The only thing missing from this Garry's Mod add-on are the humorous haikus that he recites in Borderlands 2.

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4. Big Boss

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Metal Gear Solid V isn't quite brand new, but this player model for Garry's Mod is.

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Released in mid-January of 2015, this Big Boss skin lets Garry's Mod players create their own Metal Gear adventures.

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With three different high-quality textures, this add-on is easily one of the best on the Steam workshop, and is a must have for any Metal Gear fan.

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3. Left Shark

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Ah, the meme that brought in 2015. Everyone was talking about the left shark from Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime performance. So what better way to commemorate him than running around blowing stuff up in Garry's Mod?

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The player model fully captures the cuteness that captivated the Internet while remaining pretty functional, which is a huge feat.

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With this model, I think it's only a matter of time until a Garry's Mod halftime show video reenactment surfaces.

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2. GTA V Cars

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GTA V might have come out last year, but this add-on for Garry's Mod came out in 2015, it features some beautifully textured cars that look like they drove straight out of San Andreas into the sandbox.

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Whether you are blowing them up or racing them, these cars are a lot of fun and make for a great add-on in Garry's Mod.

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1. Portal Gun

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This gun perfectly replicates the gun players use in Portal, and doesn't even require that Garry's Mod players own either of the games that it emulates to use.

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There have been other attempts at this, but none of them has quite grasped the magic of that first time you jumped into that blue circle and came out in the orange.

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Not only does this add-on capture the feel of the original game, but it also looks pretty close to the original, earning it a spot at the top of this list.

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Garry's Mod is a game centered around, you guessed it, mods.

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Built on Valve's Source engine and originally coming out as a mod for Half-Life 2, the game gives players full creative control over everything in the game's universe. Garry's Mod lets players do anything they want in its sandbox with a ton of premade materials and game modes.

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It also lets them put virtually anything they create or download into the game. With so many people playing and creating for Garry's Mod, it can be hard to keep track of the best add-ons for the game. So, here is a rundown of the ten best Garry's Mod add-ons to download in 2015.

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Nvidia Shield Console Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/6qjhn/nvidia-shield-console-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/6qjhn/nvidia-shield-console-revealed Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:41:30 -0500 Lampstradamus

At GDC 2015, Nvidia announced an addition to their line of Shield products, The Nvidia Shield Console.

Not to be confused with the Shield Tablet or the Shield Portable, the Shield Console will act as Nvidia's addition to the living room. The device will act as both a gaming device as well as an Android TV device.

The Shield Console is an Android based device capable of 4k playback and capture. It can run both local games and games streamed from the Nvidia Grid service. The games streamed from the service can go up to 1080p at 60fps.

If you're worried about whether the console will have games, don't be. The Shield Console will have access to the Google Play store and Nvidia's own store/service. Several notable ports for the console were mentioned during the reveal including, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, The Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Origins, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Ultra Street Fighter 4, to name a few.

The console itself has a Tegra X1 processor, which has 256-bit Maxwell GPU with 3GB of RAM. The Shield console will have a MicroSD slot, a Micro USB 2.0 port, two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet port, and a HDMI port. The device is wireless and Bluetooth capable and it has an IR receiver.

The Shield Console will be sold along with an Xbox-styled controller as a bundle for $199.

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Rumor: Steam Holiday Sale Will Be On December 18th https://www.gameskinny.com/1w8zt/rumor-steam-holiday-sale-will-be-on-december-18th https://www.gameskinny.com/1w8zt/rumor-steam-holiday-sale-will-be-on-december-18th Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:42:53 -0500 Brian Spaen

One of the most anticipated events for gamers is the Steam holiday sale, and a start date may have been leaked by Paypal Japan and Reddit.

An email from PayPal Japan revealed that the Steam holiday sale will begin on December 18th and will run until the second day of the new year. The email was posted by a Reddit user, and the translation was then confirmed by Eurogamer and Joystiq. The start date seems about right, as last year the Steam sale began on December 19th.

There's been no details released on the sale, but expect a motherload of games to be discounted at fantastic rates. There should be different games discounted each day. For example, the first day of sales last year had Batman: Arkham Origins at 50 percent off ($49.99 to $24.99), Bioshock Infinite at 75 percent off ($39.99 to $9.99), and Dishonored at 75 percent ($29.99 to $7.49).

What games would you like to see discounted on the Steam holiday sale? What were some games that you picked up last year, if any?

Image credit: Technology Tell

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Arkham Origins: Birth of the Bat https://www.gameskinny.com/14rlj/arkham-origins-birth-of-the-bat https://www.gameskinny.com/14rlj/arkham-origins-birth-of-the-bat Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:41:21 -0500 Menachem Rephun

Arkham Origins, WB Montreal’s prequel to Rocksteady’s critically acclaimed Batman franchise, is a game that is brilliant in fits and starts, with a grittier, more mature incarnation of the Caped Crusader than previous entries have shown us. Here, we see Batman two years into his career as a vigilante, his lack of experience counterbalanced by impulsiveness and anger he has not yet learned to control.

          "I Shall Become a Bat"

In the words of his beleaguered butler Alfred, this Dark Knight is little more than “a young man with a trust fund and too much anger.” Much of the fascination of the game’s story comes from watching the birth of the Dark Knight mythos, as Batman has memorable first encounters with friends and foes alike. Along with the familiar (and not always friendly) faces, WB Montreal have given nods to villains that will be unknown to all but the most diehard comic fans. The premise of Origins is a fascinating one, as eight assassins compete for a fifty million dollar bounty placed on the Batman’s head, courtesy of crime lord Roman Sionis (alias Black Mask). Though this plotline moves (and at times meanders) in unexpected directions, it maintains its grip on the player throughout, as we see Batman confronted with his first real baptism by fire. Taking place over the course of one Christmas eve, this trial is one which will test Batman’s true mettle as the self-appointed protector of Gotham City.

 Batman reminds Alfred what it means to wear the cowl

Unfortunately, the dissonance between Arkham Origins gameplay and its story is where the game stumbles, robbing the narrative to some degree of its emotional impact. While we are expected to believe that this is a Dark Knight facing a threat that (as Alfred constantly reminds him) he has gravely underestimated, there is never the sense that we as Batman are in any real danger. This problem is compounded as the game equips the player with Batman’s familiar arsenal of gadgets and formidable hand-to-hand combat skills from the outset, allowing you to knock wave after wave of thugs aside like so many ragdolls.

"Much of the fascination of the game’s story comes from watching the birth of the Dark Knight mythos, as Batman has memorable first encounters with friends and foes alike"

Though new upgrades are unlocked at specific points throughout the game, Origins leveling up system ultimately feels too generous, letting you constantly upgrade Batman’s arsenal even when you’ve done little to earn the reward. Despite the surplus of “a-ha!” moments as Batman meets iconic characters for the first time, the game never gives players the sense that they are witnessing, or more importantly, influencing, his evolution as a character. This crucial element would have given Arkham Origins the critical push that elevates a merely decent game to a great one.

Feels Like I've Been Here Before 

Unfortunately, the disparity between story and gameplay elements are not where Arkham Origins troubles end. One of the most distinguishing traits of the game is its inescapable sense of déjà vu. In terms of gameplay, Origins hews extremely close to its predecessors, with very little innovation with regard to combat, or even the look and feel of Gotham City itself. In some respects, WB Montreal’s decision not to tamper with Rocksteady’s tried-and-true formula was a good one, as the combat system remains as fluid and dynamic as ever. In the graceful ballet of hand-to-hand combat, you will truly feel like Batman. 

Bigger Is Not Always Better

With regard to the design of Gotham itself, however, Arkham Origins runs into more serious trouble. Although Gotham is now a much larger and more accessible playground than it was in Arkham City, it somehow manages to feel distractingly claustrophobic and filled with dead space. Though there are easter eggs scattered throughout the game, they pale in comparison to the small touches of fan service that brought Arkham Asylum and its sequel to life. You will not encounter anything on the scale, for instance, of Calendar Man intoning his ominous prophecies in his cell, or an imprisoned Clayface shape-shifting behind your back. There is nothing about this version of Gotham that feels vibrant or lived-in in any real way, and it sorely lacks the charm and mystique of a setting like Arkham Island, where players were invited to scour every nook and cranny for whatever secrets might be found. The game also makes the grave mistake of opening up the entire city to you from the get-go. As a result, it loses the thrill that comes from unlocking new parts of Gotham as you progress through the game. Despite its shallowness and depressingly empty vibe, the city is at least superficially beautiful, with the trademark gothic architecture and snowy weather-effects offering a nice atmospheric touch. 

Origin's Gotham is both beautiful and lifeless

Despite these shortcomings, there are moments in Arkham Origins where the game truly comes into its own. Batman’s first encounters with his arch-nemesis the Joker are especially well-handled, aided by Troy Baker’s phenomenal voice work as the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker is the Yin to Batman's Yang, the Moriarty to his Holmes. The incredible love-hate dynamic between Batman and his archrival is one that the writers clearly understand. As the Joker, Baker offers an eerily accurate impersonation of Mark Hamill, who voiced the character in the first two games, and whose long-running voice work as the Joker on Batman: the Animated Series re-defined the character in the ‘90s. Roger Craig Smith delivers an equally solid turn as Batman, capturing the grim self-seriousness, inner pain, and anger of the brooding anti-hero that were not as present in the first Arkham games. Though mainstays of the series like Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Hamill have moved on, their replacements have proven more than capable of stepping in to their predecessors' shoes. 

Troy Baker's voicework as the Joker is a particular standout

The game’s script also benefits by heavy-lifting some of the most famous Batman comics, like Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, which delves into the shadowy origins of the Joker himself. In a shocking (and all-too brief) segment midway through the game, players will get much more up close and personal with the Joker than they might have expected. Unfortunately, such flashes of genius are few and far between. For the most part, it’s hard to shake the feeling that, while undeniably entertaining and engrossing, Arkham Origins is a largely by-the-numbers affair, one that does very little to expand or push the series forward in any meaningful way.

The fact that this is a prequel rather than the full-fledged successor to Arkham City admittedly gives the game something of a free pass. That said, it would have been refreshing to see some innovation aside from overpowered shock gloves, or the fact that you can now rewind and fast forward crime scenes (an admittedly cool touch, albeit gimmicky and without much purpose aside from how neat it looks). The overly simplistic detective segments featured in the previous titles have also unfortunately carried over to Origins. As the World's Greatest Detective, it would have been gratifying to see this crucial aspect of any Batman game treated with a bit more loving care, with puzzles that actually require some use of intuition and logic, rather than the mere press of a button to "scan the crime scene". The Arkham series has excelled at putting players into Batman's role as a vengeful agent of justice, striking terror into Gotham's criminal underworld. Hopefully future installments will  make them feel more like crime-solvers as well. 

How Does the Jury Find?

When all has been said and done, Batman: Arkham Origins is a game that, unlike its hero, is hampered by a fear of taking risks. With Origins, WB Montreal have been reverent to a fault, replicating the basic formula that made its predecessors so successful, while sacrificing some of their charm and originality in the process.  Yet in its finest moments, Origins weaves a gripping yarn as powerful and immersive as any of the greatest Batman story arcs. Moments like Batman’s intense altercation with Alfred, or his mid-air fisticuffs with the Joker, elevate Arkham Origins to something more than an exhausted re-tread of two brilliant games. While the official third entry in the series will have to offer something far more revolutionary to keep the franchise afloat, Arkham Origins can stand as a decent game in its own right, and should be more than enough to tide fans over until that more groundbreaking sequel arrives.

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Injustice (Mobile) - Deathstroke Arkham Origins Challenge Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/3rj12/injustice-mobile-deathstroke-arkham-origins-challenge-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/3rj12/injustice-mobile-deathstroke-arkham-origins-challenge-mode Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:46:51 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Players of Injustice: Gods Among Us love Deathstroke. Seriously. 

The Bronze version of Deathstroke is one of the strongest and easiest-to-level characters. His 2nd Full-Auto attack can take down Gold level enemies. The Silver level Deathstroke's first Point-Blank double-pistol attack does impressive damage, and it's quick to reload. Both of them gain power for each takedown as well - from his passive ability. The Red Son Deathstroke is also popular among the PvP crowd.

Now the latest member of the Slade Wilson family, is coming right out of Batman: Arkham Origins. The game itself may have not been a complete critical success but... let's be honest - Deathstroke is a badass no matter where he shows up. 

The character enjoyed a lot of popularity during his comic book run, appearing in the animated Teen Titans series (the good one), and Manu Bennet's vicious, growling version of him on the CW's Arrow.

So, I'm sure there were some girlish giggles out there when the latest Challenge Mode started last night.

Paid Mercenary

You will have 18 days to complete the challenge, and you start with 25 Challenge Credits to pay for each battle. You will need to buy more in the Shop, or earn them by playing regular battles to finish all five series of challenges.

For each set of battles completed, you get a part of Deathstroke's gear  (Grenade, Mask, Rifle, Boots, Pistol)Once you have won all five challenges, a Gold-Level Arkham Origins Deathstroke is added to your collection.

But, you don't need to complete them all to win something.

  • 2 Challenges Completed - Free Bronze Booster Pack (worth 8,000 credits)
  • 3 Challenges Completed - +15,000 Power Credits
  • 4 Challenges Completed - Free Silver Booster Pack (worth 35,000 credits)

Once the Standard Challenge is complete, players can then try the Expert level  and up to Nightmare level.

I'm Better at Breaking Things...

  • Challenge 1: Bronze Characters Only - Nightwing and Deathstroke are always good. Bronze Harley Quinn's first attack is actually strong.
  • Challenge 2: Green Lantern Must Be On Your Team - I lean toward John Stewart's Lantern due to his passive, but Regime is a good second choice.
  • Challenge 3: Bronze or Silver Characters Only - I always prefer characters with strong 2nd level attacks.
  • Challenge 4: Cyborg Must Be On  Your Team - I've not been a Cyborg fan, but Regime's 2nd attack is a killer and Regime or Teen Titan Cyborg (Gold) regenerate their health when they tag out.
  • Challenge 5: Green Arrow Must Be On Your Team - The Gold level Arrow version is the guy to have, but the Silver's Hurricane Bow attack is good.

Best of the Best

The ArkhamOrigins Deathstroke has some familiar abilities. First, is the Point Blank 1st attack, similar to the Silver level version. 

And his Eye for an Eye attack is familiar territory. Now, comes Identity Crisis. New, but nothing fancy at all. Slade just bashes someone's face in with his rifle butt. In other words, dental records will be needed. 

Then, there's his passive ability: Elite Soldier. Unlike previous Deathstrokes, this one does not escalate. Hitting 200% on Point Blank might take a keen eye, but to blast through an opponent's defenses AND get a Critical Bonus?

Very sweet indeed.

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Breaking Down The Facts On - Batman: Arkham Knight https://www.gameskinny.com/eg3lc/breaking-down-the-facts-on-batman-arkham-knight https://www.gameskinny.com/eg3lc/breaking-down-the-facts-on-batman-arkham-knight Thu, 08 May 2014 18:48:15 -0400 Elijah Beahm

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As has become customary after the Mac/PS3 exclusive Joker DLC for Arkham Asylum, a new alternate playable character is available in Arkham Knight. This time we'll be playing as Harley, who touts four new maps. Also, apparently the Batmobile may be interchangeable judging by the pre-order skin with unique perks from Wal-Mart.

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Despite a small yet active cult following for Origins' multiplayer, Rocksteady has made it clear they will not be featuring multiplayer in Arkham Knight. It's unclear if Warner Bros. Montreal will bring it back in any of their titles.

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Rocksteady has stated this is their final Arkham game. While Warner Bros. Montreal can continue making midquel material between the various core games, the Arkhamverse has a definitive endpoint for Batman. It has been implied they may even go so far as risking killing off Batman.

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Judging by the game's first trailer, car combat may very well be a feature, in addition to the already reported Riddler racing challlenges.

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Commissioner Gordon has either been retconned to an age closer to Arkham Origins or is now dying his hair. Either way, expect him to look younger than in previous games other than Origins. He will also most likely be playing a far more prominent role.

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Yes, we finally get to see the face of Oracle, and she will be a far major character than in either previous game. Her clock tower base can be visited by players, and may potentially serve as a secondary Batcave.

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Brawling has been seriously updated as well. Batman can now use environmental takedowns, instant ground takedowns for certain enemies, and use their own weapons as his own (base ball bats, bricks, etc.). The animation system has also been upgraded to allow Batman have a far wider range of motion. Gadgets can all now be used mid-glide as well.

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Arkham City will look like a peaceful country side town in comparison to the constantly rioting streets of Gotham. The game is apparently around four times the size of Arkham City. To compensate for this, gliding and mobility have been enhanced and speed is increased overall.

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The Arkham Knight in the title is not Batman, but a new character, created by Rocksteady in collaboration with Warner Bros. He wields a pistol with deadly accuracy, but otherwise seems almost like a twisted soldier version of Batman Beyond's Batman. He is the main antagonist, but it's unclear as of this writing where he stands with the other villains. He also carries the distinctive A from the Arkham logo on his chest.

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Almost all the villains are united now in trying to break Batman. While he can pursue them as he pleases, they all will push him to the limit in their own way. As for the sudden change and unity, the power vacuum left by the events of Arkham City has finally given the chance for the villains to realize they would work better as allies. However, old familiar friends will not be the only threats you'll see.

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Speaking of the Batmobile, the Riddler is going to be building missions specifically for your new ride in addition to numerous new puzzles and harrowing danger rooms. He's changed his look as well, look more like a deranged car mechanic now.

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With all the hype and media going on about Batman: Arkham Knight, it's hard to get the information you need. Here's a list of all the important facts, from the extent of the Batmobile's inclusion to whether the game has multiplayer or not.

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In case you couldn't gather from the trailer and almost every bit of promotional material, the Batmobile is a big focus of the game. It's built not only as transportation but an extension of Batman. You can glide out of it and it knocks aside any debris in the way. Thugs magically roll out of the way though, so expect no bloodshed regardless of the beastly tank you'll be driving.

There will also be no real civilians to save. This is primarily due to the inclusion of the Batmobile so that you wouldn't accidentally run someone over as Batman. In the story it's explained away by Scarecrow threatening the city with a new lethal fear toxin, so everyone besides Commissioner Gordon's task force, Batman's allies, and Batman vacate the city.

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Super Hero Games: The Games That Brought Justice https://www.gameskinny.com/ganyr/super-hero-games-the-games-that-brought-justice https://www.gameskinny.com/ganyr/super-hero-games-the-games-that-brought-justice Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:09:27 -0500 Delta Squad Reaper

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Well, there you have it, that is my list. There are more games I could have added, but none of them I felt held higher with my personal taste than of those on my list. Comment below on which games you think should be added and explain why. And if you liked this list, go ahead and share with your friends and tell them to check this out! Remember, It's not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us and with great power comes even greater responsibility.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us makes the final step in this list of great super hero video games. With Mortal Kombat being one of the most successful fighting game franchises to date, I think it was inevitable that NetherRealm was going to make a Super Hero equivalent. DC's heroes were already a better guess since the making of MK vs. DC Universe. I enjoyed the game for the fact that you could finally make your own debates against who would win. The biggest debate always being Batman vs. Superman, I also liked to pit Green Lantern vs Superman and etc. As much as I don't care for Aqua Man, he did have some pretty awesome moves, especially his special move involving his trident and a great white shark coming around for dinner. Injustice: Gods Among Us is perfect for a gaming party and also to go head-to-head with a former friend that you just want to punch into a coma, but can't, because that is against the law and also frowned upon.

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Next up on my list is the entire Batman Arkham series. With Batman: Arkham Knight just now being revealed, I thought I would give you Batman fans a good treat with the announce trailer for the explosive finale in the series. This series made me enjoy playing comic book hero video games more than any other, because Batman is my all-time favorite. I grew up with him, hell my baby clothes were Batman designed.

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While, seeing the series end is sad and nobody likes to see things they like go away, it is also great knowing that we have a great Batman series that will live on. There will always be a new series for the Dark Knight, won't be the same, but change is sometimes good.

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The Amazing Spider-Man brought free-roam back to the light and the game also added a greater fighting mechanic. It kind of felt like I was going back to Spider-Man 2 for the original Xbox with the simple fact that anything could happen. You could be enjoying a nice web-swing through Central Park until a sudden spidey sense kicks in and you're off to save the day. The game also held secret Spider symbols to unlock certain Spider-Man suits. Some you had to get at a certain date which you could easily switch your console's date to in order to get the suit and no penalty would be at your mercy.

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The suits didn't disappear or anything! I personally used the black Symbiote suit from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man even though Spider-Man 3 was a flop. I currently await the arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Spider-Man 2 for the Original Xbox and PlayStation 2 brought in a free-roam that felt genuine and well integrated. With every swinging moment a citizen could be in trouble by hanging from a skyscraper or a police shoot-out could occur. Sure, you had limitations as to where you could venture off to, but what game doesn't? Out of the three Sam Raimi's Spider-Man video game ports, this was definitely the golden cup. Concussions for all criminals!

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First on our list is personally one I favor among all comic book hero video games. Made in 2000 for the very first PlayStation by Activision and Neversoft. Spider-Man gave me more of a reason to stay up at night web-swinging across town finding any reason to destroy a criminal's hopes and dreams of a good getaway.

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Believability In Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/e1651/believability-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/e1651/believability-in-video-games Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:23:39 -0500 Steven Oz

A scientist taking on legions of trained marines with body armor, a network of communication, and coming out practically unscathed. This is not the latest Bond movie but the gameplay of Half-Life.

What is the realm of believability in video games? 

For me, a video game or a movie should suck you in to the plot and refuse to let you go until it is over. It depends on how serious the game is trying to be. Games like Uncharted are meant to be silly and fun. It never takes itself too seriously. You expect Uncharted to be this Indiana Jones type game with artifacts of unknown origins and powers. Other games like Tomb Raider or The Last of Us are a serious take on life. I know a few people who said they could not get into the game because of no day/night cycle. To them this is an error that the developers should have solved when they created the game. 

A good game should suspend your disbelief for the moment you play it. A game like Legend of Zelda gives Link the power of courage, therefore the ability to overcome obstacles--the use of cinematics pushes this idea further, but that's because it doesn't overwrite what the character and player want/do.

Who is at fault?

Is there a fault? Basing on my personal gaming history, I would say both the player and gameplay. Batman: Arkham Origins is a decent game. There were some clipping issues and gameplay mechanics that need to be worked out. Once early in the game I had an issue with clipping where you had to board Penguin's ship. As any Arkham fan should know, you found the highest point to survey your surroundings. I climbed up the mast and took out the sniper. As I go to perch on the railing, Batman starts to clip out. What? The first thing to run though my mind is this is Batman, he should not do this. Should I be blaming the gameplay, even though the gameplay is my choice?

There is blame to go around. 

Sometimes you have to pretend you didn't see that waist-high wall your acrobatic that your front-flipping-demigod of a character can't climb over. Sometimes you've got to forget about that 3-foot-deep puddle your character can't wade through. Game makers cannot be expected to create an entire real world in every game they release. There must be limitations. As long as the game is fun or interesting in some way, I can sometimes ignore that stuff pretty easily. Sure it doesn't always make sense, but doing it more realistically could probably make for a less fun game.

It does have a time and place though, something like Tomb Raider or The Last of Us, where your actions do feel realistic. I'd rather have an invisible wall in an MMO than let someone jump through an unintended opening to exploit an encounter. At the same time, it breaks the believability of the universe. 

So, what do you think? Hit me up in the comments below! Follow me on Twitter: @mxaghost.

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Batman: Arkham Origins is Raw, Relentless, and Ruthless (Spoiler free review) https://www.gameskinny.com/p7vzx/batman-arkham-origins-is-raw-relentless-and-ruthless-spoiler-free-review https://www.gameskinny.com/p7vzx/batman-arkham-origins-is-raw-relentless-and-ruthless-spoiler-free-review Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:02:20 -0500 Germ_the_Nobody

Bruce Wayne no longer exists. The person he would have been died along with his parents in that dark alley. Only rage is left. He feels no sympathy. He has become unstoppable and invincible vengeance. Criminals will not get away with the pain they inflict on others. Even the smallest crime is unforgivable as they will only lead to bigger crimes. You have no fear. You are the Batman and no one will escape your wrath.

This was the attitude I had throughout the entire game. And it wasn't because I chose to feel that way. The opening cinematic drove the attitude into me, and the rest of the game followed suit. I instantly became a feared vigilante and I didn't just seek justice, I would have it.

Batman has never been more brutal, reckless, and utterly fearless. The portrayal of the character, and the way the story flowed made me feel every impact. When I punched my enemies I wanted them to fear repercussions for their crimes, and they did. It certainly wasn't the law they feared, as every criminal in Gotham knows that if the cops aren't already corrupt, they are easily corrupted. There was never a time that I didn't feel like a complete bad-ass and that every single enemy in the game better fear me or else. The in-game sequences and battles backed the attitude up with ferocity.

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Musical Score

Of course it wasn't just the story and combat that brought the attitude on. The music was the very first thing I even noticed upon starting the game. I immediately felt like there was some kind of impending danger - for my enemies. Every second of the opening cinematic was driven not only by the presence of Batman (even when he was off-screen), but music that made me feel like this Christmas Eve was going to be the end of crime altogether. Without the music I don't think I would have felt like I was to be both feared and respected. 

Gameplay

There's almost nothing new about the gameplay which I think is both good and bad. It is an Arkham game after all so I suppose it should be familiar. My main issue is that there are almost zero new animations for Batman. I think I might have spotted two brand new animations during combat. It's possible there are more that I didn't catch onto but it's all so familiar that it was hard to recognize anything as new. Fortunately it still felt more epic than ever due to the general attitude of the game through the plot, voice-acting, and music.

The new shock gloves are totally bad-ass. They charge up during combat and when you activate them you can punch through riot shields and pummel enemies with knives head on. Electricity emanates with every impact.

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The newest addition that was very special to me is the Case File System which adds extra depth to detective mode when scanning crime scenes. Someone has been shot for example. You scan for evidence to clue you in on who the killer was. The first piece of evidence leads you to deduct what the final action in the crime scene was. You upload the information to the Bat-computer to analyze the data and recreate the crime scene in front of your eyes in virtual reality. You control the time frame by fast-forwarding and rewinding the scene as it happened to reveal new evidence. Unfortunately it is over simplified. The evidence you are looking for is made very obvious. It's still a beautiful, fun, and totally cool addition to the original mechanic and I wish there were more crime scenes to do it with. 

Even though the police are corrupt I didn't want to fight them. As much as the story tries to act like Batman is holding back on them, he doesn't. He's just as vicious with them as he is with the criminals. The combat is so much fun though that I ended up thinking, "Screw it" and picked fights with the corrupt police anyways. It would have been awesome if the developers had made separate animations for fighting the police and making Batman actually act less violent against them. (If they did, I'm sorry but I did not notice!)

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Boss Fights

The boss fights were epic because of the scene, and the combat itself was different than your regular fights. Although, I was disappointed that the boss phases barely changed at all. The whole rinse-and-repeat thing brought the epic feeling down a notch, a very small notch but it mattered. The upside is what Batman does to the regular criminals in the city is nothing compared to what he does to the even bigger and badder enemies he faces.

Open World

There are very cool scripted side missions you can do related to the assassin's hunting you, but what I really like are the random crime sprees being reported on Batman's police scanner. You can ignore them or go help out. Maybe small riots between Black Mask's thugs and other criminals break out, or maybe a small gang is attempting to rob a jewelry store. What you do is up to you. And of course there are a ridiculous amount of collectibles.

Personality

An upside to the bosses for me was their personality. I wasn't intimidated by them but I could tell they were just as fearless as Batman. As powerful as each assassin is, and as much damage as they do to Batman, he shrugs it off like it's nothing. It's not because Batman is invincible. It's because he doesn't know he isn't. His rage drives him through things that would normally kill a person, without even flinching.

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The Joker's extreme insanity matches the raw brutality of Batman. Joker does not fear death at all. That said, Joker hasn't really changed apart from being more insane than usual. It would have been cool to see him act younger. The voice actor does a really great job at making Joker familiar, but I would have preferred them to just use a new voice and not impersonate Mark Hamill.

The Bad

For me this is another one of those things where the good far outweighs the bad. So much so that I can shrug off the games bugs as easily as Batman can shrug off a life-threatening pummeling. Most campaign bugs that I encountered were fixed by a checkpoint restart. Fortunately most of those were not some big leap backwards in the game. There are some terrible bugs but I was able to enjoy the campaign straight through without too much frustration. There are very many issues that other players are having that I was fortunate enough not to encounter. I have submitted a few bugs and feedback on the Batman forums.

One down-side to the open world is the voices for the criminals and the police are exactly the same from group to group. And the cop says the exact same thing every time you rescue a different group of police. 

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Final Thoughts

Batman: Arkham Origins is my favorite Arkham game by far. And that's saying a lot because both Asylum and City were excellent. I did get a little frustrated at how similar this game was to the first two. I wondered how the developers could take credit for what I thought of as copy/pasting the game. They did offer a brand new story and landscapes and a few very minor gadget changes, but it weirded me out. Then in the credits I saw them give what looked like the full team of Rocksteady credit. That gained a huge boost of respect from me and I give them major props for that. Well done Warner Brothers Montreal. I do not mean to undermine what WB Montreal did at all. Origins truly stands out to me.

You can check out many more of my screenshots if you want. Spoiler screenshots are tagged for good reason and are ridiculously cool. I plan to do a separate "review" of the multiplayer in the future.

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